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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"A Pretty Good City Builder, its a bunch of good fun but is a little bare bones atm, however that might change in a few updates but its still really fun"

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November 23, 2014

New Mod Kit required for mod authors.

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About This 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
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1,414 of 1,517 people (93%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
So I got vis game in the hope that I would be able to build a balanced city and survive at least one winter, how wrong I was, I died like 16 times in a row, then I discovered plums, I traded everything I had for one plumb seed and the plumb boom began. I found that if I devoted my entire town to be a plumb nation so to speak, nothing could stop me. I dedicated all my time to plumb manufacturing. I set up a trading post and traded my vast abundance of plumbs for clothing and materials. After my brief time on this game I really feel I discovered the true value of plumbs in todays society and will never take them for granted again.
For example for 10 years in a row I found my population to be stagnant and it hovered around the 66 citisen mark (not including children) for these 10 years. My solution to this was simple, I set up plumb farms all across the coast, from what I can gather with my basic understanding of immigration, traders come into my city on canoes and see the plumbs, they then return to their families after trading their iron and coal for my nations plumbs, they tell their families tales of he great plumb nation, then they tell friends and co-workers. This all led to the great population inflation of 18AD.
After 10 years of 66 citisens I grew to 88, many historians argue this was due to a better education system and advancements in stone houses and such. But these people are heretics and should be shakled and plumbed to death. Of course the real reason was due to plumb based immigration. Unfortunately the great mine collapse of 18AD saw the death of 15 good miners, so this countered the growth, I decided to close all mines and quarries and focus solely on plumbs and the occasional gatherer for berries.

All in all I would give plumb simulator 2014 a 9/10 would deffo play again.
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894 of 971 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
My entire village burned down, leaving two teenage boys alive and no-one else. I had a very successful economy so they survived on their own for many years in the burnt out husk of what was once a thriving merchant town by living off my extensive stockpile of most resources. Unable to have children for obvious reasons, they slowly grew old, and in late winter of Year 108, they both died at the ripe old ages of 72 and 73 respectively.
11/10 would play again.
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357 of 385 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
60.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
Everything seems fine. Winter rolls around. Food stocks are well beyond surplus, everyone... Okay, most people are wearing clothes, people all seem healthy.

A group of nomads come to your town hall upon seeing your vast reserves of resources and food.

You allow them to join your settlement, what could be the harm in adding some more workers?

A little bit rolls by seemingly fine, but suddenly you have no food reserves and the planting of new crops have just started! People are starving in the streets. Nobody has any food in their homes. Then you notice that fuel reserves have dwindled while you were trying to solve your food shortage problem! People are now huddling in their homes with their families freezing to death and you can't stop it! Then an outbreak of Influenza comes through, your town's only physician died of starvation not too long ago. All hell has broken loose and your citizens are dieing too rapidly for you to do anything about it.

You watch in horror.

Everything you knew has crumbled before you. A sprawling settlement is suddenly eerily empty after only about a year or two of commotion.

Everyone is dead. You didn't get the 0 population nomads mod.

You turn off your computer and go weep in the corner of the room after the mass extinction that just happened due to your negligence.

12/10. I love this game.
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699 of 829 people (84%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
166.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Don't blink.
Blink and you starve
It happens fast.
Faster than you can believe.
Don't turn your back
Don't look away.
And don't blink.
Good luck
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480 of 586 people (82%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
1,113.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Played this game a little bit. It's not too bad.
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159 of 192 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
79.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Great game except for when farmers die of starvation while harvesting food
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198 of 258 people (77%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Winter came.
I was not prepared.
Everyone died.

10/10 would kill my village again.
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45 of 46 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
88.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
>Had a large, prospering city for about 125 years of about 1600 people
>Suddenly farmers stop planting crops for some reason
>Everyone begins to starve to death
>Measles breaks out
>Tornado sweeps through town
>Left with 3 people
>They all die one by one

10/10 best dream crushing simulator would die from starvation again
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67 of 85 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Its like sim city but you arent building city you are building village where everybody can die slow and painful way .
pro tip : When you start a first game dont think your people will survive.
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343 of 543 people (63%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I didn't know what to write about in my review, so here's a recipe for pancakes instead:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
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80 of 114 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Half my town starved to death mere metres away from fields ripe for harvest because my farmers decided that wandering aimlessly was a better use of their time.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
183.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
I am seriously addicted. It's hard, and you'll fail miserably the first few times, but once you get it down it's just plain satisfying.
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Banished is a distillation of what a lot of city-building fans missed from newer SimCity games. It’s a smart, fun twist on the concept -- instead of ruling over a metropolis through a mayor’s lens, you play a more intricate role in the development of a small colony. Every citizen is somebody you can see and control (though not directly), and your role is to see that your citizens are well-fed, happy, and warm through the long winters. The result is a more nuanced and satisfying game than the EA flagship franchise which inspired it.

