Bastion

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Description

Bastion is an isometric action/role playing game. It's the story of a city known as Caelondia after it has been destroyed by a disaster called "Calamity". The game follows a silent protagonist known as "The Kid" who tries to create a safe haven (Bastion) with the help of Rucks, who is also the narrator of the game. The kid has to defeat the game's many foes with a variety of melee and ranged weapons and also special skills. The Bastion, which acts as some sort of headquarters in the game, can be upgraded with useful buildings as the player progresses.

As the Kid travels through the world, he will discover new weapons, upgrade materials, mementos and fragments. Mementos can be discussed with other characters residing in the Bastion and may reveal more about the world. The Kid can only hold two weapons and one special skill at a time, which may require switching them with others, considering the player's preferences and the enemies' weaknesses. The fragments are the game's main currency and they can be collected after destroying objects, defeating enemies and, sometimes, by simply finding them. The player can later use them in the Bastion in order to purchase upgrades and useful trinkets.

The Bastion encloses a total of six buildings which the Kid can restore and utilize. In the Distillery, the player can assign spirits (drinks) to a maximum of ten slots, providing various passive bonuses during the gameplay. At the beginning, only one slot is available for use, the rest being unlocked one by one every time the Kid levels up. The Arsenal stores all the weapons that the protagonist gathers during his adventures; the player can switch weapons and special skills here. The weapons are enhanced and upgraded in the Forge, and this is possible only after collecting the required upgrade materials in the world. The Memorial offers various challenges, which if completed reward the player with additional fragments. In Lost-and-Found, the player can spend fragments in order to restore upgrade materials and unlock idols and spirits. Finally, the game difficulty can be increased by invoking the gods in the Shrine.

One of the notable features in the game is dynamic narration. Narrating in the game is based on the player's actions. For example, when the kid has fallen from a height the narrator gives a comment about the incident.

Screenshots

Bastion Windows Attacked by many enemies at once.
Bastion Windows Each weapon has a challenge. First prize of the challenge is always a secret skill for that weapon. 
This is the challenge for a weapon called Brusher's pike.
Bastion Windows I've set up two turrets here.
Bastion Windows Bootlickers have a nasty trick, they make you unable to move for a short time. Pretty deadly if you are in middle of a fight.

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User Reviews

Nice breath of fresh air Windows Baxter Arnett (15)
Thank you, Humble Indie Bundle. Windows Pixelspeech (955)

Critic Reviews

Game industry News (GiN) Windows Dec 19, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamingIllustrated.com Windows Jun 23, 2012 93 out of 100 93
RPGFan Windows Sep 16, 2011 92 out of 100 92
IGN Xbox 360 Jul 19, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Ironhammers Windows Aug 30, 2011 4.5 out of 5 90
4Players.de iPad Aug 31, 2012 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug 30, 2011 82 out of 100 82
PCActu Windows Sep 26, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Aug 24, 2011 16 out of 20 80
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Xbox 360 Jul 20, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75

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Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2011 – Best Xbox Live Arcade Game of the Year
  • Xbox 360 Achievements
    • 2011 - Best Arcade Game

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