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 – IGN

“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

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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
91.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
8/10. for people who like action, story, and high-quality audio and graphics. it's not long (6 hours) for the price, but much longer would be a drag, and there's already several sidequests and challenges, a New Game+ option, and upgrades and customisability.

7/10. fighting action and a lots of upgrading/customisation. there's a decent variety of ranged and melee enemies. rolling and shielding add depth although it's still a kite-fest. there's a single reduced difficulty option at the beginning of the game. the primary and secondary weapons and the special skill can be customised and upgraded at various points. once unlocked, shrines can be activated to increase difficulty by modifying mechanics. most of the terrain is destructible, and mostly just for fun.

8/10. near-fully rebindable and mostly responsive. ranged weapons seem to fire at slightly below the cursor, and have limited range not shown visually nor mentioned anywhere. shielding forces lock-on (to the nearest target enemy), and normal aiming doesn't resume until the cursor is moved after shielding ends. the camera is locked to the player during play (reasonable).

9/10. the music is a mix of American frontier (Wild West), Punjabi (Pakistan/India), breakbeat, and industrial styles. the sounds are typical fighting and breaking sounds.

9/10. hand-drawn, mildly cartoony, and with inconsistent shading. exactly like it looks in the screenshots.

8/10. mostly revealed by the narrator (Rucks) talking about the past, when exploring an area. there are a few pivotal choices at the end of the campaign, which affect a few screens' worth of story.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
A great hack and slash RPG with a unique look.

+ Art style looks great.
+ Great soundtrack.
+ Great narrative.
+ Lots of fun weapons.

- Not much to bring you back after initial playthrough.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Bastion is pretty cool, I suppose.

You play as the kid, a silent guy with white hair who likes to hit stuff with hammers and other weapons that aren't as good as the hammer. Some time before the events of the game, someone decided to pour pepsi and coke into the same glass and caused the calamity to happen, which killed a bunch of people and tore the world into cool narrative tool.

Bastion plays from an isometric perspective and, much like whenever I decide to leave my dumpster, is narrated by a strange old man wearing an apron. He has a very pleasant voice though. Outside of a few grunts and shouts, he's basically the only voice you hear through the entire game, narrating the things you do, the things you see, what people are saying, whats on the lunch menu, how much time we have until break, etc.

You fight with a two weapon load out with a few options for both buttons, things like hammers, spears, machetes, and flamethrowers go hand in hand with crossbows, bows, twin revolvers, a rifle...A-...A grenade launcher. Although the game lets you pick whatever weapon for whatever button, it usually pays off to have one melee and one ranged weapons on your adventure. Though quality in weapons changes dramatically, while some can smash your enemies to pieces, others you may as well be just write a sternly worded letter to them and mailing it via Canada Post.

The joke is the mail is never going to reach them.

Outside of your attacks, you also have two kinds of defence, a shield block and a dodge. The shield can negate most damage outside of obvious explosions or gas, if you time it right you can also get a counter where the enemy deals damage to themselves by attacking you like the stupid idiots they are. The dodge is actually pretty nifty and will work as long as you actually roll out of the attack instead of into it like you would in other games.

If I had to twist my nipples at anything bad about this game I would say that your movement speed is so slow that you may as well be walking on the ground with those stupid bucket suction cup foot things you played with in kindergarten. And the game is so short it probably has trouble getting on any of the fun rides at Disney World.

But should you play Bastion?

You probably already have, considering how popular this game was back in the day. If you haven't I would give it at least one go, it's pretty fun, but I don't know how long that fun will last past one playthrough. if you can get it for the price of...I don't know, premium instant noodles? Then I would say go for it.

Gas station gets 7 smooth narrator voices out of a possible 10.

It is illegal to climb trees in Oshawa, a town in Ontario, Canada.

The curator:
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I gave this game a test run a while back and it blew my mind. The stunning elegant graphics with the "dry/smart @ss" narrative made this game very enjoyable. It's a fast paced Isometric hack and slash / stradegy game. It's not really qualified to be an RPG but it's still a great game. Rating: 8/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I almost never play games twice and I think I played through Bastion four times in a row. The music and storytelling is unbelievably good, and the gameplay is incredible. 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
——— 10/10 ———

+ Score/Soundtrack
+ Voice-Over
+ Immersion/Lore
+ Narration/Humor
+ Mechanics Synergy
+ Gameplay Diversity
+ Difficulty Fairness
+ Aesthetics
+ Level Design
+ Internal Economic
+ Replayability
+ Demo

I guess there is nothing I could really blame this game for. Developers approach to immersion is not universally appealing, but it certainly works for me. I honestly think that it is masterpiece in every way possible, because of how all components works for each other, in my experience most games never reach such synergy and it is truly rare for story-driven game with almost experimental genre approach which is neither pure hack'n'slash or pure slasher. I guess demo should provide you enough info about your compatibility for such combination.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Very fun RPG that I thought would only last me a few hours. After my first playthrough I can see it will last me much more than just a few hours.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15

Minor critic on replayability:

* game flow is a little rugged because the story/animations/etc is replayed too each level
* game modes are not explained very well
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
31 hours to 100% complete it.

