In this city-building strategy game, you control a group of exiled travelers who decide to restart their lives in a new land. They have only the clothes on their backs and a cart filled with supplies from their homeland. The townspeople of Banished are your primary resource.
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Release Date: Feb 18, 2014

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In this city-building strategy game, you control a group of exiled travelers who decide to restart their lives in a new land. They have only the clothes on their backs and a cart filled with supplies from their homeland.

The townspeople of Banished are your primary resource. They are born, grow older, work, have children of their own, and eventually die. Keeping them healthy, happy, and well-fed are essential to making your town grow. Building new homes is not enough—there must be enough people to move in and have families of their own.

Banished has no skill trees. Any structure can be built at any time, provided that your people have collected the resources to do so. There is no money. Instead, your hard-earned resources can be bartered away with the arrival of trade vessels. These merchants are the key to adding livestock and annual crops to the townspeople’s diet; however, their lengthy trade route comes with the risk of bringing illnesses from abroad.

There are twenty different occupations that the people in the city can perform from farming, hunting, and blacksmithing, to mining, teaching, and healing. No single strategy will succeed for every town. Some resources may be more scarce from one map to the next. The player can choose to replant forests, mine for iron, and quarry for rock, but all these choices require setting aside space into which you cannot expand.

The success or failure of a town depends on the appropriate management of risks and resources.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP SP3 / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 2)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 processor (or greater)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 10 compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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Charles Zef Bronson
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
No goals, loss of time
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Ontarom
( 51.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
It may look a little difficult at first, but once you figure the basics out, it's very easy to make progress. You have difficulty settings, too, so if you prefer a relaxing game or want to learn without stress, you have the option. On the other hand, if you love challenges, you can have them (and they can be pretty harsh!)

The UI is fantastic, you can choose to display or hide as much as you prefer. The AI is very good, the mechanics are tough but fair, and learning them feels truly rewarding.

I've found that, in longer games, I end up a bit bored, but only because I don't dare continue making my town bigger. I have yet to create a proper city (I just love tiny cute towns so much)

I think Banished is an excellent game for fans of classic strategy and city building/management, but also a great starting point for someone new to the genre. If you've never played strategy but want to try it, Banished is a great candidate for it. I definitely recommend it.
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| PANCAKE | NoobTroop
( 21.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
It's a nice game, but it's extremely troublesome to update. Heck, I can't even play it anymore because it refused to update (even after shutting down firewall/meddling with directx/etc.)
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Malmman
( 83.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Overall a nice game. It is hard, even on the easy settings it can be challengeing. You need to take into concideratiom, that your old people will die, and you therefore need new and fresh young people to take over.

If you build to few houses for example, your village will die out due to not having enough families. If you build to many, people will start to live alone and die virgins basicly...

The most important thing in this game is ressource management. If you use up the ressources near you to quickly, or on useless stuff, you will lose the game, due to people simply passing away due to lack of simple things, like tools, clothing and firewood.

Hours can be spend on this, but after a 60+ hours, it gets a bit dull, and it would be highly appresiated with an expantion that included some bug fixes, more settings, more diverse population and overall more buildings and added culture.
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Werewalrus
( 91.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
It's you against yourself. Build the city, expand it, but don't forget that a big city both gives you more workers and requires more maintenance: firewood and clothes for winter, hospitals for diseases, beer for morale, and of course more and more fooooooood. It's a challenging game, and different maps require quite different strategies. Me like it.
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Pre Zombie
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Addictive, fun, yet boring.

This is a city building game which starts off as just pure survial and keeping your people alive, then slowly turns into a city management game. The first part being somewhat more engaging. Also a fire, followed by a tornano, followed by a fire followed by a shark attack (OK maybe I imagined the sharks eating my last 50 citizens) while at first seems ridiculus and game ending at first. It was actually quite a bit of fun to try and come back from. WHile the game does offer acheivements to earn it seems quite a bit open as to what the goals are, there's no progression per say since you can build any type of building from the start (other than aquiring all the crop types and livestock types). This actually i think is a good thing. Theres also tons of mods for this game which is cool too, in fact while in game you can look at mods to get.

