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Kenshi Review
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Posted: 4 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer.


Kenshi is a single player role-play game where you have complete control over your character and how they live their life. With no central story, it allows you to go anywhere and play however you like, be that as a city dweller who never ventures into the wider world or a ruthless warlord who fights the other factions. With a detailed environment, no story to follow, and limitless ways to play, it offers a uniquely open experience.

You first choose your character's appearance in the comprehensive character customiser, then pick where your life starts: maybe in a city as a lowly but strong and capable slave, or out in the wilderness with little hope for survival. You can then decide where to go and what you want to do, be that set up a new city, become a crime lord, or do anything else you can think of, so long as you don't get killed along the way. You can also decide whether to go it alone or recruit other characters to join your cause, either as equals or subjects.

It's a very difficult game by design, meant to resemble real post-apocalyptic life as closely as possible. There's no level-scaling, meaning everyone else starts out stronger than you, but you can gradually gain more strength. Depending on your choices, merely surviving can be nigh on impossible, or you can rise up to become the central power in the land.

It's an entirely unique approach to the role-playing genre, where you have no tasks to do or story to follow, besides the one you make yourself, in a creative experience that's unlike any other.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Lo Fi Games (@LoFiGames)

Players: 1




Play Time: This game will take between 40 hours and 150 hours to complete. As the game is open-ended, you can go on surviving indefinitely, or simply stop after a few hours. Those that take to the game will play for many tens of hours.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.

The developer states, "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content." The game includes blood and dismemberment (that can be turned off) and a swearing filter. There is some dialog that obliquely references sex, but not explicit. It does include drug trafficking, alcohol consumption, people trafficking as well as cannibalism (players can only be victims, cannot partake).

Skill Rating

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The systems and open world experience makes this fascinating for older teenagers looking for a deep role-play experience, where they don't have to deal with other players.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.


Our Kenshi Accessibility Report documents 13 accessibility features:
While there aren't any difficulty settings, you can choose your starting scenario (ie. out in the desert, a townsperson etc.), some of which are more difficult to successfully survive from. The estimated difficulty of each scenario is shown. You can also extensively customise many aspects of the game to suit your play style, from the size of people groups to your starvation time.

The text throughout is often very small, and cannot be adjusted, and there are also many times when it does not contrast well with the background, making it often difficult to read.

Many of the in-game menus and interfaces are very full of information that can be hard to understand when you are new to the game, and this can make starting the game feel very overwhelming, along with the generally high difficulty.

There are also many times when the game can appear somewhat monotone in colour, making some objects difficult to distinguish from others.

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