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.
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Release Date: Aug 22, 2014

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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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • Additional Notes: very light on requirements, runs fine on netbooks etc. although 1024x768 resolution preferred
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • OS: Leopard (10.5)
    • Processor: Core i5 or PowerPC
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
    • Additional Notes: very light on requirements, runs fine on netbooks etc. although 1024x768 resolution preferred
    • OS: Leopard (10.5) or higher
    • Processor: Core Duo i5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL compatible
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117 of 150 people (78%) found this review helpful
606.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
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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47 of 61 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
121.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
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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64 of 93 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2014
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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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2015
The game is a set in mad-max like setting, gazzeline is expensive, cars have guns and armor and all that, you shoot others to loot their cars. The game is also turn based, so it's expected to be slow - idiots that have a problem with it shouldn't really review a game that they don't like just because it's turn based. The game is rather simple to get in, you get a vehicle, you mount guns on it, you assign crew to it. One drives, other shoots. Or even the driver can shoot if you like. Unfortunately a few mechanics of the game aren't explained, the only way to get to know the unexplained mechanics are through community interaction, like demoralising - how does it work, you just have to ask. But the basics aka the driving/shooting is explained in a short tutorial. The game doesn't have any bugs as far as I seen, you shoot at others - they recieve damage depending on from which side you shot. You take damage if you get shot at, you damage tyres if you do too sharp turns, you damage your armor if you ram into a wall.

Another thing is permakill feature in this game, which isn't that much of a feature used in newer games. If your crew dies - you have to hire a new one. If your car is destroyed, it's destroyed. No fixing it. I myself like permakill feature in games, makes it more tedious when you're playing against a player (You mostly play against bots in this game however.) and you have to be more careful with your turns.

So yes, the game works, it's good, but it doesn't look good because it's a game from year 2007. Other than that, you can get rich and good without investing a buck into it - just "roll" a scout with other players, get new cars. Sell them or keep them. Your crew gets experience and get better the more encounters they survive.

However, once you get rich and can take on any encounter, the game begins to be rather boring - there isn't anymore to do other than maybe fight other rich players for their cars. But it is fun till then, and that can be more than 100 hours.

Most that review this game negatively are just casuals who can't handle losing their first car, really. The community is friendly as hell, and they will even give you a car if you ask nicely enough.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
Takes some effort to learn the controls, but if you like the old Car wars... this is it.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
127.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
What a brilliant game. Im a bit biased I guess as I come from a place where I used to play something similar on paper.

Some say it requires crazy amounts of patience and dedication, Masochistic tenancies, OCD, a lack of any form of life, but really its just that we love playing DW so much because its different.

It doesn't have fancy graphics and super sounds of zoz but it does have a more than usable interface and the ability to do a lot of different things.

From the time you scrape together your first little car and stick guns on it, plonk in your best character, you find out how cruel and twisted this world can be... when his head gets blown off and you lose everything. You soon find stuff is easy to come by and theres always another lost soul in the tavern to juice up and stick into a hotted up piece of heavy metal and blast stuff with rocket launchers.

There is no pre designed path or RP dialogue but there is the tools to have the most engrossing and everlasting RP experience.

Its dangerous out there, you could die.. Rub up the wrong player, and you could die a lot. Or you could just go your own way.

Graphics 2
Sound 1
Functionality 6
Bugs 7
Idea 10
Community 10
Fun 10

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29 of 45 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
317.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
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 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
while going 130mph some guy t-boned me my car did 6 flips before my driver and co-driver ran screaming because the same maniac was trying to run them over.....LIFE
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2014
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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230.3 hrs
Posted: October 7
While this game may not be for everyone it is very good!
Minimal hardware required
Free to play (mostly)
Dedicated community
Need to buy a subscription to exit the northern Triangle of towns
Graphics are a bit out dated
Time consuming
moderate learning curve

All in all 10/10
It is a very interesting game and fun to play. The community is freaking amazing, and the concept is awesome
However i will warn you it takes a few days/weeks to get acclimated to the controls and concepts.
If you have trouble ask for help odds are someone will try to help you.
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36.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
The car combat is great, the turn-based nature helps because: A) You can take in more detail B) As the seconds tick away between turns it can be very tense- machine gun bullets go clattering past you, will they hit you next turn? You almost have them in your sites, will your rockets connect?!

I have vague memories of someone putting together a team of absolute noobs to take on a mission out in the widlerness and then watching us get demolished. Everyone was joking around and it was great fun.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
This game is a joke. It requires you load some stupid command.exe style program just to load the thing. Then you have to wait who knows how long and not even know if you logged in until it loads everything relating to the 'online' game. The graphics resemble the old PS1 destruction derby games, with ♥♥♥♥♥ier 'plots'. At least in thsoe games you knew the whole point was to crash your car, this is some wanna be post apocalyptic style car destruction game that has about as much quality as my ♥♥♥♥ in the morning. Please someone kill this ♥♥♥♥♥♥ project already.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 15
This game has a fantastic turn based auto combat mechanic. The closest game you'll get to Car Wars. Realyl wish though this mechanic was used in a single player game. You could also add a Z axis and create a WW1 air combat game aswell. If I was the developer I'd be def making a single player game and a WW1 game (with Squadron management etc\RPG features)

Back to the game, though I love the actual racing\combat and I'm sure if you have the time and subscribe to the main multiplayer element you'd find alot of depth I find I hardly play i. One I never subscribe to games and two the single player game is just abit restrictive. As I said make an indepth single player game I'd be playing it lots!

So just for the combat mechanics I recommend you have ago.
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JT m0n3y
181.1 hrs
Posted: September 2
This game is so much cooler than most people make it out to be. It's a bit of Mad Max, mixed with chess, and it is TURN BASED. Nothing more fun than watching a roving band of pirates turn a corner and get absolutley DESTROYED. Though each turn is 30 seconds or real-time, it is only 1 second of game time.

Hardcore as a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ too; your gang members can, and will, suffer catastrophic injuries, up to death. A rocket smash into the driver's side door after the scrap armor has been shot off? Guess what, there goes the driver's leg, off at the thigh, while shrapnel is embedded in her face, the vehicle begins to "burn merrily". The gunner freaks out, bails from the vehicle, and gets mowed down by the ♥♥♥♥ing TRACTOR chugging by.

Great community, great idea, great ♥♥♥♥ing game! Races, Death Races, Free-for-all arena combat, Team arena combat, pedestrian combat, town defenses, and multiplayer sojourns into the wasteland in search of new vehicles and weapons. A skills system, economy, it has almost everything.

Beware - turns that last seconds can lead to HOURS of play. Don't pass this one up, it's a ♥♥♥♥ing DIAMOND in the rough.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 5
origonal and good idea, has potental:
would be pretty fun if it was 1. better optimized and 2. was less bare bones.
it seems to be very hard to figure out how things work and even then half the time it dosent work. only reason for the recommend is because it HAS A LOT OF POTENTAL!!!
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193.5 hrs
Posted: July 21
Spent good 100 hours+ in about a month and I can say it's fun when playing with others or without them doing scouts. But damn my leader is in coma for 3 real life months. Rest in pieces Rick Burnside 2k16-2k16.
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8.8 hrs
Posted: July 12
gooooooooddddd very fun
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AXLG BigWave
0.7 hrs
Posted: June 25
its not very good
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