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 Positive (436 reviews) - 78% of the 436 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.

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    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
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    • Processor: 1.66Ghz
    • Memory: 1Gb
    • Graphics: 64Mb of memory
    • Hard Drive: 60Mb
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galih10000
17.2 hrs
Posted: September 7
This game is great and fun. But it's way too short
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Itching For Trouble
11.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
This game is wonderful. The retro graphics and the storyline are amazing. I don't see why people even give it a bad review at all, but to each their own. The game eases you into its mechanics and you get to experience everything with tutorials that the narrtor explains to you. Latter levels become challenging and give you sense of achievement. I played this game a long time ago and was really excited when I saw it on steam.
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Iconian
11.9 hrs
Posted: July 28
This is kind of a strange game. But it's entertaining in that strangeness.

It's very much a war game, an RTS where you build up a little army of Darwinians, or various squads, and fight off a virus infecting the computer system that houses those Darwinians. Develop uprgrades like lasers and grenades that have longer ranges, airstrikes, other stuff like that. The controls can be kind of annoying, and the game doesn't explain certain things very well--it took me a while to realize that, after pressing Tab, I then had to move the mouse to the very top of the screen if I wanted to carry out any research. Why some people put these kinds of control systems into their games, I don't know.

Darwinia is fun overall. It doesn't take long to complete, and there isn't much story, but the visual style is certainly quite unique, and you'll probably remember bits and pieces about it for a long time to come.
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KingDom
0.1 hrs
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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ospond
0.3 hrs
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
62.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Product received for free
Darwinia is the videogame's videogame for the gamer's gamer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 7
Awesome pixelated graphics sets you on a creative adventure. I really enjoyed the gameplay within Darwinia and the sence of accomplishment.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Despite its cool aesthetic, Darwinia's gameplay was slow, laborious, and frustrating. There is definitely strategy involved, but it was never satisfying to execute. Don't get me wrong -- Darwinia is not a bad game by any means, and I would definitely recommend it to certain gamers. But it was a game that just wasn't enjoyable for me.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
A fun game with some good mechanics, but the pacing is so slow, it borders on tedium.
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65 of 69 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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35 of 37 people (95%) 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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25 of 26 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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21 of 22 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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18 of 19 people (95%) 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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