Discover the secrets of the Calamity, a surreal catastrophe that shattered the world to pieces.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (11,941 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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May 6

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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

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    • 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
31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Bastion: where gaming meets genius

When Supergiant Games released Bastion in August 2011, probably they themselves probably won't have dreamt of the enormous critical acclaim their debut title would get. Seldom has an independent developer hit the gaming scene with such an original and beautiful game as in this case.

When I started Bastion for the first time, I immediately got the feeling I was in for a special treat. Few games begins as arrestingly as this one, with the whiskey- and smoke-weathered voice of the "narrator" immediately setting the scene. This narrative aspect proved crucial in the way Bastion drawed me into its world. It seemed like every step I made or every action I tried, could be met with some commentary. This feeling that the story develops "on the spot" is further enhanced by the fact that the world literally materialised under my feet as I ventured further out. This world is painted in bright and gorgeous colours with a teint all of their own: Bastion would be immediately recognizable just by looking at the colour-pallette.

The story by itself proved interesting enough to keep me playing, wanting to discover step-by-step how things would develop with the Bastion and the protagonists. Gameplay-wise, Bastion is not as innovative as in its storytelling or visuals, but it takes a well-tried formula into perfection. At its core, it is an action-rpg (light), preferably to be played with an xbox 360 controller (as are so many games the past years!). Controls are perfectly laid out and very intuitive: after a couple of hours I played it as if I had done so for several years. As the game progresses, more weapons and special abilities are unlocked, all with their distinctive characteristics. Weapons can be upgraded in five stages each, and liquids add some punch to the main-characters possibilities. Several other elements complement this core gameplay so that there is always enough variety to keep things interested. I even signed up immediately for the "new game plus" mode after completing the game a first time, looking forward to more unlocks of different sorts.

Another department where Bastion truly shines, is its soudtrack. Seldom has ingame-music helped me so much in getting "into" the game, as it captures the mood of every level to perfection. Combined with the unique grain of the narrator's voice, this develops into a great listening experience. The developers also did a wonderful jobs in the myriad of smaller sounds present in the game: every weapon for example has a unique "ring" to it, from the zippy sound of the Breaker's Bow to the rusty clack of the Musket. There really is no weak link in this game. Everything is extremely well thought-off, and even better implemented. It's a must-play for everyone who loves pc gaming.

Gameplay: 27/30
Graphics: 18/20
Sound: 10/10 (maybe the best of all elements in this game)
Longelivety: 8/10 (I played it for over 25 hours, exploring it to the full)
Technical: 10/10 (no issues whatsoever)
Steam-integration: 8/10 (trading cards, leaderbords and achievements included, the latter good but not special)
Personal appreciation: 9/10

Overall: 90/100

I completely love Bastion and recommend it emphatically. Since I started writing reviews of the games I play on Steam almost a year ago, this is the first game that gets a score in the 90's - I don't want to ruin my scoring-system with giving too many high-scores. But this one deserves it to the full.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
A great calamity passed by while you were asleep. It just rolled in and destroyed most of the civilization. As a rare survivor of the catastrophe, you are a kid whose best chances of survival lie in restoration of the cores of the Bastion. As you wander through the handpainted world of Bastion, the narrator continues to fill in details about the calamity, telling you the minutiae of the locations, items or enemies you come across. Exactly after a minute of the game's beginning, things start getting interesting when you find a sledgehammer to crush one of the bad guys - a gasfella, a squidy blue like.

In many ways, Bastion reminds you of BioShock with a great deal of weapon customization. it allows you to carry two weapons and a very special skill of your own. You discover new weapons and items of importance along your journey in the afloat, torn out world of Bastion. While games offer you ways to mitigate the difficulty, Bastion offers you the contrary. It provides you with the shrines of Gods who after renouncement yield power. Not to you but your foes.

What's good in Bastion :
  • A beautifully hand-drawn world with a lot of oppurtunities.
  • Fluid, chaotic combat giving way to a plethora of action and fun.
  • A great mix of soundtrack which is both tranquilizing and pacifying.
  • An excellent narrative by Logan Cunningham which acts as a superb gimmick to connect you to the very small bits of the game.
  • Pukka stages of varied context often delivers the unexpected.
  • A handful of weapons with a great deal of customization.

What's not so good in Bastion :
  • An average 6.5 hours of experience which leaves you wanting more.
  • Dispensable leaderboards.
  • A could've been better story.

Defeating a challenging foe in a hack and slash game is merely a quotidian thing, you kill it and forget about it but in Bastion each such fight is given soul and life by the excellent narration. And by the time it's dead, you know more about it than your own friends. That is Bastion.

