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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Very Positive (244 reviews) - 83% of the 244 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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Chokeaplex
54.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Always a fall back game for me when I get bored of many others. Excellent town-simulation, with a large modding community.
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chazz0715
60.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
This is by far the best small time city builder i've played in a while. Lots of replay through modding. Colonial Charter workshop mod is amazing, easly triples content.
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thebeggerpie
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Fun, slightly addicting, but can be highly frustrating when a short-term problem becomes a long-term one and nearly destroys everything you had built up(Hunger being an issue I still struggle with.).

It can get a bit tedious as you move into the later stages, but it is a beautiful game to watch and let it unfold as your city becomes self-sustainable.

I recommend it for anybody that loves a calming city-builder with very little stress involved.
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needy
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
i swear if i find this game on any more bootleg mobile app advertisements...
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Graebeard
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Bought it, tried it and deleted it. I could not get it to SAVE any of the games and apparently, a lot of other players have the same problem, some dating back to more than a year ago. Still no response from the manufacturer, so IMHO its unplayable. Just hope Steam refunds my money.
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Kiarane
53.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
A city building game that's both challenging and fun to play. It successfully propose renewable gameplay since more than one developement strategy can achieve a prosperous community: check the achivement to see the different orientation you can give to your city. Learn from your mistakes and watchout for overpopulation growth!
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Jynx
226.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
The best community is no community!
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PotatoBalls
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Not really a bad game. But there's not much of an end game. After you've built a fairly self-sustaining community (which is pretty challenging), there's not much else to do.
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Satherian
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Best way to get people to appriciate the government/city planners is to have them play this game
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Crake
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
"Banished" is what I would be if this town was real and I was leader of these people.

...Those poor people.
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Banished is a strange game. It has a great aesthetic - especially in the winter - that is compelling enough to keep you coming back for more. There's nothing quite like the sight of your little village covered in a blanket of snow, smoke billowing out of every chimney. Aesthetic, however, isn't really enough to hold your focus for too long. Other reviews go into great detail about what you need to do to succeed but it can be summed up in two parts - gather resources and breed.

At first this can be a fun balancing act to play out. Too much breeding and you're resources will start to dry up fast, too little and you'll struggle to get those resources quick enough to sustain your population much less grow it. Once you find the happy medium that works for your village to can plug along fairly well, at least for a while. Banished is big on throwing natural disasters at you - or at least it was for me. In three consecutive playthroughs I had things moving along wonderfully when a tornado would touch down and level my town. My population was decimated and despite my best efforts all three towns eventually died out.

Overall, that's the issue with Banished. It's not so much a city builder so much as it's a city survival game. The AI doesn't help, either, as citizens of your town can be frustratingly foolish. More than once I watched a citizen wander into the forest looking for food only to starve to death out in the wilderness when there was a surplus of food sitting in the barn for them. An even worse example for you: I once had a town starve to death despite it being flushed with productive farms. Over half of my population were farmers, herdsman, and fishermen and they still somehow found a way to starve to death, all of them. There's nothing more bleak and yet ironic than watching a farmer harvest his crops, the only person residing in a town of once over 50, slowly starving to death. And rest assured, the farmer died just like all of his friends and family, starving to death in the middle of his field.Throw a tornado or fire in on top of that, leveling a perfectly good town in its prime, and the game can become painfully frustrating.

Banished is not a bad game but like most of the reviews on here, I'll tell you the truth - there's not a lot to it. You can build a sprawling metropolis if you want but there's nothing to do with it. There's no end-game, nothing to strive for beyond trying to surive as long as possible. You can't go out and get revenge on the town that kicked out your founders or even interact with other villages. Your only contact to the outside world are solitary traders, the only evidence of life outside of your village. This game could be easily be cast as settling another planet for the first time, it's that empty. If you can get it on sale for cheap, buy it. It is fun at first and, like I said, can be beautiful in a quaint, colonial kind of way. Just understand that after a while it will lose its spice.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
296.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
...can't review...

...playing banished...

...send food...

