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The Banner Saga





Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey.

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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.

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Versus Evil LLC
RPGs, Mac
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Digital PC Download
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Minimum Requirements


  • OS: Windows XP SP3
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space


  • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Recommended Requirements


  • OS: Windows 7 SP1
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space


  • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space

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A surprisingly good title


I didn't expect too much from this game when I first started playing it. But it had enough depth to keep me interested, and the art style and story hooked me. I played it through to the end and wanted more. It's not a very long game which is a knock against it, and the combat is not really Final Fantasy Tactics or anything like that, but it's good enough. Pick this up on the cheap! And you'll need to play this before playing the sequel if you want the full story.

I don't have a deep history with turn based strategy games, but I really enjoyed this.


Amazing music, and good story, though it was hard to follow along in places. Part of me wants to play it over again, knowing what I know now, but I'll probably pass. There are a few mechanics that were annoying, and others that were cool, and all told I'd say it is a good game, though not a great one. I'm a little perturbed, I had no problems in combat until the final battle, and after five wipes I dropped the difficulty and walked all over them. Maybe I should have opted to fight more, but balancing resources (you use the same resource to buy more food or level up your heroes) was taxing - though I'd imagine that's exactly what they were going for.

A banner strategy adventure


An evil threatens the land and you must lead your people to safety, but your choices mean more than you may think. Simple dialogue options will change the outcome of your party and effect options down the line. An intricate battle system leads to victory or to pain. Will you be able to save your people? PROS: + A very intricate and fun battle system (when you learn how to use it) + Beautiful graphics + Amazing music and SFX and voiceovers + Controls are easy to understand/options laid out well CONS: - If you don't take time to learn the battle system it's very frustrating - Travel becomes tedious - Dialogue options are vague/don't know until you try - Couple boss battles are a B! Try until you get them right... Overall, it's an excellent game. I absolutely hated combat until one of the devs came by my Twitch stream and gave me some advice, then I absolutely LOVED the combat. I was just playing it wrong! This shone some light on the negatives of travel and how tedious it was. Also how dialogue was very vague. This aside, you will enjoy your time in Banner Saga and want to learn more about the where the enemy came from (there's a sequel!)

A Banner indie title


A Banner Saga, a gem in the growing Indie market. With so many indie titles to choose from, why would you choose this one? It tells a unique story, it's well put together, and it's fun. The graphics are moderately simple, but they are rich in color and compliment the game well. The sound is decent, albeit, it could be better. As a turn based game, which i have never been fond of, this title was fun and made me want to look deeper into other games of this type. When a 2nd Saga was announced, i was actually excited about. My only real gripe, and it's more me than the game itself, i couldn't play for hours at a time without it feeling repetitive. But i feel, like i said, that's how i feel about any turn-based game. All in all, give it a try. Graphics: 9/10 Gameplay: 7/10 Story: 9/10

Playable Art


This game is really pretty in the way you don't expect games to look nowadays. The art direction looks a remix of disney work, and it works out wonderfully. The game is just a treat to look at because you'll be looking at everything from a third person view the entire time. The gameplay is fine, I found that there were tons of tactics but the turn system was very open to abuse. For one, it was actually bad to kill weaker enemies. Instead, you let them live with little health because they give ONE LESS turn to stronger enemies. Yes, the more you kill, the more turns other enemies get. This is an interesting mechanic that really added another layer of depth but I felt that it was more of an annoyance than a benefit. Adapt from that, the plot was very cool. It felt like Oregan trail with a fantasy twist. By the end of it, my convoy was literally on the brink of destruction. Excellent game, masterfully crafted despite some minor flaws.

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