This punishingly hard medieval town sim will have you managing not only building materials, but also food, tools, and items to survive winter. Don’t plan effectively, and your town will fold like a cheap suit at an origami expo. Not enough food from your farms prior to winter? Everyone starves. Did you forget to have your woodcutter working this summer? Prepare for your populous to freeze to death. Did your blacksmith die of old age, and did you forget to replace him with a young apprentice? Prepare for your production to slow to a crawl when you run out of tools. You will manage workers, food sources, renewable building materials (read as: trees), and even housing vacancies. Ignoring any of these metrics could spell the end of your fledgling colony! Players are challenged to not only gather resources to survive, but to do so in such a way that is sustainable.
While the base game is very good for those of a management mindset, Shining Rock Software has made a smart decision by integrating steam workshop support. The player community has added a number of resources, such as different crops and livestock, and new buildings as well. Banished really shines when you add the Colonial Charter mod by [Black Liquid]. Colonial charter adds a large number of resources and new starting options, allowing new players an easier way to learn, and offering veterans numerous options to challenge themselves.
Beyond the fun and challenging gameplay, the graphics are also quite nice. With a multitude of building and road types, your eyes will soon feast upon the robust hamlet you have created, and the sight is both pretty and something to be proud of. If you like city builders and are looking for a challenge, look no further. Banished is for you. You’ll be mismanaging (and likely inadvertently killing) your loyal followers in no time.