Darkwind is a multiplayer online, simultaneous turn-based game of vehicular combat. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it involves physics-based tactical combat and deathracing, online leagues as well as cooperative wilderness scouting and looting, trading and camp-based crafting.
User reviews: Mixed (276 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 22, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"Surprisingly fun, the driving mechanics are simple, yet very well done."
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“The brutality of Darkwind is the most appealing thing about it. Your team ages: at 30 their stats start dropping, at 40 their skills follow. You'll give them nicknames, train them, get attached to them, maybe even unlock specialities such as Engine Tuner or Negotiator, and then they'll die.”
80% – PC Gamer Magazine

“Dark Wind's actual gameplay is phenomenal. If you like the sound of turn based tactical car combat this is your new holy grail. The physics of car movement, drifting, changing how a car performs offroad and on tarmac, a variety of physics related to each individual car ... I mean, it's all here.”
90% – Game Tunnel

“MMORPGs get repetitive to me ... Grinding drives me crazy with rage. How many rat-equivalents do you need to smack around before you get to go beat up something else? I think this is a natural state, though, as the game has to appeal to all levels, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran ... With the addition of scouting between cities, and frequent content injections, Darkwind has a lot to do and see in-game no matter the skill level of the player or the composition of the gang. This is a breath of fresh air in what I consider a very stale and one-sided genre of gameplay, where even the behemoth in the market seems destined for repetition.”
7.5/10 – Inside Mac Games

About This Game

Battle for survival and supremacy in a gritty post-apocalyptic world of vehicular combat where strategy and tactics determines who wins.
Darkwind is a simultaneous turn-based, physics-based game. It is often described as "X-Com meets Mad Max" or "Car Wars [1980s boardgame] Online".

Darkwind is the only car game we know of that combines accurate physics with turn-based play. Not just turn based racing and Death-racing (with multiple cars), but also combats with up to 20 vehicles is where you realise why turn based is a must in this game. Running 10 trucks at once through a slaver ambush in Badlands, managing speed, steering, gun fire from anywhere up to 8 points on a truck would not be possible in real time.

Manage your gang, train your characters, design your own cars and scavenge for parts. Make your fortune in racing, deathracing and arena combat leagues, or venture into the wilderness and engage in tense multiplayer battles with pirates, traders and other players.

Trade for parts, cars and weapons in the dynamic economy of a world where your characters will age, sustain permanent injuries, and die. The detailed weapon stats, and the detailed combat system with physics, critical hits, injuries and healing, psychology, leadership and perma-death ensures a strategic challenge like few other games.

Award winning in the indie gaming community, acclaimed in the main-stream computer gaming press and praised in the war-gaming media: play it yourself to find out why.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • Additional Notes: very light on requirements, runs fine on netbooks etc. although 1024x768 resolution preferred
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Leopard (10.5)
    • Processor: Core i5 or PowerPC
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • Additional Notes: very light on requirements, runs fine on netbooks etc. although 1024x768 resolution preferred
    Recommended:
    • OS: Leopard (10.5) or higher
    • Processor: Core Duo i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Hurry up and wait to play to mostly with bots. This game was fun, but its turn based Deathrace mechanics with AI that takes a few seconds to go (130 turns for the first place finisher on a single lap loop) adds up. The game is facinating, but poorly delivers on its premise. You queue up for races that have upcoming start times which becomes downtime while you wait for the next event to begin. The most distracting aspect is how often the game loads the steam browser to faciliate aspects of the game rather than handling it within the client.

This game is interesting, bring friends to laugh with you, but avoid if you are trying it out solo.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
You spend like 20 minutes just getting into the game. You don't get to change your password and they have a ♥♥♥♥ manual.
The graphics are worse than almost all games. with the exception of the overcomplicated rereleases of 2001 games thanks to steam.

I havent spent much time on the game but I have a couple mates with 10+ hours. One enjoys it one agrees with me.

