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

    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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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mhiguchi
( 30.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Simple elegance. This world builder sets the standard for games of this classification. As a player you are constantly attempting to balance resources, needs, and population.
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al_amhara
( 283.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Pros:
-challenging, but at same time, relaxing
-good graphics
-very good game mechanics
-mods are a MUST, they are like stand alone games

cons:
-music
-come on, develop a simple map builder, it can't be THAT difficult

I really enjoyed it. Simply addictive. it should be 8/10 but becomes 9/10 because it was made by just a single man, and it's cheap.
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Caedus
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
I checked it out, didn't play long. Not my cup of tea. I prefer civilization IV. If I could refund this game, I would. If I could trade this game, I would.

Graphics are alright.

Sound effects are relaxing enough.

Just... Not my thing.
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Adidas
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
2 hours in and you can already see how this game is going to turn out: a puzzler where you have to balance between obtaining resources and conserving them. I wouldn't really call this a city builder as you will build most of what's available on the first playthrough.

Very disapointed.
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Ume
( 207.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This game is fun!
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Trump did 7/11
( 55.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
It's a city builder with a unique twist - Your people randomly starve when there's 10k food in storage
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【ツ】
( 40.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Banished is about balance and patience. Managing the lives of these people is almost zen, like slowly and gently tending a bed of flowers, monitoring needs and providing room for growth. At first, the game is stressful, full of overwhelming micromanagement as you struggle to survive. Advancing too fast or failing to predict what will be needed and plan for contingencies won't end your game immediately, but will put you on a path to a slow death.
The early game is the most fun, fighting for survival and being forced to be patient. The mid-game will make you feel accomplished as you can safely use new buildings and resources. One thing I was impressed with was the fact that a vital layer of statistical information I was looking for was only provided later once I could afford the town hall. Unfortunately, the end game provides no more challenge. It gets boring. I was expecting more content to be unlocked, but was disappointed. Fortunately, the Steam Workshop provides many new buildings and even ways to make the game easier.
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kebzero
( 49.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Banished is a survivalist city builder loosely set to medieval times. You're tasked with keeping your few followers fed, clothed and homed, gathering resources to expand and battling the elements and the terrain. This is much harder than it sounds like, as disasters in the form of disease or fire can hit without warning, nevermind more common occurrences like starvation or hypothermia caused by your mismanagement. All in all, an enjoyable game once you figure out how to grow and diversify your settlement a bit.

The biggest issue I have with the game is how housing distribution is handled, and how little control you have over it. Your citizens will not have children unless they have homes of their own (i.e. adult children do not reproduce). This means that you will either have to constantly build more homes, or suffer devastating generation crashes every so often as widowed old people greedily demand a full household until they die, meaning you'll have fewer families and ultimately even more people above child-rearing age. A demographic disaster can be harder to recover from than anything else the game throws at you, save perhaps a wildfire scorching half your town. If you have a town hall and the ability to bring in nomad settlers, it'll be easier, but often the first pop crash happens long before you get that far.

Given that this is a survivalist game, though, overcoming such challenges is a large part of the game experience. The game does grow on you after a while, and the soothing, perpetual music urges you to continue for that little while more even when bedtime beckons.

Banished is quite decent value for your money, all things considered - just expect some frustration as you learn how to cope with the many hurdles it can toss at you.
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Zuria
( 239.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Winter is coming.
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Polish Justin Bieber
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
A little breakdown maybe?
Give me 5 reason why i should NOT hate auto no.. snaiper i mean, when the enemy has 4 of 5 players buying it and they use it every single round. Enemy worst player say "ezy"... he barely got 10 kills for 26 rounds >:( and our worst player has more kills than him... WTF IS THIS THING
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GamingHT
( 61.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Firstly, Banished is amazing. It blends city building and survival well... a little too well. Well enough for any goal to merge into one. This makes long playthroughs boring for there are barely any goals to achieve beyond building up your population, feeding your population, surviving a disaster or two, rinse, repeat. If the game were to have a larger array of feature then it'd be even better. So I give it a 75/100.

