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

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
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Destin Grin
10.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
——— 10/10 ———

+ Score/Soundtrack
+ Aesthetics
+ Immersion/Lore
+ Narration/Humor
+ Mechanics Depth
+ Level Design
+ Replayability
+ Difficulty Levels Balance
+ Achievements
+ Economic
+ Multiplatform Controls

Absolute masterpiece, where all components refined to be perfect.
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Evil Cat Emperor
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Definitely one of the best games I've played and is brilliant example of story telling, world creation and atmosphere in gaming.
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bfops
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Bastion has a great theme, and everything fits very well into it. The graphics are lovely, the audio is bouncy, the narration is excellent, and has a wonderful dry wit about it. The gameplay is fantastic! While the basic combat system is pretty straightforward (you'll only have a few attacks at any time), there's a lot of exploration to be found in the ability to create your own loadouts, upgrade your weapons, and upgrade your character.

The "idol" system allows you to opt-in to different difficulty tweks to the game (e.g. enemies have more health), usually in exchange for better rewards (e.g. more money drops). I love this customizable difficulty, especially since you can tweak it as you want, as you play through.

All in all, this game is wonderful, and it's kind of hard to do it justice in a review.
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Richard Zedalius
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
I still hear the narrators voice when i sleep, 10/10 would play again
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Iudex Gundyr
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
Now I see why this game gets so many positive reviews. If you got the cash, this game will not make you regret buying it.
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Noct
9.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Really fun game while it lasted. The narrator is awesome.
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FÜHRER AXOLOTL
12.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
A unique aspect to Bastion, and possibly the reason of it's positive reception, is how the game engages the player: instead of having dialogue boxes, you have a voice narrating your every move in the game, whether you're countering enemy attacks, switching your weapons, and even falling off cliffs or dying. This gives a persistent idea that even the simplest action you take in the game is meaningful, an idea that I guarantee you'll enjoy.

A small catch is that Bastion doesn't offer much aside from the first playthrough, but that's still a 10-20 hours of a good game, mind you, and this game definitely worth the price.

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sAmAn7up
15.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
+++ Cool game and soundtrack ever. dont miss soundtrack too . you lose yourself in game and ending with that sound :
Setting Sail, Coming Home ;)
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Meyaka
19.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
A great game on every level. Very high quality for an indie title and an inspiration in my own work. I find the weapons very satisfying and don't even get me started on the art design. Wow! Well worth any price $15 or under.
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Dove_Landing02
9.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Excellent gameplay, nice music, and SUPERB narraration!
In my opinion, it had a difficult story to pay attention to with all action going on around you. I was not moved with emotion by the story and the characters seemed to be uninteresting.
Despite this, it's an excellent game.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Summary/ Overview
Bastion was published by Warner Brothers Interactive entertainment, a subdivision of Warner Brothers, Inc. developed by Supergiant Games, the studio also behind Transistor. Bastion is an action role-playing game with a ubiquitous narrator. You play as the Kid in Bastion who is given no specific name at all while you uncover what has happened to the Bastion after the calamity. The Bastion is the center marketplace you could say in the game that regenerates the life of the whole community. Through going back to the Bastion you can upgrade your weapons, skills; buy more idols through the lost-and-found, pay respects to the memorial of fallen people that have passed away through completing different tasks, switch out weapons in the arsenal and one of my favorite places to go, being the distillery where you can buy potions that give you statistic bonuses and added health, carrying capacity.
Gameplay (Features, controls, graphics & mechanics)
Features

Locations
There are many locations within the game and I want to touch briefly on a few. The few worth mentioning are The Wharf District, Trappers Shingle and the Hanging Gardens. These are among the first few districts you will visit when trying to collect cores. The cores are used in the Bastion, at the central monument in order to build add-ons to the Bastion since it got destroyed after the calamity.

The Wharf district
You obtain your first main weapon, the breaker's bow, your first memento which are collectible items that either tell you some history about the culture or rather are commodities, fragments of materials that you need in order to craft weapon upgrades. You will learn your first special move and the basics in this area. The first special move is a whirlwind which you use with your basic weapon you start out with called the crael hammer. You are thrown immediately into the action as the story starts wherein the main character, Kid, has no idea how he got here through the Bastion, the safe haven and shelter of the town. The rippling walls remains transversed as you walk. Once you start walking forward down a certain particular path, the path expands as you walk. You learn that the calamity has happened and currently search to see if anyone else except you survived the calamity. If you are the only one that survived the calamity, then why did all the other cultures and races of people get wiped out?

Trappers Shingle
Trappers Shingle is a very dangerous place in the game but the most unique. You have to run from the start to the finish of the whole area while watching platforms crumbling below your very feet. You need to hit targets on the sides before you proceed since everything has basically been tripwired in order to make you fall to your inevitable death. Good luck! You do receive a prize for your efforts based on how quickly you make it to the end. This is all dependent upon the time it takes you as well as any penalties in case you fall off the map.

The Hanging Gardens
The Hanging Gardens is a place that honors the dearly departed, those that have died in the calamity. You meet a strange man named Zulf while everyone else is frozen in time, so frozen you can actually hit them and they disintegrate. Zulf is quite the character that later destroys the Bastion once again making your life hard after the calamity. Why is everyone frozen, does Zulf have special powers or rather has this dystopian alternate universe been created because of the after effects of the calamity putting a curse on the towns and all the people in it? You will have to play along to find out the final answer as the story progresses.

Fully Destructible Environment
Everything in the game from pillars, pieces of walls, crates, barrels and enemies can be destroyed. You only get experience points for destroying enemies and boxes.

Unique, Dismal, Comical Narration
I will be honest with you on this one, I am not a fan of the narration throughout the whole game. The narrator's tone and voice distracts too much away from the nice music and enemy encounters, lush environments.

