Banished is a village-building strategy game developed by Shining Rock Software. Which is impressive because Shining Rock Software consists of a single individual to fulfill all the roles required to create a video game! Some of us at VoF can’t even operate a coffee maker without a full support team. Kudos to Shining Rock Software for the accomplishment!
Realism – Disease, freezing, and incest are all very real elements of this game. Your villagers will suffer more grief and hardship than you can imagine and we loved every moment of it.
Omnipotent – There is something to be said about commanding the actions of living things. Providing for your subjects and taking from them at your fancy gives a perverse sense of authority that is hard not to surrender to.
Pretty – We like pretty things and this game is visually attractive. You can easily get lost in the forests, your cities or the mountains. The view is particularly beautiful as you peer out across the vast fields of grave stones when your entire civilization succumbs to famine.
Micro Managing Human Copulation – The most difficult aspect of this game for us was that our population could not manage their own social affairs. We spent more time making sure that our kiddos had homes at the right moment so that they would couple up and reproduce than we did finding food, building a society and disposing of the elderly in a humane and economically viable way(no easy task by the way).
Dead End Ahead- The game becomes redundant rather quickly, but we still found ourselves glancing at the clock and wondering where the last 12 hours went. Seriously where did it go? I still can’t believe it’s gone. How do you lose half a day?
This game has serious potential, the modding community has the reigns and we hope to see them send this over the moon with their contributions. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this little gem of a game.
You can find out more at the Banished game website!