The Best Base-building colony simulation Games for Linux

Update, : The Wandering Village added at rank #11.
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RimWorld (2018)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Generates stories by simulating psychology, ecology, gunplay, melee combat, climate, biomes, diplomacy, interpersonal relationships, art, medicine, trade, and more.


  • colony
  • simulation
  • management
  • survival
  • base-building
  • sandbox
  • sci-fi
  • farming

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Surviving Mars (2018)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Playstation 4 Xbox One

There will be challenges to overcome. Execute your strategy and improve your colony’s chances of survival while unlocking the mysteries of this alien world. Are you ready? Mars is waiting for you.


  • city-building
  • simulation
  • mars
  • colony
  • space
  • sci-fi
  • base-building
  • survival
  • resource-management
  • strategy
  • management

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Empires of the Undergrowth (2017)

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early access Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Ant colony management game, in a fast-paced real-time strategy style. The player excavates their nest underground, constructing tunnels and chambers to store food and raise brood. On the surface, the ants claim territory, gather resources, overwhelm fearsome arachnids and clash with other colonies.


  • colony
  • simulation
  • god-game
  • management
  • nature
  • strategy
  • base-building
  • science
  • life
  • city-building
  • documentary
  • real-time
  • resource-management
  • humor
  • dark

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Oxygen Not Included (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Android

Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game. Deep inside an alien space rock your industrious crew will need to master science, overcome strange new lifeforms, and harness incredible space tech to survive, and possibly, thrive.

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  • survival
  • simulation
  • colony
  • management
  • base-building
  • resource-management
  • space
  • sandbox

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Kingdom: Two Crowns (2018)

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Android Linux IOS iPhone Xbox One Playstation 4 Mac OS PC Windows Nintendo Switch

In Kingdom Two Crowns, players must work in the brand-new solo or co-op campaign mode to build their kingdom and secure it from the threat of the Greed. Experience new technology, units, enemies, mounts, and secrets in the next evolution of the award-winning micro strategy franchise!


  • strategy
  • pixel
  • colony
  • side-scrolling
  • micro
  • medieval
  • tower-defense
  • cooperative
  • simulation
  • survival
  • base-building
  • discovery
  • minimalist
  • resource-management
  • 2d

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Regions Of Ruin (2018)

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Regions of Ruin is a 2D pixel side-scrolling RPG with town-building, where you explore, fight and build into an open world that progressively challenges you and your settlement, and threatens the extinction of the dwarven race.


  • colony
  • city-building
  • open-world
  • base-building
  • rpg
  • 2d
  • simulation
  • scroller
  • side-scrolling
  • pixel
  • fantasy
  • exploration
  • building

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Space Haven (2020)

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early access Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Embark on a space voyage with your ragtag crew of civilians in search of a new home. Build spaceships tile by tile, create optimal gas conditions, manage the needs and moods of their crew, encounter other space-faring groups, and explore the universe in this spaceship colony simulation.


  • tile
  • colony
  • simulation
  • base-building
  • space
  • tile-by
  • management
  • ship-to-ship
  • sci-fi
  • survival
  • sandbox
  • open-source
  • isometric
  • closed-source
  • city-building

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Starmancer (2021)

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early access PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Starmancer is a space station building game offering gameplay with consequences, a living sandbox environment, crafting, and managing the daily lives of colonists. Send crews out to mine on asteroids, trade with other factions, and explore old alien ruins. Obey protocol or go rogue as you take on the role of a powerful A.I.. Build bustling space ports, secret laboratories, and incubators for mysterious eggs. Defend against starvation, sabotage, and space zombies. Don't worry, you can always grow more humans. The vastness of space awaits. Are you ready?


  • simulation
  • space
  • base-building
  • colony
  • building
  • pixel
  • sandbox
  • strategy
  • sci-fi

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Kingdom: New Lands (2017)

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The game is played out on a pixel art-based 2 dimensional landscape; the player controls a king or queen that rides back and forth, collecting coins and using those coins to spend on various resources, such as hiring soldiers and weaponsmiths, building defenses against creatures that can attack and steal the king or queen's crown which will end the game, and otherwise expanding their kingdom. The player has otherwise little direct control of the game, and thus must use the coins they collect in judicious ways.


  • pixel
  • strategy
  • tower-defense
  • colony
  • side-scrolling
  • survival
  • medieval
  • rogue-like
  • 2d
  • resource-management
  • simulation
  • mystery
  • discovery
  • defence
  • base-building

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Songs of Syx (2020)

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early access Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Songs of Syx is a fantasy city-builder where you start off as an insignificant colony and build, scheme, and fight your way towards a metropolis and empire. The mechanics are complex and true to life, where small events can spiral into the collapse of kingdoms. Try the unlimited demo first!


  • city-building
  • colony
  • grand-strategy
  • base-building
  • moddable
  • sandbox
  • simulation
  • building
  • empire
  • economy
  • top-down
  • fantasy
  • medieval
  • pixel
  • 2d

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