Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,527 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 14, 2014

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"A wonderfully realised Viking adventure with in-depth tactical combat. Roto-scope style animation leads to a beautiful world. Ends a bit abruptly though"
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October 15

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We're hosting a Reddit AMA all day today - and we;d love for you to stop by and ask your questions. We'll do our best to answer all of them that we can.

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October 2

The Banner Saga oniOS and Linux Update

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Today we're officially avaiable on iOS via the app store if you any of you folks have been waiting on that.

We also have an update for you folks wanting the Linux port:

Just to give you an update we are still working on the linux port and it’s progressing. We are dealing with a few crashes and remaining issues, then we need to add in sound plus address some general performance issues – but the takeaway is that it’s still being worked on and that we’re getting there. We don’t have a date yet as we want to ensure everything is wrapped up and working before any sort release.

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“Game of Thrones Meets Vikings Meets Disney. The Banner Saga is blindingly lovely and arguably just as intriguing to play. Built atop a world that all but demands the attention of travel documentaries, it's epic in the literal sense of the word.”
100% – US Gamer

“With a refreshingly unique aesthetic, well-written story, and challenging gameplay, The Banner Saga is an excellent adventure well worth your time.”
90% – Games Radar

“The Banner Saga deserves commendation for the strength of its art and music experience alone, which shatters conventions.”
86% – IGN

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition – Combines The Banner Saga with the official soundtrack which includes 29 tracks by Grammy nominated, and two time BAFTA Award winning, composer Austin Wintory, performed by the Dallas Winds orchestra plus a powerhouse trio of acclaimed YouTube sensations: vocalists Peter Hollens and Malukah and violinist Taylor Davis.

About This Game

Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.

Key Features

  • Player choice that drives your own narrative – every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.
  • Over 25 playable characters from 2 different races, human and varl, the horned giants – embark on your epic journey with a variety of characters from 7 different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.
  • Strategic combat with consequences - victory or defeat and even the permanent loss of a character depends on which characters you choose to take into battle and what decisions you make afterwards.
  • The journey is as important as battle – your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast frozen landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.
  • An epic Viking saga brought to life in 2D glory – beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations, accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, will immerse you into a fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology.
  • Multiplayer Combat Enhanced – sharpen your combat skills in the free multiplayer game “Factions”. Compete against other players with many of the character classes you see in The Banner Saga.

The Banner Saga is the first part of a planned trilogy. If you complete this game, your unique progress and storyline will carry over to the next part of the story.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I certainly enjoyed this game. It has a unique feel even if everything is stolen from Norse mythology. The story was captivating, so much to the point that I yelled in fury when I happened to loose a member of my party. Combat is perhaps less than groundbreaking with originality but it was certainly solid and very rewarding when it came to leveling up characters.

I got a couple of the giants mixed up for a while, but aside from that, most characters have a unique backstory that fleshes out as things progress. It is certainly worth it to read into everybody's capabilities, for the most subtle traits they posses play out very importantly once you realixe their potential. Every battle should be played with the intent of keeping as many of your fighters intact, lest you be forced to send in your benchwarmers in for the next fight.

The artwork was impressive, captivating, and downright epic, however.......... the first cutscenes really got me stoaked for kickass cartoon "Heavy Metal-esq" laden story line. The artwork let my hopes fall gracefully rather than total disapointment.

Despite the fact that I have 1 and a half playthroughs under my belt I do not see an increible amount of playability, although it seems as though a few play throughs could be rewarding due to the amount of different options/results offered throughout the game.

Now, here's where I'm not totally sure how I feel about the game: Choices. Some choices totally blindside you with how determental/beneficail they can be. They game has a habit of throwing scores of petty situtions in your face just so that you'll be unaware of the severity of a certain choice and suffer because you did not treat it with appropiate reverment. I mentioned earlier that I have one and a half playthroughs; this is because I utter screwed myself in the first game so I went back to ammend my "mistakes". If you've ever layed D&D, this game has the feel of a ruthless yet rewarding DM that often sets you up to hang yourself with your own noose once you get things going.

