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Bastion (Windows)

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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 Using the mortar weapon to attack a beast from a distance.
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.
Bastion Windows This is an overview of the world's map. Completed areas are shown with a res star on them.
Bastion Windows Here's Bastion, the place which our hero tries to build.

User Reviews

Nice breath of fresh air Baxter Arnett (15) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
Thank you, Humble Indie Bundle. Pixelspeech (951) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

The Press Says

GameZebo Aug 19, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game industry News (GiN) Dec 19, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mana Pool Dec 02, 2011 9.4 out of 10 94
PC Gamer Nov 22, 2011 92 out of 100 92
Cheat Happens Sep 04, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Legendra Sep 05, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
3D Juegos Aug 23, 2011 8.9 out of 10 89
GameStar (Germany) Aug 30, 2011 82 out of 100 82
GameSpy Aug 16, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Everyeye.it Oct 09, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75

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Awards

  • Xbox 360 Achievements
    • 2011 - Best Arcade Game

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Herzalot . (301) added Bastion (Windows) on Oct 28, 2011
Other platforms contributed by Herzalot . (301), Sciere (234317), Kabushi (116474) and Iggi (4315)