‘Banished’ is one of the most unforgiving settlement management games out there that really punishes new players for petty mistakes. It is quite elitist in that regard and has the potential to trap the most experienced of players at times. The concept of the game is simplistic in that regard — build a settlement with a band of survivors and provide your people with basic needs. However, this seemingly normal task becomes extremely frustrating if you miscalculate even one of your resources. Now this hardcore aspect of the game might not appeal to a lot of fans of the genre who are looking for a more chill experience. That is why we decided to compile several games that are similar in style and tone to this one but are much more forgiving when it comes to new players. Here is the list of video games similar to ‘Banished’ that are our recommendations. You can play these games like ‘Banished’ on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, iPhone, Android, mac or even online.
8. Banished: Colonial Charter Mod
When people talk of games similar to ‘Banished’, I feel most of them tend to leave out this one since it is a mod of the original game. However, this mod manages to add so many additional gameplay elements that the base game completely changes. Once you have successfully installed the mod, it feels like a completely new game loaded with new buildings, seeds and professions. My favourite part of the mod is the way it modifies the look of the town to make it feel more like a European settlement during the colonial era.
A range of new wall fragments allow you to customize the look and feel of your town like never before. The mod also introduces new terrain types and climates including new skin sets for trees. Not only does the game look different, the introduction of these new features ensures that the gameplay is improved as well. ‘Colonial Charter’ is a mod that you should definitely try out if you have the original ‘Banished’ installed. It does require the base game to play as it is a mod in all aspects but since you are reading this list, we figured you’d own it already.
7. Judgment: Apocalypse Survival
‘Judgment: Apocalypse Survival’ is a base building and resource management sim set in a fantasy themed post-apocalyptic world as is evident from the title of the game. Your world has been invaded by demons due to an astral shift and they have managed to conquer most of the habitable lands. You along with a group of determined fighters are putting up your last stand. The first order of business is to build a camp and then secure it. Survivors need resources to sustain themselves and keep fighting, so food is of utmost importance.