All in all, I loved playing this game, yet I do not see myself playing it in the immediate future.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
While the combat felt a bit repetitive toward the end of the game, I did greatly enjoy the story and the characters in this game. The Oregon Trail-esque choices that truly could mean instant death for your favorite characters is present, and makes each choice truly feel important. This is like the recent The Walking Dead game, except when you go back to play/read what the other outcome would have been, you realize your choice actually did matter.

I'm not sure I would play through it again, but I absolutely recommend playing this game to completion at least once if you are a fan of RPGs, turn-based combat games, and/or isometric older games like Baldur's Gate or Fallout 1 or 2, mixed with some Oregon Trail.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A nice game, really loved it.

+ Great athmosphere.
+ Beautiful.
+ Interesting fights.
+ Every choice has consequences... Often huge, life-and-death consequences.


- You don't really care about most characters.
- There is a big gap in difficulty between all previous fights and the final boss. Needing an archer with a specific set up for that fight only makes that harder.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I did like this game, it is basically like Oregon Trail but instead of hunting mini-game there is a Tactics Turn Based Strategy mini-game. The characters are interesting, the plot is easy to follow and enjoyable. The music is unique, not my favorite personally but if you like old school chanting, this is definitely up your alley.

All that comes with some caveats though. Firstly the game ran potato quality on my computer, which is a little embarrassing, my computer is getting fairly old but the graphics were also at 64bit levels so I have no idea why the framerate was so bad. Secondly, this game will kick your ♥♥♥ a little bit because the difficulty does ramp up after about 10 hours but also because it feels like a long slog to try and get through. This problem is magnified by the end which is even more depressing. Thirdly, the combat because pretty stagnant pretty quickly without much difference in units and with you using the same strategies over and over. I'm still not sold on the armor/strength system but is was at least unique as far as I know and did make you think a little differently than most other Turn Based Strategy games. I won't lie to you though, I hated the turn order system they used which made me use strategies that would be stupid in any other TBS game.

That got pretty negative pretty quickly so let me re-iterate, this is a good game, but it could have greatly improved from just a bit more polish.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Are you a happy individual that always sees the best in people? Play this game and prepare to have your soul shattered.

Fantastic narative with familiar combat mechanics that calls back to the old school RPG's of the late '90's. Great characters with strong development as the story progresses. This will often tug at the old heart strings as your choices will have an impact on the characters.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I found myself connecting with the characters throughout the story. I just finished the first game in the trilogy and I am left wanting the next game now. I must know what happens. A good buy if you enjoy story book style gameplay with lots of feels.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
It really pains me to do this because there are so many reasons to like this game.

The problem is that The Banner Saga simply doesn't deliver what it promises.

At the very beginning we are informed that at our decisions affect the game: THEY DON'T. Despite the fact that they've created this vast and gorgeous world, steeped in lore and history, you can't even choose where to go. You're firmly 'on-the-rails' for the entire game. Occasionally, you get text based encounters where you get to make a decision, but having played Banner Saga a couple of times, I can tell you that most of these change nothing. Sometimes one character or another dies, but it's trivial since they aren't really necessary anyway.

At the very beginning we are treated to a beautiful animated cut-scene complete with voice acted dialogue, so you'd figure those would come up at key points in the game at least, right? THEY DON'T. Not even at the end.

As the story develops, more and more layers are revealed: The gods are dead; the sun has stopped in the sky; there's a prophecy; there's tension and intrigue between characters and races, etc, etc. NONE OF IT GOES ANYWHERE. In a nut shell, the story is: survive until you get to the end boss - who has practically nothing to do with anything.

The artwork is gorgeous, the concept (Viking Oregon Trail + Turn Based Strategy + Some RPG elements) is simple but it works. But instead of using that simplicity to really open up the world, we're instead treated to a vast tableaux of untapped potential.

