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Banished
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Overall 8
8.0

Banished

DarkStation
22 April 2014
  • Conclusion: Still, it’s hard not to see the missed potential within Banished . It’s an excellently crafted city building and survival game, made even more impressive by the fact that it was created by one man.
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Overall 7
7.3
Gameplay 8
7.5
Looks 7
6.5

Banished (PC) - Review

VGChartz
18 March 2014
  • Excerpt: It’s not often that a game will begin with the members of a town being banished to live out the rest of their days in the wilds away from the kingdom, but, as the title would indicate, that is precisely the starting premise of Shining Rock’s Banished .
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Overall 6
6.0

Banished

Strategy Informer
3 March 2014
  • Conclusion: If you put the lack of missions aside as a consequence of the budget price tag, Banished is still a flawed game. There's brilliant concepts and a core that shines, but a troublesome interface and a general lack of breadth of content is clearly an issue.
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Overall 6
6.0

Banished Review

bit-tech.net
28 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Banished Review Developer: Shining Rock Software Publisher: Shining Rock Sofware Platform: PC Price: £14.99 The first thing you'll learn while playing Banished is that children are worthless.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

GameSpot
26 February 2014
  • Summary: SimCity's influence, both on the strategy genre and on gaming in general, is immense. Still, the past few years have seen an explosion of clever city builders taking some huge steps toward developing personality and becoming more than their progenitor.
  • Pros: Brilliant network of interlocking mechanics makes every system relevant, Riveting, emergent drama, Solid menus with a customizable interface keep all the information you want accessible, Wonderfully challenging, steady difficulty curve
  • Cons: Lacks a sense of progression
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Overall 5
5.0

Banished

Gamezebo
25 February 2014
  • Summary: Feeding the beast of life
  • Pros: Strong opening. Completely open-ended.
  • Cons: Very little payoff. Visually unappealing. Difficulty is contrived rather than rewarding.
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Overall 2
2.0

The cold undocumented emptiness of Banished

Quarter to Three
24 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Banished is a city builder for people who haven’t played city builders and therefore don’t know what they’re missing. It doesn’t do anything that about a half dozen other city builders haven’t already done better.
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Overall 7
7.0

Banished review

PCGamer Online
21 February 2014
  • Conclusion: A nice change of pace for city-builders, but it loses momentum once the immediate urgency of survival goes away.
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Overall 8
8.3

Banished

IGN
20 February 2014
  • Conclusion: As a city-building game, Banished is dazzling. It combines simple charms with transparent, complex systemic interactions, and a tough-but-fair difficulty curve. My only real criticisms of it is that it left me wanting more, such as strong overarching long-term goals, like a campaign mode.
  • Pros: Complex interlocking systems, Charming presentation, Tough but fair, Weather effects!
  • Cons: No long-term goals
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Banished

rockpapershotgun.com
18 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Banished is an indie sandbox city building simulation, in which you have free reign to grow a nascent medieval town using only the resources gained from the land around it. You build and you harvest, and you keep your population healthy enough in order that they might breed and expand.
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