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

    • 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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60 of 79 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I wish there was an option between thumbs up and thumbs down, because this game hit the middle ground "eh, it's alright" for me. Banished is an ok game, but it really doesn't feel finished! Once you get over the hump of mid-game and dedicate 90% of your workforce to collecting food, there's not much else to see. I played my first few games slow and steady and didn't have much trouble amassing a decent number of people, building all the available buildings, setting up my neighborhoods and work districts... and then I would get bored halfway through upgrading the houses to stone, because that's all that was left for me to do. I tried playing a little faster (and looser with the food) and it just dragged the experience out, but didn't actually add any more "fun" to the experience.

If there was some sort of combat mechanics, or if there were threats other than weather and starvation, maybe my final opinion would be different. As it is, Banished is a decent town building simulator that can hold your attention for 20-30 hours. After that, you've seen and done it all. There's just not enough different options!
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
434.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Banished is a game that was good as a base game. It's challenging and there is a lot of different strategies that you can try to help your settlement live. Where the game really shines is some of the mods that people have created for the game. Colonial Charter has made in-depth mods that add a TON of content to the game. As of right now, I'm building a nearly 100% over water dock town. I have almost 200 citizens in it and everyone is happy.

If you enjoy building strategy games, I highly suggest this game to you. Once you get a hang of the base game, head over to the workshop to add some mods to it. It's almost like playing a whole new game.

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Really cool game, really challenging. When I first played I thought it was a bit simple and boring and I stopped playing for a long time. Then I felt like this sort of game again and I looked at some of the mods asnd the Colonial Charter mod makes it a lot better, with all the additional seeds and buildings and professions. But I stopped playing the CC mod because I wanted to get some achievements and the mods doesn't allow you to unlock any.

I deleted the mod and played original Banished again, and now that I knew a bit more about the game I thought it would be easier.

Little did I know, it was still tough, I did the mountain men challeng and it was going well until my people stopped having babies and my population dropped fast. (The goal is to maintain a population of 50 on a small mountainous terrian in harsh climate for 20 years.) Sounds easy? If you play on hard starting conditoins, you dont start with any crops or orchads or livestock. ANd the map is small so there not a lot of stone and iron lying around.
I was fun until a certain point. Once I had enough food stored and but homes and had a population of around 120, it was pretty boring. I just had to wait for the last 10 years. I had built all the buildings and just had to sit and watch the years tick by. (Did it in 86 years)

Its a great game. I like the weather effects, the diseases that pop up, the graphics are good and smooth. It just lacks a bit of life. Some house variations, more buildings, maybe the colours could be a bit brighter, like make the pigs easier to see and the people.

Whatever 9/10 its a great game.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
The game was enjoyable the first few times I played it.

At first it was a challenge to try and meet all the needs of the town through mining, servives, food and education. Unfortunately although the game throws up random weather events or disasters, the game becomes repetitive and the final outcome is a struggle to maintain a maximum population in the small sandbox map through starvation due to the impossible feat of feeding the citizens in perpetuity.

As mentioned, I have enjoyed the game and each time I tried to different things - however the eventual outcome via sandbox is always the same. It would be great to see some expansions to the gameplay like interaction with external towns (not just traders), potential attacks from external parties or barbarians which need defending and the introduction of some forms of special unique structures.

The game reminds me of an old classic 'Pharoah' which was quite enjoyable but after say 50 hours of gameplay becomes repetitive.

Still highly recommend and quite enjoyable. For those seeking an extreme challenge, the hardest difficulty level is quite full on and only those whom have honed their skills on the game will be succeed (potentially)!

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
109.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
awesome game, which combines building and survival! as soon as you master it, there are plenty of mods and mod packs for you to widen your experience...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
So much joy, so much tears. Before this game I didn't realize how much people are able to panic if food or firewood gets low, as it will create a huge hoarding and everything will end in a blink of an eye.

But, all in all. I love the graphics, love the gameplay and all in all love this game and would recommend it to anyone who likes city/town building games all in all.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
My greatest advice is: know what it is you're buying.
This is a survival game with elements of city-building. There is not much to it once you have achieved plenty of stocks to survive the harshest of winters. Then, the game becomes more contemplative, with no clear objective other than achieving the highest pop you can.

I did get a lot of fun with the game and I still do fire it up sometimes, but the lack of content past the surviving part killed it for me, sadly. I think this game needs expansions if it is to maintain interest.

