Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
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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 – http://pc.ign.com/articles/118/1189676p1.html

“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

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Mac OS X
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    • 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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MJ-9
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
very fun to play.
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Excellent Fish
( 27.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Look, if you own Steam and haven't played Bastion before...
What are you doing?
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Ivyk
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I haven't even fisnished the game but I had to recommend it. The game really drags you in. Even though you're killing enemies, it's surprisingly calm and relaxing. The reason for that is because of the superb narrating and beatifull soundtrack.
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daza3292
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
At first I wasn't sure of this game by looking at some screen shots but the story line and the narrative works really well and the combat isn't too hard to do. I would recommed this game if you are looking for a game you can sit down and play for hours without it having to be too difficult
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TrimmedViper
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
THIS GAME. GET IT NOW. +rep +REP

But in all seriousness, you need to get this game. it will stick with me forever as the game that made me into a gamer who loves the story and visuals of games before the gameplay, and as the game that stole over 100 hours of my life across many platforms( Just recently started playing on steam). this game. you will not regret buying and if the producers made a sequel or any DLC, I would buy it without reading anything about it, thats how much respect I have for these producers after playing this game.
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Hatty Mikune
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
i hate video games
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Astigadigs
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Cool narrator voice
nice combat
good weapon variety
go buy now
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RWBY
( 27.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The story in this game is very intriguing and it leads you on a journey that leaves you thinking.
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jonrk1999
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
this game is worth much more than what it is being sold for, if you can get it do so
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Ishvii
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The only game I've ever finished three times. One of my absolute favourites. Awesome art style, great narration, good story, tight controls, good feedback, lots of emotion. Frequently on sale - buy it and play it.
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Xsonic
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
GREAT storytelling. Smooth gameplay.
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Dawa
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
The game demands a 360 controller (gross). I got it one and it absolutely failed to detect it. I'm sure it's a neat game, but this was a horrible start. A horrible start in a world with a million kabillion games I have available to play. So, SORRY BASTION - I have no time for your horseapples.
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PigmentedBananas
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Bastion is an absolutely amazing and stunning game. Its quite immersive and makes you want to keep playing, the artwork is absolutely beautiful, and the gameplay is nothing short of fun. Although it is a little short, this game is a fantastic single player game that narrates a story in a unique way. I play a lot of different games, but this is the first single player immersive game that gave me such joy. Would recommend to everyone 10/10
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samuelick8
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This was an extremely great game. It has a decent story with insanely fun gameplay. I reccomend it to people starting to try RPG's.
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DesperagoN
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Well what to say about this game, i loved it so much!!!! It is a candy for the eyes, it worths every penny!!! :D
Nice and sweet story, loveable characters and the part that i loved more than anything is the soundtrack!!!! oh god, taht sweed music, i would like to hear it all the time!

10/10
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FrostByte_
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I cant describe how much i hate this, he just gets POTG for holding m1 and killing 2 people and then he shoots me down before i can get the 3 rockets off to get him out of that stupid sentry mode
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Rising
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Excellent game!
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Verstohlenein
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Fun game but it is a little annoying.
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Sazo
( 43.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
I played this game upon its first release and really enjoyed it. I was initially disappointed that the achievements were not in it them, such that I had to revisit for completion, but it has great replay value!

The art style is beautiful, the story interesting and the narration entertaining. I particularly like how the narrator is telling the story as you go, which corresponds to actions you do or don't take.

The music is awesome and the voice acting superb!

This is a game that will age well and be playable long into the future!
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tylerwiggins89
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Bastion was fantastic.

9/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Most of you must have played it already. I will try to keep it short.
Anyways,
Bastion is a wonderful game. In the first few minutes, it pulls you in like quicksand with its watercolored art and "what the hell happened here" curiosity and its hard to quit playing after that. I guarantee that you will only quit playing either a) Your eyes start hurting real bad, b) You need to get out of that chair and do something.(^Its mostly gonna be 'a'^).

