Combining fast-paced action with strategic battle planning, Darwinia features a novel and intuitive control mechanism, a graphical style ripped from 80's retro classics like Tron and Defender, and a story concerning a tribe of nomadic sprites trapped in a modern 3D world.
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Mostly Negative (13 reviews) - 38% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (433 reviews) - 77% of the 433 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 14, 2005

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Combining fast-paced action with strategic battle planning, Darwinia features a novel and intuitive control mechanism, a graphical style ripped from 80's retro classics like Tron and Defender, and a story concerning a tribe of nomadic sprites trapped in a modern 3D world.

System Requirements

Windows
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SteamOS + Linux

    Recommended: Windows XP, 600MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, DX7 based video card

    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz+
    • Memory: 1GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:
    • Processor: 1.66Ghz
    • Memory: 1Gb
    • Graphics: 64Mb of memory
    • Hard Drive: 60Mb
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KingDom #TeamHoovey
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
One of the first games I played as a kid, Hasn't aged the best, but at least now I understand it.
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caleb.pirsquared
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
This game didn't age well. For me, it was janky and completely unplayable. Specifically, I couldn't figure out how to navigate the game, there wasn't anything interesting or exciting going on, and so I got bored and stopped playing.


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DoomDocc
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
dont waste your time
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EVOh
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
A poorly concieved and poorly executed RTS. Not worth your time.
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Moisés
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
os controles são péssimos, joguei um pouco e já estava um saco, muito mal feito
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Ssenkrad_II
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Should I or should I not ask for my 25 cents back... THAT is the real question here...
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Luca
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
nice game
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ToadieTo
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game has a realy cool concept but has some things I don't like about it. Like how pixelated the troops are. And the rescue missions of course. And the game goes a bit slow because when troops want to go over mountains they are always stuck. But aside those things it's a realy good game.
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Mags
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A very different RTS! Great fun, with a nifty aesthetic (and a superb soundtrack), and every time you think you've worked out how to win, it introduces something new, forcing you to get creative and start trying new strategies. This is definitely not an RTS you can beat by 'turtling'. Thoroughly recommended! (Even if the controls are a tad confusing and the game rarely bothers to explain just what something can and can't do).
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Tyler3Killer
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Great Game!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
This game has a realy cool concept but has some things I don't like about it. Like how pixelated the troops are. And the rescue missions of course. And the game goes a bit slow because when troops want to go over mountains they are always stuck. But aside those things it's a realy good game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
A very different RTS! Great fun, with a nifty aesthetic (and a superb soundtrack), and every time you think you've worked out how to win, it introduces something new, forcing you to get creative and start trying new strategies. This is definitely not an RTS you can beat by 'turtling'. Thoroughly recommended! (Even if the controls are a tad confusing and the game rarely bothers to explain just what something can and can't do).
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62 of 66 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
Darwinia is one of my favorite games of all time. So it gets an obvious reccomendation from me. There is a lot going on with Darwinia and I've never played anything like it. It's one of those types of games that is really hard to describe, and you can only really understand after playing it for a bit. It's a weird game to get into at first. But once you get past the first two or so levels and understand what's going on it really takes off.

So basically what's going on with this game is your thrown into a level, and your given a few goals to complete the level. There are a lot of different objectives in the game, but most of the time your goal is to kill all the enemies on the map, and move your little Darwinians to key locations. What's really nice about the levels is all tools the game gives you tie in together in really clear ways. You make soilders to kill enemies and create souls, the engineers retrieve the souls and bring them to the soul collector to generate new darwininans, and the Darwinians interact with the map and you don't have direct control over them. It all comes together really well.

My favorite part about the game though is how much freedom you get. It sounds weird but let me explain. Darwinia perfectly lets you experience it at your own pace, and in your own way. There's so many ways to handle each situation in the game, and you're encouraged to handle it any way you want to. You can be super effiecient and try to carefully mine every enemies' soul, or you can do things more crazy and charge in with air strikes. Both are valid strategies in Darwinia. You can try spam engineers to take over a semi-hostile base and raise hell from inside the enemy territory, or you can enter from the shores and work your way in. The game doesn't care which way you do it. Nothings timed, nothings scored. And I love that. Because if you had a score, or a time limit it means you'd have to play the game in the most effient way, but without those things I felt more encouraged to try out crazier ideas, or ideas that I knew were just stupid, but its ok because it's fun. And that's what Darwinia encourages. It's all free. But it's more than just that. The game let's you jump into and out of levels at anytime and it you'll be able to jump right back into exactly where you left off instantly. You can acess more than one level at once so if you get bored or stuck on one level, you can jump out and start working on another level. It's great! Probably my absolute favorite part about Darwinia is how free the camera is, and that's a really weird thing to say, but lemme explain. The camera in Darwinia is very free. You can move it to any location, and look at anything from almost any angle. It's almost like a camera you'd see in an editor of some sort. But it really really works in Darwinia. Because the camera is so free it really makes the game feel like a world that's actively happening, and you're just interacting with it. Almost like a little toybox world, or at least that's how it makes me feel anyway.