Every Banished game starts on a randomly generated map, where you control a small band of settlers (about 10 adults and 10 children) who have ostensibly been banished from wherever they came from. You have nothing but the minimal supplies they carried with them, and the resources of the land around you. Your first objective is to survive the coming winter, which you can do by building houses, creating a source of food (a fishing dock or gatherer’s hut would do), and a source of heat for winter (firewood). All of these things require resources such as lumber, stone, and iron, which your citizens can scrounge from the land around them.

After the first winter, your options explode. The basic idea is to increase the population of your town by building homes, while balancing the basic needs of the citizens with the resources required for those needs. Every citizen in your town is a resource as well; the player personally assigns jobs to accomplish every task, and must make sure their labor force is well balanced and not spread too thin. Should the population dip and you no longer have enough farmers, for instance, the consequences can be dire.

All of this may sound a little daunting, and it can be, but Banished provides a helpful tutorial at the outset to ease the difficulty curve a bit. I was able to get rolling with my city and survive my first winter with its help. The mechanics are satisfying and relatively deep, although after 20 hours or so I found myself finding a groove and more or less following a formula for increasing the population of my town. It was still fun to see my town sprawl across the map (which can be sizeable), but the gameplay got a bit tired.

Banished does come with robust mod support and for those who find themselves growing tired of the gameplay, there is an extensive library of mods which breathe new life into the game. Colonial Charter is a large mod which adds an incredible amount of new content and greatly extends the life of Banished. It’s great to see mod support for a game like this, and it’s a shining example of why we should see more mod support for games going forward.

Overall, I’d recommend Banished to anyone pursuing that city simulation itch, but finding themselves disappointed with recent EA offerings. Populations of your city won’t rocket into the millions, but the level of control and visibility into the workings of the simulation is very satisfying. It’s a game which, while probably inspired by games like SimCity, does plenty to establish itself in this genre with new ideas.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Was doing great. The little town of Aviono, 20k food, 78 adults, around 12 children, and 15 years in. When the 16th year came around, it all went to hell. A fire started, burning one of the three storage barns stocked with food. I tried to get my little people to fight the fire with the wells nearby. They failed miserably and the other two barns caught fire, (this is about the time I realized putting all my food storages close together was a mistake). The fire started to spread to the wooden houses nearby, so I paused the game and looked up how to fight the damn fire. I figured out prioritizing the fire would help, so I did it and it did the trick. After the fire was put out, I checked out the damage. All my food gone and 5-6 houses destroyed. I knew my first priority should be to get my food back up to support my ever growing population of little people. This is where I realised I had made another mistake. Over 70% of my food was coming from potato farms, and guess what? All of my farms were right next to each other and an infestation started. Farm after farm were getting infected and loosing crops and I had no idea how to stop it. (I'm not one to go back and load and earlier save) So I paused it and looked it up, I couldn't find out how to stop it this time and I let it run it's course. Now the starvation began, and the graveyard began to fill up with little people's grave stones. It was too late to plant crops to get enough food to feed them all, so I basically gave up and watched everyone die a horrible death. I closed my eyes, mourning the loss of the little people that I had led around for so long. Then...I opened my eyes. I had three people still living! One 19 year old male and one 22 year old mother with her 6 year old male child. I had another chance to fix the broken city and save Aviono. This female was my last hope, unless I could get her with a female child, all was lost. So I set them to work tearing down the now unoccupied houses of the original Aviono, since I was almost completely out of materials. I got them to live close to eachother and waited paitently untill....success! A female child was born. Life was good again. I set my new couple to tearing down everything not needed for materials and the future growth or Aviono. In the end, I had two stone houses, one of every type of resource production buildings, a town hall, and a cemetery (to remind me of the past mistakes). I got my population back up to 16 little people, and I sat back and sighed with relief. I had saved a town.


Then I realised that the new towns folk were all inbred children from the three survivors....
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
TL;DR
If you are looking for City builder/strategy games which aren't the same as the usual (Sim City etc.) this is a must-buy!

Banished is not like all the other City builders and strategy games out there, it's something more. One mistake is enough to kill your citizens and make you start over, which can be frustrating, but it makes you even more willing to play more and avoid your mistake(s).

Depending on which difficulty level you choose, you start with a different amount of supplies and buildings. At first you really need to think what buildings you need to begin with, this is an important choice if you want to survive the cold winter etc. It's very much to think about while you play this game and it's very addictive, if I remeber right, I played 8 hours straight the day I bought it.

Pros
- Addictive
- Runs smooth
- Many features
- Pretty cheap
- Hard at the harder difficulties

Cons
- Could've been better graphics
- Maybe too addictive
- Ret/-\rded workers
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
No enemies.
No invasions.
No wars.

Just the struggle for survival.

