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Darwinia Examined
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Next Level Gaming recently examined the PC version of Introversion Software's Darwinia. The unique strategy games gives players the task of saving the Darwinians from the invading Viral hordes. Next Level gave Darwinia a score of 78%

From the review:

Almost everything about the graphics in this game reminds me of the movie Tron.  The environments, the art style, but most of all the Engineers in the game are right from Tron.  That being said, the graphics are not going to win any awards for realism, but they are definitely a nice brake from every other games art style, in fact I would say that other than my example of Tron I can think of no other game or movie that has used this style of art.  The Darwinians will remind you of stick figures hobbling around in a 3D world drawn with green, brown and blue triangles.  Your other units, like your Squads and Engineers, though they are more graphically impressive are still simple geometric shapes.  In the end, I have to give this game some credit for their creativity with their art, if not the breathtaking polygon count. 

Graphics are not what make a game fun, and this is one of those titles that prove this.  The graphics in the game are not breathtaking, but the game is a heck of a lot of fun to play.  The game itself is not that challenging and will not leave you banging your head against the wall from hours of repeating the same jump or level over and over again.  This is one of those games that you can play through without loosing once.  Darwinia is a great game to pick up and play for 20 or 30 minutes here and there, but you will probably not loose yourself in the world for hours on end.  This means it is a great game for the causal gamer or for the hardcore gamer to slip between some of their heavier titles.

The Mac version of Darwinia is available from Ambrosia Software. To read the rest of the review click on the link below.

Next Level Gaming: Darwinia Review
Ambrosia Software
Introversion Software

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