Banished by Shining Rock Software is a creative, simple but challenging, simulation game definitely worth the twenty bucks. However, despite the initial excitement had with this game, its inginuity falls short of captivating past several hours of play. The game is addictively entertaining for a solid chunk of time thanks to its simple and unique approach, but all amusement is quickly exhausted due to the limited amount of choice the game offers you. To put it simply, it gets boring and repetitive.
What Banished does wrong is it takes its simple design and keeps it at just that, without actually applying it to different things. Imagine a world where every level in a Super Mario Bros. game is essentially the same as the first. Thrilling at first with a steep decline. Whether you have 5 people in your town, 20, 100, 500, the challenges and rules are the same, and figuring out how to get good at them only takes a few tries through some trial and error. Added on to that, there is a lacking sense of reward that doesn’t help motivating the player to strive for that extra citizen.
To summarize, Banished is a thrilling simulation to play through for a few days, but after a while, lack of depth drives it to near boredom. If you are willing to hand over $20, go purchase it, but if not, I’d pass on this one.
Score: 7.4 / 10