Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (18,628 reviews) - 97% of the 18,628 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 16, 2011

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“This game is amazing and you owe it to yourself to download it.”
9.0/10 –

“The soundtrack is phenomenal, the world is breathtaking, and the narration is a brilliant new idea for gaming.”
92/100 – PC Gamer

“The entire game drips with passionate artistry from the gorgeous watercolor aesthetics to the stirring soundtrack.”
9/10 – Wired

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About This Game

Bastion is an action role-playing experience that redefines storytelling in games, with a reactive narrator who marks your every move. Explore more than 40 lush hand-painted environments as you discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces. Wield a huge arsenal of upgradeable weapons and battle savage beasts adapted to their new habitat. Finish the main story to unlock the New Game Plus mode and continue your journey!

Key features:

  • Stunning hand-painted artwork in full 1080p resolution
  • Critically-acclaimed original music score
  • Hours of reactive narration delivers a deep story
  • Action-packed combat rewards playing with finesse
  • Controls custom-tailored to PC plus gamepad support
  • 10+ unique upgradeable weapons to be used
  • 6 powerful Bastion structures to be discovered
  • 'New Game Plus' mode unlocked after finishing the story

Free Update: The Stranger’s Dream

Delve deeper into the Bastion experience with this free update, featuring a challenging new scenario and new ways to play. Contents include:
  • The Stranger’s Dream: a new fully narrated Who Knows Where sequence, bigger and tougher than the others.
  • Score Attack Mode: a new way to play through the story! You start at level one with all Spirits and Idols unlocked. Combat performance is rated for efficiency, and all areas are repeatable.
  • No-Sweat Mode: for those who just want to experience the story of Bastion, this mode provides unlimited chances to carry on from where you left off if you’re defeated.
Plus, new Steam Achievements and Leaderboards! To access the Stranger’s Dream sequence as well as Score Attack Mode, you need to have finished the game at least once. The Stranger’s Dream sequence will be available early on in your New Game Plus or Score Attack play-through.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.0 GB
    • Video Card: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 2)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5 GB Free Space
    • Video Card: 256 MB OpenGL 2.0 compatible graphics card
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core or Greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Video Card: 512 MB VRAM
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( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Gravelly voice narrators my slightly awkward isometric quest.
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( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
An absolutely stunning game with a lovely soundtrack. I thoroughly enjoyed all the aspects of the game.
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( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I would definitely recommend this game.

I'd start with the combat itself, which is easy enough that you'll rarely be punished for not being the best player, but definitely gives you room for improvement; I've found combat less of a mad scramble to survive and more the main enjoyment of the game as time goes on. Part of this is because the game makes it fairly easy to switch up playstyles whenever something just feels like it isn't working; as you progress, new weapons are introduced one at a time, each with their own unique mechanic. You can carry two weapons at a time, which you can freely swap out at any arsenal (usually every-other-level-ish or buildable at the Bastion (the main hub for between levels)), so if you want to carry a hammer and bow, why not? Shotgun and rifle? Go ahead. Flamethrower and spear, mortar and rocket launcher, six-shooters and a machete, whatever you want. On top of that, each weapon can be customized with their own unique upgrades.

But combat is only half the game. When I first started playing, I was downright aweful at the game, barely managing to survive the first few levels. But I persisted because of the story. Starting when you wake up after the "calamity" - a catastrophic disaster that launched the city and surrounding land far into the air - the story never failed to have me totally enraptured, at first with simple curiosity, and then with genuine progression.

Would play again. Oh wait, it has New Game+, I am playing it again.
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( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
What a beautiful game, with good voice acting, and an interesting story, and good art direction. Gameplay is really fun too, definitely worth the asking price, even at full price.
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( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Worth for the music and narrating voice alone.
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( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
A great game to fill your free time.
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Relive the Nightmare
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
The game is still stunning in both its art direction and writing. Gameplay is fun and varied, and there are many different experiences to be had throughout. It’s also nice to once again see the game that laid the foundation for Transistor‘s presentation and mechanics.
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( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Great game with an amazing story, art style, score, and narration.
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( 19.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I adored this game. The graphics were vibrant and unique, the music was beautiful, the storyline was engaging, and the different weapon mechanics were fun to play with. I love narrators that sass occasionally and I enjoyed having so many options to fight with. I will absolutely replay this game.
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( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
-June 2016-

Cash Value (Full Price or Sale):
Pay full price. I would continue to recommend this game up to about $35 for enthusiasts of the genre, though personally I value the experience closer to $25. That means I would pay 67% more for this game than the current list price of $15.00.

Time commitment:
I recommend giving yourself up to three hours to start, but no less than one. After starting you can take it in increments as short as 15 minutes as long as you don't stay away for more than a week. This is not a long game--it took me about 9 hours with some breaks--but it is very narrative driven; you should let yourself get invested in the story before taking your first break. After that it's not unthinkable to just play one level at a time.

