Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (14,798 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 16, 2011

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"One of the strongest debut titles from a new studio I've ever played. My 2011 GOTY is an action adventure where your every move is narrated to you."
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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

Windows
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
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I waited to write this review until I had beaten the game and got all of the achievements.

I didn't really expect much from this game. I'm not really into these action, kiddy looking, RPGs. I kind of just picked it at random from where it had been collecting dust in my library, but it won my heart. The voice acting is amazing and clever. Arguably, there is a deep philosophical lesson to this game. I won't give it away though. The music? Wow. I have never wanted to buy a game soundtrack, but I do now! At some point in the game, you get a radio, with which you can put whatever song you like on from the soundtrack.

The game has different endings. You beat the game once, and have the option to play the game again with all of your weapons, upgrades, and level intact. This is helpful to get a different ending and/or for achievements.

There is also a attack score mode, where you restart from the beginning, without your upgrades and from level one. In this mode, you can accumulate points and compete on the leaderboards.

There are some really tough achievements, but once you get them you have this huge feeling of accomplishment. They really test your skills as a player.

Buy this game. If you are on the fence, put it on your wishlist, and buy it when it goes on sale. I seriously doubt that you will be disappointed.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Bastion might not be something to get a ton of hours out of or regularly play, but its one of the most original RPGs. It really didn't feel bland at all. The game's simple, but very fun to play. Its good to get into if you don't want to learn a complex system or devote a bunch of time into going through an RPG. Its not a long game, but that doesn't make it lesser. There's some replayability to it with different modes too.

Bastion's strongest point is the story. Oh my God its so good! A bit depressing, but so strong. It had a great impact on me and is easily a game that will never be forgotten.
I won't speak much on it. You have to play through it for yourself.
Also, the story is narrated. Its pretty neat and really sets the mood of the game. I couldn't imagine playing the game without the narration!

The art is gooorgeous. It has a very artsy look and is quite colourful. Its pleasing to look at. I liked it a lot.

The music is also excellent. Has an OST worth playing outside of the game. The style of music was pretty unique. Some really great tracks and its something I still listen to here and there.

There's a few different ways to play the game when it comes to controls. It all runs very well. No issues.

Bastion is just a total masterpiece. If you haven't played it you need to. Its one of those must-play indie titles that people will still be talking about years from now. Kind of the FF7 of indie games :)
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Good gameplay.
Engaging story.
Superb art.
Breathtaking soundtracks.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Bastion's narrator is probably what most people know about this game. It's a pretty good work of design, writing and voice acting. The game also looks and sounds amazing, with vibrant visuals and soundtrack that ties incredebly well with its story. But, most of all, what is amazing about the game is its gameplay. When it launched Bastion raised the bar from what we could expect from indie games. Not only are the controls tight and responsive, whether you're using a controller or mouse & keyboard, it's just amazing how well designed the weapons are, how unique and game changing they feel as you acquire them. Consider this a universal recommendation: no matter what kinds of games you usually play, you should buy and play Bastion.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
I hope that many years from now Bastion is remembered as the quintessential retro game of the downloadable era. Too many game developers have settled to plagiarizing outdated game mechanics, putting the end product through a pixelated filter and justify a frustrating experience by calling it "Nintendo hard" to gain that somehow glorified honor of being called "retro". Well I'm old enough to have lived throughout that period and wise enough not to glorify it through rose-tinted glasses. I also remember the sense of discovery that came from trying out new weapons and destroying everything, so I'm glad to say Supergiant Games has well understood that concept while making Bastion!

The setting behind the story could best be described as "Frontier Fantasy" with your analogs to pioneers, marshals, mines full of mystic crystal cores and dispossessed natives undercutting your mission to rebuild the Bastion, aka humanity's last refuge. You'll read a lot about this game's very own narrator whose grizzled voice is there to give your actions a certain gravitas. It works, but having him be the sole source of exposition makes it near impossible to connect with anything else! You barely interact with anyone and if you do talk to other characters, the narrator tells you what they say! A whole universe experienced through the pinhole of one old man's words, that's what Bastion is!

The world itself could best be described as an isometric sky platform badly in need of handrails. Forget pixels, this is all hand-drawn art with individual sprites and the result is a full and vibrant environment with a diverse menagerie of monsters, each with their own characteristics, some even with their own backstory! In an age of heavily processed animations, still having hand drawn graphics is the most retro thing there is!

The actual fun in the gameplay comes from trying to find the right combination of two weapons with which to face the dangers ahead. You build quite the arsenal throughout your journey and each weapon has its own skill tree in which thankfully, you can change your decisions if you're unhappy or just feeling experimental. This is important because you'll soon come across a variety of binary needs, most of which aren't readily evident. I mean, you can understand quick & short-ranged vs slow & long-ranged but soon comes factors such as spread damage, weapon stun, poison vs direct damage, the issue of armor penetration and so forth. Needless to say, every weapon is unique and it's the combination thereof that makes the gameplay so engaging.

