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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October 30

New Beta Build Available

Beta build 1.0.5 is now available to test major engine changes that have been made to support multiple platforms for Banished. It also contains a few bug fixes, and some changes to the mod kit.

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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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
1,616 of 1,670 people (97%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
├Honest Review┤
Review is based on current state of game.

Game Pros
• Challenging
• Excellent AI
• Beautiful graphics
• Everything unlocked from the start ("Banished is not about forcing challenges on players, but a city builder that lets you do what you want, in whatever order you wish" - Developer)
• Natural Disasters (Fires, Tornados, and so on. This feature can be disabled)
• Clean and simple main menu and user interface
• Includes all seasons and weather
• Tons of things to build and keep watch over
• Ton of different jobs for villagers to be assigned to (Blacksmith, Tradesman, Farmer, Teacher, Hunter, and so on)
• Your decesions can bring you brutal punishments. And possibly the death of everyone.

Game Cons
• Lacks resource control
• Needs more variety on background music and ambient sounds

Relateable Games
• Sim City
• City Skylines

Banished is one of my favorite Town/Village/City building games. Without the influence and preassure on companies that make Triple A titles, this game is crafted beautifully, and has a better connection with the community. If you want a challenging, and addicting city/village/town building game, I would highly reccomend picking this one up.

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264 of 275 people (96%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
666.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
This is for me, the best game ever made. It exactly reach all I want in a game. It's a city builder, there's math, there's production chains, there's inventory maintenance, there's beautiful graphics, endless scenarios, tough achievements, the game constantly has updates from a mod called Colonial charter, which is the only mod you need and it makes the game 3 times as big and fun. This is without a doubt, a must-game in any game collection. The best 20$ I've ever spent in my life for the amount of hours of fun it gave me in return.
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411 of 525 people (78%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is fantastic, but its lacking in "what to do" so badly. Its real fun to play and expand your town, but its matter of couple hours untill you build everything there is to build and the only thing that is there left for you to do is to start again, or try to get some achievements or just simply keep increasing population that will make you keep increasing production of resources untill you cover the whole map, but there arent any more targets to aim for. So very quickly you suddenly start asking yourself "What now?" and thats why it gets my no, its a fantastic game, but needs to give more to do to the player
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70 of 73 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
111.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
After over 100 hours of playing it is definitely time that I write a review for this game.
I bought Banished on a whim during the summer sales, I played lots of Sim City 2000 during my childhood and I was after another game like that but of course at the time Cities Skylines was out of my budget, so after a bit of YouTube research I added this to my games collection.

When I started my first village I was completely lost, in fact my first four or five villages were complete failures. This game had a lot to balance up, a constant battle for resources that I always seemed to lose, it was very frustrating at first and I almost abandoned the game with about five hours playtime. I took to YouTube again and learnt the basics of making it through winter and keeping up with farming and eventually I made it past the usual three year mark and got a village that was actually growing and moving forward. With the town in full swing I was able to expand further and further, making smaller communities that would join with marketplaces and eventually with trading ports to bring animals, all leading up to the town hall which is great for prediciting resource consumption, housing needs and allowing the entry of nomads.

At this point I was spending almost entire days just tending to my village, I built a huge bridge spanning across a lake to connect up two distant communities and made both self reliant, with each year adding more houses, schools, forester lodges and so on. The problem is that if you don't maintain just one element of your village, the collapse is VERY sudden. One year my sheep got sick and this affected the whole herd, meaning I had to kill them all; in tern this meant that my tailor couldn't make the highest quality coats and since I didn't change the settings to a lower material, I had no coats stockpiled for winter, leading to many of my villagers freezing to death.

My newest village is going strong with around 280 citizens but everything lies in the balance, the further you get the more you have to keep track of, but it feels very rewarding to make it through a year without someone starving to death. I have to juggle my farmers around so that once a harvest is finished they are then pushed into the mines and quarries to retrieve resources until spring comes again, if I forget to change that option in time then that causes a huge drop in my food production, so yeah you need to stay on top of everything. My screen is usually covered with all my building objectives that need to be filled and the town hall stats that will show where to put my labourers.

That all being said, Banished isn't going to be a game you will return to every week, I could play for days on end at first but now its a bit intimidating returning to my town, that could be because of the stress of it all. The music can get quite repetitive but overall I did really enjoy the soundtrack, very appropriate for the theme of the game, but when you hear the music on start up everytime it can just get you out of the mood of playing, i'd put a playlist of your own on standby if you're going to play for more than two or so hours. I have been lucky to avoid most of the in game disasters unlike other players but that can be toggled to your preference. I agree with some players that there could have been a few more build options on top of what there is, more types of housing is something I would have enjoyed, but i've been playing without any mods so far and haven't felt the need (yet) to go in search for them.

Once you get your first successful town, the game is very cosy and its great to have the different map seeds with flat land or valleys to spice things up. You are going to need patience at first that is for sure, look up guides if you get caught in the lag of the first few years and that will help move things forward. The art style is quite detailed for such a small game and the camera feature that lets you cut back and forth to far apart settlements is so useful, in fact many of the shortcuts available make management of the game a lot less stressful as you go along.

Banished is a game I would definitely recommend to anyone I know. While it has difficulty options available to you, I would say this game is for people in that middle zone with it being a bit challenging for casual players and maybe lacking that complexity a more hardcore simulator player would prefer. Go watch some videos and add it to your wishlist!

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220 of 294 people (75%) found this review helpful
202 people found this review funny
104.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
This is the love child of Sim-City and Dark souls.
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