Banished is a game about building a pre-industrial revolution type city. The game starts with a few skilled laborers that have been bansihed from thier homeland. While playing you’ll guide your population of citizens in survival against the elements, providing shelter, food, warmth, and other necessities of life. You’ll also decide how to best utilize limited and non-renewable resources, such as wood, stone, wild game, fertile land, livestock, and more while expanding the city.
The player guides citizens of a remote community to grow and maintain the community. The game focuses largely on the citizens of the player’s town as individuals. As the designer states in a video, „the townspeople of Banished are your primary resource. They are born, grow older, work, have children of their own, and eventually die. Keeping them healthy, happy, and well-fed are essential to making your town grow.