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Banished is a real-time economical strategy game, the first one developed by Luke Hodorowicz, the founder of the independent studio Shining Rock Software LLC. The player controls a small group of people exiled from their home country, who are trying to settle down in a new place and create the foundations of a powerful kingdom. The task calls, first and foremost, for ensuring the survival of a small society, and then managing its development. The gameplay focuses heavily on reasonable use of resources and methodical care for the player's subjects, constantly threatened by such dangers as hunger, diseases or unfavorable weather conditions (drought, harsh winters, etc.). Along the course of the game, the village grows in size and the gameplay difficulty increases.

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PC / Windows
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Banished | PC

Banished release date for PC:

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18 February 2014 | Worldwide

18 February 2014 | Europe

18 February 2014 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.535 / 10 calculated out of 829 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.6 / 10 calculated out of 361 players' votes.  

Banished for PC / Windows is a strategy game developed by a team at Shining Rock Software, in which the player's task is to manage a small village. Mechanics of the game are much more cruel than in other productions of this genre, and our village is constantly threatened by hunger, disease, dehydration, natural disasters or drought.


The game starts with the player taking command of a small group of people cast away from their hometown. After a long journey to uncharted lands, they finally find a place suitable for settlement. Their only resources are their clothes and a few cars with basic raw materials. Our first task is to ensure that this small population remains alive. Once that it is accomplished, then we can take steps to transform this small community into a powerful nation.


To achieve all these goals, we command our subordinates hunt, gather, or trase. Banished gameplay mechanisms are far more ruthless than what i most games of this genre offer. Being a virtual leader is not easy, and every bad decision can lead to mass deaths. Cold winters are one of the biggest threats. To survive them, it is necessary to sew warm clothes, build houses, and collect firewood. The problem is that the massive deforestation will quickly reduce the population of the animals living in the wild which has a negative impact on the effectiveness of hunters. Excessive expansion of fishermen will lead to the extinction of fish in rivers and ponds. Over-exploitation of arable land leads to . In addition, our village regularly attracts the local nomads. Accommodating them allows you to quickly expand your population, but also increases the chance of a plague outbreak. Crop failures, fires and droughts are also a major problem to be dealt with.

The main resource in Banished for PC / Windows are the settlers themselves. With time, they will grow up, have children, and die of old age. Our task as a leader is to ensure the satisfaction of their needs. We need to find the right balance between carrying out this task, and the risk posed by depletion of all raw materials. The game lacks any development trees. Instead, having the proper resources, we can build every possible structure.

System requirements

Recommended: Core i5 2.5 GHz, 512 MB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 8800 or better), 250 MB HDD, Windows XP(SP3)/Vista(SP1)/7(SP1)/8

Banished Game Guide

game guide 04 January 2014

The strategy guide for Banished is a complete guide for the medieval game by Shining Rock Studios. You'll find advice on real and harmonious functioning of a village you create here.