One of the key selling points of farm sims is the satisfaction of seeing things grow. That might literally be your crops growing, but it might also be the size or layout of your farm or the web of processing and agricultural systems you've connected. This stuff is just plain engrossing to set up and marvelous to admire.
So I guess it only makes sense that the upcoming idle farm sim Rusty's Retirement has zeroed in on this zen-like progression to make a cute little game that's principally designed to be admired in the background, not unlike an idle Stardew Valley.
Developer Mister Morris Games listed Rusty's Retirement on Steam just recently, and it's due to launch in the first quarter of 2024. I'll admit I wasn't that interested in it at first blush simply because there are a lot of idle games out there and the main appeal of the genre – that is, playing a game by not playing a game – has never really held my interest. But then the developer's name rang a bell in my mind. Mister Morris Games previously made Haiku, the Robot, a delightful little microvania about sometimes cute, sometimes corrupt robots that came out last year. Now my interest is piqued.
Rusty's Retirement was built from the ground up to be "a relaxing idle-farming simulator that sits at the bottom of your screen while you do other things." You can zoom in or out to make the game less distracting on your desktop or to get a closer look for some fine-tuning, with closer perspectives gobbling up what looks like the bottom fifth of your screen.
The goal, as you might expect from an idle farming sim made by a known robot enthusiast, is to assemble and fuel an army of tiny machines that assist with Rusty's farm. Select, unlock, and grow crops; produceRead more on gamesradar.com