Maybe they're planning a sequel - and heck, I've put this many hours in already, I might even pick it up - but honestly, if a game leaves you feeling, "What, that's it?" It failed to deliver.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I can honestly say that I enjoyed this game very much. Few turn based games have ever caught my attention but The Banner Saga managed to do so. The artwork and soundtrack are wonderful and the setting for the game is amazing and original.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This is hands down one of the best games I've ever played. Rich immersive art and music that resonates with Nordic bones. Epic story telling that thrusts you into situations with which you can't tell what is the most advantageous choice even a few times through. The battles feel dire from your first encounter. Every time an ally is downed it feels fatal and every victory is glorious. You must master stratagem, positioning and party composition in order to survive this journey.
I hope a sequel is coming with a Vs mode and more diverse enemies.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game causes mixed feelings. The concept had really great potential but it wasn't fulfilled. Some (+)s and (-)s

(+) Art. It seems to me that graphics and music were on the minds of developers from the very beginning and they focused solely on it. Great, fantastic art. Impeccable style. Totally enjoyed it.
(+) Caravan management and interactive stories. These determine the result of everything: what characters you'll get, which ones will survive and which will die, how much resourses you'll get etc. That's one of the best parts of the game.
(+) Strong authentic atmosphere.
(+) Excellent initial concept.

(-) Weak repetitive battles and gameplay in general. Too few different types of enemies. Few classes of characters. And there are hundreds of battles when you have to fight the same enemies with the same characters. Boring to death. It seems that developers devoted themselves to making graphics so much that they forgot about gameplay till the last night before the release and barely managed to finish it hurriedly. But often gameplay = fun.
(-) Story. It was intended really epic. I mean REALLY big and epic like in Game of Thrones or something. But they didn't have enough resourses, so in the end it finishes abruptly, it is relatively weak, it's not supported by great gameplay, it is disappoining. If they'd taken something of a less scale the game would have been much better I guess.

My overall imression is negative which is sadly, because this game could have been truly terrific.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Best 9 hours I have spent on a game in a very long time. The story is so engrossing you can't help but get caught up in the game feeling like you're a part of the story.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
One of the better Kickstarter games out there. I liked the setting. I liked the turn-based combat. I liked the minimalistic voice/animations. I liked the art style and 'deep' world. Everything seemed positive but I didn't feel like it was a completely positive experience.

I appreciate that the devs wanted us to view this world through different group's struggles, but I initially didn't even know whom to identify with and care about. We are thrown into the deep end and expected to make the right decisions (I say right because you can lose some of your main characters in the game, which in my opinion removes interesting stories/interactions down the line).

Worth buying on sale, but be warned that it's quite short (~7hrs).

- Your choices do affect the outcome! (#shotsfired #telltale)
- Great art style (especially visible during the numerous 'walking' segments). You get a real sense of the minuscule size your units occupy in this unforgiving world.
- Turn-based combat (though innovative, it isn't as deep as I was hoping. I ended up doing the same thing in every fight for most of the game).
- It may take time, but you do start to care for the main characters (Rook!)

- Story on Iver, the Bellower, the serpent and the Council is seriously lacking.
- Everything loads slowly (Map, Camp, Towns, Interactions).
- Map is an illusion (extremely detailed map, but most of it is pointless).
- No side-quests.
- Resource management actually doesn't matter much (I had my caravan starve many times due to random events, but still won every fight easily).
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Not a turn based player. At all. So I will have to throw out there that I can't provide the most detailed review on the turn-based combat because I can't speak to what would be good or bad in comparison to other turn based strategy games. That being said, I enjoyed the game immensely without really enjoying the genre.

The art style was what got me interested but it was the story that got me hooked. I really enjoyed the gameplay and the importance of the decision making throughout the game. It's not too challenging and at the easier difficulty levels, the game is pretty breezy to play through (almost too easy) if you just want to enjoy the art and music and just learn more about the characters and world.

