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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Hanse
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Without mods : Can't recommend
With mods: Will recommend.

When I got this game I wanted a relaxing city builder with just enough complexity to have depth and with just enough of a challenge to be rewarding. This game almost delivers on this, but with mod rebalancing it is much better. The problem is that the devs seem to have stopped updating

Villager AI is still bad, there's no way to adjust where they live or when they do something, so it's entirely possible for a villager living next to a market full of food to die of starvation, because they decided their place of work should be the farthest from their house as possible.
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Audaz
( 31.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
I love to drink a beer and watch my town grow.
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ljoneshav
( 40.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
I love playing banished. Though find it is limited. Now that I have the CC upgrade it is brilliant with so much more scope.
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xaminmo (Josh-D)
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Build some things.
Get a little hope.
Then everyone dies.
Everyone will starve in the end.
You can have everyone producing food, and they will still starve.
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Zdaysavior
( 42.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
So, this game is pretty fun, gets you thinking about what you need to build first and makes you keep everything going together. Only problem i've had with the game is the AI setup for both tasks and item distribution, both are a little wonky. People do things that don't make sense, such as not eating when there is food in the stockpile, and 1 person having 5k fish and nothing else in their house. Other than that, it's pretty good, mods mainly just add aesthetics to the game, not ease of play.
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Jevgenij
( 94.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Great game. Period.

I recommend trying out Colonial Charter Mod to enhance the game, if you will feel a bit bored with standard buildings/crops.

Deepest respects to a single developer who created the game.
He managed to create a product which no multi-million dollar development studio could do for many long years.
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Aase
( 28.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I liked the game for the first 20 hours as I was learning game mechanics and strategy, and I had a lot of fun playing it. But the game's biggest problem is there's a cap you hit once your population gets high enough and then after that it's tedious to play. I bought this game on sale for 4$ and I honestly think that's the best price for it. I'll only recommend it if it's on sale, otherwise it's probably not worth it.
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sonexroy
( 81.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
fun, relaxing game - get to work my minions (with a crack of the whip)
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Thomas the Dank Engine
( 25.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
I needed more room for housing so I began building cabins in the woods.

The first homeowner was an adult priest that moved in with a 12 year old student.

Very realistic sim game!
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mrzacgallardo
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
good game but short
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Grizz
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
A great, challenging city/town sim that does well to differentiate itself from the rest.

Vicious cycle in this game......

build quarry, villager dies in quarry, need stone to build cemetary for dead villager, repeat
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UnforcedError
( 501.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
One of my long time favourites. Definitely worth trying if you like survival strategy games. Perfecting its starting and intermediate strategies became one of my hobbies. The nicest thing about it, however, is probably its ability to provide challenges even after having established a respectable town with a decent population. What can I say: the game is awesome.
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Medjnoûn
( 288.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Banished is an amazing game that's both relaxing (watching crops grow) and challenging (oh my god no coal left!). And just when I was starting to get bored of it (with well over 100 hours played already) I found out about the Colonial Charter mod that adds a ton of content, and now Banished is my most played game on Steam with over 280 hours.
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Bas_Jansdam
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
9,5/10 - Perfect, except for the placement juristriction on mines, quarries and fishing docks

this may be an indie game, but it is better than the triple A title Anno could ever achieve.
A solid game that is challenging, yet easy to learn.

As long as you take caution with the modding, the game is very stable.

I wish I had a better rig so I could play it to its full potential and experience the amazing graphics. And while everything looks really nice, it is hard to get a good framerate while zoomed out. (I use intel hd 4000 integrated).

only drawback gameplaywise is the inabillity to really adjust settings like: amount of rock per rock, wood per tree, how long a mine/quarry lasts, and the amount of food per tree/fish/cow/crop. I would really like to see this in an advanced settings tab at difficulty selection.
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Arata
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Too short. 4/10
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Games No Featured
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
So here is a game I got,because I got excited when I saw youtubers playing it and felt I might enjoy it myself...I should've just let myself watch the youtubers play it because this game didn't bring my attention enough.

Sure I can probably play it more than the 2 hours I have now and get it to around 10 hours or so,but for that the price wouldn't be worth it really.

Technically I shouldn't buy city builders,because overall they bore me,but this one is very boring.

