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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joestevensus
( 54.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This is a great game that is made even better by an amazing mod called Colonial Charter. You start off with a few folks in the middle of nowhere and must quickly build housing and food generation stations before winter arrives. Overtime you become an agricultural society with nice stone houses and even some amenities like a school and a church. Then the game kind of stops. You can keep playing but it feels like you've really accomplished everything you can except just adding population.


Then along comes Colonial Charter. It adds a whole new set of houses and businesses. Suddenly you feel like you are actually building a Colonial town instead of just a wilderness settlement. There is a lot to do and sometimes it feels like you are grinding, but when you start building colonial mansions it is worth the effort.
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apm
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
one of the best city builders out there.
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Oh My, Brexit!
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is a stupid piece of ♥♥♥♥, and is less valuable than my ♥♥♥♥ string that comes out when you ♥♥♥♥ after jerking off.
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bin_ahmed2022
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Sooo all my people died and I don't know what to do...
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dahlskebank
( 63.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
If you love resource management and infrastructure planning, in medieval times, Banished is the game for you! This game reminds me a lot of The Settlers (the old one from 1994), even some of the music tracks seem either inspired or blatant plagiarized homaged. Though, this is where the games part similarities, whereas The Settlers had enemies, knights and a sense of "goal" when defeating the opponents on the map, Banished is only about building a city...

There are some enemies, but all of them the silent type, like diseases, tornadoes, fires, pests and plagues. Your worst enemy is yourself. Rapidly over-populating or over-expanding can quickly lead to lack of resources, and with out food and firewood your poor inhabitants will both starve and freeze to death...

Poor infrastructure is also your enemy. That and a bad map seed. While writing this review I'm 58 hours into the game, this is the 5th or 6th city I'm building, not counting the 20+ map seeds I looked over. But this time I got it right. I planned half of the city before un-pausing the game...

Anywho, this game seriously lacks progression. I've built my city, it's self-sustaining now, all I really do is maintenance... and this is only year 101... What I'm missing from this game is: fog of war/map shroud, enemies to defeat, land to conquer, horse carriage for faster transport, structures and technology to research and develop, multiplayer... list goes on... But! For resource management and infrastructure planning this game is great! If you're a little bit OCDC like me, you'll love/hate this game!

On technical and graphical aspects, this game is spot on. All apart from one little thing, ever since I passed 600 citizens, FPS dropped to 20. I tried all and any combination of graphics settings, and the only way I get back my FPS, is by setting speed back down to 1x. Which is way too slow once you've built your city and just want to look at it grow and pulsate by itself. Hopefully this FPS issue will get fixed in an update, so don't let that discourage you from getting this game!
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Rhogog
( 36.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
It's amazing how such a simple game can present such a challenge. The premise is easy, start with a few villagers, and build a community out of it, one that will expand and grow across the map. With food, warmth, tools, and disease all being a factor in your citizens life, your town can get away from you if you don't keep an eye on it. My only recommendation for when playing this game is to play it on an increased speed, playing at 1x or 2x speed can really seem tedious after an hour of play.
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SterlingArcher
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Good game, some features I would like to see expanded on, such as population control and a bit more depth to the the game, however it is some great fun and if you can pick it up on a sale like i did its worth in my opinion around 10 bucks.
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Senpai-Cow
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
this game suckzx becuz u will probably lose
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the boy guy
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Great game to just sit back and relax with.... unless you have disasters on, otherwise you're screwed.
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knuffiba
( 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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79 of 81 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 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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74 of 85 people (87%) found this review helpful
60 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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51 of 54 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
94.4 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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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
I love to drink a beer and watch my town grow.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
53.8 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
182.5 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 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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3 of 3 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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