Bastion is an action role-playing video game produced by independent
developer Supergiant Games. In the game, the player controls "the Kid"
as he moves through floating, fantasy-themed environments collecting
special shards of rock to power a structure, the Bastion, in the wake of
an apocalyptic event. It features a dynamic voiceover from a narrator,
and is presented as a two-dimensional game with an isometric camera and
a hand-painted, colorful art style. The game debuted at the September
2010 Penny Arcade Expo, and it went on to be nominated for awards at the
2011 Independent Games Festival and win awards at the Electronic
Entertainment Expo prior to release in July 2011. During 2011, the game
sold more than 500,000 copies, 200,000 of which were for the Xbox Live
Arcade. It was widely praised by reviewers, primarily for its story, art
direction, narration, and music, although opinions were mixed on the
depth of the gameplay. Bastion has won many nominations and awards since
its release, including several for best downloadable game and best
music. The soundtrack was produced and composed by Darren Korb, and a
soundtrack album was made available for sale in August 2011.
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