Even for people with actual reviews they get bored around the 20 hour mark,which you'll then get your moneys worth,but you won't have the enjoyment you'll get from much better games for roughly the same price.
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Paige Taylor
( 45.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Amazing game! It seems simple af but its more complicated, its a bit more fun when you add mods and stuff which is super easy and can be done in game. I recommend this game 100%
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Kiyo
( 64.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This game is the reason I created a Steam account. I love Banished so much, it filled the void that the old Zoo Tycoon left in my heart when my disk drive broke. I only wish that I could name the people.
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ASpasticHamster
( 53.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I have played 40 hours of banished in the couple of weeks, so my thoughts are based on the game sub-300 population. If you are into sandbox style city building then this is the perfect game for you. There is no story mode but there are endless ways to play. The rate of births makes population management crucial but not ridiculously time consuming or difficult and the housing allocation system adds extra dimension to city planning (people will move into a house on their own if they can,rather than as a couple). The only thing I don't like so much is the fact that you can't pick up/move buildnings. If something is in the wrong place you have to deconstruct it and build a new one where you want it, but you can reclaim the materials.
I would like to have more animal options instead of just chickens, sheep and cattle. Goats to produce cheese, pigs to produce ham and ducks to produce eggs and duck. There are seeds a-plenty so no wish for anything new there.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Banished.
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61 of 64 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.1 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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60 of 101 people (59%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
144.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I would have recommended this game before it became $20.00. I think the asking price is a bit much for a game that gets boring very soon after you have played about 20 hours. For a city builder, it's unique in that you have to manage a wide array of basic resources to survive. However, it's also very short for a city builder.

Once you attain a population of about 300 or more, there simply is no reason to play the game any longer. There needs to be a 'next-level' for players, after they've built past the survival stage, where grander buildings, regional conflicts (perhaps building an army for defense), or new villager specialist professions become available.

I've been waiting for almost a year for updates in this game that would bring it to the next level, and offer a fuller building experience. I've held off writing my review in lieu of the developer's promise to improve the game. Yet, alas, it seems those promises were false.

If one has money to spend, and wants to try something different for a small amount of time, they maybe will feel ok spending the $20.00 on this game. However, If you want a more enjoyable long-lasting game, buy Sim City 4. It's also only around $20.00 and is far superior to this game.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
161.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
When I buy a game, I call it 'good enough' if I can get $1 per hour of good play. I paid $20 for this game. I have 150+ hours on playing it, as of this review. I'd say it is definitely worth the money. This is quite possibly the most challenging, addicting and frustratingly fun sim game I've ever played, hands down. There are mods for it, if the player is interested, which make it even better and more addicting. My dislike? Dishes don't wash themselves, my laundry doesn't wash itself, dogs don't feed themselves and all of the above mentioned takes away time from gameplay!
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
213.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This is the first Steam review I've written where I feel conflicted about giving a thumbs down. Let me explain why I don't recommend this game.

My first 50 hours in this game were really fun--it was challenging and I enjoyed it. The problem is that the game lacks depth. Once you figure out how to minimize disaster (diseased crops/livestock, sick citizens, etc.) there isn't much left to do. I moved on to using mods for the remaining hours I played. I tried all of the mods and many were fun and the additions were neat but, they all failed to add real depth to the game-play. Additional types of crops and livestock don't add depth all they do is make it easier for me to keep the citizens happy.

On top of the game lacking depth (its #1 problem) it also has some very glitchy mechanics. I've had a newborn child end up living alone in a house (and somehow survived). Greedy citizens will steal all the resources they can and horde those resources (food/fuel) in their homes at the expense of neighbors who will starve and/or freeze to death. Resources can randomly teleport across the map which, can cause your workers to starve or freeze to death during the long journey to pick up that gliched out resource (in my case a piece of meat) from across the map.

In the end there was nothing that made me want to come back and play this game. I love City Builders but, this game pales in comparison to games like Anno 2070 and Cities: Skylines. I like the general idea of this game but, aside from building up an ever-larger population, there's really nothing to do after about the first 20 hours of game-play. This game doesn't have war/fighting, the trading is limited/lackluster and the random glitches can be infuriating. If you're looking for a City Builder with real depth check out Anno 2070 or Cities: Skylines.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
94.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Great game. Period.

I recommend trying out Colonial Charter Mod to enhance the game, if you will feel a bit bored with standard buildings/crops.

Deepest respects to a single developer who created the game.
He managed to create a product which no multi-million dollar development studio could do for many long years.
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22 of 40 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
This is not a completed game. And before you think "well, he's probably asking too much" I want to point out that I don't mean in a 90% kind of way, but in a 30% kind of way... The first 30% of the game is there, I can't deny that. There is a genuine satisfaction in overcoming the first obstacles and trying to form your little village. Alloting the work so that there is no shortage of food, wood etc. Building the structures in such layout so that everything works in the best possible way. There is even the added effect of season change. You eventually reach the best part of the game where you can trade with other villages for otherwise inaccessible resources. Aaand that's where the game ends.
The choice of buildings is meagre to say the least. 2 types of houses. If that's not the bare minimum then what is? 1 type? You can pretty much build all the available structures after 4-5 hours of playing.
The villagers could well have been simply dots on a map, lacking any kind of realism. They move around at random, deep inside the forest or hovering around buildings. There is no pattern to work around and no sense of recreation or resting. They follow a random program of their own, in the absence of a night/day cycle at times farmers will suddenly drop everything and return to their homes.
The units of resources make no sense. The balance if you manage to find it is extremely precarious, one small change (like a disaster that kills a small percentage of your population) can have irreversible effects leading to a close extinction simply because there are no factors that work to pull the system back together. 2 farmers die -> 100 units of food are missing -> the forester dies of starvation -> 20 logs missing -> the fisherman freezes to death ---> and the population spirals to almost half the original one.