Water-colored, Hand-Painted, Crafted Environments
All in all, the art style is unique and does a good job attesting to the fact that video games are inspired art made for a manifest and also a latent function.

Experience Points/ Skill Based System
It has an experience point system which you get by destroying objects and enemies

Controls
Controls are very well done. I recommend using a controller since it feels most comfortable

Pros & Cons

Pros
•Nice artwork within the game's environment with solid graphics all around
•Polished enemy variety with unique moves and abilities
•Engaging story and premise of a world fallen and cursed through a time period known as the calamity
•Fully destructible environments that oscillate location to location
•Fun and relaxing to play
•Great boss battles

Cons
•Narration is ok in my personal opinion, but it personally is just not my style

Overall- 8
Highly rated and recommended because it really is an amazing game that is worth all of your time and effort. Warner Brothers Interactive make some of the best games that I like to date.

Key
1-3 = poor
4-5 = ok
6-7 = good
8-10= amazing

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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
10/10

One of the best soundtracks out there. Deep upgrade system. Stoney atmosphere. Addicting.

100% recommend.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
This one of the few games I've played where I'm hard pressed to find a flaw in.
Everything about it is excellent, and it is a stellar example of how to achieve perfect balance in a game's aspects. Fun, skillful gameplay, fantastic story and characters, an unbeliavable soundtrack, beautiful and unique visuals, and it the perfect length. None of these aspects outweigh the other like in many other games, somehow. It's frankly amazing.

This is a game I would recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. You owe it to yourself to play this masterpiece.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
A decent game with very different feel. I don't mind the game being short, howerver, I do wish it had a bit more depth.

Calming soundtrack, okay combat, cool real-time/triggered narration.

The characters didn't appeal to me but the world and its essence did. It's an okay game but best to wait for a sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I have to say it's been a while since I played a game this good. It's not without it's flaws but there's so much good about it that the negative is barely noticeable.

- The Good

- Awesome, badass narrator/Actually get to meet the narrorator/Great voice acting.
- Tutorial short and fun.
- Controls amazingly.
- Combat is some of the best I played in a while. Easy/Smooth/Fun. Counter ability is actually useful.
- Auto-aim makes for easier and better flow of combat.
- Most objects destructable (fun if your like me).
- Collectables for extra xp.
- Collectables have somewhat story's connected to them/Collectables connected to survivors.
- Large variety of weapons/Skills for weapons/Can upgrade weapons/Upgrades give extra abilities that can be change at any time.
- Large variety of skills.
- Passive abilities for each level up/Large variety of passives/Can change what passives you want at any time with no penalty like weapon upgrades.
- Can eventually buy skills, passives abilities, and materials for your weapons.
- Get to rebuild Bastion/Get to choose what buildings go up first.
- Game ran great. No frame drops, crashes or issues of any sort.
- Alternate areas to go outside of the storyline/Weapon training areas for material to upgrade weapons/Arenas for grinding xp, money, and back story to main character and Zia - Singer.
- Collect cores to rebuild Bastion/Boss fight for every core/Boss fights feel intense and most times challenging.
- Music and sound effects are AMAZING. Some of the best, most memorable I've heard in a long time/Whether it was the main menu music, ingame music, fighing music, boss fight music or in Bastion music. All was amazingly composed and perfect for this game. Vocals are beautiful and not something I see many devs do.
- Amazing story about "The Calamity"/Search for survivors/Story about starting over.
- Each survivor has their own story/Each have their own connection to collectables and tell what they know about them/Unneccesary detail but adds to the story of the game.
- Can eventually add challenges for extra xp.
- Large variety of enemies and ways to combat them/3 are commonly used but they aren't the only ones used.
- Beautiful level design/Beautiful sceneries/Perfect mix of colors with the level design that made everything look good.
- Money is really easy to collect, especially when the arena is added.
- Perfect difficulty progression.
- New game plus/Score attack mode (after you beat the game). Replay ability.
- $14.99 Canadian/$11.40 U.S. With everything that comes with the game originally and the replay ability $14.99 is cheap.

- The Bad

- Healing fountains in the beginning not used after introduced/Not really needed.
- Cannot return to previously finished levels.
- Started to feel a little repeatative.
- Don't understand why enemies were sometimes on my side or looked like they were being charmed.
- Wish Kid had a voice actor.
- No manual aiming, hard to deal with faster moving enemies.

Overall I enjoy Bastion way more then I expected. As of right now it has to be one of the best games I played this year and if you don't own it already, you should.

YouTube Video If Anyone Is Interested - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlDc7KVX0sg
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This was a great game. I bought it on sale, but would have paid full price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Stylish isometric platforming/action game. Very fun and playable, and the voice narration is a REALLY nice touch. This game has beautiful art, music, sound design...♥♥♥♥, it's just beautiful. If you like action platformers, this is for you!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Buy for the soundtrack... play the game for inspiration.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Seems pretty short , But very enjoyable story and fun game in general, Doesnt feel to grindy and decent options of weapons to choose from. If you like narative stories definitly pick it up
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Bastion is a super fun, yet challenging game with a pretty art style and a good soundtrack!
As to be expected from a Super Giant game, it is very story rich, with a fixed narrative. There is however, some agency you keep, since the narrator is only an NPC and his view can be challenged.
But the gameplay isn't just follwoing the plotline-levels, there are the seperate weapon-levels as well where you can gather prizes based on your performance. To me, those were a welcome change and a fun challenge! I also liked that there is the possibilty to manually upgrade and put together your own weapon set. It encourages you to experiment with differnt fighting techniques and combos, which is always nice.

All in all, I enjoyed playing Bastion and look forward to replaying it!
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