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The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga

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Banner Saga - Viking Strategy Tactics RPG - Best Indie Game of 2014

4.3 Ratings 12K+ Reviews 50K+ Downloads

Ratings & Reviews

4.3
12.5K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    73+%
  2. 4
    9+%
  3. 3
    4+%
  4. 2
    4+%
  5. 1
    9+%
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  • I played this game 3 times Sep 21, 2017

    By brutalball
    The first time I played I couldn't import my game into Banner Saga 2. The second time I played, I did it over the course of a weekend in an attempt to start Banner Saga 2 right after. Seeing that Banner Saga 2 was just as challenging, if not more challenging, than the first game, I put it down. I just picked up Banner Saga 1 and played through it a third time, so that I could maintain story cohesion for Banner Saga 2. I'm glad I did!! Banner Saga 2 was very epic in a lot of new ways, while maintaining all of the really cool features of the first: nail-biting strategy RPG battles, nail-biting Oregon Trail choice making, a KILLER musical score, and beautiful art. I will probably play Banner Saga 2 a second time in anticipation of playing the third. Thank you for this beautiful RPG, very exciting and memorable!
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  • Feb 28, 2021

    By Raivo Kronbergs
    One of the best turned based games that have played to date for sure. Beautiful design and graphics. And gosh the story... Game comes with some frustration too. Since you can easily lose the character you worked on leveling by choices you make. Devs thank you for the game. Absolutely wonderful job.💖
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  • Mostly good Dec 14, 2019

    By The Scrunch
    I really enjoyed this game but there are a couple problems. 1. The fight scenes. If I can only move one guy per turn, I at least should be able to choose which guy. It is totally possible in a real fight, some guys-like archers-would stay in one place. Why can’t I move the same guy twice in a row? I have to waste a turn telling an archer to stay in place. 2. Got a little boring watching my numbers go down-morale, clansmen, varl, supplies-as my little line of dudes marched on through the viking wilderness. I would have liked the option for the caravan members to hunt along their way. Maybe the game developers wanted to stress the cruel leanness of the times. Something to think about. This game is extremely story driven, lots and lots of choosing dialogue and watching cartoon twiddling of fingers and blinking. That said, the animation is awesome, the dialogue smart, and the soundtrack beautiful. The backstory is compelling and I had quite a few hours being engrossed.
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  • Good game, but... May 26, 2018

    By HeavyShevy
    You need to update it so it fits my entire iPhone X screen. It is soooooo difficult to read everything! It’s so tiny! The words are too small. Also, there are a lot of spelling errors and lastly there are several situations where no matter what option you choose it is the same outcome. So why have an option in that case? So far I’ve enjoyed the game. However I’ve had to look up how to play it for advance tutorials. The in game tutorials are lacking a little. Obviously it has Great artwork and interesting story. I’d give it four stars if the update it for iPhone X. Until than I will continue to squint. I would give it five stars if the options you choose in the game (or choices you make) have a greater influence on the story, not just influencing moral, supplies, and renown. For an iOS game this is a great one! So I can’t complain but I do offer those ideas towards improving it. Thanks
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  • Feb 17, 2021

    By Anthony Sickman
    UPDATE ** Company reached out to me, offering a refund. I got it for the switch and really liked the game, still bummed the game can't play on my phone but at least they are going to work with me on getting me my money back. Unplayable on note 20 ultra crashes every 20 minutes. Bummed. I want my money back.
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  • Mar 14, 2021

    By zachary wisenor
    Buggy game. I can't get past the mead hall without the game freezing. I have tried restarting numerous times. I have a galaxy s21 so I know it's not a hardware issue. That game is unplayable for me.
  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Mark Mehl
    Constant crashing - barely started the game and it crashes about every battle. Then a reboot is required. Then it crashes again if you try to play. I need a refund. On a Samsung s21 ultra.
  • Jan 29, 2021

    By Kiril Loboshki
    EDIT: ZERO CUSTUMER SUPORT. GAME IS UNPLAYABLE. Nobody is answering my email and i cannot even get my money back !!! Game is very cool and looks great, but it often freezes and after a 30 minute long batle it is extremely disappointing and frustrating !! I am using a samsung note 10 plus and this is the first game i am experiencing issues with. Hope there is a fix for that. EDIT. Tried to start all over - the game crashed at the first battle after the tutorial. Waiting for the game support team.
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  • Apr 11, 2021

    By Abdallah Atie
    Game keeps freezing during battles, replayed the first one 3 times already! I have a brand new Samsung S21 Ultra. Too bad as the game looks beautiful!
  • Mar 1, 2021

    By Rebecca Thrasher
    Continuous crashing means I can't even get past the second in game encounter. This port needs a lot of work.

