Banished (PC) Review
Developer: Shining Rock Software
Released: February 18, 2014
Platform: Windows PC, Steam, GOG.com, DRM free if you buy from their website, you will get a Steam Key if you buy it there too
What the game Is:
Banished is a city building game set in the Medieval time period. On the surface it appears to be just your average city building game. You build resource buildings, keep your citizens happy and trade goods your citizens create. But Banished is different from other city building games because of a few major differences; you do not have to worry about money in this game. Instead this city building game does what others haven’t, it kills your population, your citizens arrive in the city, work, get married, have kids, grow old and die.
Gameplay involves the settlers gathering up different materials to build buildings such as wood chopping, forestry, fishing, blacksmith,s mines, quarries, hunting lodges and herbal medicine to help keep your village up and running.
You cna also build trading posts, and hospitals, and a town hall to bring more villagers inands trade with other villages for items you don't have at the start of the village.
The difficulty is the amount of materials you start with, dependintg on your settings, you'll start with more or less materials at the beginning of the game. The game never "ends" unless all your villagers die off.
This game is a lot of fun, especially if you enjoy city building games. It doesn’t have a lot of depth, but if you know how to play city building games, this will be a challenge.
The gameplay is complex when it comes to managing everything, but the game has really good tutorials and it shows you how to play the game. The tutorial is easy to understand and explains almost everything very well.
The graphics look nice, it’s not outstanding, but that’s not the point of the game. It does look very good though. It’s fun to watch people go throughout your town as they go to work and live life in your village.
It doesn't look like the most amazing game graphically, but it has a nice art style that I really like and it looks good, but not mind-blowing or cutting edge like a AAA game.
The user interface is really easy to use and you can customize so you can choose what you want to see. You can see everything, out it's have the bare minimum but it's very convenient to keep track of everything going on in your village.
The music for the game’s soundtrack is also very well done and it sounds very nice.. the soundttrac has very pleasant music and it's very soothing, and I like the music, but it does get a little repetative, but it's all very pleasant to listen to.
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The AI Is Weird:
The major flaw of the game is when you’re trying to select things to trade, the arrow sliders are very small on the trade menu and I keep choosing the wrong item. Also, some people have had problems trying to get the game to start after buying it off Steam, check the Steam community forums for help.
THe AI will also let your villagers starve to death sometimes, even when you have plenty of food nearby. It can become a frustration when villagers take too long to go get food and die for no reason at all.
A.I. is finicky and doens't always do the right things
Some glitches are wierd and it affects the A.I.
Hours of fun
Can be repetative if you play s lot.
I highly recommend this game, it’s not perfect, but for being developed by one person, it’s excellent, it’s not the greatest looking city building game, but it’s challenging and fun. I’ve played for hours and I’ve really enjoyed it. If you don’t like slow paced games, this isn’t for you, but if city building games are your thing, check it out, it’s not too expensive and it’s a lot of fun.
Overall Grade: A-:
Banished is a lot of fun and provides hours and hours of fun and challenging city building and management. It looks nice and has a great soundtrack and decent A.I. The gameplay is fun but the A.I. will sometimes do some wierd things but the game is still a lot of fun.
I really loved this game, and I will definitely recommend it to anyone who loves city building games, you'll enjoy playing this game, but it can be repetive if you play it a lot.
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