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  • Summary: Combining fast paced action with strategic battle planning, the game features a novel and intuitive control mechanism, a graphical style ripped from 80's retro classics, and a story concerning a tribe of video game sprites trapped in a modern 3d game world. [Introversion]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 100
    It's a beautiful mix of everything we love in retro gaming and everything we're capable of having with modern technology, truly a match made in virtual heaven!
  2. 95
    Darwinia is the most refreshing, beautiful, frustrating, compelling and dare I say it original game I've had the pleasure of playing in many a year.
  3. Forget games with real-time physics. This is one has real-time metaphysics. It's this year's underground classic, this year's "Rez," this year's "Ico," this year's... well, this year's Darwinia. It's a game that justifies your sense of your brilliance and gaming' sense of brilliance.
  4. Darwinia is, all told, wonderful. It's the kind of game that would show impressionable young kids the breadth and scope of the medium without overwhelming them with mechanics.
  5. Guaranteed fun for strategy fans of all ages, but especially retro gamers. [July 2005, p.68]
  6. Darwinia’s action can get repetitive, though no less addictive, and its AI issues can drag it down, but on the whole this is a refreshing game created with a pure love of gaming. Its unique interface and gameplay design set is apart from anything out there. The game’s appeal will no doubt be greatest with retro fans but its reach stretches to every gamer.
  7. I just about guarantee you’ve not experienced a game like this before, and while it stumbles in its gameplay, it soars in its style and whimsy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 45
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 45
  3. Negative: 5 out of 45
  1. Oct 27, 2013
    10
    Cannon Fodder mixed with Tron. Fantastic atmosphere and brilliantly stylized visuals. Recommended for everyone who likes a good blast and an interest in the cyber. Expand
  2. CodyC.
    May 30, 2006
    10
    This game was not only fun to play, but the overall experience made me feel involved in the world of Darwinia! A hands-down must-own.
  3. JoshW.
    Apr 30, 2007
    10
    Both the storyline and music make this one of the best games I've ever played. This game is proof that you don't need super graphics to make a super game. Expand
  4. SwoopdaNoob
    May 10, 2006
    9
    Great, very addictive. Too damn short though. As I old timer I love the C64 style graphics and music. Gimme more!
  5. SteveH.
    Feb 17, 2007
    9
    Short but sweet. Sometimes frustrating, sometimes tedious but what games escape that?
  6. JoelB.
    Jul 4, 2006
    8
    Exccellent RTS with a real 'fun' challenge - but why no multiplayer?
  7. JeffreyS.
    Aug 16, 2008
    2
    Unique but not worth buying.

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