Decorated farm with streams flowing through it, flowers, and crops growing
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Rusty’s Retirement Review — A Multitasker’s Dream Farming Sim

Rusty's Retirement delivers fun, adaptable gameplay that never has to end!

Rusty’s Retirement is a unique simulation game experience and possibly the first of its kind. It sits at the bottom of your screen and allows you to complete other tasks simultaneously. Despite being such a simple concept, there’s plenty of content to explore and enjoy.

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Nonstop Convenient Gameplay

As someone who multitasks quite often, I appreciate just how perfectly Rusty’s Retirement caters to us busy bees. Even if we like farming sims and the work that comes with them, we don’t all have time to grind through that progression. Unless, of course, we have the opportunity to progress as we complete our necessary tasks simultaneously. That’s exactly what Rusty’s Retirement does so well and what makes it such a unique experience.

The best part about Rusty’s Retirement is that the fun never has to end. You can keep it running at the bottom of your screen as long as you like without disrupting any other programs on your PC. Resize the toolbar as much as you want. Zoom out so it’s just a small sliver on the bottom of your screen, or zoom in so you can see each little crop growing in your plot. And while it’s open, you can earn Spare Parts and Biofuel idly without lifting a finger.

Crop menu with possible crop seeds to grow
Image via Mister Morris Games

I’m a sucker for cozy pixel games, and Rusty’s Retirement gives us just that with some unique twists on the usual farming experiences. Your farm can be an aesthetic wonderland with various decor items and workshops while also being a high-tech production line. All the characters are themed like adorable robots but with a touch of humanity. They also do most of the hard work for you.

If Rusty’s Retirement proves to be too much of a distraction from your other multitasking activities, you can even turn on the “Focus mode” setting. This makes crops take longer to grow, so you aren’t tempted to keep planting more items. You also have to wait longer between growths, minimizing distractions.

Addicting Progression With Satisfying Results

Along with the fun twist of the toolbar and bots, Rusty’s Retirement has all the farming sim concepts that we all know and love. You can watch your farm slowly expand as you place down plots, plant seeds for various crops, and watch your bots water and harvest them. The more you harvest, the more Spare Parts and Biofuel you can make. These essential ingredients are necessary for purchasing more expansions and placing down more facilities.

Desert-like farm with crops and fossil on the ground
Image via Mister Morris Games

Besides just growing crops, you can also raise cattle, dig for fossils, and upgrade your bots. Your farm will grow into an aesthetic pixel plantation. All you need to do to get there is plant your seeds and place down more bots to help keep things running. They will do everything else for you. You can sit back and watch your humble beginnings turn into a blooming paradise — a truly addictive progression that kept me checking back again and again.

One of my very favorite features in every sim game is the personalization that comes with decorating. Rusty’s Retirement provides just that with Sonnet’s Shop. This bot house allows you to buy decorations and place them around the farm any way you like. You can brighten your farm with flowers, place mechanical pieces, and more, making it truly unique from anyone else’s.

Rusty’s Retirement — The Bottom Line

Rusty sitting on bench, farm with mechanical pieces and crops growing
Image via Mister Morris Games

Rusty’s Retirement was promised as a relaxing, idle farming sim that allows you to do other things simultaneously, and it proves to be all that. Despite being a straightforward game of steady progression and expansion, it’s an addicting process with satisfying results. As a gamer who multitasks quite often, I enjoyed every aspect of this little game and recommend it to anyone who likes to stay extra busy while completing other tasks.

Pros:

  • It can stay open all the time.
  • Idle progression that doesn’t require constant attention.
  • Aesthetic pixel graphics.
  • Unique farming sim features with fun characters and bots.

Cons:

  • None!
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Rusty’s Retirement Review — A Multitasker’s Dream Farming Sim
Rusty's Retirement delivers fun, adaptable gameplay that never has to end!

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