Whether you're a turn-based strategy player or not, you will find a lot to enjoy about the game and I'd certainly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
THough the game is more of adventure type then RPG or strategy and it got some questionable balance decisions it remains one of the best games in terms of immersion and story. Narrative is thoroughly weaved at the beginning but, unfortunately, later it becomes more and more schematic, the pace of story got faster, often skipping or even cutting previosuly declared minor storylines. Nevertheless, it was a nice experience for me and unlike most of modern games it was able to hold my interest untill the final titres.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Just finished it. Has the best artwork, music, and one of the best stories of any game I have ever played. Everything you do is impactful and you really come to like/hate people and the situations you get into. I only got it cause it looked mildly interesting. I was unaware that it would affect me in such a way. It's in my top 5 games of all time now.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game grabs you like a great novel.
Within the first five minutes you are so engrosed in the story that you can't put it down.
If it were just the story alone I would recommend it.
However, the art style is enough to keep you looking at the screen.
Many moments of my time playing this game were spent looking at the characters during the dialog prompts.
Just looking. Waiting for a gust of wind or a small facial expression.
If this were a comic I would recommend based on the wonderful handrawn art.
Then there is the gameplay. A style of combat that immediately took me back to Final Fantasy Tactics.
Deceptively simple and (at times) incredibly difficult. You never feel a dull moment in combat because with each action in battle you are treated with rotoscope animations that make you feel like a child again.
The Banner Saga wraps up this recommendation with the perfect soundtrack that both fits the setting and sets the mood.

I cannot recomend this game enough.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I only know of a few games and movies that are able to touch me in a way that The Banner Saga does. It does not offer many hours of content. It does not have any considerable replay value. It isn't even diverse in its gameplay. And yet it is a masterpiece. Embark on a journey through a Nordic themed world completely different from the clichés that the entertainment industry has thrown at us so far. Brought to life by one of the best storylines I have ever seen, every character you meet on the road matters. Decisions matter and have a profound influence on various outcomes. The narration is delivered with a voice and emotion perfectly fitting the setting, just like the music. I know it will be like one of my favourite books or the cutscenes from Myth: The Fallen Lords; I will come back every year, going through the story again, reveling in their splendour and how it manages to stir something within me. Complete immersion. I for one cannot wait for the next chapters in the saga.

You will not regret buying this game. 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
A beautiful summoning of relentless melancholy through starvation, exile, thievery, violence, mistrust, death...and epic end of the world chaos. A humbling and enlightening experience every strategy fan should witness.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
The Banner Saga is one of the most uniquely exectuted games out there. The art is extremely pretty. The sountrack sorrowful but strong. The story tragic and captivating. However, the gameplay is arbitrary and monotomous.

Banner Saga is a weird combination between a visual novel, Oregon Trail, and Turn based tactics. You play as a number of different factions. The events of the game play out on a mostly random scale. The general motivation is that your home is assaulted by monsters from the north and you need to up and leave and lead a caravan of refugees and soldiers to safety, testing your leadership abilities along the way. Combat takes a bit of a backseat in this game and leaves you to manage a convoy as you trek from one end of the map to safety. The gameplay is in the balance between managing the supplies of your convoy and the risks you take on the road. Will you take the short and dangerous road? Or rather take the longer, but safer route? Spend a day camping near an anchient stone temple for good luck? Or rather power on and not wast time. Each choice will either bring or take resources, such as morale, food or warriors. Your goal is to get as many people home as possible.

Annoyingly, the game likes to arbitarily kill of your guys when you're just going about your business. Falling in battle is passable, but at any time during your trek, you might be prompted to help some merchants on the side of the road, only to find that they were brigands and they shanked your daughter on the spot. Can you stop it? No. Can you predict it? Maybe. It's all a bit forced and unmotivated at times, and the pacing sometimes slows to a crawl. However, when you're just clicking away for two hours straight, hoping to find that next buried treasure, you're able for forget about these qualms.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
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