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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Dragonhawke21
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Great game. Very sandbox-y, could use goals/campaign etc.. Otherwise awesome
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benit2
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
The music really gets you in the mood
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Eolair
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Great city building game in a medieval setting.
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jesminya
( 208.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This game is great, you guys.
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Antwog
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Banished is a city-building strategy game developed and published by Shining Rock Software LLC. It was released in February 2014. In Banished, you control a group of individuals that want to start a new life by developing a new city. You develop your city by increasing your population, gathering resources, and constructing buildings. The game embraces simplicity as trade is the primary currency and not money. This review will cover the gameplay, the integrated Steam Workshop, and the performance and graphics.

Banished presents strong and complex gameplay as game mechanics heavily alter the game. You will learn some mechanics as you play the game whereas other mechanics such as average health and average happiness are presented on the UI. For instance, average health represents an average of all your citizens health. The worse health your city has the less productive they are and the higher chance they have of dying. Furthermore, couple worse average health with the dynamic weather seasons and expect them not to be productive in Winter. As you continuously learn the game you will learn how to strategise and manage your city while incorporating the various game mechanics and the weather seasons, which all seasons have an effect on your city. Other mechanics have long-term implications. For instance, when children turn 10 they can enrol into a school until they turn 17. If they don't enrol you can use them as workers. If they enrol, you cannot use them as workers, but educated citizens will be much more productive long-term compared to uneducated workers. So by and large, these game mechanics emphasis strategy and they showcase the challenging nature of Banished because it is a very difficult game.

Also on gameplay, the game incorporates randomly generated maps that have different amounts of water, hills, and so forth. These affect your plans for your city, but there is a very useful and very informative UI that is customisable. It allows you to add different data to your screen which constantly updates. Specifically, if you want to keep your storage house information box on the screen, you can move it to the top left corner. Overall, the game teaches you about strategy, understanding the mechanics and their consequences, and to assist you allows you to customise your screen with informative UI to help you manage.

Banished uses Steam Workshop. Briefly, Steam Workshop allows individuals that own the game to tweak it, improve it, and mod it. I will admit for the majority of my play time I used Banished Plus, a large mod that provides more balance to the game by tweaking mechanics to reduce the fast-paced length of the game and increase realism. There are an abundance of other mods that once you download the game will inform you of any compatibility issues, which is a nice and handy tool. I use Banished Plus because I think the vanilla game is basic and fast-paced because there are not many buildings in the game are citizens can be very stupid and lazy. Furthermore, add these with the lack of long-term objectives showcase the need for mods to help improve the behaviour of your citizens and expand the amount of content. Therefore, using mods drastically improved my experience of the game. And as a side note, I generally think the developers should have made DLC to expand the content to give more replayability.

Technically, Shining Rock have excellently optimised this game. I can play it on max settings and achieve a constant 60FPS on x10 speed. Features like the weather system and the large amounts of population usually would hit the game in performance, but for the most part I did not experience that. At 110 population on x10 speed I stayed at 60FPS. At 220 population, I was managing a solid 50FPS with the drop due to a larger city and more population. It is evident the six patches in Banished helped improve the performance of it. Graphically, the game is gorgeous. Buildings and citizens are very detailed and the weather system adds a layer of realism to it.

Conclusion
Banished is a very good game. I love the complex gameplay through the variety of game mechanics and their effects on other mechanics. I absolutely adore the beautiful graphics as the buildings are incredibly detailed, the seasons are highly realistic and the scenery is just superb. Banished has excellent performance as I managed to sustain 60FPS for the majority of my play through. It was only at 200+ population I started to see a small dip in FPS and performance. At USD$19.99, I recommend purchasing Banished because overall, it has high replayability.

Rating
8.5/10

Pros
- Steam workshop.
- Complex gameplay through the various game mechanics.
- Beautiful graphics.
- Excellent performance.
- Weather system.
- UI.

Cons
- Lack of content.
- No long-term objective.
- The disappointing fundamentals in the vanilla game.