Resources.

Health.

Happiness.

Those tiny things that define our entire lives.


To survive, such a thing!


But do not forget:

at the end of the day

everything will be banished.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
My town all died out because of one young child who didn't die or age kept stealing the towns potatoes and firewood. This demon child lived for 10 years on their own before their life was claimed by a tornado.

Also 12 and 30 years olds will come together and have babies.

10/10 most stressful game of the year
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Recently i spent quite some time in this game to form some opinion.

For a long time i was looking for a city-building game what is closest to Travian. If you are familiar with this browser game, you are awesome. If you are not, dont worry just check it out, to get some sense what i am going to talk about.

In Travian you start with main building, some resources, you have couple citizens and you try to build and grow your city.
Banished is in some sense just like that. Yes i know you can´t build army here and be victorious in this way, but me personally i didn´t care about armies in Travian. My biggest pleasure was build my city, take care of my people, to trade and stuff.
I can do this in Banished, with higher level of survivability, where my decision what to build and when to build matter more. I have to take bigger care about my people. Not only i have to be sure they have enough food, they need to be warm in winter, they need suitable living conditions and so on. You also need to pay attention to age of your citizens and you need to make sure you have replacement for them when they die, so you wont end up with a ghost town.
Resource management is also big plus for me, as well as current diversity in buildings.
I adore tone and theme of this game and so far it was nothing but fun for me.
I am aware of a fact that in some point i can get bored, and that replayability might not be case of this game when you fully master all mechanics, and when you find some solid path to build your hamlet to magnificent town.

I dont have really much bad things to say if any.

I love it, and i will for some time.

9.5/10
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38 of 55 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
55.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
I was quite interested when I got the game on sale, and my hopes were dashed fairly quickly, even after playing as much as I did on it, hoping it would get better, or something would kick in and start working right.

Graphics are fairly decent (on a decent system it's quite lovly to look at)
The game mechanics to play it are fair (simple enough, click here drag there, collect resources, click on building sellector, and make them build the structure)

As a city builder, it lacks in content in so many ways, upgrade wooded to stone houses. watch the people run around aimlessly. build a city hall to get nice graphs and charts that are supposed to deal with the city. No real upgrades for the buildings, and even the stone houses burn to a cinder, costing lots of resources to even build it.

The Ai never amounted to anything, as the people moved in and out of buildings often times leaving an age 10 by themselves, or an age 60, even tho there are more than enough spaces to support 15 people. And they won't let anyone join them. The long house actually prevents the people from having children, tho in the Nordic times, The Vikings only lived in longhouses, raised the children as a community.

Wells on every corner, when a fire breaks out, and no one bothers to draw water and even try to put the fires out.

No in game rewards for accomplishing anything at all, make the people happy, keep them happy, eventually they all starve to death, cause they can't do anything after building on your city for so long.

Farmers/hunter/gathers all starve cause they refuse to eat the food they are carriing when hungry, rather they go to the storage bin, unload, walk around and starve before going back to grab food to take home.

Even after forcing specific people into particular homes close to where they are supposed to work and store food, after a short time, they had moved, and their job description changes on it's own.

schools in the game are pointless, as they are supposed to be educated, yet they do not act like they are.

Hospitals in game are useless, sickness happens, and they all refuse to go see the doctor.

Up till those points the game is relaxing and lazy for the most part, tho leaves lots open. Sure, your people have been bannished, from where, and why? Why does the incomming trader always insist on charging exortionist prices for an item? And why does the trader always come in on a boat? Where is the caravan traders? How does my chicken farmer get trampled to death? (must of just laid down with a bucket of grain on the other side, then as the chickens past, must of molted and dropped feathers in their mouth, but then that would be suffocation, not trampling... meh) Where are the wild animals that randomly attack the villagers that stray too far away? Or the child that wanders too close to the stream that drowns, cause the parents don't teach their child to swim? Passing down of knowlage from elder to child, as in the days of old? You were born and taught a craft by your parents in the eura the game is supposed to be set in.

At $5.00 this base game would be worth getting, for it's simplistic laziness, more than that, I would consider to be a waist of time and money. After waiting a year and a half for some sort of steam update, (to fix the bugs) and none happening, I finally removed it from my system. For the listed price, it is not worth paying for, even on sale it's not that great.

If you want true fixes, you have to turn to the modding community. Where their hard work and effort makes the game more enjoyable. (not even going to bother, as the maker of the game didn't even try do it themself)

Knowing my post is negative, chances are it will be voted unhelpfull into oblivion... Would mention other games that the dev(s) are actually updating their product through steam even long after actual release dates.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
An excellent city builder, Banished keeps things interesting in a dying genre. Most city builders allow you to build freely with money, in Banished you must gather the resources to build. While building can be repetitive, mod support offers tons of new options for buildings and game features.
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