Lets break it Down:

++Fantastic Storytelling: Logan Cunningham does a fantastic job in narrating and guiding the player through the world of Bastion and at the same time, keep it alive. The Dyanmic commentry presented here is something i wish all games had. It just makes the game feel more Alive. It has lore, but only essential to the game.Yes he's also in Transistor. +++

++The GAMEPLAY : OH YEAH, Fluid combat system and varied enemies keeps things interesting throught the whole game. The melee and ranged weapons are well balanced and its upto to the player to figure out the what weapon loadout(2 melee or 2 ranged or melee-ranged) to take that bests suits one's playstyle. This i liked very much. Made me spend time experimenting with the different weapons, secret skills, passive boosts(spirits) and finding that right loadout for me. I also loved that we'd fall off the edges,keeps you more aware and cautious rather than just running around crazy. The level loading was also something eye-catching as it loads as you move or progress in-game,land just literally falling from the sky.++

++The Amazing Art : The game was quite colorful with the watercolor backdrops and vistas, NPC designs were nice,and art was overall very appealing for 2.5D game.If you notice closely, you can see the different animation details for a lot of combat moves.++

++The Sound: The sound sometimes really set the mood for whats happening in-game. Its amazing, maybe you wont feel its amazing just by listening to the tracks alone, but when in-game, they really bloom emotions. Yes, same sound team in Transistor..++

Overall: 10/10. Coz its one of those few games that made be Start NG+ difficulty. If you have it in your library and have'nt played it yet, I recommend YOU GO PLAY IT.

One of the more powerful games emotionally for me. Its not "Just" another Indie Game.
A brilliant marriage of story and mechanics.
Waaay more Depth than Transistor.

Spoiler Alert:
The whole sequence of carrying Zulf just tugged on my heartstrings.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Kid sits down. He writes a review for Bastion, one of many. Maybe someone that survived can read it. Someone sharper than a brusher's pike.... Or maybe someone as curious as a squirt.


Bastion is an amazing singleplayer experience that provides an exceptional story and impressive artistic design, with simple, but effective combat mechanics, amplified by it's interesting soundtrack. It was released in 2012.

Bastion is recieved high praise for it's story, which is told through a narrator. This form of storytelling was a new form of interactive media. In Bastion, a man narrates the actions of the protagonist, while also engaging the players in the lore of the world. This dialogue is vast, and there is a lot of narration throughout the game, which reveals the world to the players in an interesting and unique way. The interactivity can be seen when players simply play the game, which makes the game stand out. For example, if you flawlessly continue through a level, or if you defeat an enemy with a new weapon you found, or if you fell off a new level, you would get a unique piece of dialogue, adding to the theme of the game. There are hundreds of these conditional dialogue pieces, and even players that make mistakes can hear some unique dialogue as well, intensifying the bond between gameplay and narrative. Through this kind of narrative, players can learn about the world just by playing the game. Another example is the shrine. When you activate a god's shrine, it gives a short, but enticing, bit of dialogue that reveals a little bit more of the god to you. There's even a lot of text to go through, and lots of interesting descriptions to read about items that you find or use, and you are guaranteed to hear many different things by the time the game is complete. Another example of this narrative interactivity is even seen when picking weapons, as the narrator will make comments about the choice of weapons you have. Like if you pick a mortar and pike, or a mortar and carbine. Even the soundtrack is part of the story, as some music within the game actually is relevent to the game. On top of that, the soundtrack is quite good. The player also gets a little bit of choice through the story, as they can choose any weapon they have unlocked, activate any god to increase the difficulty, and there is an interesting moment where the player decides something. It's a post-apocalyptic world that feels like an adventure, yet there are moments where the player may learn about the sadder things in the world, as the game firmly grasps emotion, something that many games fail to do.

Bastion isn't a complex game. It has relatively simple controls, however, this doesn't mean the game is boring, by any stretch, as there are a good selection of different weapons, and players get the option to make the game more difficult. Players can also use 'drinks', which are passive effects that the player can choose to make them even stronger. Weapons are handed to the player as the game progresses, widening the level of choice players get as they move towards the end of the game, and players can also select upgrades for their weapons, and can choose which upgrades they want. For example, a player may opt for damage, or they may opt for more range. The combat itself is relatively enjoyable. Players can roll, use a shield to block and counterattack, use range or melee attacks, and pick from a variety of special abilities, and, as mentioned before, the game's difficulty can be increased for more fun, possibly making the game faster paced. The game is very easy to get into, which makes it a great choice for casual players, or people who don't have much time to begin with, as they won't have to deal with an unforgiving learning curve.

Bastion also has a very unique artistic style. It's a 2.5D game with great looking style throughout the entire game. There isn't a moment in the game that feels like it doesn't carry the theme of the rest of the game, and visually, it's easy to see that as players stroll through the menus, look at the loading screen, and explore the levels. Instead of the standard 3D world that you just walk around, Bastion's world is floating. Though there isn't really any platforming, it's a unique way to define current nature of the world, as it does become part of the game and the story. The top notch artwork complements the graphical style of the game, and at the same time, the game is not at all intensive to run. There aren't any super hardcore textures, and there aren't any hardcore lighting effects, as the game's graphic style makes it for it by being unique. This means that even 'non-gaming' PCs ( or Macs ) and Linux based systems can run this easily.