It's an isometric action-adventure game set to narration. In each level you either follow a very linear path and fight waves of baddies or search out a few branches in search of the next item and stumble into pockets of baddies. You can adjust your weapon loadout before selecting a level, and occasionally during certain levels. You do all this while listening to the narrator tell you about what you are doing on screen. It's really quite enjoyable.

Controls: (I played on an Xbox 360 controller)
Controls in the game are simple to learn and extremely tight. At no point did I feel like the game missed an input or recognized it too slow. As long as I didn't lock myself out with a cooldown, or misstep into a baddie's interrupt, everything happened instantly and in perfect time. We're approaching Bloody Trap Land levels of responsiveness to the Xbox 360 controller here--it's that good!

Performance: (My rig exceeds recommended specs for this title. Intel 3770 + NVidia 980 Ti)
No bugs encountered. I could not get it to play in 16:10 aspect ratio, but I believe that was a conscious design choice as the artwork appears to be pre-rendered. I didn’t actually have to change any settings to get a great experience; with most games I normally have to adjust the volume sliders at least.

Graphics and Audio:
This is a very pretty game with a nice, understated soundtrack and excellent voice acting. I can’t say it better than that.

Overall, if you’ve heard good things about this title, then you heard right! Buy this game when you have time to set aside to starting it. It’s not a question of if you should play this game, but when.
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87 of 91 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Bastion
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Genre Tags: RPG; Action; Atmospheric; Isometric
  • My Overall Grade: A+
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 5-11 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Aesthetes; Game atmosphere connoisseurs

Bastion is a very soulful game. That’s probably its most defining feature. It's in the style of an isometric hack-and-slash, drawing from arcade roots and presented with a poignant atmosphere. It is definitely a very easy game to enjoy; and it should appeal to wide variety of gamers. And since it is medium length and has a wide range of difficulty options, it is a good game for anyone who may want to take a step out of their comfort zone and try something different.

Probably the first thing that jumps out about Bastion is the gorgeous, hand-painted artwork. But that only scratches the surface. The whole atmosphere of this game is incredible. The world literally unfolds around you as you make your way through the environments. The soundscape is spot on and the music is great. It is a very aesthetic experience.

The gameplay is strongly narrative-based. In fact, there is an actual narrator that guides you through the game. This nature of the game does lead it to be semi-linear, although you do have a fair amount of branching options to work with in some aspects of the game. The gameplay is pretty simple and intuitive, but also offers a surprising amount of depth. There is a decent variety to your arsenal and to the enemies you face. And the baseline difficulty is very easy, which is the proper way to design games so that everyone can enjoy them. Nevertheless, the innovative difficulty system in the game allows you to tweak various specific options (enemy health, enemy damage, player movement, etc.) to meet your preference and tackle the most extreme challenges/achievements.

Now the game isn’t really that long if you were to only do a single playthrough of the campaign. However, there are the aforementioned challenges and achievements to tackle, a NewGame+ Mode, and also an Score Attack Mode where you get a running score throughout your playthrough and can compete on leaderboards, if that is your thing. So you should be able to get a good amount of playtime.

So, in summary, I would say that the synergy of the soulful presentation, the intuitive gameplay, and the unique narration makes this game more charming than a Disney prince. Bastion is a great gaming experience, and a modern classic. Unless you are adamantly not interested in this genre, I recommend you at least consider giving it a shot.

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112 of 173 people (65%) found this review helpful
192 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Stupid OP character with a dumb transformation into a turret. Blizzard should nerf this character.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
The game didn't look like much from the videos and reviews I've seen, so I hesitated to buy it for a long time, even though everyone said it's awesome. Finally, I decided to get it, since it was only $4.

For the first 30-40 minuntes I thought it was meh, but then I got sucked in without even noticing. Played straight for five hours - loved it. The game has everything to keep a player interested (cool weapons, upgrades, dynamic gameplay), and the narrator makes the whole experience epic. You absolutely must try this game if you havent't done so yet.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Fell in love with this game instantly.A must buy.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Bastion is an RPG top down game created by an indie developer, Supergiant Games (creators of Transistor as you know). The game's setting is in Caelondia, a war torned atmosphere left by after the war between Uras and Caels (I tried to remember the plot but this is a close one as I can remember). You will play as The Kid, an amnesiac warrior who cannot remember the past and tried to unravel. This game's dialogue have a minimalistic feel because the protagonist doesn't talk and same thing as support characters as well. The narrative voice acting, oh man, the best voice acting I have ever heard in my whole entire life. The musical scores are top notch, especially when you are in the dream sequence and every region you explore. The graphics are eye candy and visually stunning, the art style is immersively well done, the animations are well executed. The combat system is solid and fluid, you can have 2 weapons to carry and you can change the weapons if you can find The Arsenal during missions or before starting the mission. You have abilities to choose from to eliminate enemies with ease. The Forge lets you upgrade your weapons but you need a particular parts to upgrade the weapon. The Distillery lets you drink any potions you like, it gives you the benefits for your stats but also there are side effects or negative effects in it. The enemy A.I. are smart and tough. Every enemy you encounter needs a proper strategy because they have different attack patterns and weaknesses, so it's best not to mash buttons to win. If you want a challenge(it's an optional), you can turn them on by building the Shrine and enable any idols you like to enable. I recommend everyone to use a controller, the controls are tight and responsive, no problem. There are 2 endings you can choose from, so it's better not to spoil for everyone (for the sake of not to ruin their experience).