My ideas on how the game can be improved-
-add another entity other than yourself in the world. It's a good single player game but it gets a little lonely. Maybe add various NPCs to the game.
-NPC houses, towns, settlements etc. Places where the player has to connect a path to so that an exchange can be made. Maybe have specialastions varying from a farming town (sells crops over a period of a year for tools), mining town (sells iron and stone for food and other items) and a lumber town (sells wood and firewood for tools and food).
-NPC raiders or equal threat. A disaster event: a group of hostiles temporarily take over your town, slowly draining 50% of your food. To get rid of you must build a police station of sorts and train militia to protect your town. After they have been defeated they have a lower percentage of coming back to your town, until the threat equals 0.
-Multiplayer- build a seperate towns in seperate areas of a MASSIVE map. To trade, you either must build a trade port and assign people to be merchants and fill boats with materials, or build a road to their town and assign people to be caravans to begin trade. Caravans should have a chance of being raided so (from earlier) the police should be able to protect it.

Those are my ideas, if anyone thinks this should be in the game then why not send messeges to the creater to get this in. THE HYPE!
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Wild Bill
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This game is like old-school Sim City...... Whith dysentary. I like the premise, the control interface is well desinged, and I don't run into problems where I have trouble getting people to work where I want them to, looking at you Tropico. Something that is worth noting is that the conditions for winning are pretty much up to you as most of the game's structure focuses on playabillity and this is not a good pick up and play title instead prepare to invest some time into it as it tends to favor long sessions. For what its worth I have had fun playing it.


p.s Patince is a Must
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faglord
( 60.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Spend 90% of your time trying to keep a town going after everyone dies because you screwed up the population rates, and had too many babies or not enough. Spend the other 10% admiring how much food surplus you have.

Luv this game, would ragequit again and then reccomend to friends
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henderson1969
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
great citybuilder that puts alott of bigger/grander builder games to shame.... Odd how its not mentioned that this game supports steam community modding, thats a seller to some! xD
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_K_o_S_
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
По восприятию это как Тропико, но без классной атмосферы и почти без развития. Строим домики, поддерживаем их разнообразной пищей и дровами. Плюс добываем дополнительные ресурсы для постройки новых аналогичных домиков. Все.

Можно играть как в песочницу, особенно с модами - усложнять себе жизнь более сложными картами, сложными настройками. Но как-то мало игры, не хватает глубины.

Игра в целом неплохая, но и рекоммендовать ее не могу. Лучше поиграть в Тропико.

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Noodlez
( 36.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Really fun medieval city builder game.

Takes some time to get used to, and just once you think you have enough food for everyone. All your damn farmers just drop dead of old age and BOOM famine.

Not to mention I once had an entire generation of children swept away by one tornado.
Through my laughter, I cried (I swear).

10/10
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FadedTeleTubby
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
The game gets boring pretty quickly. However there is potential, they just need to add more content.
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Thrillimanjaro
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Starvation is easily one of the most horrible ways to die. It is your constant enemy in Banished, and when it comes it arrives in waves of tombstones all etched with your failures to plan ahead on them. Beyond that this the comfiest game I've ever encountered. I'm admittedly no expert in civil engineering games, so I find Banished is just the right level of complexity for me. Easy to learn and I'd say hard to master but everything I've read points to an existing meta that will generally lead your town to lasting success. Luckily, there's already some great mods which add an impressive amount of new layers to the core gameplay. Did I mention hypothermia? That's a bad one too, it'll get you if you're greedy (like me) and put aside too much firewood to trade and don't leave enough for the townsfolk to keep themselves warm. I try to justify mass negligent manslaughter by telling myself these people were probably Banished for good reasons; dog-haters, theater talkers, or vaping enthusiasts. This game is good, be ready to lose an afternoon to it in the blink of an eye.
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jasroc
( 170.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Quite a good game, always fun to play.
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sdcotie
( 1,173.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Avoid - Avoid - Avoid

Unstable POS
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Firstly, Banished is amazing. It blends city building and survival well... a little too well. Well enough for any goal to merge into one. This makes long playthroughs boring for there are barely any goals to achieve beyond building up your population, feeding your population, surviving a disaster or two, rinse, repeat. If the game were to have a larger array of feature then it'd be even better. So I give it a 75/100.

My ideas on how the game can be improved-
-add another entity other than yourself in the world. It's a good single player game but it gets a little lonely. Maybe add various NPCs to the game.
-NPC houses, towns, settlements etc. Places where the player has to connect a path to so that an exchange can be made. Maybe have specialastions varying from a farming town (sells crops over a period of a year for tools), mining town (sells iron and stone for food and other items) and a lumber town (sells wood and firewood for tools and food).
-NPC raiders or equal threat. A disaster event: a group of hostiles temporarily take over your town, slowly draining 50% of your food. To get rid of you must build a police station of sorts and train militia to protect your town. After they have been defeated they have a lower percentage of coming back to your town, until the threat equals 0.
-Multiplayer- build a seperate towns in seperate areas of a MASSIVE map. To trade, you either must build a trade port and assign people to be merchants and fill boats with materials, or build a road to their town and assign people to be caravans to begin trade. Caravans should have a chance of being raided so (from earlier) the police should be able to protect it.

Those are my ideas, if anyone thinks this should be in the game then why not send messeges to the creater to get this in. THE HYPE!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
106.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Love banished, Best purches I ever bought,
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
182.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
I finally figured out what this game is all about. Everyone dies. ha - playing a computer, what was I thinking? It is a lot of fun when I want a mellow day alone because I will never win. A constant challenge.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Pros
Large Maps
Allowing usage of mods
Great game mechanics
Good early on when making settlement
Fun overall

Cons
Repettitive
Sometimes boring
Grinding of resources
Really boring late game

Overall I would give it a 8/10. Its a great game, but the amount of repetition bothers a lot. Good thing that there are mods.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
A game where if you cheat, you will feel guilty for the rest of your life.

Intro:

The game Banished is set with different level of diffuculty in which a certain amount of families and supplies are given.

Easy - 6 families, houses are built, a plentiful amoung of supplies, and a lot of seeds for planting.

Rest are for you to find out.

Overall it's an amazing game; it has the tension, and the ability to urge you to play on and succeed. OR FAIL.
(Which is most likely to happen.)
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
The game gets boring pretty quickly. However there is potential, they just need to add more content.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Banished is a spectacular game. I do admit that initially I went in thinking it to be a city builder and thats how I treated it. I bit me back very hard and I was very displeased. But then I really thought about how I was playing. I cahnged it to a more "initally i'm screwed so husband your resources and educate your folks (so they do things more efficiently)", and once I started my games with that mentality the game itself became a true challenge and a blast. This is a very well done SURVIVAL game.

The Bad....
If you get a huge batch of nomads, it can throw you into a death spiral with food or plague (once of my nomad requests brought in almost 50 people, within 5 minutes those 50 added such a strain on my food that half of my city died to starvation).
You need to play very methodically. Build here, watch and see if it stabilizes, fix if it doesnt or leave it alone if it does. Rinse and repeat.
Growing your population. Holy christ this one can hurt. You basically need to be in a constant state of building new homes (which is rough because that adds more strain on your initially reduced resources). Thats the only way to populate the village/town/city.
Sometimes ya just get bad luck. The randomly generated map sometimes just gets ya in a stupid spot.

The Great
Damn, this is a fun game. There is always something to fix, tweak or build to make your village/town/city more efficient.
Plenty to build, plenty of ways to influence how your city looks and grows (with a forrester you can essentially make "parks".
Great mods. I recommend the terrains plus and the Banished plus. They both add difficulties and streamline the overall gameplay.
Tough as nails. This game was a great challenge to husband your resources and grow in a stable and healthy manner for your folks.

Conclusion
If you like to build vast cities off the bat with no challenge, dont buy it.
If you want to build a small village, work up to a bustling town, and finally grow to a massive city. But during each step of the way you encounter a good logistical struggle for stability. Buy this game. I cant tell you how much fun this was for me. Great job Shining Rock!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
137.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I have had many hours of fun playing this game. It is a highly polished experience and very addictive. Every option you could possibly require seems to of been included. I can't fault it. Most of the time there is always something to do, some little task to complete. You'll end up going into the small hours just to get things done. Overall, I would recommend this game completely. It is my game of choice on Steam.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
+graphic
+balanced gameplay
+game for chill fryday night
- oh look. TORNADO!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
if it looks good, and you think you will like it you might love it, this game is fun and can be hard and a lot of mods you can play with, i played this game befor we had mods but the mods just have maed the game better
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
A very relaxing game :) I love building my own civilization and growing a population, definitely would recommend!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Only played a bit but already amazed by the will this game gives you to play and I have still not found a great food choice but chickens work well am enjoying lots pls get
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
recently i have been burned out by alot of games the BS of cs go, tf2 being milked dry and many more games getting very stale (i supose around 5k in hours is alot) banished is something different, no rushing against enemies no anoyying team mates, just you, your village and the stunning nature, realy calms my head
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
This game is awesome. Always a refreshing experience. But it can certainly be challenging too!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Banished is a great game to play if you have a few hours to spare as this game is adictive and can be challenging as points
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
110.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
very fun game with plenty of mods to keep things interesting and challenging.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
A good game but need a biger workshop
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
325.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
This game IS addictive, challenging, relaxing, and really a pleasure to play.

The background music is almost hypnotic - I think there must be something subliminal buried in it xD. Hours after I've turned off the computer, I find that repeating tune stuck in my head. God help me, I love it.

As of this writing, over 91% of the reviews are Positive, and there is good reason for that. The game is a winner. There are an almost infinite number of scenarios to choose from, with some childishly easy to succeed at (a good place for beginners to start), and the difficulties go all the way up to essentially unsurvivable.

The incredible number of MODs available to choose from in the Workshop also adds so much richness and variety to the game. There is a HUGE Banished community growing and supporting the game and its MODS. The one scenario that seems to disturb me most is the two settlers, Adam & Eve scenario - LOL, where brothers wind up marrying sisters, and then 1st cousins, etc. Now, that's a genuine Uncle Daddy & Aunt Mama family tree. Anybody on earth should find that hilariously funny, with no disrespect meant to Arkansans.... Bless their hearts.

I've seen a few critical reviews that reference Sim City, and such, and if that's all they see here with Banished, they came in the door with the wrong expectations. I own multiple generations of the Sim City series dating back to Win95, as well as, Cities XL, Cities in Motion, and so on. Banished has little in common with those, IMHO.

The Banished player gets the chance to more closely manage resources and activities, and essentially 'craft' to build more complex structures, more sophisticated clothing, etc. (Hint - warmer settlers work more efficiently in harsh winters). This is not a high pressure, can't go AFK for a coffee or bathroom break, kind of game. So, settle in, relax, and enjoy. For frenzied, Constant ACTION, Run 'n Gun players, there's always a Call of Duty server somewhere, right?!

In short, the Banished player chooses the region and number of initial settlers, as well as starting resources in the game menu. The race is on to get sufficient shelter, food, and fuel (firewood/coal) before winter sets in. When it gets cold, you won't see much production from the settlers. The strategy you start with is up to you. As for me, early in the game I prefer to focus on Gatherers and an Herbalist (the Healer) before that first winter. I've had great starts where there were tons of firewood, food, etc., only to see everyone die off to sickness, because I forgot the Herbalist. Another point I keep in mind is to stockpile absolutely every scrap of firewood, food, and medicine that you can lay hands on to the point of ridiculous excess, so that you can spare settlers to be teachers, preachers, and healers. Sure, it sounds corny, but Education is important, since educated workers here simply produce more. Be leery of nomads. When they show up, they usually lack education, have scores of unproductive, hungry children, and invariably bring disease, so you better have a hospital. The game never makes it clear what the disease is, but I suspect some nasty STD - LOL. Again, no offense intended, Arkansans.

When I first started the game, I had settlers dropping like flies, and sadly, my major concern seemed to be having a large enough cemetery. But now, regardless of difficulty, I manage to keep things balanced enough that the only deaths seem to be from old age - as it should be. I also highly recommend one of the Mods that change the passage of time to one actual year of gameplay for each year of the settler's life. The default seems to be several years of life for each four-season Banished year. When everything is stable for a moment, and little direct input is required, it has a great Fast-Forward x10 that moves things along until a point where more input is required.

A satisfying moment for me is when I'm 8 or 9 game years into a scenario, and I have some of the original potatoes from the wagon in the barn. That's when you know the food production is more than under control. Anybody hungry for a 9 year old spud? I'll pass!

I bought Banished during an earlier Sale, so keep your eyes open for sales. Frankly, for me it would be worth the money at full retail, so jump at the chance to buy it either way. More than 91% of the buyers think you'll be glad you did. I hope this was helpful. Cheers
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Quite a different game to what I usually play. Similar to many other city building games but there is absolutely no military. It's also ruthless in punishing you for not planning for the future. Create an environment where your people make lots of babies without first planning on how you are going to feed those babies and your whole town could starve to death. Great stuff.
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