This is another game consideres as a must on Steam, and it is right. You will enjoy this beautiful story told by the narrator, while you play in a similar Hack and Slash mode. The game offer a lot of modes and extras to complete the game several times and more even if you want the achievements.

I have to recognise that the dreams with the 10 idols are sometimes frustrating because they are hard, but even then you will be enjoying a good game with an epic soundtrack.

Buy it, you will not regret it. Next game: Transistor :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
10/10 narrator.

8/10 game in general:
- The different weapons, power-ups, etc. are fun to unlock and cycle through.
- The story is good from what I played.
- For each weapon there is an area which is just a challenge for that weapon, where depending on how you do you get a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prize. They are sort of like minigames. I think they are a nice part of the game.

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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 28
Another completely overrated game! Waste of my money. And I spent like only 3 bucks for it.
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14.5 hrs
Posted: October 28
Truly an amazing game. I listen to the soundtrack all the time absolutely beautiful. Plays better with controller over a keyboard/mouse.
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9.4 hrs
Posted: October 28
A wonderful suprise of a great game. The soundtrack is magical. The gameplay is solid and fun. The story interesting and well thought out. It is worth every penny if. I suggest the bundel as Transistor is wonderful as well.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 28
I have no idea why Steam reset my time played. I've beaten this game and enjoyed it very much.

Narrator! - Nice voice
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4.9 hrs
Posted: October 27
boring with nice music does not make a good game
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10.5 hrs
Posted: October 27
Not a lot of games can manage to draw me in like this one.
By the end I felt emotionly attached and in complete turmoil at the choices I was forced to make. May Zia forgive me.

I loved this game. I loved the charactors, the artwork, the music, the story.

Bastion is not your standred game. It's way better.
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21.3 hrs
Posted: October 27
Really fun and immersive game. As soon as the incredible narration with the booming voice of Logan Cunningham kicks in, you are thrown into an adventure that brings a wonderful story. The gameplay is exiting with a range of different weapons and conbinations that you can utiilies in various scenarios. It's a relatively short game, but packed to the brim, and well worth jumping on.
It also hosts a fantastic soundtrack.
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15.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
Product received for free
Video games are art, there's no denying that. Bastion is a wonderful example that easily backs up that claim.

I was aware of this game for quite a while and heard lots of good criticism about it, most aimed towards it's soundtrack. Game does indeed have a great OST but to say it's what sets it apart from other games is a bit unfair because every aspect of this games is done just right.

For example, this game has a great story. Now, it might not be the story itself that's so good but the way it's presented to a player. Every step of your journey through Bastion is wonderfully narrated as you progress. You get a feeling that someone is telling you a story while at the same time you're visualizing what you're being told. Furthermore, the voice actor did an absolutely perfect job reading that script making the journey that much more interesting.

The battle system is just amazing. Simple to learn without unnecessary complications and yet it manages to stay fun after hours of gameplay. The game gives you a variety of weapons to choose from and customize to your liking and it probably won't be long before you feel you're untouchable, but here's the thing; Once you've build the Shrine, you may invoke up to ten gods.
  • Each god will provide an addition layer of challenge by giving your enemies an additional ability like faster movement, explosion upon death, attack blocking... The list goes on and on.

  • The gods will also provide you with additional experience and "fragments" (which are the games only currency) bonuses depending on how many you've invoked so you too and your weapons will grow stronger significantly faster!

Artstyle... I was speechless from the beginning to the end. Graphics are simple and gorgeous. "Fog of war" is replaced by plain void with nothing but a background image to it. This void will gradually fill with layers of beautifully drawn blocks of terrain that pops up, filling in the blanks in a fun and beautiful way as you progress. All of this is enriched with the games great OST which fits the atmosphere just right. This game bleeds art from beginning to the very end.

I'd like to add that my expectations for this game were pretty high which ends in a disappointment more often than not but not this time around. Simple as it may be as a video game and no matter that it does not really offer anything unique or groundbreaking to the gaming industry, Bastion delivers familiar feel and gameplay in a unique and most artistic way. A must play for everyone who views games as more than just a mindless passtime!
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44.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
This is everything a great game should be. Isometric, beat-em-up style with really well polished combat mechanics. The gameplay is top notch, and the story is incredible. The way the story is told is incredible. The art style is incredible, as is the soundtrack. Really, absolutely, 100% worth the price of admission. An absolute masterpiece of an indie title.
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