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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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2,290.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
This is one of my favorite games. I like slow-paced, intricate simulation-type games (SimCity, Patrician, Farming Giant, etc), so if you are looking for action and excitement, stay away. If you are looking to really immerse yourself into a survival and city-building sim with a handful of people starting out with a wagon and some tools, then this will appeal. You feel every birth and death as if you were the village leader shepherding his people toward a brighter future, and, at least early in the game, every decision seems essential. I like that.

As others have commented, the mods really make this game. The base game was built by one guy in his spare time, and he did a great job considering. The mods take it to the next level, and although it seems like every version of mod left some bug unfixed, and it isn't likely the creator will go back and fix them, all in all its a very satisfying experience.

The weakest part of the game is late in the gameplay, where there just isn't much to do after survival is assured and your handful of villagers is in the 1000's, and the game can lag a bit on some systems. But it is always fun starting over again in different climates (the frosty harsh climate, the arid desert climate), which brings a whole different feel to the game, and in the mods, new opportunities for different crops and growing seasons.

There are too few games like this for those of us who like this kind of detailed, down-in-the-weeds, slow-paced simulation style games. Highly recommend.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.6 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 6 people (67%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
It gets you thinking. If you like that kind of stuff.
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1 of 1 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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Grandpa DJ
24.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
A relatively relaxing city manager game where your whole town may die in the winter because your woodcutter ran out of timber to make firewood. Game also supports mods and the community is active. Best comparison - City Skylines set five hundred years ago.
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45.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
very good game and very well designed i've played many settlers and village building games this stands out for me BUT BUT , but why are there no expansions and extra mods for it , this gets boaring quite fast i urge the developers to make some mods so players dont get bored
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26.0 hrs
Posted: October 21
Banished is that kind of chill game where you play to relax with a cup of jasmine tea. Play with mods for a better experience!
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27.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
nice game no nudes but nice game
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55.4 hrs
Posted: October 20
I love it when all of a sudden, even though there is food, people start dying of starvation... because they are too stupid to go and get the food. I had 89 years into a city and come spring, 237 people die of starvation.
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25.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
I've had some great fun with my time playing banished. In my opinion it has a really nice balance between being challenging and fun. I had a lot of fun initially getting population growth and resources just right and felt very rewarding once I got a sustainable colony up and running. Could definitely recommend this to a friend.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: October 20
Brilliant game but unforgiving. Pay close attention to what you need and ensure you plan ahead. You won't know you've lost the game until 15 minutes later when winter comes, the mine runs dry or the plague hits critical mass. Always have a plan B.
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Hummus and Bread
18.4 hrs
Posted: October 19
It's a fun slow paced town builder game and only $22. However, the game is very simple. There are complexities logistic wise but overall easy to grasp. Personally I don't see long term game play or a recommendation to a friend.
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62.5 hrs
Posted: October 19
If you are bored of "easy peasy" city sims, Banished is your game. However, don't expect much of a huge texture or graphic fest in this game.

- Extreme micro management which needs your full time attention (might be a CON for some)
- Mid to Hard game, almost impossible if played with frequent disasters
- Very sensitive resource management; once you are depleeted in one resource, you might lose your progress.
- Extremeley addictive; you can't stop playing until you achieve something (which never comes...)
- Very rewarding after playing a 10+ on a single town.
- Huge challange!

- After building every building, gameplay goes repetitive; nothing much left but resource and worker management
- Some natural disasters might ♥♥♥♥ you off pretty much
- People are suicidal when they are working, can go and die in the cold wilderness while cutting woods (Though, it's yo who gave the order, murderer!)
- Belief in this game is so worthless. Simply whole population believes and they are all trying to be the member of th church.
- Graveyard is the pain in dem ♥♥♥♥♥!
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*Zoetje* Vlinder
182.1 hrs
Posted: October 18
Highly addictive game. It's really relaxing to just watch your settlement grow. The music is nice too. I like the Japanese and Medieval theme for the buildings and jobs. It's a game you can have on in the background whilst doing your homework, chores etc.
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