I can see how people can enjoy the game but in my opionon it is just another of steams crappy 2001 re releases.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
just dont download this iys a waste of your time
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
it sucks, dont play it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Amazing
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
This game sucks! It was recomended by a friend, that basically lives off of FTP.He said It was good and I should play with him,and I did. The graphics suck, although I did except something bad from a FTP. But this was Unreal! It is a turned based car racing blow up, ect. Horrible controls, hard concept to understand.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
sit down we need to talk: this game used to be good annd now this game is turning into a point and click game now then

some textures have old ones
worst turn based
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
this game sucks sooooooo badly like really there is no words to describe how bad this game is it's so bad that its fun
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
at first i thought this game would be interesting, but i dont particularly like. its kinda boring
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2 of 13 people (15%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
whis game is the best i do not have a nuff disk sace that is dome but bye
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1 of 12 people (8%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
do not like it
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85 of 106 people (80%) found this review helpful
606.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Okay, first of all, this game came out in (I believe) 2007, so no... If you are looking for top of the line graphics you are not going to find it here. Also, this game is not simple. If you want simple there are tons of Flappy Bird clones out there... But Darkwind is definetly not going to be for you. Quite simply, Darkwind is not a game for everyone. But... The people that it is for will be blown away and will wonder "WHY DID I NEVER HEAR OF THIS GAME BEFORE NOW"

Darkwind is a bit hard to describe, but if I would have to put it in one phrase it would be this: Darkwind is a Turn Based MMO Mad Max Gang simulator on permenant "Iron Man" mode with a nice physics engine and a whole slew of vetrarn players who would much, much, rather spend time helping you than PVPing you into the ground.

Pretty much if you would rather play X-COM than COD, or Civ over Halo, or Jagged Alliance over Starcraft 2, you really should check this game out.
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51 of 74 people (69%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
First thing to notice about this game I guess, is it's not pretty to look at, irregardless of how old it is. The landscapes are terrible, even for post apocalyptica, the cars are really simple, and the UI is downright terrible. Visually it really has nothing going for it. Even the sound is somewhat irritating.

BUT, you don't play this for aesthetics... You play it because of the amazing physics rich turned based combat/racing. Once you get used to the UI, this game really starts to shine. At the start of each turn you change steering, gears, weapon targetting, etc. and once it's all set watch the next 3-4 seconds play out. This gets hectic when you're racing against a large group of players.

The real beauty lies in how each action follows through subsequent turns. Made that hard right a little too hard? the next 3-4 turns will be spent countersteering, and when it works... oh boy does it work. Pulling off successful drifts, jumps, etc gives you a real sense of accomplishment. Combined with terrain realistically affecting your cars handling and you have racing that equals any AAA racing simulators.

I've been playing this on and off for the past 4 years, so don't let the steam counter fool you. I highly recommend at least trying this out. Once you get past the unfriendly UI and get to the actual racing, you'll have a hell of a time.
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
121.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Surprisingly fun, the driving mechanics are simple, yet very well done. If you take a sharp turn at speed the car won't magically straighten out, you've gotta counter-steer, and the community behind this game is great, they actually help new, idiotic players rather then telling them about intimate relations with thier mother. I'll admit, a turn-based car-combat game sounded, well, really dumb at first, but it WORKS!
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31 of 45 people (69%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
The concept is really nice - twin elements of long term strategy when it comes to your gang and inventory, and strategic turn-based driving in matches with fairly accurate physics. I had fun playing around with a few matches and seeing how the 'game' portion of the game plays out. There's a lot of depth and thought put into this, even if the graphics and cluttered hud leave much to be desired.

Since it shows a lot of effort, I'm giving it a tentative thumbs up, but be aware - either due to a major influx of new players from the Steam release or something else unpleasant, the servers are very unstable. I was constantly losing connection to the lobby which made matchmaking from within the client a major pain. (This is why I've only put in about one hour of playtime before I decided to shelve it. Since the game's tutorial isn't very long, I was able to get a decent handle on the game's presentation in that time.)

In addition, the only way to 'pause' - as in take a break from the game, which I'm doing until it hopefully stabilizes more - is go in vacation mode, which can only be toggled on once every six weeks. So keep that in mind if you are thinking about trying the game out.

I think the game is decently well made and shows a lot of potential, but until it becomes more stable and streamlined I'll likely keep my distance for the foreseeable future.

