RimWorld is a 2018 Canadian building simulation game by Ludeon Studios.
It was banned by the Australian 'Classification' Board on 28th February 2022. It has now been unbanned and passed R18+ after a successful appeal to the Classification Review
Board on 20th April 2022. The appeal board explains:
A four-member panel of the Classification Renew Board has unanimously determined that the computer game, RimWorld is classified R (Reseicted) with Ihe consumer advice: High
impact themes and drug use.
In the Classification Renew Board's opinion RimWorld warrants an R18+ classification because the themes and drug use have a high impact The overall impact of the classifiable elements in the game
was high. The Review Board also considered the appeal of the game to be skewed to an adult audience
The game includes fantasy drug use, but in the Renew Board's opinion, the game mechanic ultimately provides disincentives related
to drug taking behaviour, to the point where regular drug use leads to negative consequences such as overdose, addiction, and withdrawal. Players may choose for colonist pawns to consume drugs in certain scenarios, but this greatly hinders player
progress, as characters succumb to addiction and must deal with long-term negative impacts of their drug use The drug use is depicted at a distance through a top-down perspective, in a highly stylised simplified, form The game also contains high impact
themes that are Justified by context of surviving in an inhospitable fantasy world.