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 (263 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

PC
Mac
    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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Has amaising potential. but the unfriendly UI is a deal breaker for me. would continue to play if you didnt need to open up a web brower(for all the management) and a wiki page just to figure out what to do next. tutorial says heres a car drive it, and then leaves you at that. reminds me of the old car wars table top minus the rule book to help you out. will go back to it thou in a few months to see if the ui got updated mainly cause i love the car wars idea!

- atm thou its free try for yourself.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
374.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This game has warts. However what it lacks in pretty-boy good looks it more than makes up for in gaming soul.

If you like games and exert even a little effort you'll feel the love too.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I really want to like this game. It feels a lot like my old tabletop car wars days in the 80s, but after a month of trying and actually buying into the premium content I cannot recommend it to anyone that doesn't have a very high tolerance for abuse if not being an outright masochist.

The game has potential, but it's broken in too many ways. It's AI is so stupid that to give the AI a fighting chance many events will have players so outnumbered that there is no way they could carry enough ammo to deal with all the targets.

On top of the shoddy AI, it's riddled with bugs, some totally game breaking and many which will result in the losses to the player, and the developer is a full time college professor so he's really not putting any time into dealing with the game abusing players or even to fix the bugs or finish including content that was clearly planned from day 1.

After three major losses to bugs, once to a driver dying and a ride being almost totally trashed because the front scraped the ground on a bump... a bus suddenly launching into the air and landing on it's side... and today an encounter 'Trucing' (meaning you supposedly made peace and avoid the conflict) not once but twice and then still making me fight it, in all costing me far too much to just dismiss as "Meh, stuff happens."

Also, it's very unfriendly and borders on pay to win.

Can't recommend it, tired of feeling abused by it, not expecting it to get any better anytime soon, and done giving it any of my time.

If you decide you are thick skinned and highly tolerant and want to try it anyway, I highly recommend not paying a dime into the premium content until you have gangers that have months of training under their belt because the premium content is not for new characters and most of the veteran players there will just ridicule you if you complain... Heck, they will ridicule you if you bring up bugs, because the game has a large number of callous fanboys that think it's perfect in it's currently buggy (but apparently very exploitable by experienced players) condition.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Do Not Play This Game,,,,,,
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15.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Epic little turn based game! its great! awesome!epic!awesome!epic!awesome!awesome!awesome!awesome!epic!epic!epic!
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
It really damn sucks you drive slow tutorial is one of the hardest ♥♥♥♥ing think ever
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Music is obnoxiously loud and not that good anyway.
Controls not clear and the tutorial is horrible.
Crashes as well.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
pretty cool mechanics, not for average simple player (like me)...good for detail, physic, spectator people...
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18.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I like this game for a few reasons. First, the gameplay is actually quite fun, I like it's turn based things, because that was unique to me. When it says "Think a few moves ahead" you really need to. I went into a turn, not planning the next 3 moves for the turn. I ended up hitting a wall, and stopping the whole race. One of my friends taught me the game, i'm just basically figuring out how to scout. Secondly, people say that switching through the web browser and through the game is quite stupid. If your lazy (like all the people who disliked because of that) this isn't your game. I was happy to learn that when you have no more gang members, its not game over, unless you have no money, which basically will not happen. The tutorial does give information about driving, which is helpful, but seek controls and help with other things, you just ask people. This is why I reccommend the game. Friend me. My gang is Da Tacocorns, user name is MrTacocorn. One more thing, if your nerdy like me, you can base a book off this game. ANywho. I rate this 8/10. Thanks.
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2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This Game Is OK Love The Combat Style But At Begining It Is Hard To Find A Match This Game Is Made Very Well

I Just Wish They Would Make A Single Player Mode




DEVELOPERS MAKE A SINGLE PLAYER MODE PLEASE WOULD MAKE GAME A LOT BETTER
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404.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
The game does have a fairly steep learning curve which probably scares off most casual players that aren't willing to invest a few weeks learning. The game presents a very unique mix of car battles and racing, turn based tactics(even races are turn based) dozens of cars, scores of weapons and a helpful community. If you ever wanted turn based vehicular combat with some rogue like traits or if you ever loved the original Fallout series or Eve Online then this game definitely warrants your attention and time.

The graphics are dated, yes, though the game has been out for more than 7 years. Don't let that stop you from what turns out to be, given some patience and persistance, a very intense car combat game where you become attached to cars and your gang members only to have your car catch fire and blow up and your gang leader takes a bullet to the heart or skull killing him instantly.
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4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
okay. this game has been very well thought out,its fun/adicting/good i could say so much more but theres is also alot of things that are not included and should not be in this game: well for starts the only game that managed to pull of an amazing turn-based game was the Total-war franchise and i think this should be more like one of those table top racing games. For seconds the user interface! so much screen clutter! well the chat takes up half the screen,the login page stays!!! exactly where its is!!!! and how do i upgrade cars/do different missions and ect if u updated the games with all these little things then it would be perfect! like i said this game is good but not finished!
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0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
do not like it
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80 of 101 people (79%) found this review helpful
603.7 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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50 of 73 people (68%) 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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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
96.3 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
278.9 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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