Personally, I believe Bastion to be a very solid title. It's not a triple A title, it's actually an indie game, and yet it's still recognized internationally to be a great title, despite being as small as it is. It's the kind of game that you have to try, even if you don't think you'll like it, and for good reason. Bastion is a great experience, and though you won't be getting hundreds of hours out of this title, every hour will be worth it, and worth a little bit more.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
A indie game classic. This gem struck me with it's humour, gameplay and surprisingly deep story and lore. Definitely a must-have game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
...It's just a beautiful package for the senses


+ Art style
+ Sound design
+ Combat variation

- Rather short (took me 6 hours)
- Can feel slightly repetitive

The game is beautiful, maybe one of the best looking games I've played. It's graphical beauty is matched by the sound design, it's some of the best voice talent/soundtrack I've heard in a game. It's just a beautiful package for the senses but it also plays pretty well with a varied combat system, allowing you to play as you want.

It took me a little while to get into the story but I became curious about the origins of the event in the game, so much so I found it difficult to put the controller down. It's length is a little meagre but offers replayability through a 'new game plus' mode in which your levels, exp and equipment carry over which allows you to play it differently and also a different ending.

If you're into action RPGs, you should give it a go.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Great game, enough said, great narrative and music system, the moving is great and really feels like put there for mastering. 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Well what to say about this game, i loved it so much!!!! It is a candy for the eyes, it worths every penny!!! :D
Nice and sweet story, loveable characters and the part that i loved more than anything is the soundtrack!!!! oh god, taht sweed music, i would like to hear it all the time!

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Well ladies and gents, it took me almost 5 years but I finally Beat the game with 8 hours on record. With that said I took this game pretty slowly and I still beat it in 8 hours, Just keep that in mind.
Let me just start off by saying this game is a work of Art, A Masterpiece. This game honestly shocked me, Before I knew who supergiant was, I went into this game thinking it was just some average indie game with little story. I thought that you would just be going from zone to zone grabbing these crystal shards until you finish the crystal. But slowly you start to realize it is not just that, you start to notice it is more complicated than that and encounter new characters and Items. As you get further and further into the game,the story starts getting thicker and thicker. The narrator (Who is absolutely fantastic by the way) Is pretty much telling someone the story of what you are doing in that moment and this mechanic is what helps guide you through some parts that you may not have figured out.
As you progress you get these items which you use at the Bastion to upgrade the weapons which adds some variation is play styles.
My only complaint is that the OPTIONAL dream levels took so long and there was no checkpoints so if you died on the last wave you would have to restart and redo the last 20 minutes over again.
9/10, excited to move on and play transistor finally!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
A superb game with an amazing soundtrack and extraordinary artwork. Great characters and unique plot and weapons. If only the game were longer, took me about 8 hours to finish. Great game and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good RPG. Keep up the good work Supergiant Games! I give this game a well-deserved 10/10!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Amazing game. Short, pretty funny but also dark in places, great visuals and gameplay - but of course the narration is the best thing about it. You feel a bit lonely without the old man telling stories of your daring escapades back in real life.

As a sidenote, very replayable. I haven't got bored after two playthroughs and there's still more to do.

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Journey through a strange land where some dude with a great voice narrates everything you do while some kickass music plays in the background.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
This is probably the sadest and most heart-warming game I have ever play. The story is personally amazing. The decisions kept me wondering which I should pick and probably will make you have second guesses too. Overall, it is an amazing game and has the best story in a game I've seen in a while and this game is worth every single penny. <3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Delightful Experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Bought a few years ago. Never played... Randomly decided to play in Big Picture using a Xbox360 controller. Holy S@#$ was I missing out on a great game. Will play though again sometime.

Amazing art, Awesome design, Weapons are fun, Great story telling aspect.

In short...Buy it.

10 dead scumbags out of 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Amazing story-rich isometric. 11/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
I haven't even fisnished the game but I had to recommend it. The game really drags you in. Even though you're killing enemies, it's surprisingly calm and relaxing. The reason for that is because of the superb narrating and beatifull soundtrack.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Greatest game ever created
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
10/10

Would just rage for a while again.
Would fall off the edge again.
Would stop and just listen to the music again.
Would hear "Mother, I'm here" again, and cry. And keep walking. And keep crying while walking.

Would loop time again. And again. And again.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Product received for free
"The kid pressed Write Review, not knowing what to do.

The answer will come to him some day.

Until then, he kept playing the game."
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful