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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Hound Dog
( 49.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Banished, one of the best games I ever played. It's by far one of the best city building/strategy games on the market. The game was devoloped solely by Luke Hodorowicz, what I think it incredible.
The game also got a workshop with a lot of nice stuff for a better gameplay.

~Love it
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Sourmouth
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Workers will go to my stockpile of wood, pick up some wood, drop it on the ground and then go back for more wood getting nothing done. This games AI is broken and I basically built everything in like an hour so it got boring.
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Hannibal
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Control a group of exiled travellers and help them create a perfect SOCIALIST UTOPIA. There is no money and people are perfectly happy with just food, clothing and shelter. Everyone from teacher to blacksmith comsumes the exact same resources. There are no racial and class tensions and no questioning of your absolute authority. As the supreme OVERLORD you can demolish peoples homes, create starvation, famine and fuel shortages without even a sligtest bit of popular unrest. During the harshest winters when to food stores are dwindling and mass death is looming due to your poor mismanagement, no one will storm the storage hut to hoard all the food for their family.

Other than food and firewood people also need clothes, so that they can work longer. They like eating a well nourished diet so that they can work longer. They demand good tools so that they can work longer. They prefer being educated so that they can work more efficiently. They seek herbs and hospitals to live a long life, so that they can ... work longer.

This game is like Kim Jong Un's dream.
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MusicPhreak9937
( 172.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is enjoyable in that it allows you to play successfully whether you enjoy micromanaging your resources, or setting villagers to gather them and only provide a gentle nudge here or there. Make sure your system has a good graphics card. Playing this on my laptop required some experimentation with the graphics in order to make the time flow at 10x cover more than a decade every hour. Also be prepared for your villagers to randomly starve themselves to death even though their larders are full. Once you get the hang of the game mechanics, this becomes a wonderful way to waste some time. Addictive and fun with only a mild side of frustration.
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Renson
( 56.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Great city builder sim.
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Stevebobwe
( 29.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is a ton of fun and feels really polished.
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Robin Hood
( 412.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is very fun for what it is.
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megancoriale
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Very deep game play. Plan on spending a lot of time sitting at your PC with this one!
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Weeb
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Great
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Jimmeh
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Really solid city builder. simple but brutal. It also has a great atmosphere and visuals, and has a great modding community. It is a shame the developers have seemingly stopped developing it but as it is it is worth £14.99

9/10 (nothing is perfect)
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110 of 113 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
A good city builder is often the kind of game you can relax with. It's like an ant farm or a fish tank, you have a certain level of input, but from there you just watch nature take its course. Banished is a deceptively relaxing game, with its pastoral themes and gentle, lilting soundtrack. Beneath the inviting exterior however is a persistent test of your planning abilities, one that can have you sweating before you know it.

"Banished" refers to the tiny group of country folk you start the game with, a group of exiles in a wild, untamed land. From a humble start you help them assemble food, shelter, and comfort for themselves against the harsh winters. This is a personal-level game, similar to Tropico or Children of the Nile, where you can follow each individual resident from their house to their work and back. You'll also find elements of the Anno games, with each home and structure having its own inventory of goods that must be balanced against the consumption of the ever-growing population.

This is where the game can make you panic, because I wasn't kidding about the harsh winters. Your people need food, firewood, clothes, tools, medicine, and other goods and services to survive and prosper, and their needs change by season. When winter comes you'll see a run on the food and firewood stores that can quickly leave people starving and freezing if you haven't adequately prepared. Shortfalls can be extremely hard to recover from, because farms are planted and harvested by seasons, orchards take years to grow from saplings, and your livestock ages as your residents do.

Once you master the balance of goods for your populace, the rest of the challenge is up to you. Banished gives you access to all the buildings right up front, only gating them behind required quantities of the basic building materials. You can have your people farming, fishing, herding, hunting, gathering, brewing, trading, and so on in just a few years, and then aside from the seeds and livestock you have to trade for, you'll have seen everything. From that point on the challenge is entirely in balancing your resources as your village expands indefinitely. The margins get thinner and thinner and curveballs like nomads joining your community en masse can throw off your plans, but the basic rules of expansion do not change.

The magic of the game is that you'll play for a few hours, set up a perfectly functional town with all the buildings and services, put it down... and then find yourself coming back to expand again and again. The quaint graphics and simple mechanics make it a delight to simply keep building out further and further. There are no scenarios or campaigns, just you and the random maps to fill, and even without anything pushing you forward to fill them you might find yourself inclined to do just that. Banished ended up being one of the more addictive city builders I've played, making up for simplicity with more than enough charm.
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99 of 117 people (85%) found this review helpful
92 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Beware this one phrase, prepare for it, brace for it, accept it:
WINTER IS COMING
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49 of 56 people (88%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
i don't write reviews, but i like this game. so i will definitely give it a thumbs up. but that's not why i'm here, i just want to make a comment that i've read 4 reviews in 2 minutes along the lines of the first 20 to 50 hours where fun.... blah blah blah. not worth 20 dollars. WTF, you enjoy a game for 50 hours, then ♥♥♥♥♥ that it's 20 dollars, what other form of entertainment has that kind of return, basically 2.5 hours a dollar.

I'm guessing none of you guys have ever frequented a movie theatre
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
-Brought game
-Opened game
-Skipped tutorial because I'm ruthless and went straight in to a medium world
-It didn't take long to get use to everything, from getting slaves to build houses to 5 year old children cutting down trees
-Built a very nice village then everyone died of starvation

-Started another world made sure there was plenty of food and resources this time
-Made a even better village
-Everyone dies by a blizzard

Gg everything is op
10/10 will play again to have my dreams of a perfect village destroyed

Vote me to be hokage
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
53.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
This game is like building a house of cards. Not too hard to begin, you think you're doing well. Nearly 200 population, full happiness.

Then some un-noticed event occurs, maybe a little low on logs, iron, coal. Maybe running low on labour causing things to stack up.

Suddenly, you have no tools, work is down to 50% but your population is the same.

But not for much longer, as without tools you run out of logs (so firewood), coal, coats, food, everything. Poeple are dying left and right.

Now you have under 30 populatioon trying to run everything!

Fun, fun game, but trickier than it looks!
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Amazing game, with difficulty settings which can make it a casual almost meditative game all the way to a nail biting struggle for survival for these poor Banished souls.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
A nice city builder based in the medieval times. No wars to worry about, just natural disasters. Plays nicely and has good tutorials if you're new to the genre.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
If you're an expert in city builders and comparative games, to build the city just for the sake of building the city (e.g. Factorio) , this might be the perfect relaxation game for you. If you're more in need of a goal and a sense of a reason to why you're building this city, then maybe try something else. Because there is no campaign; no story, or otherwise tale for you to test your city building skills in. There is only the "New Game" where the game creates its own seed for you to try your skills at..

I started playing this game without this knowledge, and played it as I would any other game - but without any other purpose than to survive as long as I could, the game turned out to be a test to my knowledge within the game even though I had never played the game.. ..

It's a great game, as long as you're aware of what game you're pulling yourself into.

It's not my kind of game.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Sooo all my people died and I don't know what to do...
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I was a little bit disappointed to find out that this game is already finished since I thought it was still in beta. The potential of this game is crazy but they abandoned it with a terrible AI and bugs all over the place.
Nonetheless I had a lot of fun with this little game. The ones that sometimes miss Anno or Rollercoaster can revive old feelings with this. Others should probably just buy a more complex RTS game.
Its fairly easy to build up an economy but there is literally no endgame content. I built the highest tier buildings in about 2 hours and then started to get bored... there are no opponents so all you have to do is watch the seasons go by and hope for a trader to offer you sheep ^^
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