I found this game fun to play as long as I was playing for fun, if you take my meaning.
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pama
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Not as good as Counter Strike. But still good.
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In and Out <Animal Style>
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game runs slow... not like ARK slow.. but just kind of slow... even at 10x speed nothing gets done quick.

And unless I'm missing something there is no real goal other than to keep growing the town.... which can be kind of annoying when the entire population dies of starvation no matter how much food you have in storage. There are no building upgrades that I've seen or noticed that make things run smoother or more effeciently.

If a crop gets a bug... all you can do is destroy the field.

The major skill of this game is planning a little bit ahead for population growth or death... and once you've figured that it... its like watching an ant farm. You just kind of feed everything and keep it health.

I'll come back and play in a few patches... but as of right now its kind of boring.
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Senpophelia
( 64.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Probably the best SimCity type game out there right now. i can't warn you enough how addictive this game can get, i've spent countless hours playing and it's just so not like anything out right now in it's genre of gaming. Plus, now they've added an option for modding at the start screen whitch will make any game 10x more addictive and fun to play. i'd rcommend this to anyone ik that like's this city building genre of games. 10/10
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Berserk Merc
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game is the hate child of dark souls and Sims city. It’s like writing an essay in pen while your sibling keeps trying to rip the paper away from you. If you enjoy city builders and failing repeatedly until you perfect the game then banished is for you.

You start a village with a few people and use those people and their resources to slowly build up a city all the while worrying about starvation, freezing, resources, old age and natural disaster just to name a few. You’re going to fail time and time again but each time you do is a chance to perfect another aspect of the game coming ever closer to filling the map with your own amazing city… until a natural disaster wipes it.

10/10 would rage again
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
123 of 126 people (98%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
A good city builder is often the kind of game you can relax with. It's like an ant farm or a fish tank, you have a certain level of input, but from there you just watch nature take its course. Banished is a deceptively relaxing game, with its pastoral themes and gentle, lilting soundtrack. Beneath the inviting exterior however is a persistent test of your planning abilities, one that can have you sweating before you know it.

"Banished" refers to the tiny group of country folk you start the game with, a group of exiles in a wild, untamed land. From a humble start you help them assemble food, shelter, and comfort for themselves against the harsh winters. This is a personal-level game, similar to Tropico or Children of the Nile, where you can follow each individual resident from their house to their work and back. You'll also find elements of the Anno games, with each home and structure having its own inventory of goods that must be balanced against the consumption of the ever-growing population.

This is where the game can make you panic, because I wasn't kidding about the harsh winters. Your people need food, firewood, clothes, tools, medicine, and other goods and services to survive and prosper, and their needs change by season. When winter comes you'll see a run on the food and firewood stores that can quickly leave people starving and freezing if you haven't adequately prepared. Shortfalls can be extremely hard to recover from, because farms are planted and harvested by seasons, orchards take years to grow from saplings, and your livestock ages as your residents do.

Once you master the balance of goods for your populace, the rest of the challenge is up to you. Banished gives you access to all the buildings right up front, only gating them behind required quantities of the basic building materials. You can have your people farming, fishing, herding, hunting, gathering, brewing, trading, and so on in just a few years, and then aside from the seeds and livestock you have to trade for, you'll have seen everything. From that point on the challenge is entirely in balancing your resources as your village expands indefinitely. The margins get thinner and thinner and curveballs like nomads joining your community en masse can throw off your plans, but the basic rules of expansion do not change.

The magic of the game is that you'll play for a few hours, set up a perfectly functional town with all the buildings and services, put it down... and then find yourself coming back to expand again and again. The quaint graphics and simple mechanics make it a delight to simply keep building out further and further. There are no scenarios or campaigns, just you and the random maps to fill, and even without anything pushing you forward to fill them you might find yourself inclined to do just that. Banished ended up being one of the more addictive city builders I've played, making up for simplicity with more than enough charm.
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62 of 69 people (90%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
i don't write reviews, but i like this game. so i will definitely give it a thumbs up. but that's not why i'm here, i just want to make a comment that i've read 4 reviews in 2 minutes along the lines of the first 20 to 50 hours where fun.... blah blah blah. not worth 20 dollars. WTF, you enjoy a game for 50 hours, then ♥♥♥♥♥ that it's 20 dollars, what other form of entertainment has that kind of return, basically 2.5 hours a dollar.

