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 (342 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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Reviews

“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
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
it's a strategic car game,one of a kind,never played something like that,it's not bad.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
226.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
After my observation, this game is just not made for everyone. Some people cant get over the way this games works, and honestly, its quite a shame. Todays folks are used to sh*t they've seen already thousand times (COD LOL) and are not ready for something way more different, specific, complex and unforgiving like Darkwind. I used to play this game many years ago, when restrictions were so tight, you couldn't even own a car, nevertheless, with steam release, those limitations were removed and you get humongous amount of free content.

Pros:
+ Dynamic gameplay
+ Complex trading and faction system
+ Joining factions
+ Unforgiving (when it comes to dying and losing cars)
+ Long-Term
+ Creating camps (didnt even get to that)
+ Loads of chasseses (is that even a word?), weapons and engines to combine
+ Turn-based (love it)
+ Free to play

Cons:
- UI (for some people might be unbearable, you'll get it eventually)
- If you want all the stuff, you need to get premium (however, you can happily play without it and reach skyhigh)

Just a little warning for all of you, this game causes a serious rage-quitting issues (parental advisory :D)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
This game would suck if you had to pay for it but as a free game it's pretty stinking fun. It's like toribash meets destruction derby.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Great game, but not for kids, if you are under like 25 or 30 you will hate it. Its turn based, slow, and un forgiving. But it allows full strategical control, great community if you chat or go to their forums. The webpages for marco maintance and the game juut for racing allows me control things from work and when i have computer time i can just race ans scout.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
AUTODUEL LIVES!!! for thoes old apple 2e gamers this game will come as close to autoduel as anything ,this game rocks
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