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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Sithlys
38.0 hrs
Posted: August 31
Still trying to beat the One with Nature achievement.
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$$ All EyEz On Me $$
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 31
good
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LieutenantSHEEP
56.9 hrs
Posted: August 31
A very fun and initially hard game to play. Well worth it if you are thinking about it already. Can only get a few runs before it gets stale but thats easily tens of hours.
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chevytrucks2002
25.0 hrs
Posted: August 31
Very fun if you want medieval simcity
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saint.oaks
27.3 hrs
Posted: August 30
Hard, Calm, Sim. Great game!
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njsfigo
37.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
If you want to justify once and for all to your boyfriend/girlfriend that the only thing that separates mankind from an inevitable extinction is to make sure that the earth is well seeded by the next generation of young laborers, laborers which can only be produced by fertile and age-correct people such as yourself, then by all means buy this game.
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VeNoMxKinG
38.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
Best game I have ever played, let your imgaination run free!
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Duckman6411
19.4 hrs
Posted: August 29
pretty fun when you dont die in the first winter or your whole town burns down
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Olamide
54.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
Good game, very addicting in its simplicity. Even better when its on sale.
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77 of 108 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Banished is a strange game. It has a great aesthetic - especially in the winter - that is compelling enough to keep you coming back for more. There's nothing quite like the sight of your little village covered in a blanket of snow, smoke billowing out of every chimney. Aesthetic, however, isn't really enough to hold your focus for too long. Other reviews go into great detail about what you need to do to succeed but it can be summed up in two parts - gather resources and breed.

At first this can be a fun balancing act to play out. Too much breeding and you're resources will start to dry up fast, too little and you'll struggle to get those resources quick enough to sustain your population much less grow it. Once you find the happy medium that works for your village to can plug along fairly well, at least for a while. Banished is big on throwing natural disasters at you - or at least it was for me. In three consecutive playthroughs I had things moving along wonderfully when a tornado would touch down and level my town. My population was decimated and despite my best efforts all three towns eventually died out.

Overall, that's the issue with Banished. It's not so much a city builder so much as it's a city survival game. The AI doesn't help, either, as citizens of your town can be frustratingly foolish. More than once I watched a citizen wander into the forest looking for food only to starve to death out in the wilderness when there was a surplus of food sitting in the barn for them. An even worse example for you: I once had a town starve to death despite it being flushed with productive farms. Over half of my population were farmers, herdsman, and fishermen and they still somehow found a way to starve to death, all of them. There's nothing more bleak and yet ironic than watching a farmer harvest his crops, the only person residing in a town of once over 50, slowly starving to death. And rest assured, the farmer died just like all of his friends and family, starving to death in the middle of his field.Throw a tornado or fire in on top of that, leveling a perfectly good town in its prime, and the game can become painfully frustrating.

Banished is not a bad game but like most of the reviews on here, I'll tell you the truth - there's not a lot to it. You can build a sprawling metropolis if you want but there's nothing to do with it. There's no end-game, nothing to strive for beyond trying to surive as long as possible. You can't go out and get revenge on the town that kicked out your founders or even interact with other villages. Your only contact to the outside world are solitary traders, the only evidence of life outside of your village. This game could be easily be cast as settling another planet for the first time, it's that empty. If you can get it on sale for cheap, buy it. It is fun at first and, like I said, can be beautiful in a quaint, colonial kind of way. Just understand that after a while it will lose its spice.
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44 of 57 people (77%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Recommended
296.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
...can't review...

...playing banished...

...send food...

...2,500 units should be enough.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Dude, this game is not easy. You think OK I can keep a bunch of little pixel people alive. Yeah it’s harder than it looks. Banished is a delicate balance between population control and food production and it takes time to master. Don’t be upset if your first few settlements go up in smoke (sometimes literally), this game is about what have you learned. You don’t fail with your settlements you learn new ways of what works and what doesn’t. There are some helpful guides out there that give you some great tips on making your life and the lives of your pixel people better. Here are some of mine.
~ Be mindful how many houses you build. But just enough to house your people but not enough to let them breed out of control.

~ FOOD! Food is your number one enemy in this game.

~Firewood, you don’t need it much in the summer. But don’t let your little people freeze in the winter.

~ If you have people die, take workers off things like mining, timber cutting and blacksmithing (if you have a stock pile of tools) and move them to food.

~ Trade, trading is a key backbone to this game.

~Chickens are your best friends. Cows and sheep take forever to grow but chickens are a good and quick food sorce.

~ AOE players, throw out everything you know from AOE it DOES NOT APPLY HERE.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
"Banished" is what I would be if this town was real and I was leader of these people.

...Those poor people.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
If you like a break from action games and stuff, and you want to play a gentle, but fun awesome medieval town expasion simulator this is for you.
Great game with easy to play mods.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
If you want to justify once and for all to your boyfriend/girlfriend that the only thing that separates mankind from an inevitable extinction is to make sure that the earth is well seeded by the next generation of young laborers, laborers which can only be produced by fertile and age-correct people such as yourself, then by all means buy this game.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
the game is really nice but ..... they need to stop dying after first winter
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
All in All a good game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
A nice game. If you are lucky and everyone survives the first winter...they die in the spring.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Rating 7/10

Fun game for a little bit, but an immense lack of longevity due to no "win condition", and nothing particularly engaging after you've amassed a decent population that cannot die.
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