This is just another example of the decline of the game industry. More than a decade ago, a game like Evil Genius was released offering hundreds of hours of gameplay with numerous types of units with excellent AI. Minions that didnt wonder around aimlessly but started conversations with each other or seeked various types of recreation. The game had depth, with countless unlockable objects, new rooms, new quests, a change of island. And now we get Banished.. A game stuck eternally in Beta with no hope of improving. Graphics slightly (if at all) better than Evil Genius and that's about it. The developer probably left this game forever, cashed in with fake promises and spent a week in Barbados.

I don't understand economics so I don't know what the best move for us the community is. If we buy it then we're accepting the bad quality of gaming. If we don't buy it then the city builder genre amongst many others that are not CoD related may simply die out. In any case this game is bad, unfinished.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
its fine chalenginging for the first yr or so after that easy and late games boring nothing to do build some more houses etc. did enjoy it to begin with so i will rate a thumbs up because i didnt hate it if the was a middle option thumb to the side id pick that
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
3/5 Stars

Pros: This is an open sand box game where you have a lot of freedom to make choices over how your settlers move forward. It is reminiscent of a wilderness version of the old (fill in the blank) Tycoon! games. If you liked those games, I would definitely recommend this game mostly because there aren't a lot of newer games in it's niche. I would recommend starting without natural disasters because at first struggling to move forward is hard enough (and slow enough) in this game without half your village burning to the ground. It's definitely fun once you learn the controls, but it wears off. The graphics seem good for a casual game, and the soundtrack sets a very immersive mood. The controls aren't that difficult to pick up on, and abundant descriptions help you learn as you go. Also the randomly generated geography is both entertaining and beautiful.

Cons:
There's a limit to how long you can play before you get annoyed/bored out of your skull. Commands take annoyingly long to complete. And when you have limited resources (Basically the entire time you play) you're basically watching people die while you wait a painfully long time for workers to collect/make a resource so that you can do something so that they won't die. Even in full fast-forward the game seems to take forever. It probably is a more realistic expectation, it just means that you spend the whole game scrolling around looking for something to do while you anxiously wait for something to finally finish.

Some of the game mechanics are annoying. The merchant ships never have anything that you want, and the few things that you would want (different livestock for example) never arrive. You're supposed to be able to help prevent natural disasters with different structures in the game, but they don't seem to help much (wells don't seem to do much against fires, the sick people wander around outside the hospital and get everybody sick) And it feels like nobody is ever productive. Most annoying of all, Resouce production is stupid slow.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
107.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
I'm still hoping Linux support comes out soon, but it Wines well and the game is delightful.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
RTS survival sounds weird but this game pulls it off

The only down side is there is not a lot of content (but really how much continent are you going to be able to put in a game like this) but what the game lacks in content the steam workshop makes up for.

Definitely worth a try 7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
191.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
I am nearly 200 hours into Banished, the first 100 were probably played over 4-6 weeks with the last 100 over the last 4-6 months. If you read most negative reviews for the game you'll see "Depth, content, etc" mentioned a lot, and its a valid point. There really isn't much to do once you get a decent sized city built. The AI is not the best, the interface is lacking but functional.

After two years, I would have expected something new, new buildings, new animas, new seeds, new something. I get its a very small team but I'm sure they've had some time and resources (this game has sold fairly well) to introduce new content. I thought about not recommending it but I can't, the game is enjoyable, I like seeing my citizens go about, albiet a bit lost sometimes and doing what they do.

I hope more content becomes available soon, I like the game, and I want to like it more than I do now.

7.5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This is one of those games that you buy in the sale because it looks cool and then realise you'll probably never play it. That's exactly what I thought of this game originally. Then, an update appeared on Steam. No idea what the update was but it reminded me of the game and thought I'd try it. 10 hours later and 4 maps later I finally managed to get to a self sustaining village of around 70 citizens.

The game is a challenge, resources are constantly under pressure particularly in the early stage and this is a micro managers dream. You need to shift your dozen or so citizens between various lines of production to stop the village from starving, freezing or without resources. There are a few mods available that make resource production a little bit easier, I used the iron and wood boost for a short while to prevent my city from dying out.

I love city building games, my favourite being Cities Skylines and this game is a medieval city builder with some differences in gameplay which make it unique and make me want to recommend to everyone that enjoys any kind of city building game.