Much appreciated are the training camps for each and every weapon along with the dream sequences which just has the Kid fight wave after wave of enemies. They're supplemental, optional and a great way to acclimate yourself with the new toy you just discovered in that one stage. I also liked the timed shield reflect mechanic which might be overpowered since it also reverses melee attacks. You also have access to about thirty Secret Skills, super moves for all of your weapons; however since they are all activated by collectable Black Tonics these all turn into so many different ways to press an emergency "SAVE ME" button.

There's A LOT of exposition dump concentrated early on but I'd say that the game really picks up after finding your third or fourth Bastion shard and opening the Forge which allows you to start customizing weapons. There's a self-awareness in that the game realizes all that it wants to accomplish but still attempts to be as accessible as possible; heck, even the difficulty system works on an individual monster upgrade system, though one that is non-essential towards the story. Bastion is this most ambitious of undertakings but still provides gameplay relatable to a child. A rare gem that should truly be enjoyed by all.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
TL;DR A great 3D isometric adventure game with never before done story narrative with an incredible narrator. Getting it at full price is great but if waiting for a discount just know you will be missiong a story meaty game.

What Is Bastion.
In its core? A simple 3D isometric game where you collect crystal to advance the story while hoarding alcohol and weapons. Sounds simple ja? Not really. A deep system has a narrator narrate everything to you based on your actions and performances even boss types i must say get their own dialog to differentiate from the common rabble plaguing the world.

Review a go!

1:Graphics
A refreshing take on the indie game stuff, Bastion emplys colourful world that is reminds you of watercolour with everything has a distinct blob to it to help with the effect. Special attacks and enviromental damage are beautifully done. Not much else to say though.

Here's a link to somewhat show what i mean. A gameplay video would be even better i suppose.
[fish, steam deleted my link. oh well next time i suppose]

2:Sound
From the husky voice of the narrator to the frightheningly well done tempo music that ratchets up as you serve the beatdown on gunky slim Bastion apparently paid the sound guy quite a good of cash. Not getting in the way while providing their purpose there is nothing wrong with such an approach.

The famous narrator of this game tells the story as you go and play with repeating challenges, killing enemies and even repeating a failed challenge will produce a different response from him each time. The warm husky voice definitely helped pull you in into the game world where no one else speak save for the surprise the game saves for you.

Go do yourself a favour and download the OST even if you do not wish to buy this game. Its art by itself.

3:Gameplay.
Oh boy the meat!

Where shall i shall i start? Well Bastion utilize a 2 weapon system that is mapped to the left and right mouse button respectively and clicking it will trigger said weapon. Now what makes this fun is that you have a shield that can block anything provided you counter at the right time or otherwise receive reduced damage instead and you even have a slot for 1 special attack that at the beginning has 3 charges.

Sounds typical? Well here we go. Fights are often arena based with smaller enemies appearing before a bigger baddy appear for you to squash. In between the healing, the frantic sword fight and the 'OH DARN' moment when you realize you used all the special attack Bastion nailed the meaty delicious part of combat to the letter but it does help that the narrator keeps on narratin throughout the battle as you desperately struggles to block a giant sack of pus from squashing you as his gentle smoky voice guides you to death. Snarkiness is guaranteed.

For weapons themselves....... lets just say i wouldnt spoil things but theres everything for everyone. I myself prefer bow and machete. Yes even in Bastion i play as berserker.

4:NEW GAME +
5 years ago such a thing would be all too common, these days they have all but dissapeared into the gutter but what a pleasant surprise to see Bastion packing a new game + and boy do i like it. 2X Everything for everything that wants to kill you and 0.5 for yourself. enjoy cutesy Dark Souls. :3

Conclusion.
Great game, great story and great gameplay. Bastion narration held it strong all the way to the end where you shall get a satisfying ending as befit a gaming warrior such as yours truly. Recommendation to pick this up is a definite yes!

P/S: Did i mention you should pick this up yet?

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
I first played this game 18 months ago and wasn't that into it. Certainly I was impressed by its drawing style and the touching voice by Logan Cunningham. But the game play, mostly smashing things all around, didn't interest me too much so I abandoned half way through the story line.

A couple days ago when checking my library looking for something to play, I saw this game sitting in my library and I figured it wouldn't be a bad idea to continue from the save of last year's summer.

And it was fun. Real fun. The game play is actually very interesting.

You can choose two weapons to equip from a total of 12 and a secret skill. Some secret skill are weapon-specific while the others are general. There are also upgrades to weapons once you get the required material and money, which is called fragment in the Bastion. Bethesda really should have taken a page from Supergiant for Skyrim's battle system.

This game is suitable for both casual and hardcore gamers. For casual gamers there is a No-Sweat mode that allows infinite continues in exchange for inability to earn some achievements. The main story line only takes about 3 hours to finish on the first run. While for hardcore gamers, there are New Game+ and Score Attack modes, both of which are required if you want to get 100% of the achievements.

