Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (12,216 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 –

“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

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
17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 5

Now, ladies and gentlemen, THIS is a good game right there.
What is there not to love?

Good gameplay.
Engaging story.
Superb art.
Breathtaking soundtracks.
Terrific game.

Overall, just trust me and play it, you won't be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
It's rare for me to play games of this type but I am extraordinarily glad that I took a chance with this one. From the beginning the beautiful visuals immerse you in a world that is both unique and wholly familiar; many games of this type exist but Bastion truly stands above the rest due to the unique concept of the platforming system and the art style. The narration provided by the gravelly-voiced Logan Cunningham made me press on even when I grew bored or disinterested.He's a serious talent in this arena.
Gameplay was not overly challenging, although I admittedly did not complete all parts of the game, such as some of the Challenge Zones and the dream sequences. My goal was to see the main story through because it interested me, even if the twists and turns weren't all that surprising, it was compelling.
Much has been said of the soundtrack but I'm still going to talk about how gorgeous Ashley Barret's vocals are, and how perfect Darren Kolb's guitar work and compositions were. Get this game, play it, and if you don't like it, please tell me why.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Although recommended to me by a friend who appreciates such things, I did not expect the level of storytelling that I found in this game. Its arcade, hack-'n-slash appearance belies its capacity for depth - with a soundtrack to match.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Like, pretty much the best isometric, 2D game you are ever going to play in your life.

I like it so much I cannot recommend this enough. If there was, like, a rating system, maybe one to one hundred, this game would be a solid 100/100. I'd boot Bastion up and play it every day all day if I could.

This game is just incredibly good for an indie game. Most games you see with, like, a soundtrack, you might go "ohh some guy thinks his music is good, ha ha" no, this guy, Darren Korb, did something ridiculously cool with Bastion. The soundtrack is just so good. Every step of the way you'll be like oh my god I am so digging this music, even while platforms fall from the sky, or fall from under you.

As indie games go, I don't usually say they are ever worth anything over $10. Bastion is the exception that proves me wrong. The, what, seven or so people who worked on Bastion have more than earned their chips (or whatever).

It's better than Diablo III.

It's so good.

Get it, today.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Just buy it.
A really good game, great soundtrack, great story.
Great end, some times it made me almost cry.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Excellent this if you want to go through a story told by an excellent narrator, wich is something only Fable had done correctly in my opinion.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Very fun, pretty and unique, indie isometric hack-n-slash that is easy to get into. The narrator voice-over is really well done, and the graphics are sort of like beautifully hand-painted SNES-esque environments, which means I love it. Good music, too. Plus, combat is more interesting than in many other games of this type (including the Diablo series, IMO).

Fun, cool and interesting. The setting is quite unique. A bizarre fantasy world of floating land-masses with a bit of old wild-west, a hint of post-apocalyptic, with some rather strange beasts. And the game's ending is surprisingly moving and thought-provoking.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
One of the best audio-visual experiences a game can bring you
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The soundtrack and art style are really good and help bring together a nice childish feel to the game's apocolyptic storyline. As many will point out the game's narrator is one of the defining parts of the game much like in the newer game: Stanley Parable. While combat and customization in this game is not necessarily the best the aesthetics of the game really keep you playing. I would personally give this game a 7.2/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Amazing game, graphics, visuals, gameplay and the story is totally unique and beautiful.

A game that 's entertainment with the game's story is sophisticated, but just misses the ease paa beat the game.

So, it's fun, playable and great.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A beautiful arcade game with hand painted graphics supported by an interesting and original story and an even more original storytelling. The world you are evoling in is building itself while you are moving, and nearly every of your step is accompagnied by a deep and grizzly narator voice.

The game comes with a variety of enemies using different tactics to bother you and of course with bosses. You on the other hand have a big choice of weapons and perks allowing you to always be best prepared for the next world you enter. Weapons are upgradable with "fragments' of the world you collect during your adventures, and you can also gain fragments while completing challenges related to your weapons or to the story.

Expect 20 hours of gaming at least on your first run, and 10 to 15 more if you want to complete the "New Game Plus" mode and/or all Steam achievements.

