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John Basedow
23rd January 2005, 11:24 PM
Just when I thought it was safe to say that I'd be playing the same games for the rest of my miserable existence, Darwinia, a real time strategy like I've never seen before, came into my life like a pizza delivery guy who's 3 minutes late.

Game details are sketch at the moment, but from what I played in the demo level, I'm thoroughly impressed. Consisting of only four files (which take up a measly 10.8MB), the demo puts out some impressive, yet unexpected graphics that are somewhat reminiscent of a pixelated Japanese porno movie featuring characters from Tron and Space Invaders.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/funkmastadisasta/dar1.jpg

Behold! Darwinia in all her virulently colored glory!

The learning curve of the game is very short, and you'll be playing like a pro in no time. The controls are meant to mimic the Windows GUI. The ALT key brings up your "Task Manager," through which you are able to execute commands such as "Run Program Engineer" or "Run Program Airstrike." If you've ever played Black and White, then you'll be familiar with the symbolic control functions.

The game has a narrator/co-commander who reminds me of Tau, in that he always ends any offer to "program" this or "refine" that with the word "bit." "I'll re-hash the code and make the soldiers more accurate in a bit. With a bit of luck, we might be able to capture the mines in a bit!" This narrator is the "user" who continually helps you combat the wilds of Darwinia, which I guess makes you like Bob from the hit 3D Computer Animated series Reboot.

The goal of the demo is to escort your "Darwinians" to designated spots around the map to operate machinery.

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These cute green stick-figures are Darwinians. Looks like

a blossoming fad in Japan, if you ask me...

Of course there are enemies that will hinder you on your quest to colonize the digital land of Darwinia, what kind of Real Time Strategy would this be without them? In order to lay the smack down on these digital bastages, you'll need some fire-power.

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Say hello to my little friend... Zorz...

By eliminating the natives, or "Primitives" as they are referred to, you gain the raw material needed to create Darwinians. You can go about this any way you like, but my favorite way is to use the air-strike...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/funkmastadisasta/superairstrike.jpg

I've played this level over and over again, and like a good game should, it never gets old. For a breath of fresh air, go try this game out. It'll be available for the median price of $49.99 (USD) in May.

redneckrider
23rd January 2005, 11:34 PM
i find it as a warcraft movement.....also some what like that one game where you make your own animals...forgot name...something like animal evoution(can't remember)...and like u said tron.....3d with rip offs of the space invaders....
if u ever played a game on warcraft 3 called Rise of China(there's different ones excatly like it america, iraq, etc....) it's exactly the same ...but is based of real time leaders.....like(sorry not sure how to pronouse). Which leads me to simcity....where u build up an empire....and protect....while you try to run it...

I must try this game for myself....plz give me a link for a the demo....i will hopefully post more of a review..based on what i have just read

John Basedow
24th January 2005, 12:10 AM
You can download the game here: http://www.fileplanet.com/149587/140000/fileinfo/Darwinia-Demo

It shouldn't take longer than a few minutes, and please do add your own commentary!

The game that you were talking about, the one with the animals, was called Impossible Creatures. Yet another RTS that broke the mold, but went largely unnoticed.

redneckrider
24th January 2005, 12:26 PM
You can download the game here: http://www.fileplanet.com/149587/140000/fileinfo/Darwinia-Demo

It shouldn't take longer than a few minutes, and please do add your own commentary!

The game that you were talking about, the one with the animals, was called Impossible Creatures. Yet another RTS that broke the mold, but went largely unnoticed.


hmmmm we have a sight problem....it says to join to download the game....for 6.95.....maybe i could use ur account to download it??

John Basedow
26th January 2005, 04:19 PM
Sorry, but no. You can sign up for a free account for file-planet, though.

Skeletor
30th January 2005, 12:24 AM
You can download it on www.download.com also.