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"1980's Meets 2000's"
5 stars"

This is one of the best indie games out there sure it may be a bit on the expensive side seeing the amount of levels but those levels will be some of the best moments of your gaming life, The gameplay is unique, but in a good way you end up commanding little squads of virus busting guys and get other units to grab the virus souls to create more darwinians.

If your after a unique rts-shooter mix then go darwinia!

"A mixed bag of good and bad."
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Basically you're looking at a rts game here without the peasants or harvesters harvesting [foo] to turn into units. No barracks, factories, etc etc. You can create as many squads and engineers as you need to get the job done, and you can only ever have a limited number of units active. Few weapon systems. Few opponent types, although lots of them in some scenarios. The modus of play is refreshingly different looking, placing this game somewhere between rts and action/shooter. Personally I would not rave about the beauty of the polygon/fractal landscape, but it's ok. Gradients are often hard to make out; sometimes your units get stuck and you can't see why.

The controls of the game are irritating at times, particularly the camera. I had to change key setting so I wouldn't accidentally disband my units. The hotkey for a unit can change unexpectedly in mid combat, which can be a real spanner in the works. What's more, the manual is a total, utter and complete waste of glossy paper. It's not even accurate, and it doesn't give you half the info you might want to play the game. Google ‘darwikia’ if you want useful info about the game, maps, monsters and mechanics.

Lastly: there's not much in this game. I've played moderate amounts of time for two days now, and I am nearly done with it. The numbers of levels is surprisingly small. Oh, and did I mention that it crashes from time to time? The only game to do so on my computer. In my opinion this is 20–30 dollar's worth of entertainment, max – but at that rate it's a nice diversion.


Combining fast-paced action with strategic battle planning, Darwinia features a novel and intuitive control mechanism, a graphical style ripped from 80's retro classics like Tron and Defender, and a story concerning a tribe of nomadic sprites trapped in a modern 3D world.

The world of Darwinia is a surreal and retro place, filled with epic fractal vistas and populated by iconic video game sprites from the past twenty years of computer games. The world is locked in warfare and on the verge of self-destruction, as the once peaceful Darwinians are besieged by a massive Red Viral onslaught. Against the backdrop of this war, this game within a game takes place.
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January 12th, 2007
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