Darwinia

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Darwinia screenshot - click to enlarge
Darwinia screenshot - click to enlarge
Darwinia screenshot - click to enlarge

Overview

A digital dreamscape by Introversion Software.

The world of Darwinia is a virtual themepark, running inside a computer network built by a computer genius named Dr Sepulveda. Darwinia is populated by a sentient evolving life form called the Darwinians. They are the product of a decades worth of research into genetic algorithms.

Unfortunately, the systems of Darwinia have been overrun by an evil red Viral Infection. This Virus has multiplied out of control and must be stopped. Your task is to destroy the Viral Infection and save the Darwinians from extinction.

Distribution

Darwinia is the second release from Introversion, a UK-based development group originally founded by three university students who set out to create games that summon the pioneering spirit of the industry’s early classics. The follow up to this group's debut title (Uplink), Darwinia is a captivating mix of multiple genres including real-time strategy, arcade, and puzzle games.

PC Gamer magazine UK says, "Darwinia will remind you why you love gaming so much." And Eurogamer.com calls Darwinia, "This year's underground classic."

"In today’s market, it's incredibly difficult for an independent developer to secure worldwide distribution for a new property, let alone for one that attempts to blend genres and offer a wide variety of gameplay styles," said Vicky Arundel, head of marketing at Introversion. "Through Steam, however, we are able to offer Darwinia to millions of gamers and early adopters the world over."

"After playing the game around the office, there didn't seem to be a reason why a game as great as Darwinia wasn't available to gamers worldwide," said Doug Lombardi, director of marketing at Valve. "When everyone gets their chance to play it, we think they'll be staying up all night protecting Darwinians just like us."

On March 10th 2006, an update for Darwinia was released over Steam which adds bugfixes, a German translation, and an all-new difficulty scale from 1 (standard) to 10 ("Darwinia on Steroids"). If not updated already, restart Steam for it to be applied automatically. A separate update is also available for download for owners of the standalone version of the game. [1]

Availablility

  • Darwinia is available on Steam for $19.95 (USD).
  • Darwinia can be purchased for the Mac and Linux x86 at Darwinia's website

Mods

Modding

See also