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#1 Sir Topham Hatt

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:34

Has anyone given Banished a go?

 

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It's tough.

 

I am on my third town already as the first two died off because of no food.

 

Coming from The Settlers, my first thoughts were resources but this game is pretty different.  Each resident needs a house and food.  Only after reading online have I managed to get to where I am now by building a Forester and Gatherers hut together.  I added a hunters hut and a farm.  My cows eventually got themselves in a field.

After building a stone pit, I ran out of tools, so everyone was wondering around with broken tools.  A smithy sorted that out, which is where I am now.

My next buildings are schools and hospitals.

 

I'm not too sure with it really.

If this town dies, I don't think I'll be bothering with it any more as Age of Empires looks more to what I want (buildings change with age / old fashioned to modern).

 

What is your opinion?




#2 Nick H.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 14:49

Just went to look at some screenshots. Looks interesting, but being at the office I can't get much information about it.

Going from your comment about AoE, does this play out similar? So you have to lead your tribe through history, deciding whether to win through conquest or diplomacy and so on? If so, what's the range of ages?

#3 OP Sir Topham Hatt

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 15:50

This is where the game falls down - It's more about skill of survival than going through the ages.

 

Buildings stay the same, although you get a choice of wood or stone houses.  There's a lot of different buildings and some don't function like you would have thought.

 

The main "complaint" is that the game has no end.  There are no aims, no other towns to conquer, the aim of the game is purely to survive.  The winters are harsh, with food running low, logs (for burning in the houses) low too.

 

If you have some spare money, give it a whirl, but only if you have some spare monies.



#4 ShockD

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 22:12

Looks like good old Stronghold without the combat.



#5 Luc2k

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 23:00

Sorry but this game takes too much hard drive space for me to justify it.



#6 Andrew G.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 23:11

Sorry but this game takes too much hard drive space for me to justify it.

 

250 MB is too much space? What size HDD do you have?



#7 vetLOC

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 23:18

Banished shouldn't really be billed as a City Builder style game. It's more of a village survive the elements and seasons simulator. Still, people seem to enjoy it quite a bit because of it's difficulty. It's a hard game.



#8 Luc2k

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 23:22

250 MB is too much space? What size HDD do you have?

Over 6 TB in total. I was only joking since I'm actually impressed by how it looks for that size.

 

Haven't tried it though. Not much into city builders unless it's Pharaoh/Cleopatra.



#9 Island Dog

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 18:02

I've been playing and it's been fun, but I definitely agree about the end game points made.



#10 TheExperiment

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 01:33

It looks good and I like playing it, but I keep expecting something to happen and nothing does.

 

Mind you I haven't really built up a proper village before everyone dies yet, so there's that.



#11 scaramonga

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 02:06

Banished shouldn't really be billed as a City Builder style game. It's more of a village survive the elements and seasons simulator. Still, people seem to enjoy it quite a bit because of it's difficulty. It's a hard game.

 

And that is exactly what it is. Survival, nothing more, nothing less :)  No combat, nothing, apart from trying to make your people survive, but brilliant stuff :D



#12 OP Sir Topham Hatt

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 14:03

Well, as I have progressed through the game I have a few more tips to add:

 

  • Have a large map.  I am on year 25 or so and have pretty much ran out of space.
     
  • Cows are good.  They give leather (for clothing) AND beef (for food).
     
  • More houses = more people.
     
  • More people = more food.
     
  • Build four mine spaces, but pause the building of two.  This way when the others run out, you will already have a site for the next one.
     
  • Have two Foresters and two Gatherers in two different areas.
     
  • Fill your professions!  Don't have 3 miners when you can have 6 in one mine.
     
  • Watch sheep - sometimes they don't reproduce so buy more than 4 at a time.
     
  • Using the "clear rocks / trees / iron / everything" options will decrease the amount of goods transported throughout your land.  Everything will slow as anyone doing nothing will go and clear that area.
     
  • Unless you have LOTS of coal, just make the standard tools as people steal the coal to heat their homes before the Blacksmith can get any.

 

I think the main problem for the game for me is that it just takes too long for anything to get done.  You can't simply flood your town with more builders because then nothing gets transported anywhere.  You can't build more houses because there aren't enough stone miners for the stone.  You can't steal miners from your gatherers or foresters huts because then there will be no firewood or food.

So everything just takes an age to happen.  Half an hour for a market to be built is poor, which does spoil the game as I am sat waiting for 5 mins (even on speed = 10!).

It's a shame there is no "priority" over goods and where they should go.  I want my blacksmiths to have more coal so they can make the better tools.  While on the subject of the tools, I made some of the iron ones, which seemed to last just as long as the steel :/

 

Plus, seasons change too quick for my liking.

 

However I have played a good few hours over the past few days so will continue to see how it develops.  Then again, I may end up starting a new map as this one is getting boring now!



#13 Nashy

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 10:50

Been playing since I saw this thread posted up.  Really like the game, but as others have said, it's a tough one.



#14 Lamp0

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:01

If you have some spare money, give it a whirl, but only if you have some spare monies.

 

I think that is incredibly harsh. It's a $20 game built by one dude. It might not be your kind of city builder, but the game is a well built & unique little city builder.

 

 

Half an hour for a market to be built is poor, which does spoil the game as I am sat waiting for 5 mins (even on speed = 10!).

 

Well that's not right at all. My guess is you have too many things going on, with not enough labours, builders &/or resources. Something isn't right if it takes half an hour, on speed 10, to build a market.



#15 Shadowzz

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 21:05

Love this game.  City Builders do not need goals or whatever. Just playthrough. Quite a hard game, took me 3 times before having a village that survived the ages. Hope the game expands in the future. As once you figured out the food supply and labors it gets so much of the same.





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