"Long ago a computer scientist called Dr Sepulveda created a beautiful digital world existing entirely within a computer network of his own invention. This world was called Darwinia and it was inhabited by a peaceful, law-abiding digital life-form called the Darwinians.
User reviews: Very Positive (207 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 19, 2008
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"Long ago a computer scientist called Dr Sepulveda created a beautiful digital world existing entirely within a computer network of his own invention. This world was called Darwinia and it was inhabited by a peaceful, law-abiding digital life-form called the Darwinians.

As the years wore on however the Darwinians became ever more aggressive and autonomous. They divided into factions, squabbling over Darwinia's limited natural resources. Tribes began to roam the fractal voids hell bent on each others destruction, drunk on power and unswerving in the pursuit of world supremacy.

Far and wide, they became known as the Multiwinians..."

Welcome to Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest — the ultimate retro-arcade multiplayer experience! Choose from a selection of six spectacular action-packed game modes, set in one of the most beautiful game environs you will ever set eyes on.

Challenge your opponent to a game of stick-man slaughter, and watch digital-war unfold, as your Multiwinian army struggles to complete a chosen task faster and better than your rival's. It's fast, it's furious, and only the flattest will survive!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Supported OS: Windows XP or Vista
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6200 or RADEON 9600 series
    • Hard Drive: 64 MB free space
    • 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: 64 MB
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1Gb
    • Graphics: 64Mb of memory
    • Hard Drive: 70Mb
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
For what it is, I got a fair amount of play out of Multiwinia but it certainly isn't anything spectacular. Actually, it's about as simplified as an RTS game can possibly get. There is only one type of unit, and the only real control you have is to give a vague direction to them. Occassionally you'll use an item or pull off a clever pincer attack, but Multiwinia is very simplistic.

Despite being simplistic, or perhaps because of it, a large chunk of the gameplay is a grind. Send your 100 units to kill the enemy's 100 units and try to stop them from spawning more, so you can send in more and take a base that they can no longer defend. Of course, you'll be sending these units in waves, usually immediately after they spawn. As far as gameplay goes, there really isn't a lot there: you'll end up automating most of your units' movements.

There are a few different game modes but only a few of them really work well. King of the hill and generic base capturing are fine. There's a mode that involves capturing bases to fuel a rocket as well, but it's similar to the general base capturing mode. Another mode features capturing statues and returning them to your base (permanently) and while different enough, doesn't really get away from the base/king of the hill modes much. The last type I wouldn't recommend to anyone. It involves capturing a heavily fortified position. One army gets very frequent respawns while the other doesnt, but as there is little to no strategy in this game, it's very painful to play. The attacking team either sits and hordes units, or sends them in as he gets them. Either way, they almost all die for little to no progress against the defender.

There's online vs and it works well enough, but like I've said, the lack of any unique units or strategy really bogs this game down to a grind and you probably won't have a lot of fun with your friends. It's good for a game or two but after that you'll probably want to move on.

On the plus side, the AI is competent enough that playing against it isn't boring, especially if there are several enemy teams. Watching enemy teams duke it out is quite entertaining.

Oh, some really cool/scary things can happen if the aliens or darkwinians get out of control. ♥♥♥♥ those aliens man, they are god damned ridiculous.

Final note? The way items are distributed is pretty biased. I do like the idea that if you want the items then you have to send units to go collect them because you have to decide whether or not the reward is worth the risk of leaving an area unguarded or unharassed (pro tip: it usually is).

I liked it but I think I'm also in a very small minority of people that would. It's just so basic.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
A great casual RTS! Really fun in short bursts!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This was an okay game for a few hours. The image of your multwinians carrying a huge statue will stay with you for a long time but I got bored with the whole scene after a few short hours and was glad that I had purchased the game heavily discounted.

A good purchase if you can get it cheap but don't expect the charm to last long.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
They may be little pixel men but once the battle starts and you see them die by the hundreds and their scream fill your ears you'll know it's more than a bit retro-cute. (I owned this long ago, before I used Steam, I have many more hours than listed here.)

Multiwinia isn't a direct control RTS type of game so to speak, they have a bit of their own mind. They will battlewhen near enemies, and mill about when without orders. Yet they loyally follow the orders of their own commanders. That's where you come in! Now you can grab a few or group and give them a general move order, they do the fighting needed there and along the way. But for better results you can upgrade individuals to leaders marked with a simple flag. Now those guys can lead a tightly orginized group with direct marching orders. Or they can simply create a movement vector marked by an arrow on the flag and a small pulsing line across the ground.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=279038171

So you set up a line of movements to get those coming into the area to head out to a rally point or simply swarm an area. Once the "pulsing line" movement order is on the ground they will follow it like ant, and as long as it's active they wander nearby, as other movenear the path they take up the order too. In any place you can quickly put together a formation, and these will have better fighting skills and will automatically resupply its troops from nearby unassigned troops. Basically it's ant trails and battle lines for movement and warfare.

There are some support itmes and "data" to retrieve during battle. Bombers, troop transports, turrets, and even some resource collectors which basically collect the little glowing digital souls of all those fallen. And fall they will!
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=279037151

Multiwinia is a hands-on and hands off-game in a way. You will most certainly be involved in your efforts to win or hold a battle line, but you will also find yourself gladly zooming in to watch the epic little retro digital warfare! You WILL hear theri screams! You'll see men running on fire! Bodies fly through the air as a Bomber run lays waste to an area! Hold a ridge or hilltop and fight off swarms of AI. Control the flow of battle by locking down choke points, controling spawn points and grabbing all the field drops you can. And enjoy the wonderfully colorful retro arcade epic battle graphics.


