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.
User reviews: Very Positive (9,861 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 18, 2014

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September 26

Steam Workshop BETA

Owners of Banished can now publish mods to Steam Workshop! You can read more about using the beta version here.
http://www.shiningrocksoftware.com/2014-09-26-steam-workshop-beta/

The latest mod kit is available here
http://www.shiningrocksoftware.com/mods/

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June 20

Banished 1.0.3

Banished 1.0.3 just went live.

Changelist:

  • Fixed a potential crash that could occur if two buildings overlapped.
  • Fixed splitting or emptying herds from pastures. This will no longer cause small pastures to become overfull.
  • Added an option to set the scale of status icons. This is useful in ultra wide resolutions where the icons become large.
  • Fixed a bug that caused large population cities to randomly unassign workers.
  • Fixed a pause/lag that would occur as the game reassigned workers to new professions.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the edges of tunnels to overlap other buildings.
  • Fixed an infinite loop that occured using the path tool when a citizen couldn’t get from home to a workplace.
  • Citizens without a workplace will once again do any job on the map. Citizens that have jobs will generally still stay near their workplace unless work to be done has been around for several months and no general laborer has done it.

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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
    Helpful customer reviews
    627 of 698 people (90%) found this review helpful
    59.4 hrs on record
    My friend had a Banished game with a man named Garther in his town. He was among the first settlers. Garthar was educated and handsome, but never took a wife or had children - much to the dismay of the town. Instead, Garther took the tough jobs. The hunting jobs - slogging through deer innards to butcher and skin wilderness animals to feed the lesser peons of his civilization. Garther did this for many brutal winters before finally retiring to a small house near the edge of town due to old age. But this didn't stop Garther.

    Oh, no. Garther took it upon himself to then educate the new generation of town inhabitants as their new teacher. In his late 80s. The rugged, elderly mountain man taught them all how to hunt and fend for themselves - and most importantly - how to not be ♥♥♥♥♥es. The town still stands to this day, all thanks to Garthar.

    Rest in peace, sweet prince.

    10/10. Would relive the saga.
    Posted: June 20
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    432 of 473 people (91%) found this review helpful
    111.2 hrs on record
    After everyone else in my city starved to death, only Nesto was left. I followed him for several more years as he lived off what others had left behind; moving from house to house to find food and firewood. Nesto spent half his entire life completely alone in a post-apocalyptic city, finally succumbing to the cold one late winter day at the age of 60. When Nesto died, the overall happiness of the city increased. This is the best game I have ever played.
    Posted: July 13
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    335 of 424 people (79%) found this review helpful
    6.1 hrs on record
    Steps to winning the game:
    1. Build a city.
    2. Realize you built it wrong.
    3. Watch your people die in agony.
    4. Repeat until you run out of body bags.
    5. Consider calling the suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    6. Give it a review after rehabilitation:

    10/10 Would commit an accidental Holocaust again.
    Posted: April 27
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    126 of 151 people (83%) found this review helpful
    7.4 hrs on record
    Banished is the Dark Souls of city builders.
    Posted: May 5
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    175 of 222 people (79%) found this review helpful
    8.8 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. Remember when you paid $60 for Simcity and EA kicked you in the junk? This is the exact opposite of that.

    It's 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.
    Posted: June 21
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    6,135 of 6,428 people (95%) found this review helpful
    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 14
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