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  • I played this game 3 times Sep 21, 2017

    By brutalball
    The first time I played I couldn't import my game into Banner Saga 2. The second time I played, I did it over the course of a weekend in an attempt to start Banner Saga 2 right after. Seeing that Banner Saga 2 was just as challenging, if not more challenging, than the first game, I put it down. I just picked up Banner Saga 1 and played through it a third time, so that I could maintain story cohesion for Banner Saga 2. I'm glad I did!! Banner Saga 2 was very epic in a lot of new ways, while maintaining all of the really cool features of the first: nail-biting strategy RPG battles, nail-biting Oregon Trail choice making, a KILLER musical score, and beautiful art. I will probably play Banner Saga 2 a second time in anticipation of playing the third. Thank you for this beautiful RPG, very exciting and memorable!
    more
  • Feb 28, 2021

    By Raivo Kronbergs
    One of the best turned based games that have played to date for sure. Beautiful design and graphics. And gosh the story... Game comes with some frustration too. Since you can easily lose the character you worked on leveling by choices you make. Devs thank you for the game. Absolutely wonderful job.💖
    more
  • Great port, great game, amazing memories Jan 31, 2018

    By mitchellroeske
    I’m a very picky iOS gamer. When I first bought this game, I knew it was a big commitment. And it is, you need to plan on playing this for multiple hours because it’s that immersive. And after completing this game, I’m in love with the world that this story takes place in. The developers, writers, and beautiful minds over at Stoic have my whole heart. It’s so rare to find a game that on every level makes you impressed. There was never a point in the game (on iOS or PC) where I thought, “not a fan.” The story, the music, the voice acting, the controls, the gameplay, the map, and the world design have made me fall in love. Congrats Stoic, you have my full support if you continue to put this much effort and love into your games. For such a small game and for only $9.99, you have truly made one of my favorite games of all time. I may never meet you guys, but I hope your careers are long and prosperous because I want to keep playing Banner Saga. P.S. This game is perfect for my style of gaming, but not for others. It’s all preference. Edit: Thanks for the response, and thank you for sharing with the team! Can’t wait to play Banner Saga 3!
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  • Feb 2, 2021

    By Optimist Prime
    What a game! Its got so many tried and tested elements of strategy games and fantasy rpg titles whilst also managing to be utterly unique. Quite literally one of the best games iv ever played.
  • Gaming as art May 23, 2020

    By KevoAllanPoe
    Gorgeous artwork, excellent storyline, complex characters, and compelling game design are threads that weave a tapestry of profound experience. The darkness of humanity and civilization combat the better angels of our nature, usually between parties but often within individuals, including you, the player, who is forced to make difficult decisions that impact the game and your relationships within it. This combines with a unique system of resource management and combat mechanics that leave you wanting more. By the end of the game (which I played for at least 12 hours), you forget the somewhat steep price (for a mobile game) because the experience is well worth it. Stoic has gone above and beyond with this saga. I will be purchasing parts 2 (on iOS) and 3 (on PS4).
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  • Mostly good Dec 14, 2019

    By The Scrunch
    I really enjoyed this game but there are a couple problems. 1. The fight scenes. If I can only move one guy per turn, I at least should be able to choose which guy. It is totally possible in a real fight, some guys-like archers-would stay in one place. Why can’t I move the same guy twice in a row? I have to waste a turn telling an archer to stay in place. 2. Got a little boring watching my numbers go down-morale, clansmen, varl, supplies-as my little line of dudes marched on through the viking wilderness. I would have liked the option for the caravan members to hunt along their way. Maybe the game developers wanted to stress the cruel leanness of the times. Something to think about. This game is extremely story driven, lots and lots of choosing dialogue and watching cartoon twiddling of fingers and blinking. That said, the animation is awesome, the dialogue smart, and the soundtrack beautiful. The backstory is compelling and I had quite a few hours being engrossed.
    more
  • Feb 17, 2021

    By Anthony Sickman
    UPDATE ** Company reached out to me, offering a refund. I got it for the switch and really liked the game, still bummed the game can't play on my phone but at least they are going to work with me on getting me my money back. Unplayable on note 20 ultra crashes every 20 minutes. Bummed. I want my money back.
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  • Miss playing Oregon Trail? Sep 3, 2018

    By JordanJay7
    This game was nice. I was looking for a game similar to fire emblem and was originally disappointed at the gameplay so it sat in my phone for awhile before giving it another chance. As I got into it more I realized how similar it is to a childhood favorite, Oregon Trail. I eventually beat the game. It was the right amount of challenging and the story was interesting enough to keep me coming back. My only grime was I didn’t love the characters. They just didn’t do it for me. Maybe it was the dry cliche dialect, idk. In all it was a good enough time to garnish 4 stars from me tho perhaps that’s being generous. I do intend to play the second one tho.
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  • Good game, but... May 26, 2018