No need to worry about massive tech-trees or specialized units. Not major economic structureto build up. Just get the spawn points, resources you can and take the high ground. They will do the rest! Sit back, relax and enjoy!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=279037804

And remember: no matter how many adorable little lives are lost, or the endless digital screams that fill your gamer nightmares, it's all okay; they are just pixel men. See, look at them march, oh... that's cute. And...they're all dead.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
This game is just amazing! Whe you have friends to play with it makes the game 10x better, I use to play this game with firends all the time, we would have huge battles BOMBS, EXPLOSIONS, KILLING!!! We always made alliances with each other and fight to the near death. This game may look simply and not much fun but beleive me I put 15 hours in the demo just the demo! than 8 hours in the full game. I would recoomend you guys to pick this game up with your friends so you will have way more fun. this game for me is 10/10 well see ya later I'm going to go play this game XD


- Shawn Spencer.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
This game is great. You can just jump in play a match against others or against a bots. Just a really good time waster 10/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
The best strategy game I played so far, It weighs very little and has a very good playability. Recommended for players who have open mind and intelligence
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I love this game, Its extreemly entertaining and i would definatly recommend it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Absolutely Amazing. I would pay way more than $1 for this! One of the best games I've played
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
This is an amazing game whether playing multiplayer or singleplayer and it's sad that no one plays it anymore. 10/10 in my book!
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Peaceful yet chaotic, adorable yet horrifying. There's not a lot to do in Multiwinia, but it's incredibly satisfying and fun to watch anyway. I've seen many a fight morph the from the standard (typical distrubutions of forces advancing and retreating) to the batshit insane (alien invaders and giant monsters eat everything while dark forests grow claiming the souls of many; blood rains in the sky as nukes and airstrikes are called in all over the war-torn map).

You'll see what I mean. Make sure to play on mulitiplayer (preferably with skype), the experience is wonderful.

Is it worth ten dollars? Probably not, so wait for a sale. That said, if all of your friends already have it and you've got money buring a hole in your pocket, Multiwinia isn't a bad choice at all.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
I HAVE BOUGHT MORE THAN TEN COPIES OF THIS GAME AND SENT THEM TO EVERYONE I KNOW. THAT'S HOW GOOD IT IS.

It's beautiful, tactical, and simple to the point where anyone can pick it up, but still unpredictable enough that anyone can win. Singleplayer is fine, but this really is the ultimate party RTS. Think Worms - lots of strategy, lots of room for screwing people over. With three friends, it's pretty much the most fun you can have.

Just as a side note, if you have a multiplayer LP channel and lots of personality, this would be a great game for you.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
An incredible RTS. The idea's simple. It's raw, basic RTS action. Multiwinians spawn from a spawn point, you direct them, they attack and capture the enemy's people and spawn points. BUT IT'S SO FUN! This is one of my first RTS games, I mainly play turned based, but wow. What an introduction into the genre. Though there are not many players online, it's best with a friend, and when you are winning, it feels amazing.

There are other gamemodes, nearly all of which are simple ideas. There is:
Caputre all spawn points
King of the hill
Capture the statue (CTF but the flag is a huge, slow moving statue)
Blitzkreig (a bit like TF2 control points, but in RTS form)
Some rocket thing I forgot the name of (One of the more tense games, you capture solar panels for energy, then fuel, board and launch a rocket befor ethe enemy, and attack the enemies before they can board and launch theirs)
Another one I forgot that's basically attack/defend

I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Multiplayer darwinia. This game is interesting in that eliminated players still play a small role after they're dead.

I know this because I suck at the game.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
It's a fun little strategy game, I recomend it, and well, it may not look great, but it's fun to play.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
11/10 best... game... ever!
*needs more players on multi-player
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2013
I got this game as an extra for buying another IV game, Prison Architect. At first I thought it was just something that I would try once and never touch again....but I was pleasantly surprised. This game has a weird addictive quality to it that is hard to pull away from. You feel as if it is one of those games that come from a more old fashion school of design; in which its a game with a countless number of surprises. Simple example; I started a simple game playing against 3 other AI enemies, only to end up 40 minutes later fighting a desperate battle against a 4th faction that suddenly appeared mid game and took out my opponents. Not to mention the suddenly appearing UFO's, dragons released long ago by my old enemies, and parts of the map full out of my reach due to all the death and destruction that happened earlier in the match. The game truly has an unlimited bag of tricks that will ensure no two matches are alike. Sadly though the player community is pretty much dead, BUT the AI's are a truly adequate challenge.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
69.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
This is such a great game. I am so happy this game exists.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
This game is seen as the sequel to Darwinia. With its low-graphic simplicity, one might expect it to be a lame game, but it reality the low-graphics hides great strategy and gameplay. I would give the game a 5/5.
The only flaw with the game is that it is designed for multiplayer, and, after several years, the multiplayer community has dwindled. If you have a group of friends and love strategy games, then this might be the game for you!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
Very good game. I have countless hours playing this game and I loved every minute. Good game if you have a friend or two that are down to play. Highly encourage you to get you & your friends into this game. (it would be nice to see more people in the multiplayer community.) (I wonder if modifications are allowed for multiwinia.)
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