10/10 would let guy get crushed by a rock again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
284.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Lovely game, unless you go for achievements a couple of playthroughs would make you already have done everything, however, the Colonial Charter mod opens a whole new world of posibilities, the guys that make that mod are working really hard and the results are amazing.

If you like to play chilling disable natural disasters and get a fair weather with not a hard start, if you like challenges, a harsh weather with hard start and natural disasters on will give you a run for your money if you don't look up a guide on how to start.

And the game was made by just one person, amazing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Lots of fun!
Hard difficulty at the beginning really is hard.
Also lot of fun mods to try and some of them really change the game alot.
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Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
10/10 spent 4 hours making a town. Everything was good. We were pretty much self sufficent. about 200 people lived in my town. I had about 10,000 food and 7 fields, 3 orchads and 6 pastures. Life was good. 3 schools, a church, herbalists and hospitals. Everything we needed we made. Then the nomads came.

I was happy the nomads came. It was some more people. I didnt know what I was getting into. Those ♥♥♥♥s unwittingly cause so much death....

I willingly took them in. Nice guy that I am . Turns out we need way more homes because we are full. OK, again I am a good person and we are thriving.

Wait what? All our 10,000 food is down to 100! Look at that the nomads ate it all... OK, again I am a good person and the fields will bring in some harvest.

Oh a infestation has taken out three fields... OK, this may have arrived with the FUC... lovely nomads but again I am a good person and we have some more food sources.

The mumps? What the ♥♥♥♥ is the mumps. Well it doesnt matter because our children are droping like flies. OK, happend to start with the nomads. But I am a nice guy. We have lots of people.

Great look at that it is early autumn and we have blistering snow. Its never been this bad. Those damn dirty... Nevermind. OK, Well surely that cant stop all the food sources... Oh wait, Everyone is ill and two fields are out of duty. Well good job I am great ♥♥♥♥ING GUY. I suppose the traders will have to save us.

Oh the traders are only offering seeds?!?!?!? Look this guy has some food. Oh yeah the miners are all ill so we have nothing to trade. OK good job I a am a brilliant and tolerant person. I guess we will... I dont know anymore...

At least only six people have died, oh ♥♥♥♥......

at this point the graveyard with a capacity of 144 was filled and overflowing in two minutes. Over 180 people died in two ♥♥♥♥ing minutes.

Everyone left is over 60 years old.

At least those ♥♥♥♥ING NOMAD SCUMBAGS DIED THOSE STUPID ♥♥♥♥S.

I have only learned that nomads are bringers of death and disease. Four hours of my life was destroyed in 10 minutes. This game never lets you rest. No matter how nice your settelment is.... Nomads will destroy it.
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Recommended
252.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
A beautiful and well made town builder and management game.

Banished can take a little practice to get the hang of with to start with but when you get going you can build up a really large town able to sustain itself.

There's a good amount of resources to to collect and a wide variety food grow, gather and hunt.

There's no progression in the sense that you unlock new buildings or features, everything is available for you from the start so you can build up how you wish.

Your village can spiral out of control into disaster if you're not careful, especially near the beginning or if you're hit by a natural disaster. Such as lack of tools which bring all of your production down and makes even more chaos.
One thing to watch out for is the colonists can get a little greedy and take all available food when there's only a small amount in stock, leaving none for others and letting them starve.

The base game does lack buildings and you can soon feel as though you've built everything in a short time, there's plenty of mods to download but I would have liked to have seen more in the game.

Biggest problem with the game is the frame-rate when reaching 1,000+ population, for me it became unplayable so you will need to keep that in mind when building a village across the whole map.

Overall it's a great game and plenty of time can be spent, there's some nice achievements you can work towards if you like extra challenges/goals..
Definitely worth a buy if you like builders and/or management games.
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Recommended
170.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
I will start off with saying I put in over 160 hours into the game, according to steam. So with that in mind, I love the balance that the game provides. There is survival, there is city building, there is economy, and death. There is not much of a story to the game, so dont come in expecting to be thrown into a story while you build, you wont find that here. This game is a sandbox. Great modding community though. But its still a sandbox. And what keeps you going after you get the hang of the game is achievement hunting. So many failed towns, so many lives lost in the hunt. Let's take a moment of silence for all the abandoned towns that have perished trying to achieve the ultimate achievements. Alright. Thank you. Anyways.. Its a fun little game that if you love hunting them achievements, this game will keep you interested for a while, or if you love playing around with mods, this is also a thing that kept me hooked for the slow hours of the game. Personally, I love the concuction of the balance of the game, and in fact, I'm going to go play it a little bit more now, still hunting that one "have a town of 300 people" achievement. Keep running out of food for my people. Anyways, even with no multiplayer or Co-op I still reccomend the hell out of this game. Goes great with listening to podcasts! =D
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Recommended
324.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Banished is a fun liitle game
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