As a side note, the achievements are really well-designed that you earn as few as 5 out of the 24 achievements if you finish the game in story mode. The pursuit of the remaining 19, is truly the essence of this game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Bastion it's a game that i can only define as perfect.
A nice enviroment in each stage of the game, many weapons, challenges, a beatifull lovely and emotional story that can end differently depending of your choices.
And man.. you should buy that soundtrack too, trust me you won't regret it.

10/10 We need more games like this these days.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Bastion is one of the best games I have ever played. The mechanics work well, combat and movement is fluid, the game isn't too punishing, and if you took what makes it special away, it would still be a fantastic game.
What makes it stand out is the narration and story. I have never in my life heard a narrator as beautiful as this one. It doesn't interfere with gameplay, and adds to the enviroment. The story is wonderfully crafted, works with the enviroment, the art is beautiful. The ending is a texbook 'what to do'. I'll try not to spoil it, but it's the kind that makes you think about what you've done, and are about to do.
If Supergiant games can continue making masterpieces like this, Valve may be booted to my second favorite publisher.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
The kid starts writing a review for Bastion.
He rates it 10/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
One of the best Indie games out there! A must have!
All the aspects of the game are perfect
Combat, Music, Characters, Story and especially the narrator Ruckus
Graphics 10
Combat 10
Story 10
Music 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Here is my review of Bastion:

First waking up in Bastion you have no idea what is going on. What starts your adventure is that you do not remember anything about what happened to the world after the calamity hit. Bastion follows the story of "The Kid" , who happens to survive all the events prior to the game. You first start of with just a trusty weapon and begin to slowly build your arsenal.

Gameplay / Sound- it almost works as a action RPG. The action includes shooting guns with cooldowns, dodging to avoid enemy attacks and special attacks. The RPG element works with upgrading guns and deciding what weapons to bring into combat during a certain mission. Some of the weapons become ridiculously strong, but with the increase in difficulty it shouldnt be too much of a problem. Unlocking the shrines and using them makes the game more fun and it also creates a bigger challenege in the game. Outside of those the game plays pretty much like an action game more than a RPG one. Playing on different level makes the game feel as though the worlds are all different yet are a part of a bigger story. Sadly you do not get to see even part of the world. The soundtrack to this game is one of the best I have heard in any video game. Once you hear it, you'll want to download it and keep on listening to it.

Story- The story revolves around "The Kid" and his quest to collect shards to save the world after the Calamity. While the story is fleshed out over the course of the game, i cant help but feel that the world isnt as interesting as I thought it would be. What i mean by this is that there is a clear beginning, middle and end, yet not any more to it. I expected to find notes or more journal types of items to help flesh out the world. It exists already to some degree in the game, but i would have liked to know more. Other than that little nit pick, I found the story to be good, but not great.

Replayability - While there is a proving grounds and some wave enemy combat, I see Bastion on Campagin as a one and done type of deal. There is content to keep you interested for the better part of about 15-20 hours though. If you getting everything and doing the extra missions you should finish within that timetable. The campaign for me took between 6-8 hours. Once you get the hang of the combat it runs though pretty quickly. As a game to pick up in the future again, I say it has limited replayability.

Controls - Controls are pretty straight forward and really easy to learn. I would recommend using a controller though because keybindings are on the backburner for this game.

Conclusion: If you are looking to buy Bastion, do it. It is a fantastic game and well worth purchase. The only negative takeaway is that the story background isnt fully fleshed out and the replayability factor is pretty low.

Final Score: 9 out of 10

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
You can make a game with great mechanics or visuals or sounds or plot and it will still be just a game. By combining all of those in harmony in tight package you make an art. But if you go further and make all of those aspects shiny, neat and interesting - you will create a masterpiece. Such as Bastion.

Unique, pleasant visuals. Memorable and solemn soundtrack. Nicely chosen narrator voice actor. Great, interesting plot with twists here and there. You will even have a moral choice. Smooth and fluid controls. More than that - the game isn't 50 hours long, its mostly concentrated fun. Leaves you wishing more yet satisfied with what you had..

Overall: Quite a rare gem, must buy.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Bastion is one of those games that deserves a sequel, everything is great about this game - story, gameplay, art style, music, you mention it! One of the best RPGs in years!
Rating: ★★★★★
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Nice soundtrack, nice gameplay, nice art, nice concepts and a nice price
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
This game is amazing. It has incredible narration, a compelling visual style, and plot worthy of many manly tears. Not often can a game leave me with such a desire to share with others, but this game unquestionably does so. My only regret is not playing this sooner.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Wonderful1!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Don't let the demo fool you. It's better than it presents.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
The calamity

Bastion is a game about a kid who hangs out with an old man.
The man tells him about the calamity.
You also meet a gurl and she says this: The Calamity.

Old man gives you directions because of the calamity and pretty soon you'll discover that this is THE calamity.

The game has breathtaking music, nice voice acting and most importantly a good gameplay...oh and a calamity.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Seriously one of the best games I've ever played. The narration was absolutely amazing, and the soundtrack was stunning. I just finished up the main story line in roughly 5 hours, but will be going back to play "New Game Plus" mode very soon.

Great story, great audio, amazing game. Highly recommend, one of the best I've played in a long time.
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