With the camera, and entire game giving you so much freedom, and a lot of the units do things on their own in this game, ontop of the very simple art style(which is perfect for this game), and the great ambience the sounds create, I felt like I could get really immersed into game. I liked to put the camera at dramatic angles and imagine all sorts of adventures and stories as things were happening. I've taken more screenshots in this game than any other. So basically what I'm getting at, is if you like to imagine weird stuff or like to get really immersed into a game both strategically and artistically, then this game does the trick.

And the game has a level editor and mod creator. Yeah. ♥♥♥♥in sweet. This is one of those games that I have NO idea why this isn't more popular. And the story is really weird and cool. And it's really existential and you are an active part of the story... like you the person sitting at their computer, not you the player in the game. It's a bit weird, and I didnt really understand what was going on for awhile. But I really like that kind of stuff so the plot I really really liked.

So final reccomendations: Definity get this game. It's amazing. It really really appeals to what I like personally, so you probably wont think it's the most amazing thing like I do, but I think you'll definitly have fun. Don't get it if you don't think you'll be able to handle the controls. Darwinia can also be really weird difficult to understand at first so if you're not willing to do that, then you probably wont enjoy it either.

Anyway, love this game. Personal favorite. And it's $10. So no excuses. That's less than a movie, or dinner at a nice restaurant.
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34 of 36 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: August 17, 2013
Hard to describe this game, apart from it being so damn good and unique.

It has a lemmings feel to it. Great hacker vibe. Challenging. Great style. Amazingly fun mechanics that you just have to try to convince yourself.

Try to survive and evolve.

pixels/10
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2013
It is hard to put a label on Darwinia, as it has elements from action, strategy, hacker, puzzle and God games. The graphic style is also quite unique, with the retro style mixed in colorful 3D.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
It's fun!

The retro, polygonal graphics, (tasteful) chiptune soundtrack, and overall atmosphere are really interesting to experience. The gameplay is fun in a non-frustrating way - it's hard to get into a position where you lose, and even if you aren't employing the optimal strategy for a level, given enough time, you will be able to beat each stage in different ways. I rarely got frustrated with this game and never really felt bored, even though a lot of the gameplay isn't necesarilly that complex. The story doesn't dominate the experience, but the brief sections where you learn more about Darwinia are definitely rewarding.

Overall, all these little details don't really matter in the face of the fact that I constantly was entertained while playing this game and never really felt bad, something that even modern games don't necesarilly provide.

If you're expecting a complex RTS, this is not that game. Think of it as more of "digital weeding", as you slowly and carefully purge the viruses through each stage using a variety of tools.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
This is the only strategy game I feel good when playing. Normally, strategy games are either so insultingly easy you steamroll the enemies without really working out a plan, or complicated enough that I don't understand what's going on when I'm suddenly wiped out.
This game isn't like either of those! There are challenging moments, frustrating events, hilarious little quirks, and of course, beautiful digital environments, but all in all, the game is really genuinely fun to play. I just wish there was more to do, since it ends so quickly.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
An absolutely wonderful casual game. You dont need the latest and greatest hardware to play this one on the road. It doesn't eat your laptop's battery for breakfast. The 8-bit sound track is awesome, gives it that retro feel, it only enhances the game play. As for the graphics, love the volumetric effects and the old looking shadow effects. Very engaging, on the edge of your seat as you get attacted from all sides just trying to keep ahead of the battle.

Bought this originally on CD-ROM when it came out. I'm glad Steam released it on OS X. Brings back the early 2000's.

10/10
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
I don't know what compelled me to even buy this since I can't stand RTS games generally, but it didn't take long before Darwinia became one of my all-time favorites. Something in the way it's presented just made sense to me, and I found the context to be especially endearing.

Part of what really appealed to me was how simple and straightforward everything was: soldiers shoot stuff, engineers build stuff, etc. Even the upgrade options, in the context of file updates (v2.0), made everything feel more accessible. The game code is mercifully stable for an "indie" game and I found myself wasting hours defeating every last enemy and making sure that every uninhabited piece of land was repopulated. I frequently found myself rooting for individual scouts and soldiers that bravely out-maneuvered their enemies. It really says something about a game that can make you feel so attached to its literal pixels.

The excellent score and sound effects coupled with the game's relaxingly retro aesthetic have proven great for replayability, making Darwinia a world I'm happy to revisit often. 9/10.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2013
The lackluster trailer, uninspiring description, and graphically deficient screenshots for Darwinia made me gloss over this game for years. And for whatever reason, I decided to give it a test drive. The game does not disappoint. It's a really fun, simplistic RTS. The developers have stripped out all the typical complexities of a traditional RTS and provide extremely intuitive controls making it manageable fun that does not overwhelm. The story is quite good as well--a creative evolution of a digital species. Very enjoyable.
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