A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a mercenary, a business owner, a doctor, a bandit... the list goes on.

  • Original take on the RTS-RPG hybrid genre. No "hero" characters with artificially stronger stats than everybody else- Every character and NPC you meet is potentially an equal, and has a name, a life.
  • You are not the chosen one. You're not great and powerful. You don't have more 'hitpoints' than everyone else. You are not the center of the universe, and you are not special. Unless you work for it.
  • Freeform gameplay in a seamless game world stretching over 400 square kilometers. The game will never seek to limit you or restrict your personal play style.
  • Variation and possibilities of gameplay. Be good, be evil, be a business man, be a thief, live in a town, live in the desert, join the army, fight the army, travel alone, travel in hordes, build a fortress, raze a city.
  • Purchase and upgrade your own buildings to use as safe fortified havens when things go bad, or use them to start up a business.
  • Carry your wounded squad mates to safety and get them all home alive.
  • Dynamic, ever changing world. Support or hinder whoever you wish, or keep to yourself, the world won't stop moving. This is not just a "game", you are living and surviving in a simulated world.
  • Absolutely no Level-scaling. The world does not level up along with you, and the shops don't change their inventory to only items matching your level. At the start of the game almost everyone will be stronger than you, and survival will always be a struggle.
  • Realistic medical system that affects gameplay. A character with a wounded leg will limp or crawl and slow the party down, wounded arms means you must use your sword one-handed or not at all. Lose an eye and it will affect your field of vision. Blood loss means you can pass out, and the blood will attract predators. Exhaustion affects performance and is increased by equipment weight, weather, blood loss and thirst. Severed limbs will need expensive robotic replacements.
  • Intelligent AI that allows for characters to reason and work towards long-term goals and desires. Squads work together and carry their wounded to safety. Characters can be setup to take care of micromanagement for you.
  • Aid or oppose the various factions in the world while striving for the strength and wealth necessary to simply survive in the harsh desert.
  • Independently developed with no design influences, or alterations dictated by men in gray suits who have never played a game before in their lives.
  • Original game world. There are no fantasy-knock-off cliches. No magic.
  • Realistic physics simulation. PhysX Technology provided under license from NVIDIA Corporation. © 2002-2011 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved.
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2 comments by Koomatzu on Dec 16th, 2014

For those of you that have been brave/patient enough to play the Experimental Steam version of Kenshi lately, here are the latest bug fixes so far - we'll keep updating the list so be sure to check back often.

And thank you for your help so far for helping report all of the bugs (you can read up here on where to submit a bug report)...


  • Fixed another bug when recruiting new characters
  • Fixed the problems with characters being unselectable
  • Improved follow behaviour and made pack gars catch up after a fight
  • Fixed a bug when dismantling
  • Made a theoretical fix for the 10,000 storage items bug
  • Performance improvment when lots of ragdolls are around
  • Fixed furniture placement going through walls
  • Fixed nests spawning extra squads on load
  • Fixed some rare invisible building occurence
  • Few little minor fixes with collision and an animal glitch


  • Another possible stability improvement for the random crash, lets find out if it helps or not...
  • Also fixed a few regular crashes
  • Fixed armour quality resetting on load
  • Shopkeeper "welcome" can now be interrupted
  • Fixed nest items spawning too much when re-loading
  • Fixed flophouse beds even more
  • Fixed KO NPCs spotting sneaking characters
  • Fixed too many NPCs having negative medic skill
  • Fixed no-dialogue police chief
  • Slavers wont try to capture animals now
  • Fixed hair vanishing after wearing a helmet
  • Fixed holes in character mesh when removing armour
  • Stopped shopkeepers dropping items when restocking inventory
  • Fixed crash when upgrading certain buildings
  • Fixed the extra characters problem when importing a game with research
  • Fixed the invisible cannibal cages bug


  • Fixed the worst moving-around-the-map random crash.
  • Fixed some minor dialogue glitches
  • Fixed cannibal cooking crash
  • Fixed the flophouse beds not working
  • Fixed the characters being ragdoll in cages
  • Fixed crash when harpooning animals
  • Fixed a few more smaller random crashes

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Kenshi 0.67.2

Kenshi 0.67.2

Apr 18, 2014 Full Version 8 comments

This is both the full version and demo all in one, depending on whether you have a product key

Kenshi 0.62.1

Kenshi 0.62.1

Feb 16, 2014 Full Version 9 comments

This is both the full version and demo all in one, depending on whether you have a product key.