But then? All he got was more thankless work, from a man who ain't even asked his name. Sure, I may be the one who dreamt up the walls and the Bastion, but the Kid made 'em real, not me. I'd like to say I'll never forget him, or what he's doin'. What he's done. I surely would.

Giving you a beautiful world to explore, Bastion disregards the possibility of delivering a longer and a more polished story. On the other hand, the narration is excellent, the music great, the hack'n'slash combat really fun. A ravishing world brought to life by exceptional handpainted designs. Bastion is authentic and phenomenal.

My Rating - "Gorgeous"
Traditional Rating - 8 on 10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Visually flawless, poetic, philosophical and striking on many points: the musics, the songs (both bitter and nostalgic, and that haunt you for a long time...), the storyline,... A lovely RPG that reminded me of the good old Terranigma. Only cons I could find out, which is also something I loved is the narration. Don't misunderstand; it's gorgeous, and the way it's describing your moves with a bit of irony is very enjoyable. The problem is for non-native english speaker, like me, who might have troubles to concentrate on the subtitles while playing. That's the only negative point I could find while playing. Otherwise, don't hesitate! This game is a gem.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This is the first game I encountered that makes extensive use of a narrator and Logan Cunningham does a great job. The gameplay is simple, but hard to master and really complements the great story. Even though the Kid hasn't even got a name, I really was able to connect with the character. I can warmly recommend this indie game.
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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Just a beautiful world. The characters are detailed, the colors are rich, and the world forming underneath the kid's feet is pretty cool. The sound effects, the score, and the narrator are all EXCELLENT.
This game is a game you won't regret buying and playing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Can't stand not to recommend this game. One of the best games available on steam.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
The narrator's voice and the soundtracks is nice and it has a really beautiful arts
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I cannot say enough good things about this game. I very much enjoyed playing through this game. The story, the art, the music, eveything about this game was fantastic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
I was recommended this game by a friend, and after hearing many good things about it, decided to try it.

From the start the game looks beautiful, it erupts with color and intricate backdrops and foregrounds. Seconds after starting it, you hear the voice of the narrator, one of the two voices in the game. He tells your entire story in real time, and with such a beautiful voice you can't help but be drawn in. The game complements the art with a beautiful soundtrack that fits in with all the fighting and areas in the game. The combat feels like it's lacking though, with the main portion just blocking and attacking when an enemy is stunned, or just sitting and waiting for an enemy to stop shooting so you can deal a fourth of its health and then wait again. The entire system felt repetitive and easy, only stepping up when you are being hit from all sides and then you can drink health almost instantly. Luckily the game is not supposed to be a hard one and mainly a storytelling experience with interactivity. The replayability in the game is decent, its not a story I want to immediately replay for the other endings, but I do feel that in a couple months I can come back into the game with a fresh mind and enjoy it all over. To complement the story, the game has "Proving grounds" which are basically time-trials, defending points, and other things that you can play to set a high score and unlock prizes. The main point to the game is the cheap cost, you can buy it off tf2outpost for around 2 keys ($5.00) and for about 6 hours of story that's very good.

Overall I'd give the game an 8.6/10
It's a game that I'd recommend to friends and would enjoy every so often, but the lack of replayability and poor combat makes me lower the score.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
if u realy like a good story telling and visuals with good sound and music this game is made for u... relaxing but active
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Amazing game, Great story, music, and give the voice of Rucks a medal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Amazing game! This is a must have. Gameplay is good, the story is cool, the music is amazing! It’s just an all around great game that will suck you in until the end.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Bastion has a superb soundtrack, wonderful art, and fantastic narrator. While fun for a little while the combat is neither engaging nor challenging and is the only setback for this great game.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This review may be the most helpful one yet: If you haven't purchased this game yet, do so, and then play it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Buy this. Now.

Seriously, this game is possibly one of the greatest games I have ever played- the story is phenominal, the characters interesting and deep, the atmosphere hauntingly beautiful, and the most important to me, it NEVER felt like an indie title. The game stars a set of four characters after the 'Calamity', a mysterious force that next to destroyed the world. You play as 'The Kid', and head to Bastion to meet "The Stranger", who narrates your story to build the Bastion and give hope to the new world. Along the way you meet Zulf, a fabulous character and probably one of the best in any game ever, and Zia- a young Singer who brings a vision of innocence and childlike wonder to the otherwise bleak world.

I've played through the game three times, and every time I notice something new- some piece of narration with a second meaning, or even a theory about the world I hadn't seen before. If you can't pay for this game now, buy it when it hits the sale shelf.

Overall, this is one of the most flawless games I've ever played. 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Was betrayed by a man I trusted, chased him to his own people who then shunned him for leading me to them, proceded to carry his beaten body to safty while they shot me. ♥♥♥♥ing cried.
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1 of 1 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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