7/10 - A rough diamond at best
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Fun and simple city builder, complete with plenty of modding potential. Great little game for lazy Sunday afternoons.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Banished is probably one of the most personal yet inpersonal experiences in gaming that I have had for a long time. I purchased the game before it even came out and was excited in the days before release. It turns out that my excitement was warranted.

The game offers you the chance to create and nurture a colony of banished people in the pre-Revolution era. You control (though not directl) the lives of men, women in children through their charming, fulfilling and dangerous existence.

Getting to grips with the basics of the game is not easy. There is a lot to think about and the balance of the game is so fine that one very slight change in its jenga like structure means that in the space of one season, you can easily go from 100 people to 10.

And thats one of the main features of the game, like Settlers etc, the season play a vital role in the game. You are literally struggling for food during the winters months, and abundent with it during the summer. If that does not offer the modern youth of today an opportunity to really appreciate what life is like out in the agricultural heartland, I dont know what will.

Resources are collected the same way as most other games, woodcutters, farmers, fishermen, miners, etc - But what sets this game apart (in my humble opinion) is the way that the work force tasking is controlled in a much more beaurocratic way. A Slide bar system gives you an easy way of transferring your working from say, farming to mining etc. Its good to be able to drop your farmers down to 0 in the winter months, and double your mine strengh, or stop fisherman sitting on their arses when the rivers have frozen over!

Faceless Beurocray aside, the game can hit you in the feels from time to time, for example, when one of the townsfolk I had nurtured from birth to adulthood died during childbirth I did get a swift kick in the moral and this does give you a passion to truly keep the welfare of the individuals in your town at the forefront - You want your people to survive, to work, to reproduce.

Being someone who loves military games, that seeks to be its only flaw - A lack of military, but then again it is a town building game and dare i say it, perhaps there isnt a place for the military in this game.

One of the best things about this game is the ability to mod it and download mods easily from Steam, it really does add a new dimension to your experience, giving it that endless feeling.

-Great idea and concept
-Well executed
-Balanced to perfection
-The game can last you hours upon hours on a single town

-At times you want to zoom in more
-Is very difficult to just pick up and play
-Lack of military etc
-Islands are very samey

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61.5 hrs
Posted: September 29
Legit one of the worst games ever.
I just dont want to play it anymore, but I'm so addicted that a day does not go by without me thinking about my stupid laborers taking ineffecient pathways to work.
I r8 8/8 m8s, game is gr8.
Only downside is, its abit hard to learn. But once you're going you can't stop
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Oscarius II
9.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
Frustratingly addictive. Suddenly I'm pinning blueprints to my wall, planning work rosters, building layouts, and project timeframes... needs some violence in there though.
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97.0 hrs
Posted: September 28
>build houses
>amorous villagers find partners and move in to said houses
>privacy of homes allows partners to express their rampant reproductive desires
>population boom.tapestry
>hastily clear forests to build farms and fishing wharfs
>everyone is just making food to stay alive
>no one is chopping firewood for winter
>deep freeze starts killing people off
>enter the nomads
>nomads join village, enough people to make food and firewood
>nomad brought some exotic disease
>by the end of next year the graveyard is full
>people are sad, dying of diease, hunger and cold
>fast forward 400 years to 21st century
>be me, playing Banished and simulating similar tragedies
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83.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
I really enjoy Banished. I love the game play, I love the music, I love the strategy. It is an immensely replayable survival city builder game. I cared for my town and its kids, it was great immersion for me. I have not tried any of the mods yet (and I am at 87 hours!). I have just enjoyed trying different strategies to see which works the best and which keeps my people from dying off.

I bought this on sale and would strongly recommend you put it on your wishlist and wait for a sale to come along and buy it.
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12.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
If you enjoy gentle town sim games this is a good one! A good combination of managment and immersion for me.
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Kingston Gaming ®
5.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
My mouse will not move at all in game. Restarting my computer, logging out of steam or anything at all, nothing is fixing it. The game is not useful anymore... Please fix!
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8.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
Very fun, Colony dies in about 1 minute.
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Mr Klein
45.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
Great, well thought out game. Love it.
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41.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
Hey, that's pretty good.

It's a very similer experience to the Sim City series and the Tycoon games with a hevey lean towards resource management instead of just focusing on taxes and park income.
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26.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
There aren't enough options and mods make it crash and are inconsistent with the theme. Worth it if it was cheaper, maybe.
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