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Arson Dec 5, 2017 @ 5:03pm
Games like Banished that advance through ages
Good evening,

I enjoy the game Banished. I like town sims where I don't have to micromanage citizens, and I don't like sims where I have to deal with TRAFFIC.

I'm looking for any suggestions of games like Banished, but that advance through the ages as the game goes on.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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Havan_IronOak Dec 5, 2017 @ 5:55pm 
Personally I love Banished but when I want a similar but slightly different challenge, I play RimWorld. Still city building of a sort but there is some scheduling of colonists. Not much changing over ages.

You might like Urban Empire. I've watched a few Let's plays and it looks interesting. Not really a god game in that you have to get your citizens to agree. Definitely changes over the ages.

Oriental Empires sort of a 4x game with touches of Sid Meiers Civilization and Total War. More about laying out an empire than a single city. Definitely changes over the ages.

Life is Feudal:Forest Village the most similar to Banished but with prettier graphics and some first person aspects. It's still a bit of a work in progress though and the balance issues can be considerable.

Tropico 5 (or 4) You establish what buildings go where on your own tropical empire. Definitely a bit like Banished but with a reggea influence. Definitely changes over the ages. There CAN be traffic issues but I've never had too big an issue with that
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Lucas_ez Dec 5, 2017 @ 6:07pm 
rimworld, forest village (very similar) or tropico 5.
Arson Dec 5, 2017 @ 6:47pm 
Originally posted by Havan_IronOak:
Personally I love Banished but when I want a similar but slightly different challenge, I play RimWorld. Still city building of a sort but there is some scheduling of colonists. Not much changing over ages.

You might like Urban Empire. I've watched a few Let's plays and it looks interesting. Not really a god game in that you have to get your citizens to agree. Definitely changes over the ages.

Oriental Empires sort of a 4x game with touches of Sid Meiers Civilization and Total War. More about laying out an empire than a single city. Definitely changes over the ages.

Life is Feudal:Forest Village the most similar to Banished but with prettier graphics and some first person aspects. It's still a bit of a work in progress though and the balance issues can be considerable.

Tropico 5 (or 4) You establish what buildings go where on your own tropical empire. Definitely a bit like Banished but with a reggea influence. Definitely changes over the ages. There CAN be traffic issues but I've never had too big an issue with that

I recently refunded Rimworld. I tried it a number of times over the testing periods of the game. I don't like managing single individuals. I'd rather manage a ton and have teh citizens take care of themselves.

Urban Empire I will look into, but reviews don't look so great.

Oriental Empires has some things I like, but I'mnot a fan of mass-scale battles like Total War. I prefer village and city management. Also, eastern culture bores me to tears.

Tropico 5 is a possible candidate. I have enjoyed Tropico a lot in the past. I'd like to see a game like banished, but one that moves through thousands of yeras instead of sticking to one era. Even Tropico barely movies a century.

Thank you for all your suggestions. The game I want just might not exist.



Originally posted by Lucas_ez:
rimworld, forest village (very similar) or tropico 5.


I recently tried Rimworld, but I didn't like having to manage all the citizens, and I could never progress very far through the game. I'll have to check out Tropico 5. I enjoyed the other ones. Thanks!
Havan_IronOak Dec 6, 2017 @ 3:13pm 
Not sure if there's much advancing through the ages, but the other city builder that I've got on my wishlist is Ostriv. SkeyStorme has a pretty entertaining video series on it and he's the one that got me hooked on Banished a few years back

Ancient Cities also sounds great but isn't available even in early alpha yet.
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Rainbow Droid Dec 6, 2017 @ 7:17pm 
Tropico 5 is garbage that throws away all the good things that made Tropico 1-4 so good. 2 and 4 are still worth playing. 5 is not because its terrible. 1 and 3 are not because 4 supercedes them in every important way. 2 is because, hey, Tropico Pirates is awesome.

I don't think the game OP wants to play exists... but you might try a few games that advance through the ages (and into mythology, even) and are basically the same game each time... Caesar 3, Pharoah+Cleo, Emperor, and Zeus. I still play them regularly, and they're somewhat similar to Banished.
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Lucas_ez Dec 6, 2017 @ 8:45pm 
RISE OF ♥♥♥♥ING NATIONS THE MOST UNDER APPRECIATED GAME NA
Lucas_ez Dec 6, 2017 @ 8:45pm 
LEGIT WAS YER LOOKIN FOR IS RISE OF NATIONS
Havan_IronOak Dec 6, 2017 @ 9:37pm 
Rise of Nations IS an interesting game though its always been an also-ran in the Sid Meiers Civilization genre for me. Neither of these is really a city builder per se which is what the OP was kind of looking for. My nominee Oriental Empires sort of falls more into that genre than what the OP was looking for as well but it does have some of the "through the ages" aspects so I mentioned it.

Urban Empire is really the closest to what the OP was asking fo in my opinion but I've no DIRECT experience with it and it has pretty mised reviews. It was just on a HUGE discount in the last Steam Mega sale.
Lucas_ez Dec 7, 2017 @ 7:43pm 
Originally posted by Havan_IronOak:
Rise of Nations IS an interesting game though its always been an also-ran in the Sid Meiers Civilization genre for me. Neither of these is really a city builder per se which is what the OP was kind of looking for. My nominee Oriental Empires sort of falls more into that genre than what the OP was looking for as well but it does have some of the "through the ages" aspects so I mentioned it.

Urban Empire is really the closest to what the OP was asking fo in my opinion but I've no DIRECT experience with it and it has pretty mised reviews. It was just on a HUGE discount in the last Steam Mega sale.
Yea thats true it does stray away from city builder and more of a "through the ages" and war type deal... still an amazing game that I always can go back to for good fun.
Lucas_ez Dec 7, 2017 @ 7:44pm 
I was just surprised no one mentioned Rise of Nations...
Arson Dec 7, 2017 @ 8:28pm 
I gave Rise of Nations a try, but I just can't play a game thats 14 years old when Star Wars Galaxies was being tested.

I thank you all for the continued suggestions. I'm giving:

1)Yland

2)Urban Empire

3) World Adtift

a try. Not all the facets I asked for,but hoping the differences will hehlp.
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Arson Dec 8, 2017 @ 1:47am 
Update:

1: I gave Yland a try. It's not exactly what I'm looking for, but I do like that type of game. For now, there's very litle to teach you to play the game and I just don't have the time. I'll wait fora tutorial.

2)Urban EMpire I still need to check out;

4)Worlds Adrift appears to be in some kind of paid beta/alpha. i'm not all about that, but I'll keep an eye on the game.
Last edited by Arson; Dec 8, 2017 @ 1:48am
Havan_IronOak Dec 8, 2017 @ 7:26am 
As to Urban Empires I'd check out Quill18's let's play and decide based on that. Spending a bit of time watching him play is cheaper than buying it and climbing the learning curve yourself and you'll get a quick idea of whether or not the game-play will appeal to you. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs3acGYgI1-uKuuJBICNWIspMX7ZM2xQF

Arson Dec 8, 2017 @ 12:00pm 
I'll do that, thank you.
Dillhole May 25, 2018 @ 7:53am 
i know this is really really late, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel for your request. while it's not out yet, and you've probably already heard about it. Ancient Cities is a title in development that looks extremely promising. I was also looking for a game like Banished but with more of tech tree/advancement premise to it and that seems to be what Ancient Cities is offering.
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