Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (163 reviews) - 95% of the 163 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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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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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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Kid comes across this game, he's intrigued but doesn't know if he wants to try. He waits.

Kid later catches the game on sale, "sure, why not?" he says.

Kid is pleasantly surprised. (Y)

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10.9 hrs
Posted: October 25
One of the best games. Play it
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Quintana & O'Brien
10.6 hrs
Posted: October 23
Excellent game.

Graphics: Absolutely gorgeous artwork. You could clip some of these scenes out of the game and frame them. Everything looks hand painted and the colors are amazing. Everything in the game looks like it belongs there and nothing is out of place.

Story: Good story with excellent narration. Not too many choices though until the end. There were certain points where I was having trouble following it especially when I was trying to both play and listen to the narrator at the same time. I felt like I missed some details. I wouldn't say the story blew my mind or anything, but it was very good and certainly interesting enough to keep you engaged for the full length of the game. The game isn't super long, which I tend to like. I don't like dragging things on for 20+ hours. I got through this one in about 10 and I typically take my time through it, doing different challenges and stuff like that.

Gameplay: Loved the way the map floated into place as you walked down paths. You always knew where you had been and where you could go. It gave me incentive to explore entire rooms to see if any additional pathways were revealed.
Combat was good and responsive, but the variety was more in how unique each weapon was more than how deep the combat system was. Each weapon was fun to use and they are all very different from each other. Made it fun to mix and match to find the best fit for either your style or that particular level in the game. But there wasn't much in the way combinations or different ways to use the same weapon. You kind of just get into a rythm with what you are using and do that every time. You also get to carry two weapons at once so you can kind of pair them up to match your style. I switched weapons a lot so I can't say I ever got tired of the combat.

Soundtrack: Loved it and am considering buying it.

I almost didn't complete this game because I was using a keyboard at first. I found it very uncomfortable and fatigued my hands. Then I got a controller and went back to this and it was night and day. While you can play it with your keyboard, I can't recommend playing this with a controller enough.

If you like a good story and enjoy the top down view, hack and slash type games you owe it to yourself to check out this one. The weapons are fun and interesting. The music is great and the art is pleasure to play through. Its been out a while and I'm late to the party, but I can see why the reviews are so positive.
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Turd Bruiser
9.2 hrs
Posted: October 23
Pretty rad game, enjoyed the story,
How ever much they payed the narrator, it wasnt enouh,
Also i think its worth mentioning that i tried transistor and it didnt quite grab me like this game did, so if you werent a fan of transistor you might still dig this game.
but since i killed this game in a day? i cant recommend paying more than 7-10 bucks for it
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27.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
Fun hack and slash.. It's a tough game but addictive
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 22
Surprisingly enjoyable.
Definitely worth a few bucks.
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Punny Bunny
21.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
An artistic masterpiece whose merits of beauty are backed solidly by tight controls and fair gameplay. The legendary narrator Logan Cunningham lends his talents to the fray and every syllable from his blessed mouth is music to my ears.
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15.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
Bastion is as good as everyone says it is. Let me add my view why.

If you're experienced, Bastion won't be very challenging on its own. (I'd give it a 6/10 on the This Game Is Hard scale.) However, the game has two things going for it that makes up for that.

One, there is the ability to deliberately make enemies tougher for additional XP/money. It's a fair system that lets people choose how hard the game is, with the appropriate rewards for doing it. You'll only unlock half of these difficulty boosters on your first play, but the extra oomph it gives to enemies makes for a much more satisfying experience. (8/10 on the TGIH scale.)

Two, the narration flows perfectly with the story of the game. Initially, it's a charming gimmick. As the game starts getting serious, so does the tone and direction of the narrator. You start to grow attached to the characters and the world they are dealing with as you progress. The ending sequences brings it all together in a very, very satisfying climax. I didn't expect to get emotional, but there it was all of a sudden.

P.S.: This is the first full game I've played with the Steam Controller. It works very well with the popular community configuration. It's a good first game to get acclimated with the controller if you are comfortable with the console controllers of the day.
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12.0 hrs
Posted: October 20
Meh, for a game with glamorously high amount of good and amazing reviews this game is so simple and clunky, story is also meh as it is too slow to unravel and there is no ups and down nor plots it's just a random guy narating something happened in this kid's life. Played 12 hours and couldn't take anymore boredom. Uninstalled and wished I tried the demo first before foolishly believing overly good reviews that could probably be fake.
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13.4 hrs
Posted: October 20
Ah, Bastion.

It has music that sounds like clobbering solid rock (buldin' a wall) , a voice narrating what happens in a specific, cool style (sitting by a campfire, while you slaughter windbags 'n other beasts), gorgeous hand-painted-style artwork (beautifies the postapocalyptic setting), varied weaponry that affects you playstyle, diverse, interesting monsters and other "badguys" , a continuously improving and expanding flying battleship-island, and you being a white-haired, badass Kid delivering beatdowns at the center of a gripping, (words can't come to me now that can properly describe this) tale.

What more can you ask for? No, this is not a rhetorical question. I may write down some of the few nitpicky criticisms I have, but that's - well - rather petty and insignificant in the blinding light of its greatness.

All of it tied neatly together, making a shining gem. A finely cut crystallic Core.
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