    By HeavyShevy
    You need to update it so it fits my entire iPhone X screen. It is soooooo difficult to read everything! It’s so tiny! The words are too small. Also, there are a lot of spelling errors and lastly there are several situations where no matter what option you choose it is the same outcome. So why have an option in that case? So far I’ve enjoyed the game. However I’ve had to look up how to play it for advance tutorials. The in game tutorials are lacking a little. Obviously it has Great artwork and interesting story. I’d give it four stars if the update it for iPhone X. Until than I will continue to squint. I would give it five stars if the options you choose in the game (or choices you make) have a greater influence on the story, not just influencing moral, supplies, and renown. For an iOS game this is a great one! So I can’t complain but I do offer those ideas towards improving it. Thanks
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  • It’s Banner Time Aug 4, 2018

    By Gschmoney8
    Stoic has presented a beautiful game with interesting character development and a cool unique art style. Combat however can be a nightmare. Moves are turn based and movement is tile based with locked decisions Incase you misclick. There are odd combat features including enemies being able to move past you without opportunity attacks and odd ranged attacks which can shoot far straight but only half the distance diagonally in certain cases. I found the whole thing to be a bit clunky which is a shame because the story is phenomenal and the game does a great job at keeping you hooked and always on your back foot ensuring you never feel too powerful. All in all I think this brings the game to a 3/5 for me as it’s less of a game and more an interactive story.
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  • Incomplete series May 29, 2020

    By dmharp
    Would gladly give this game 5 stars if they had the entire trilogy available on iOS. It’s like someone is selling you the first 2/3rd of a book and having no option to read the ending! The games are pieces of the story and do not have concrete endings until you finish all three. All of your choices carry over game to game and have a huge impact on the final ending you receive. Without having the third game available on iOS you’re forced to play through on a different platform without any of the choices you made carrying over. Absolutely ridiculous of the studio to choose to release only two of the games when they made it such a continuous experience.
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  • Nice looking game, but I’m not sold. Aug 28, 2019

    By Justinchrist
    This is basically a ‘choose your own adventure’ book with animated graphics, and tactics battles. There is some resource management to be done, but it doesn’t add much of a feel of control or choice. The graphics are really nice, and nicely animated, but the battles are short, the battlefields are small, and as much of the game consists of reading and making dialog choices as battling. The tactical depth of battle almost makes up for the small battlefield, and short battles...almost. All in all, it’s not my cup of tea. I may, or may not finish the story, and I probably wouldn’t mess with the sequel unless it was on sale for a buck.
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  • Jan 11, 2021

    By Andrew Pielou
    I know its a good game and i want to play it but sadly i have to ask for a refund. Trying to play on a galaxy s20fe and it keeps freezing at the same point in the second battle when theres only 2 thugs left. Tried it 4 times now and no matter what way the fight goes and moves are made, it always ends up freezing at the start of the enemy's turn when there's only 2 left.
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  • Oct 27, 2020

    By Jesse Lang
    Poorly designed imo. Player's special moves are sometimes overly complex. No screen rotation available. Seeing who you're hitting is often difficult due to the sole viewing angle. Benefits of items are not clearly explained. You build up a main character only to have him taken away the next minute. Storyline is good, but the questions are often so vague that choosing the right answer seems like a guess. You often seen to be punished no matter what you choose, making it no fun. Not recommended.
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  • Mar 14, 2021

    By zachary wisenor
    Buggy game. I can't get past the mead hall without the game freezing. I have tried restarting numerous times. I have a galaxy s21 so I know it's not a hardware issue. That game is unplayable for me.
  • Apr 14, 2021

    By Mark Mehl
    Constant crashing - barely started the game and it crashes about every battle. Then a reboot is required. Then it crashes again if you try to play. I need a refund. On a Samsung s21 ultra.
  • Jan 29, 2021

    By Kiril Loboshki
    EDIT: ZERO CUSTUMER SUPORT. GAME IS UNPLAYABLE. Nobody is answering my email and i cannot even get my money back !!! Game is very cool and looks great, but it often freezes and after a 30 minute long batle it is extremely disappointing and frustrating !! I am using a samsung note 10 plus and this is the first game i am experiencing issues with. Hope there is a fix for that. EDIT. Tried to start all over - the game crashed at the first battle after the tutorial. Waiting for the game support team.
    more
  • Apr 11, 2021

    By Abdallah Atie
    Game keeps freezing during battles, replayed the first one 3 times already! I have a brand new Samsung S21 Ultra. Too bad as the game looks beautiful!
  • Mar 1, 2021

    By Rebecca Thrasher
    Continuous crashing means I can't even get past the second in game encounter. This port needs a lot of work.

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