Kenshi 0.58.3

Kenshi 0.58.3

Dec 24, 2013 Full Version 6 comments

Full version and demo all in one, v0.58.3. It will automatically update itself to the latest version.

Kenshi 0.50.0

Kenshi 0.50.0

Oct 11, 2013 Full Version 14 comments

Full version and demo. The latest update has music and sound effects. You can safely install over the top of your old Kenshi folder without losing your...

Kenshi 0.45.0

Kenshi 0.45.0

Aug 1, 2013 Full Version 0 comments

This is the long awaited walls update. Full game and demo.

Kenshi 0.44.0

Kenshi 0.44.0

Jul 1, 2013 Full Version 11 comments

Full version and demo all in one, with a built-in auto-updater.

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UndefinedM Jan 26 2012, 7:18am says:

i tried the demo a bit and i like it very very very much. i'm gonna try it a bit more and decide if i'm gonna fund it. in the meantime:
- is there a manual or a starting guide or something that explains the basic mechanics of the game?
- i had no audio at all in the demo. was that some problem on my side or the game is currently soundless?

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LennyPenny Jan 26 2012, 9:36am replied:

-I think atm there's no guide, everything is self explaining and you learn by doing :D
-Theres no sound atm, because he haven't "hired" someone to make them^^ but with the money from thr Alphafounding he will.

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UndefinedM Jan 26 2012, 10:16am replied:

it's not really self explaining :( maybe the demo hasn't got all the features because all i can do is hire another guy and get badly killed by everything that breathes :\ any hints? please? :D

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LennyPenny Jan 26 2012, 11:21am replied:

When you start it's a good idea to come near enemys. they will try to attack you but you will run back to the city. The city guards will kill them and you can loot them. Do it until you have a big string squad!

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UndefinedM Jan 26 2012, 1:22pm replied:

alright, i'll try, thanks! just another thing, the funded version is the same as the demo but without the 20 skill cap and 1 follower cap or there's more stuff in it already?

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captain_deathbeard Creator
captain_deathbeard Jan 28 2012, 5:34pm replied:

the full version is the same as the demo, without the caps. Go to lofigames.com and check the wiki and the forums for getting started guides.

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ZPower Jan 26 2012, 8:15pm replied:

The Alpha is constantly getting updated. Am pretty sure the demo is outdated. Check the forums for guides and updates.

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Draco1 Jan 25 2012, 2:15pm says:

watched some videos on this looked awesome cant wait for more updates on the game not played it yet but i payed for it (still updating) i think this game is going to be a huge success, rated 10/10

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tornin Jan 24 2012, 6:41pm says:

Whenever I paly the game, the fans in my computer start to spin really fast and make a lot of noise. I was wondering what could cause this as I have much more than enough to play the game.

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captain_deathbeard Creator
captain_deathbeard Jan 24 2012, 7:09pm replied:

it means your computer is going full-power, should happen for most games. Try cleaning the dust out your computer.

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dusted_one Jan 24 2012, 12:37pm says:

I played the demo for a few minutes and instantly realized the potential for this game. So I purchased it and now I look forward to seeing the development. good luck and thanks.

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LennyPenny Jan 24 2012, 11:27am says:

Got this game now :D Is there a building guide? I see materials in some stores and a build button, but howto use it?

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captain_deathbeard Creator
captain_deathbeard Jan 24 2012, 12:25pm replied:

the building feature is being added very soon

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LennyPenny Jan 24 2012, 1:26pm replied:

That'll be awesome :D I hope blood and dismemberment too^^

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Highest Rated (82 agree) 10/10

Kenshi is a very ambitious game, it is as of the moment I'm writing this in a very unfinished state, but it's fun to play and it looks like with more love and care, this will be an absolutely great game.

Therefore I'm voting this a 10, I also bought the game to support the (currently) only developer working on it.

Despite the crashes, the content the game has now, made by only a single developer is very impressive in my opinion.

Thumbs up :)

Nov 5 2011, 6:22pm by DuckSauce

Lowest Rated (8 agree) 4/10

In it's current state, it deserves a one.

But because it's being updated and because its from one dude, it deserves a 4.

When its finally released, hopefully it will be worth a 10.
I don't see why people are just spamming 10 on this, lets be honest. in its current state, it is pretty sh*t. But we can all agree it WILL turn out great. (Don't hate me for the low rate, i'll re-review it with a high score as the game is being made. Or when its finished.)

Feb 16 2012, 5:25pm by darklord0211

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