I highgly recommend it for anyone wanting to play a "different" arcade game.
One last thing: there is no way you could not enjoy the beautifully crafted soundtrack.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Amazing, Great art style, music, combat, story line and that narator so good. 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game Is a masterpiece. "Well, I guess theres nothing more to say."
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Honestly through out the time playing the game i had a lot of fun. The story was amzing very enjoyable also to mention all of the characters were likable. The assorted weapons were really cool and my overall experience was a good one. If anyone wants to have a good experience try it out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Absolutely fantastic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Bastion is honestly one of my favourite games of all time. A wonderful story with great visuals, sewn together with great gameplay and a bunch of weapons that you can mix and match combos with, and above all else, the greatest narration ever to exist in anything period, make this game a 100% must play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Bastion is one of the best games I have played and you have no excuse not to play it.

It combines a number of addictive elements that slowly get introduced to you. It has a witty narrator (think Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell) that hilariously narrates everything you do. You get a few weapons along the way and a shield at the start then your favourite RPG tools appear.

Let’s talk about the graphics. Amazing! If you have a higher resolution screen like me (2560 by 1440), checkout the Steam discussions to get a fix for it (look in properties, set launch options… and add -x 2560 -y 1440). It’s like you have been thrown into an artist’s water coloured mind and has painted his brush all over your brain. The music and sounds are fantastic. This is truly what gaming is about.

Bastion is a hack and slash RPG, you get and upgrade weapons along the way, and you have secondary weapons, special attacks, weapon upgrade tree, elixirs to improve stats, shrine to increase difficulty and mini games to master your skills. Even after that, you have a nice loot system that you’re always trying to find and there’s an excitement level because when you get something, it’s good and not just worthless junk!

The only area I can really fault with this game is its story, it’s not as interesting like most games (I want to know what caused the Calamity, but that’s about it), it doesn’t even matter though. You just want to play and have a good time.

Best thing about Bastion is it always had something new to show the player, it’s not tedious, it doesn’t get stale. It’s refreshing to see a game excite so much while having so much strategy to a hack and slash genre which people tend to have a habit of mindlessly playing.

Thank you Bastion, for being awesome! One of my favourite games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Bastion is a brawler from a top-down perspective with a cartoony look. I saw this game on sale, and I heard good things about it, so I decided to spend my hard earned 2 dollars on it. The game is not hard to run, it never crashed, the framerate did not decrease and it still manages to look very nice. Gameplaywise, the game is quite simple. You walk with the w, a, s and d, dodge with space, block with shift, which also locks on targets and aim and attack with the mouse. You can carry two weapons at once. There is a set of melee weapons and ranged weapons, which you unlock through the game. You can equip two melee weapons or two ranged weapons, but I mostly stick with one melee and one ranged. You attack with your primary weapon with left mouse button and secondary weapon with the right mouse button, and you attack in the direction you point with the cursor, unless you are targeting an enemy. But the targeting system seriously bugged me. I thought that pointing at the enemies was a little dumb, so I tried to target the enemies, but the targeting system seems to target enemies randomly, maybe it targets the enemy closest to the cursor, but I am not really sure. Anyway, back to the weapons. My favorites are the machete, hammer, pike, pistols and shotgun, but I hate the rifle and mortar, but the worst thing about this is that in some levels, you get a new weapon, and the game feels that you just have to try it out and half of the level is just a weapon tutorial, which I thought was kinda dumb. But you get the option to switch your weapons about halfway through, which is neat. Throughout the game, a narrator tells the story, and he has an awesome voice, but most of the time I cannot hear him, due to all the noises in the game, but you can mute the sound and turn the voice volume up, which helps. And the story is awesome, listen to it. The game takes about 5 hours to beat, not counting the optional weapon challenges, where you can win materials to further upgrade your weapons. There are also survival modes if you're in that kind of stuff. Anyway, I think Bastion was a pretty fun game, and it's cheap, too. I would say it's worth the money, even though it's kinda short and the game isn't perfect. And the soundtrack is for sale, too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Great story, amazing soundtrack and neat gameplay.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I just completed this game and other than that familiar sense of accomplishment I'm delighted with the experience.

The game caught me since the first 2 minutes with a narrative that makes you look around wherever you are playing and ask "are they talking to me?"
The visuals are outstanding, fluent and vibrant. I fell a few times at the beginning (and accross the game I must confess) because I was distracted with all the details.
Eventhou you can get used to the fight mechanics, the game puts a few surprises specially with the very last weapon.
This is not a game to be creative regarding decisions and follow your own path but is flexible regarding how you walk that path now and then.

After completing it I will give it a second try since lets you decide the way that you want to make the game more difficult (enemies with more endurance or speed, resources limitation, etc) and I can just imagine the pain that will be with all the challenges enabled.

I give it a 9/10
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