...2,500 units should be enough.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Dude, this game is not easy. You think OK I can keep a bunch of little pixel people alive. Yeah it’s harder than it looks. Banished is a delicate balance between population control and food production and it takes time to master. Don’t be upset if your first few settlements go up in smoke (sometimes literally), this game is about what have you learned. You don’t fail with your settlements you learn new ways of what works and what doesn’t. There are some helpful guides out there that give you some great tips on making your life and the lives of your pixel people better. Here are some of mine.
~ Be mindful how many houses you build. But just enough to house your people but not enough to let them breed out of control.

~ FOOD! Food is your number one enemy in this game.

~Firewood, you don’t need it much in the summer. But don’t let your little people freeze in the winter.

~ If you have people die, take workers off things like mining, timber cutting and blacksmithing (if you have a stock pile of tools) and move them to food.

~ Trade, trading is a key backbone to this game.

~Chickens are your best friends. Cows and sheep take forever to grow but chickens are a good and quick food sorce.

~ AOE players, throw out everything you know from AOE it DOES NOT APPLY HERE.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Alright, let's establish what Banished is NOT.

It's not a city builder like Sim City, it's not a life sim like Sims, it's not a survival/crafting game like Don't starve and it's not an econ sim like Industry Giant. It's a little bit of everything, but Anno on a micro scale might be a pretty fitting description.

You basically start the game with a few settlers and various resources/buildings established. You do not have ANY goals, your only goal is to survive and thrive. To do that you're going to build houses, establish an economy and "produce" new settlers.

That means cutting wood, gathering/hunting/harvesting food, so your citizens won't starve to death, creating building materials, chopping firewood, so your citizens won't freeze to death during winter, and carefully establishing houses and increasing your population, so your city won't simply die out. Blacksmiths create tools for your citizens to work with, trade posts let you trade materials, etc.

All in all there is a lot to do. You need to balance your need for expansion with a sustainable economy. If you have too many citizens and not enough of them producing food, then your city will simply starve, which will usually lead to a chain reaction of you losing the game, since dying citizens can't produce more food, but if you take too many citizens away from other production like fire wood, hunting, tailoring or anything concerned with blacksmithing, you will have other issues to contend with. The game can spiral out of control quickly, which is what makes it appealing, I guess. The larger your city grows, the more sprawling your infrastructure becomes, the more challenging the game gets.

I would also definitely recommend the Colonial mod, which opens up the game immensely with new buildings.

Not so great stuff: The UI could need improvements, several buildings share "jobs", so it's a bit finnicky to assign citizens to a specific building. It's also very hard to see dependencies of buildings. You want to build X, but you don't realize that you need to produce Y first...only having icons is not so great. Apart from that I don't have many complaints.

Now the obligatory game report:

Started my city, everything went pretty well, produced food en masse, unfortunately did not realize that my citizens were getting too old, so my 40 peeps city went down to below 30 pretty quickly. Thankfully my Banished were still in a happy mood and procreated happily. Still that took over 10 years or so, then my food supplies started dwindling, all the while my old guys kept dying, and I still could not make all my children work...damn it. Vicious cycle. After having burnt through about 6,000 units of food (a lot) I almost got back on track, but then my city was ravaged by a disease. I was able to erect a hospital in time and got that under control as well. After that things started to go smoothly again. I played for about 31 years, then I got "bored".

Banished is a great game, but lacks longevity, unless you are content to just simply sand box your way for hours upon hours. Still, I liked it and getting 5 hours out of it for a product on sale makes it worth it to me :D
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
the game is really nice but ..... they need to stop dying after first winter
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Best simulator of worst plebs.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Fun and challenging, especially in the beginning. There's a good mod community developing content as well. My only qualm is that the game can get repetitive after a while and I do not feel that there is a ton of replayability. If you are ok with the challenge of keeping people alive for as long as possible, go for it. But if you think that would get stale after a while, feel free to skip this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Great village builder. Limited diversity and lack of multiplayer makes you get tired of it pretty fast. Buy it, especially if it's on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
71.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
This is the Dark Souls of city building. Prepare for many, many restarts and rage bursts.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Not really a bad game. But there's not much of an end game. After you've built a fairly self-sustaining community (which is pretty challenging), there's not much else to do.
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