I'm guessing none of you guys have ever frequented a movie theatre
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
-Brought game
-Opened game
-Skipped tutorial because I'm ruthless and went straight in to a medium world
-It didn't take long to get use to everything, from getting slaves to build houses to 5 year old children cutting down trees
-Built a very nice village then everyone died of starvation

-Started another world made sure there was plenty of food and resources this time
-Made a even better village
-Everyone dies by a blizzard

Gg everything is op
10/10 will play again to have my dreams of a perfect village destroyed

Vote me to be hokage
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Amazing game, with difficulty settings which can make it a casual almost meditative game all the way to a nail biting struggle for survival for these poor Banished souls.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
A nice city builder based in the medieval times. No wars to worry about, just natural disasters. Plays nicely and has good tutorials if you're new to the genre.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
If you're an expert in city builders and comparative games, to build the city just for the sake of building the city (e.g. Factorio) , this might be the perfect relaxation game for you. If you're more in need of a goal and a sense of a reason to why you're building this city, then maybe try something else. Because there is no campaign; no story, or otherwise tale for you to test your city building skills in. There is only the "New Game" where the game creates its own seed for you to try your skills at..

I started playing this game without this knowledge, and played it as I would any other game - but without any other purpose than to survive as long as I could, the game turned out to be a test to my knowledge within the game even though I had never played the game.. ..

It's a great game, as long as you're aware of what game you're pulling yourself into.

It's not my kind of game.
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I was a little bit disappointed to find out that this game is already finished since I thought it was still in beta. The potential of this game is crazy but they abandoned it with a terrible AI and bugs all over the place.
Nonetheless I had a lot of fun with this little game. The ones that sometimes miss Anno or Rollercoaster can revive old feelings with this. Others should probably just buy a more complex RTS game.
Its fairly easy to build up an economy but there is literally no endgame content. I built the highest tier buildings in about 2 hours and then started to get bored... there are no opponents so all you have to do is watch the seasons go by and hope for a trader to offer you sheep ^^
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
81.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
If you want an exercise in frustration, this is the game for you.

It's so well made as far as concept, interface and performance, but it's so picky with how you do things that its too irritating to recommend.

Everything is a balance, and if something goes wrong, even a little, hours of work goes down the tubes in a matter of moments. This wouldn't be a problem because a hard game can still be recommended, but how things go wrong is not obvious:

There's a delay in cause-and-effect, so any mistakes that are made just seem like random events at first. For instance,
if you need some more citizens, you build a home with redirected labour. But redirecting labour ends up stopping production of something else and that's enough to crash a population.

It's also not obvious where labour is going because the "gather resource" marker is always obstructed. Also, when looking at what a citizen is doing, the designers really needed to make "show paths" on instead of a second button click.

The biggest difficulty is that you're forced to design small towns so that citizens can get to resources. However, the UI bundles all your statistics into a global amount. And when disasters start to happen, it's always localised at first. A way to easily see the flow of different traffic would be great, as well as a "heat map" that would show how different towns are doing. Maybe even a mini-townhall that could show statistics about its area when it's in view.

So in the end, a game that at first seems like a creative town builder is really a puzzle game in disguise that has only 1 solution in mind.

So in it's vanilla form, I can't really recommend this. Perhaps some mods will help this game reach its full potential.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Sooo all my people died and I don't know what to do...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
How do I feel about the game Banished? Well let me tell you, I purchased the game during the Steam Summer Sale because I was already curious about this game. Basically when I started the game I blinked and it was 9 hours later. No lie. I became addicted instantly. There are 3 different modes you can play on, easy, medium, hard. I started out on Easy just so I can get the grasp of the game. It's not as easy as you would think. It's a game of survival, in which you have to make sure your citizens are warm, fed, and happy. I love how buildings and other structures are not instantly built with a click of the button. You actually have to watch your citizens gather the materials, then start the construction. I highly recommend this game for the casual player. Also there are several mods that are available for this game, be sure to check them out.

PS. Pro-tip: I recommend getting your food sources down asap for you citizens, if not your people will go hungry and they will die sadly.
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