If you found this review helpful, please give it a thumbs up. If you would also like to follow my reviews more easily, be sure to join my group Antwog's Analysis (Reviews). I also write reviews for TeamTom's Reviews.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/242920/
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DComo16
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I recommend this Game to everyone its amazing!! It's fairly simple for if you want to have challenge or not have a challenge!!! I highly suggest using the mod workshop in the game the colonial mod specifically due to the over abundance of things they add to the game!! Here are a few tips if you don't want to get frustrated in the which you easily can!!

-Crops are a must automatically place them fast because farmers only plant in the spring and its important to keep your village nourished or they will starve!!

-Warmth is key during winter otherwise people will start dying really fast.I suggest having a woodcutter its easier then having a tailor but you can do both.

-Placing homes are key to having a stable village and to gain a large population and to have jobs after the older people die!! Place them often but don't over do it!!

-There are diseases and disasters in this game but you can always turn them off if you want it easy!!

-Having mines and quarries and foresters are good so you won't run out of building materials!!


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Pidarchu
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
simple and repetitive, it's like a f2p facebook game with 3D graphics
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Helemar
( 111.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Too many hours trying to stay ahead of the amount of food I need, then having people start starving and then everyone dies after having 1000+ people. It's horrible, but entertaining.
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Kistren
( 26.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
More incest than Game of Thrones!
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Onebadterran
( 73.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
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Take control of a small group of settlers, expelled from their homeland, and build a new city! Will you survive the first winter or will everyone die off from miscellaneous causes. Don't forget about fires and tornadoes! Banished is absolutely brutal while being a wonderfully relaxing game with high quality audio and polished gameplay. Banished brings out a great array of emotions while still letting you stay calm and build on. I highly recommend this game despite the score I gave it. Ultimately, the mods can take it to the next level that I feel it so desperately deserves. 7/10

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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,084.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This game is one of my favorite games of all time. The original version was cool but somewhat boring and it's only when I decided to start using mods that it went over the top for me.

There are so many mods that add extras that make this game incredible. Check out the Colonial Charter mods, they are a must!
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.9 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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Banished is a city-building strategy game developed and published by Shining Rock Software LLC. It was released in February 2014. In Banished, you control a group of individuals that want to start a new life by developing a new city. You develop your city by increasing your population, gathering resources, and constructing buildings. The game embraces simplicity as trade is the primary currency and not money. This review will cover the gameplay, the integrated Steam Workshop, and the performance and graphics.

Banished presents strong and complex gameplay as game mechanics heavily alter the game. You will learn some mechanics as you play the game whereas other mechanics such as average health and average happiness are presented on the UI. For instance, average health represents an average of all your citizens health. The worse health your city has the less productive they are and the higher chance they have of dying. Furthermore, couple worse average health with the dynamic weather seasons and expect them not to be productive in Winter. As you continuously learn the game you will learn how to strategise and manage your city while incorporating the various game mechanics and the weather seasons, which all seasons have an effect on your city. Other mechanics have long-term implications. For instance, when children turn 10 they can enrol into a school until they turn 17. If they don't enrol you can use them as workers. If they enrol, you cannot use them as workers, but educated citizens will be much more productive long-term compared to uneducated workers. So by and large, these game mechanics emphasis strategy and they showcase the challenging nature of Banished because it is a very difficult game.

Also on gameplay, the game incorporates randomly generated maps that have different amounts of water, hills, and so forth. These affect your plans for your city, but there is a very useful and very informative UI that is customisable. It allows you to add different data to your screen which constantly updates. Specifically, if you want to keep your storage house information box on the screen, you can move it to the top left corner. Overall, the game teaches you about strategy, understanding the mechanics and their consequences, and to assist you allows you to customise your screen with informative UI to help you manage.

Banished uses Steam Workshop. Briefly, Steam Workshop allows individuals that own the game to tweak it, improve it, and mod it. I will admit for the majority of my play time I used Banished Plus, a large mod that provides more balance to the game by tweaking mechanics to reduce the fast-paced length of the game and increase realism. There are an abundance of other mods that once you download the game will inform you of any compatibility issues, which is a nice and handy tool. I use Banished Plus because I think the vanilla game is basic and fast-paced because there are not many buildings in the game are citizens can be very stupid and lazy. Furthermore, add these with the lack of long-term objectives showcase the need for mods to help improve the behaviour of your citizens and expand the amount of content. Therefore, using mods drastically improved my experience of the game. And as a side note, I generally think the developers should have made DLC to expand the content to give more replayability.

