The Banner Saga

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"The Banner Saga is blindingly lovely and arguably just as intriguing to play. Built atop a world that all but demands the attention of travel documentaries, it's epic in the literal sense of the word." - USGamer

Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.

Key Features:

  • Player choice that drives your own narrative – every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.

  • Over 25 playable characters from 2 different races, human and varl, the horned giants – embark on your epic journey with a variety of characters from 7 different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.

  • Strategic combat with consequences - victory or defeat and even the permanent loss of a character depends on which characters you choose to take into battle and what decisions you make afterwards.

  • The journey is as important as battle – your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast frozen landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.

  • An epic Viking saga brought to life in 2D glory – beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations, accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, will immerse you into a fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology.

  • Multiplayer Combat Enhanced – sharpen your combat skills in the free multiplayer game “Factions”. As you play through the single player game you’ll also unlock new characters to use in multiplayer.

Customer reviews


Decisions, decisions, decisions

MadDemon64 | July 15, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »

The Banner Saga is one of those games where your decisions will come back to bite you, no matter what you do. There are no good or bad, right or wrong decisions, just decisions. The Banner Saga is one part tactics, two parts Oregon Trail. During combat, you need to position your troops wisely and know what attacks to use and when. You will never come out of combat unscathed, but through proper strategy you can come out alive, which is a theme in this game: you are not out to win, just survive. This theme is also emphasized in the aforementioned “Oregon Trail”-like parts of the game where you come across different events and have to decide how to act. Do you welcome a band of travelers you come across into your party, or tell them to leave you alone? You could be passing up more men to help you combat your enemies, but at the price of diminishing available resources for everyone. Of course they could easily be thieves who will steal from you in your sleep and kill off some of your men. It is decisions like these that make The Banner Saga engaging, almost as engaging as the story. The Banner Saga is a must play game for the combat, the story, and the decisions. And then you need to play it again and make different decisions. And again, and again. It’s just one of those games that requires/deserves multiple playthroughs.


Buy it now!

samtahbou | June 6, 2015 | See all samtahbou's reviews »

I've been wanting this game for a very long time now. And I jumped at the chance to buy it now when it went on sale on GMG, not to mention getting extra games too. I am so into this game right now, I have not finished it yet, so it might be a little early to write a full review, but I'm very excited about the game and having finally gotten it so I'm writing this anyway. The story so far is very well written, I love the characters and all their interactions. The drawings in the game are beautiful, very original look, this game's engine is unique and it really puts you in the era. The soundtrack is excellent. And the game play is very enjoyable. I have played turn based games for the longest time, some I've enjoyed and others, not so much. This game belongs to the former category. I highly recommend this game for anyone who likes turn based games, and for those who don't, well maybe you'll change your mind after playing the Banner Saga


Gorgeous art, pretty good gameplay, meh story

sycomantis1991 | May 15, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

The first thing, and the biggest thing that drew me to this game was the art design. It's absolutely stunning hand-drawn animation, featuring epic snowy mountains and detailed characters, naturally waving flags, and the like. Just looking at it is worth the price of admission, if Google wasn't a thing that is. It's a fairly entertaining Turn-Based Strategy game, akin to Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea. The mechanics are fairly simple, but done well enough, with a Fire Emblem-esque permanence, meaning that, past the tutorial levels when an ally falls, they stay that way, and this game isn't very forgiving either. I've had guys brought near 0 health after a single strike from a low-ranking enemy quite often, but it's still enjoyable. The story however, isn't very interesting, and I only remember vague details, and it hasn't been very long since I played. I only remember one or two characters being profoundly enjoyable. Overall, it's an above competent Turn-Based Strategy game with amazing art and a story that's hard to care about. It's worth its going price, but it'd never be worth the price of a standard retail game to me.


Great things from a small package

kingmanp | Dec. 26, 2014 | See all kingmanp's reviews »

I've always enjoyed games or movies that sets you in a disadvantegous situation. I consider Banner Saga to be one of them. It's a beautiful game even though the graphics are simple. The colors are rich, and the atmosphere and music just works well together. It is one of the more challenging strategy games I have played (and I played a lot: Dragonfall, Xcom EU and EW, Fallout, and many others). There is ample amount of depth to the character builds and even more so to the battle strategy. Bravo! I would like to see more games like this. Short, sweet and satisfying.


Simply outstanding

ATeciak | Dec. 22, 2014 | See all ATeciak's reviews »

I just love this game. It has great soundtrack, superb visuals (I love this cartoonish art style), and story... Man, the story is not about saving the world or other typical things. Its about survival in a harsh land were Gods died and sun doesn't want to rest. Superb storytelling is compared to great gameplay, but you need to know that while its great, the whole thing is a bit short in the end. Expect only 9-12 hours, but, nevertheless it's time well spend.