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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Knoot
( 35.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A surprisingly difficult little game that will throw challenges at you! Winter! Disease! Food shortages! At the current price (steam sale), picking it up should be a no-brainer.
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M1s4n7hr0p3
( 127.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game has the peaceful music and beautiful weather and graphics to be relaxing but the economic and survival challenges to keep you relatively high strung. It can be as difficult or as easy as you want it with customisable map size, style, and starting resources. My only wish is the ability to move technology forward past basic levels but there's probably mods for that. Also the game incorporates the ability to add mods quite easily.

9/10 have wasted way too much of my life on this game.
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Brickman
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Fun city-builder that loves to see you build up all of your hard-earned progress and then watch it come crashing down with a disaster or poorly timed event.

Winter is coming... with the cycling of the seasons and if you aren't prepared it will mess you up.
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chaputenator
( 183.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Simple and very relaxing game to play. A bit buggy though, but nothing deal breaking.
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Tyrone Shoelaces
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Although I don't currently have any other city builders in my steam library, Banished certainly makes a compelling argument as to why I should get more.

Based on some of the other reviews, people find this game a bit too easy. They say that once you get far in the game it's just resource management and nothing else. I would like to give an opinion on that statement, but I've never actually made it far enough in game to get to that point. Maybe I just stink at Banished, but the game honestly takes levels of micromanagement and planning that I honestly can't keep up with.

Most of Banished's gameplay consists of easy to understand concepts of trading, tools, shelter, fuel, and more. Layered in that are more complex things that are unlocked with the town hall. I doubt that it's one of the most layered games out there, but it certainly holds its own. The game itself has few flaws. Random and untimely deaths, especially earlier in game, often force you to make quick changes or risk collapsing society and losing everything. It's something that I would call satisfyingly frustrating; that is to say it makes you mad every time it occurs in game, but in reflection it is easy to see why the developers included such events.

A lot of the game takes practice to understand. I've never really found a 'MLG Pro strat' that gets you started easily every single time. Generally speaking, something terrible happens and it screws up your entire economy and you get frustrated and rage quit. Speaking of which, my only major gripe with this game is that workers often completely ignore their jobs, or jobs they could be doing. Or, they do it in a backwards manner that just makes you question the AI. For example, if you plan a forestry lodge to be build on the opposite side of town, as well as a path leading up to it (which makes townsfolk move more quickly), they do it in reverse order. Let's say there are three workers in this scenario. Rather than build a path to the future site of the lodge, then remove trees, walk back with logs, bring out building resoures, etc., the workers will make the path after they already completed the lodge, thus taking them more total time. In a game where time is so crucial, it is extremely aggrivating. It doesn't make much sense, and you'd think the developers would have implimented a more intuitive building AI.

Moreover, townsfolk often act selfishly at the most inconvenient of times. Say the seasons are changing to winter, and your farmers haven't finished collecting the crops. If winter comes, the remaining plants die. Often times, farmers will be in the process of claiming the final crops when they suddenly decide they need to run back and put firewood in their homes, or get a meal to eat. Sure, in real life you have to eat (obviously), but why is there no option to sacrifice the health of the workers in order to accomplish something crucial? It may seem harsh, but the game already has a health rating system for each town member. Why must the survival behavior for the townsfolk be so rudimentary? It becomes very frustrating when you have just survived a blight on your orchards with just enough food, and next harvest your farmers are getting new clothes just as the final crops disappear, causing your people to starve in winter.

Overall, the game is a great addition to anyone's library. If you're a city builder fan, I would suggest getting it. If you're interested but unsure, I'd suggest getting the game for sale. I think it has gone down to 10 and even 5 bucks during the summer sale.
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abyolicious
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Hard in the beginning, but once u get the hang of it, it's fun and time consuming.
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leftylarsen
( 108.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
One of my favorites, and it always changes with different mods
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Asha Greyjoy
( 103.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
the AI can get (very) frustrating, and unless you're going for achievments there isn't much to do after you've reached a stable population/food ratio, but overall it's a good time-killer and a relaxing game (unless your entire population starts starving of course). there's also a lot of mods out there to give you even more to do, so that definitely helps its longevity.
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PorkNotBeef
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I'm on my fifth or sixth attempt and making a nice and simple township in the middle of nowhere.
For several years since the start, I managed to help my exiled villagers survive off of mass amounts of fish, corn, potatoes, and the occasional dear and roots. While I was well on my way towards expanding my fine little town, in comes in a tornado who massacres just about everything in sight.

My immediate reaction can be summed up into this specific part of a video.
https://youtu.be/0GW-Y445jUc?t=1m12s

Disaster or not, however, this game will kick your ♥♥♥ harder and harder every step of the way.

10/10 Would recommend.
Your patience, survival skills, observation and leadership WILL be tested every second!
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HappyZombies
( 39.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Really run game, frankly I would recommend you get this game during a sale. The mods are very nice and do help a lot. But you will reach a point where you will get tired of the game and just wish everyone would die. You just gotta make a lot of food and coal and you are set. Granted if you don't increase housing your population will die of old age...anyhow.

This game is fun, I enjoyed it, but once you find the strategy it becomes kinda meh. I would still recommend it, the mods do add some kinda variety, but it'll only take you so far before you get sick. Get this game during a sale.
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87 of 90 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 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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79 of 92 people (86%) found this review helpful
64 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Beware this one phrase, prepare for it, brace for it, accept it:
WINTER IS COMING
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56 of 59 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
94.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Great game. Period.

I recommend trying out Colonial Charter Mod to enhance the game, if you will feel a bit bored with standard buildings/crops.

Deepest respects to a single developer who created the game.
He managed to create a product which no multi-million dollar development studio could do for many long years.
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I love to drink a beer and watch my town grow.
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.0 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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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
This game is like building a house of cards. Not too hard to begin, you think you're doing well. Nearly 200 population, full happiness.

Then some un-noticed event occurs, maybe a little low on logs, iron, coal. Maybe running low on labour causing things to stack up.

Suddenly, you have no tools, work is down to 50% but your population is the same.

But not for much longer, as without tools you run out of logs (so firewood), coal, coats, food, everything. Poeple are dying left and right.

Now you have under 30 populatioon trying to run everything!

Fun, fun game, but trickier than it looks!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
10 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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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 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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