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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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Banished is very unique in its play-style. I'm a huge fan of city-builder and strategy games, and so to find a game that really breaks the mold was very refreshing. No tech trees or restrictions is a nice touch, and the idea of being a challenging survival game blended with the usual city builder element is really great. I want to love this game. I want to say its the best city builder game to come out since Sim City 4, but there's a few crucial issues I have with the game.

The most significant issue in Banished is that I find myself staring at numbers and messages more than anything else. It's a constant game of moving around my profession numbers. What's worse is that for being such an interface-heavy game design, the UI itself is actually not very well-designed or thought out. The micromanagement in the game suffers from a serious lack of depth. Once you've planned out your city, which is a matter of ensuring your people don't have to walk too far to drop off supplies or get to their homes, you begin your journey of tediously shuffling around professions endlessly while staring at the event log, professions and resource tabs. You're watching a number (Like food or fuel) slowly go down while you frantically try keep that number up by doing anything you can but a lot of the time I feel like there's nothing I can do. If my people start dying from starvation, it's nearly impossible to fix it without losing a huge chunk of my population, because when people die the replacements take a long time to get settled into their new home and begin work.

Relateable Games:
• Sim City
• City Skylines
• Stronghold

All and all. If you like delicate city building simulations. This game is for you.

9/10 From Me:
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Banished has a lot of potential but it really fails to live up to this, as a result of poor AI and obsure mechanics. I have fond memories of playing it when it first came out for many hours, but always the same frustrations arise.

The game is challenging, but for the wrong reasons. Not because it is designed well, but because it is designed poorly. You are often forced to deal with chain reactions as a result of a 'bottleneck of stupidity,' usually a villager hording a material for no reason or not building a vital construction despite it being prioritised. Eventually, the town will become large enough so that any challenge (read: AI stupidity) is made irrelevant so you just keep expanding and expanding with the same buildings again and again.

I have a number of questions concerning the game.

Why do villagers keep idling for no apparent reason?
Why does health gradually decline despite all needs to stabilise it being met?
Why does one household decide to horde the entire harvest of a particular crop, plunging the village into starvation?

Is there an answer to these? Probably. But no answer is surrendered by the game; very rarely do I have the feeling that I am fully aware of what is going on.

I greatly admire the ability of one man to create this game, but really, it is more like an alpha after being released for over two years.

I really *don't* want to give this game a negative review because really, it can be enjoyable. But I don't feel that I can give it a positive one.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Great town builder/survival sim. Very trial and error oriented and has a decent mod community.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
82.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
The longer I play this, the more impressed I am.

The size of a town even at a hundred people is impressive - I had never appreciated really how huge modern cities are until playing this for many hours.

The simulation is not completely realistic, as the economy at the docks is contrived.

Still the longer I play it, the more I want to recommend it. There are more modern versions of this game now - take your pick. Well worth the heavy time investment mastering this difficult game.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
My first 6 hours with Banished:

-Start game
-No Problems
-Prosper for a decade
-"This game is easy"
-Read reviews saying game is unforgiving
-Tons of supplies
-60 villagers
-Build 15 more houses
-Feeling good man
-Incest abound
-Pumping out kids like no tomorrow
-Build quarry, mines and the works
-Feel like a supreme ruler
-Early winter
-Crop goes to ♥♥♥♥
-No food
-Babies start dying and ♥♥♥♥
-Lose 30 people in the course of one winter
-Try to pull it back
-Finally start to stablize after 45 dead due to starvation
-Food stockpile starts to rise
-65 year old ♥♥♥♥ takes all the food
-Quit game and cry myself to sleep

12/10 would kill almost entire population due to neglance again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
The others have said it all. Great, unique mood and game mechanics, nice (albeit short) soundtrack. Funniest when you least expect it. Personal stories. Very cruel, but awesome. Try it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
83.7 hrs on record
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Review For Banished
Review by: DEHU

Pros :
- Good graphics
- Very fun and addicting
- Many mods

Cons :
- None really

Review :
Banished is a Sandbox game.

Depending on the difficulty you play on, you have X amount af villagers and houses to start with.

