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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Very Positive (418 reviews) - 86% of the 418 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (19,286 reviews) - 90% of the 19,286 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    • 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
    • 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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Very Positive (418 reviews)
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( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
this game is really just so broken..every reaction to any command you enter is so very very slow..and sometimes everyone in your town just dies from starvation despite having food...super annoying..bugs need to get fixed last year..
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( 36.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
This game would be good if there weren't the insane amount of bugs it has.

I just downloaded again after a year since my last play. I was doing pretty good until people start frozen to dead even considering they were full clothed and there was plenty of logs on the ground... they refused to pick them up.

Don't buy this game.
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( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
It was fun for a while, and I had to save and quit. But when I loaded it up again the next day, It never loaded just kept showing the "Starting Banished" Message. I have tried many troubleshooting methods and all have been failed. I would give a good review of this amazing game if you could help me fix this.
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Garin Parry
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Very Good Game for anyone wanting to put time and effort into something!
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( 28.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Freaking love this game. It's great for hardcore and casual players alike. Pretty graphics, enjoyable music, dynamic gameplay options and mod support equal for a long and rewarding experience.
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( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
What a ♥♥♥♥ game. People keep dying even with lots of food in the burn.
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( 19.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Great game. Very sandbox-y, could use goals/campaign etc.. Otherwise awesome
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( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
The music really gets you in the mood
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( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Great city building game in a medieval setting.
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( 208.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
This game is great, you guys.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
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
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.

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.


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

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

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
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
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
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
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
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
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This game is great, I just need to edit the game files to rename nomads to Youtube Prank Channels Host so I dont feel bad denying their entry into my town.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
More incest than Game of Thrones!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13

You're going to lead a group of people to survival who were "banished" from their land in Banished.

It has a really rewarding learning curve, which sometimes might get frustrating though. You will be have to feed your citizens, provide them shelter, clothes, jobs, tools, fuels etc.

One thing about banished i'd like to tell you that it is a really relaxing game. The soundtrack, graphics, atmosphere that lures you in, is just amazing!

Banished is not just a city building game, it's also all about the balance and efficency between professions. For example; you won't be able to farm during winter, instead assign your farmers to another profession. You have to gather resources and make good use of them as fast as possible, otherwise, your subjects will suffer.

  • Amazing Atmosphere
  • Realistic Structure
  • Great Soundtrack
  • Relatively Challenging
  • Realistic in some aspects which encourages you to think and figure it out.
  • Has an in-game wiki
  • Really Relaxing Environment

  • People starve to death and you can't do anything about it. ( For Beginners )
  • Average Character Animations ( Not really big of a deal though )
  • Easy to Learn, Hard to Master ( Has a strong learning curve )
  • Increasing the speed, might destroy you in minutes, if you are not well established.

I've been playing Banished at the end of the day for a while, just to get rid of the stress and rush of the daily life. If you're looking for a game that challenges and relax you at the same time, with a beautiful atmosphere and city building format. Get it now. I assure you that you will get more than what you paid for.

Thank you for reading my review on Banished. Hope it helped you and answered some of the questions you might had. Have a nice day. :)
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