(Keep in mind the date this review was posted when it comes to the technical issues.)
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Considering this game is about 8 years old, don't expect much out of it in the graphics department. The concept is great. I've spent a good time playing this game, and I love it. Many of the players are veterans, and are super friendly. They can help out with any sort of problems. There are many words in the Lobby that are going to confuse the noobs, though, which is a problem. The game takes a while to get used to, so give it some time before you figure out what you're doing. For the noobs out there, I have made a guide on this game to help out.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Here is some Pros and Cons of the game. I have to say only certain people will like it.

Pros: The Physics are excellent.
The community is very friendly
The game is fairly fun overall.
Also, the game is very detailed from damage logs, to drivers and ammuntion.

Cons: The UI is bit clunky.
The graphics are not the best.
The waiting times vary, from a couple minutes, to a couple hours.
It has a bad learning curve.


Overall I would say 7/10. I personally enjoy the game. I am new to Turn Based Games, but I like this one. I have only hit the tip of iceberg, and still would recommend this to you. I think this is much better than most of the stuff out right now, and would consider playing. I say, play Darkwind: WoW. P.S. Ask someone in chat to scout.
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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
296.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Darkwind: War on Wheels is a very indepth game for anyone who enjoys engulfing themselves into a vehicular apocalyptic chaos. The game is very detailed and well balanced with unmatchable gameplay but some may find the graphical aspect a bit outdated. I feel it serves the game very well, giving it an old school PC game atmosphere, which I enjoy.

It is the type of game that would require patience and time for optimal enjoyment, which in turn would make you hate it right off the bat or you will begin to love it more and more like a long term relationship.

The gore and graphical detail during the events is very entertaining and gives the game a grim and humorous feel.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Its stupid how many people bash games these days based on graphics, and while I will agree that this games graphics are at most, "meh," (the menu is absolutely horrendous though. Hope they fix that sometime.) the gameplay is really where this game shines. Its a turned base vehicle combat game similar to Toribash, but with cars. That shoot. Its amazing, and you should give it a try. I really do hope those menus arn't permanent though. BTW for people who think this game came out in 2014, it didn't. It came out in 2007.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
173.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
My review? 10/10

TL;DR version of review?:
Read the introductions, Wiki and watch some videos. Then give the game a shot. ASK QUESTIONS IN CHAT! Plenty of vets that will gladly teach you the fun of this game.

Long version:

Now, I've been playing this game for a few days before the Steam release. So ignore my current played time listed.

Before giving this game a shot, you need to take note that this is no fast paced twitch based shooter like you'll usually see on Steam. Give the wiki a read and take a look at some of the introduction guides and videos.

KEEP IN MIND! There are ALOT of issues popping up with the Steam release that should be fixed in the next few days. Give it some time aswell.

Dont jump on the hate bandwagon because of the graphics. Look past that and at the gameplay, physics and fun you can have.
This game is something you'll love if you enjoy turn based combat with wonderful physics. Tabletop games and pen and paper RPG's.

Half of the negative reviews shown so far are from people who didnt bother checking the guide or asking questions in chat.
People load in, dink around in options and think "Oh, this isnt fun. I dont have anything to do." They dont bother asking questions, reading up on the game and just scoff "This game is awful" before leaving.

Is the learning curve steep? Yes.

But, there is hope. I joined up just as confused as most of you. I took a wee bit of time to read up on things and gave a race a try. I then asked a few questions and quickly got assisted by some of the vets.

If half of you would take the time to ask some questions, play a few scouts with some good people and actually get a taste of the game I'm sure you'd either enjoy it or hate it.

But thats exactly the problem. Most people will join this game and assume you can get right into the action. Get mad because they cant figure out what to do, troll around in the chat for a few then run back to TF2.

Again... Give the guides a read and dont be afraid to talk in chat and ask us questions. We can gladly help you.

All I ask is before you post a review is do more than just dink around in the client for 6 minutes silently before logging off. Speak up and let someone ingame show you how this is meant to be played. Then base your review off this.

Keep in mind aswell that Sam and the crew are busy making the transition to Steam aswell during all this and doing his best to fix all the problems popping up and give you an
enjoyable experience.

Hugs and Kisses xoxo

-Herzen
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