You have to build a fully functional Village/City by building houses, Fishing docks, farms and more.
You can also assign people to be builders, farmer, hunters, ect.
There are few building resources like Wood, Stone and Iron.
You can gain the resources by building Forester lodge, Mine and Quarry.

Your Villagers also needs warm clothes and firewood when the winter hits. You can gain firewood with a Wood Cutter and Wool by sheep you can have in a Pasture. You'll need a Tailor to make the clothes and you can also get a blacksmith for tools.

You have random of what you can start with in Pastures and Crop farms.
To gain other Crops and animals you can trade via a Trading Post.

You can also build schools to educate kids, chapels to gain religious people and cemetery to bury dead people.
There is Hospitals to heal and cure people and with a Gatherers hut you can get herbs and a Herbalist to make medicine out of the herbs.
You can also build tunnels though mountains and bridges across water.

Stockpiles for yeah, putting your resources on and Storage barn for storage of food and resources like tools, wool, leather, etc.

There are many thing to do and thanks to the modding community there can be a lot more to do.
i brought it when it came out and the game is developed by one guy.

Sadly there is no multiplayer since the engine isn't build for it. Also the engine is made by the one person from Shining Rock Software.

The game is tons of fun and worth the 18,99€/$20,66.

Additional Information :
Developer: Shining Rock Software LLC
Publisher: Shining Rock Software LLC
Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategi
Released on Steam: 18. Feb 2014

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
214.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
One of the most frustrating pleasures in my present life. When I first played it I was so lost...but could not leave it alone. I ended up on yuotube looking ( a last hope when ready to give up lol ), and what struck me was how many different "this is the easy way" videos there were..and none were wrong.
Simple and challenging. I may drift into new games, on my rotationial (personal limit of 10) games displayed on my desktop screen, this is one of 4 that stays....
A lesson in patience, the challenge is not boring and it allows for a good deal of choices in management. Having many hours invested, I tried a single map (saved at the beginning) and with 3 different approaches, cool, cool, cool.
With no battles against dragons, zombies, or (fill in here) you will find that the weather and changing seasons require stratagies a bit more organic.
I will admit that the potiential of a seasonal zombie hoard mod would kick rump! Which I must mention, the mountain of DLC is impressive and intergrates seamlessly I feel this is understated but my words not the content is at fault here.
Highly recommend, and thank you to this dev team. GREAT JOB!!!
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113.3 hrs
Posted: October 28
In my top ten of the best game I play ever. The realistic of the management of your village an the satisfaction to see it get bigger is addictive and very immersive. A lot of hours of relaxing gaming and fun !
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98.1 hrs
Posted: October 27
I really enjoy playing this game but i hate they havent updated anything in over a year
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112.4 hrs
Posted: October 26
An excellent city builder for people who want continuous play and city development with a robust mod community. If you're a combat RTS-lover, there's no combat. If you just want peaceful building with natural disasters, plagues and other non-war challenges, this is for you.

The only thing I'd like in the game is continued new buildings and other micro-level city building options. Supply chains, customization and new economic opportunities add flavor and purpose for long games.
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23.7 hrs
Posted: October 26
fun ♥♥♥ building game
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51.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
This game is fun but incomplete, has some bugs, and gets boring after awhile. There's no real endgame. This game will never leave beta since the developer has taken their money and has moved on.
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43.8 hrs
Posted: October 26
Lets see my biggest town was about 190 - 200 people lived on every lil island each area more like another little town in itself either way I LOVE THIS GAME if you enjoy building towns and with the smallest mistake lose half your town this is the game for you. Best advice is have a wide range of food sources :D
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The Dark Side of RedTube
157.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
One of the best city builders I have ever played
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50.3 hrs
Posted: October 26
I find this game really addictive. Managing the resources can be difficult and keeping the townsfolk alive isn't always easy - but that just makes it all that more appealing. The game can take a bit of a slow pace at times but I find playing it quite peaceful. I've played around 50 hours in total now and would definitely recommend it.
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51.3 hrs
Posted: October 25
I absolutely love this game, city building without the needless disasters or focus on policies and money. You care about your people and you can easily lose hours upon hours playing!
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24.0 hrs
Posted: October 25
I read one man made this game.

I tip my hat to that man.
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