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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.
Release Date: Feb 18, 2014
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Working on update 1.0.1...

February 27th, 2014

I'm actively working on version 1.0.1 of Banished, and there is now a beta branch for testing. You can opt into the Test beta version by right clicking on the game in your Steam library, select Properties, and then pick the BETAS tab. You can then switch to the Test version.

Any feedback on this test version is very much appreciated.

The major fix in the build is for save games that crash after a few minutes of play.

Here’s the full list of changes in the test build.


  • Fixed a bug causing save games to fail.
  • Fixed a crash in the music player.
  • Fixed a startup crash when a video card doesn't support depth sampled textures.
  • The startup menu scene no longer displays the last seen area.
  • Added a command line switch /dx9 to force the game into dx9 mode.
  • Added a command line switch /dx11 to force the game into dx11 mode.
  • Added a command line switch /windowed to force the game to start windowed instead of fullscreen.

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For those having problems getting the game started...

February 19th, 2014

Hey all,

For those having a hard time getting the game started, I just want you to know that it's being worked on. The dev team consists of just me, so thank you in advance for your patience while I sort through the problems and try to get them resolved.

You can read a little bit about some known bugs and some workarounds on the
developer log and on the support forums.

And thanks for playing!

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About the Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
Helpful customer reviews
5,052 of 5,281 people (96%) found this review helpful
156 products in account
1 review
63.1 hrs on record
Banished is what many city/village building games wish they could be when they grow up. No barbarians screaming at the gates, not a zombie in sight, just good solid building with intelligent villagers, clever mechanics, and thoughtful details. It's easy, it's relaxing, it's soothing. Until the realities of colony life bite you in the backside! Banished is addictive. :D
Posted: February 14th, 2014
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2,285 of 2,397 people (95%) found this review helpful
143 products in account
14 reviews
40.6 hrs on record
Banished is an amazingly fun and intense game. Some people have described it as being "zen" to which I disagree to a point. It gives the illusion of being peaceful, until it stabs you in the back. The game is stressful, the game is hard, the game will make you laugh and it will make you cry. You will build up a large, bustling, seemingly succesfull town only for a small disaster to bring your whole population to it's knees. But when you do succeed, it is oh so satisfying.

This is the city builder you've been waiting for.

An example of what can easily happen: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=229238351
Posted: February 17th, 2014
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3,792 of 4,046 people (94%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
1 review
26.7 hrs on record
Remember when you paid $60 for Simcity and EA kicked you in the junk? This is the exact opposite of that. Banished is a city builder in its purest form.
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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1,440 of 1,554 people (93%) found this review helpful
131 products in account
1 review
110.0 hrs on record
I love this game, it's a casual city builder game made by only one guy.
Even thou there are no wars or attackers there are several ways to die, mostly to starvation or them freezing to death.
The creator (Luke) said he would take a day or two off and then on to bugfixing and work on a modkit to the game, making users able to mod the game, and the possibilities are endless.
Things NOT to expect.
It's NOT an action game, it's casual and slow going (you can speed it up thou).
It's NOT a multiplayer game (And probably never will be, he made the engine for the game himself, with singleplayer in mind).
It's NOT a triple A game (that being said it's worth the money if you like good indie games).

Now thats over i can say i love the game, and gonna put alot of time in it im sure.

Update to this:
It's been a week now and i just made 100% Achievements in this game and i STILL love it.

There is i must say some bugs, and it's a little laggy once you got the town to big, it's easy to see if you scroll around the map with the time on 10x with a population of 1k+.
Also once you get a big town there are some problems with people dieing of starvation even with more then 150k food in storage, simply because they can't get back to the house they live in fast enuff to eat and won't eat on the way in other houses, or marketplaces or anywhere.
Im sure thats gonna be fixed, but he's one guy so might take some time.

But even with those bugs it's well worth it to get the game, i would have paid 30$ for the game and still not feel screwed..
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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902 of 957 people (94%) found this review helpful
22 products in account
1 review
46.4 hrs on record
You start with the minimal needed to begin your soon-to-be expansive town. The basics are pretty simple to grasp -- keep your people warm and fed, give them a place to live, and make sure they have tools to survive. It's much harder and more challenging than it sounds, but it is also extremely rewarding once you've got a thriving town. Don't think it will last long though! There's a population to grow, more land to settle, the occasional disaster, a trading-post to manage, and the ever-present feeling that you could be doing better if you just did one or two things differently an hour ago... but that's what the next game is for... and then there's the *hard* difficulty.

And yes, I helped test the game (for almost 40 hours), but I had so much fun that I will be playing at least 40 more. Luke did an amazing job with Banished! Congrats!
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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