+ Pros
+ Narrative Voice Acting and Musical Scores
+ Graphics and the art style of the game
+ Variety of enemy A.I. behaves and attack patterns differently
+ Tons of weapons you can use, suited for your playstyle
+ Replayability (New Game Plus available after finishing the game)

- Cons
- Keyboard and Mouse are not recommended unless you don't own a controller or don't like using a controller
- Not many varieties for main objective (finding a same life crystal to restore the Bastion)

In this game's honest review, I enjoyed playing this game, just relax playing this game while the narrative is soothing my ears. The graphics, the musical scores, narrative voice acting, solid combat system and challenges that made this game's biggest strength. But there is a lack of variety during missions like finding a life crystal, encountering NPCs, it's a tiresome experience for me. I recommend you to buy this game during Sale because it's $2.50 (just in case if someone doesn't like the game, correct me if the price point is wrong). It's a solid recommendation.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
For some reason, it took me 3 separate attempts over a few years to actually sit down and play this game all the way through. After finally finishing the game, I have to admit I'm not quite sure what held me back on my first 2 attempts because Bastion is a truly great game. It succeeds in nearly every way.

Probably the most noteworthy and distinct aspects are its narration and visuals, both of which players will notice almost immediately. The narration guides along not only the story, but the gameplay as well, which - when coupled with the source of the narration - provides a more intimate and closely-felt experience. Much of the game's worldbuilding and lore is also developed through the narrator, with his very human, down-to-earth, and often heartfelt voice acting. Characters and their backstories are also developed in this way, and the story being progressed in this manner turns out to be more intricate and poignant than it would seem at first. Worldbuilding also takes place quite literally as the world is built before your eyes as you move along an area. This decision to have the setting come to life as you go does wonders for the feel of the game; it's a design choice (and in a way, a mechanic) that is entirely unique and refreshing and elevates the aesthetics of the game to another level.

Also worth mentioning is Bastion's incredible soundtrack. Its varying tracks fit the moods of different moments and locations exceptionally well. The music of Bastion is instrumental (heh) in creating the right atmosphere as it complements the narration and aesthetics to make a truly powerful experience. One track in particular caught my attention the instant the female vocals rang out, and I almost stopped playing just to appreciate the chillingly beautiful song.

The actual gameplay of Bastion is probably actually its weakest point, and that's only because the rest of the game is on another level. The gameplay is actually quite good, with satisfying combat that holds more depth than it would initially seem. It's not amazing as Bastion's other aspects, and it doesn't really do anything new, but it works just fine for the game and still provides for a fun experience. There is also a fair amount of replayability, which is always a plus in my book.

With a gorgeous soundtrack and aesthetics, solid gameplay, and top-notch narration, Bastion easily deserves its spot in the hall of fame for indie games.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
This game is like a game i have been recently been playing called Darkest dungeon. Like the game, Bastion delivers an atmospheric experience whose story, music and design all emerse me in a great world with everything fitting together so well. This game should be applauded for how well of an experience it gives the player as it dripfeeds you weapons, story and enemies to fight. The only real thing i can fault is the gameplay, which is pretty linear and has no real replay value. However if thats the biggest thing im complaining about, then i have nothing much to complain about.

This game is worth every cent. It basically made narration in games popular.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
hack-and-slash game, checked
deep story-line, checked
awesome narration-based game, checked
great game mechanic, checked
beautiful soundtrack, checked
maybe if only, this game is coop-campaign, that would be great...

Final Verdict: 10/10
a must buy indie game!!!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
If you'd like a Morgan Freeman voice over for everything you do, this is the game for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Apparently I haven't written a review about this game yet. Well, here I go.

The game is fantastic. That's simply it. The story is wonderfully done, and told in an engaging, uninteruptive fashion. The combat system has such a great deal of potential variation, switching up the ability sets and weapons between a good number of choices keeps it constantly interesting. When you beat it the first time through, there's a new game plus which makes the game more challenging, and gives you more toys to play with.

I've played it twice all the way through (~15 hours each) and still listen to the soundtrack on a regular basis. Fully recommended.
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