Technically, Shining Rock have excellently optimised this game. I can play it on max settings and achieve a constant 60FPS on x10 speed. Features like the weather system and the large amounts of population usually would hit the game in performance, but for the most part I did not experience that. At 110 population on x10 speed I stayed at 60FPS. At 220 population, I was managing a solid 50FPS with the drop due to a larger city and more population. It is evident the six patches in Banished helped improve the performance of it. Graphically, the game is gorgeous. Buildings and citizens are very detailed and the weather system adds a layer of realism to it.

Conclusion
Banished is a very good game. I love the complex gameplay through the variety of game mechanics and their effects on other mechanics. I absolutely adore the beautiful graphics as the buildings are incredibly detailed, the seasons are highly realistic and the scenery is just superb. Banished has excellent performance as I managed to sustain 60FPS for the majority of my play through. It was only at 200+ population I started to see a small dip in FPS and performance. At USD$19.99, I recommend purchasing Banished because overall, it has high replayability.

Rating
8.5/10

Pros
- Steam workshop.
- Complex gameplay through the various game mechanics.
- Beautiful graphics.
- Excellent performance.
- Weather system.
- UI.

Cons
- Lack of content.
- No long-term objective.
- The disappointing fundamentals in the vanilla game.

If you found this review helpful, please give it a thumbs up. If you would also like to follow my reviews more easily, be sure to join my group Antwog's Analysis (Reviews). I also write reviews for TeamTom's Reviews.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/242920/
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.3 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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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
How to starve your people.
Step 1: Produce a lot of food.
Step 2: one ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ decides to stockpile hundreds of pounds of food for himself when he lives alone.
Step 3: family of 6 cant find any food because of prementioned ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
Step 4: watch your people slowly die despite all the food you produce.

Honestly though, this game is harsh and you will have to restart many times, it gets frustrating sometimes, but it is very fun!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
180.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Tried to claim the achievement for a 300 villager society without schools, using only hunting and gathering.

Now my townstead, built along a river bank and surrounded by small hunting/gathering campsites, has such an immense production of food that a lot of it goes straight to the trading post.

We just bought a massive supply of tools, clothes, and iron, with venison. Every trading post has at least 2000 pounds of venison in stock.

I've made a society where venison is the official currency.

10/10 would keep playing.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Very good and difficult build-up game in a non-technolegy style, which felt/feels very fresh. I like this game, even though there are some moments, which are so frustrating, I am sure, because of me, 'cause I suck, but why do my farmers die, while they are harvesting? An unsolved mysterium to this day.

However, if you are a skilled player in this genre, you will have a lot of fun. I would not recommend this for beginner. Medicore players (like myself) still enjoy it's style and can have a nice session, which will last long enough, before it gets boring.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Really fun game that lacks replay value. The simulation is kind of linear, meaning that once you figure out a good "build order", you've basically figured it out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
Banished is a nice little village managing game that requires careful planning on the part of the player to avoid mass die-offs of the populace. It is enjoyable, especially for the price. However, the game suffers from two major maladies:

1. Before you attain all seeds and livestock and have a sizeable population, there comes a tipping point after which the game is no longer challenging. Early on, it is a struggle to get your people through the first few winters. You must manage your villagers very carefully, since any misstep could result in total collapse of the village. Once you have some crops growing, a few hunting cabins and gatherers's huts, it is all but assured that your village will never fail. Severe mismanagement can still result in the deaths of large portions of your population, but only if you don't know what you're doing.

2. The game's mechanics tend to break down after you've gotten into the later stages of your community's development when your village has a large population and most of the seeds and livestock. For example, when you try to create multiple city centers on a large map, it is possible that the villagers will end up spending most of the day walking to their assigned job, causing massive inefficiency and probably resulting in a mass die-off of some sort.

Pretty fun, though.
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