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Multiwinia: Survival Of The Flattest Reviewed
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Mac|Life has published a new review of Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, the real time strategy title from Introversion Software and Ambrosia Software. Returning to the unique world of Darwinia, the game allows players to choose from six game modes on over 40 maps as they battle for stick figure supremacy. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

Your job is to devise an overall strategy for success and then set up the mechanisms to achieve it. You start each game with a spawn point that burps out new Multiwinians. You can select a group of them and send them to another location (they’ll take over additional spawn points or capture king-of-the-hill areas automatically once you send them there), or you can promote an officer to point all nearby Multiwinians in one direction. These beings are basically lemmings, so if you send them over a cliff, they’ll just keep marching into the abyss, but you’ll soon get the hang of how to direct them. (The basic tutorial is a must, but we had problems completing the advanced tutorial’s objectives in order, although it still taught us some of the game’s finer points.)

The Multiwinians fire their lasers at nearby enemies, and you can have them march in formation for extra strength. Crate drops offer power-ups, but you’ve got to send some Multiwinians out to fetch the crates first. Power-ups include gun turrets, napalm strikes, speed boosts, and even giant ants to sic on your enemies. And some game boards feature advanced equipment, such as satellite dishes that beam your men across chasms or armored vehicles for quickly moving them around.

And while you can play against the computer, with easy, normal, or hard settings, multiplayer is the whole point. (Multiwinia is named for Darwinia, a single-player title from 2005 that uses the same game engine and stick figure characters.) In fact, the single-player game is really here just to teach you the game mechanics, so you can battle your friends online. It’s a cinch to host or join games, and you can even play against Windows users—we experienced no problems or stuttering on our high-speed connection, and the in-game chat works well too, even though we were too focused to pay much attention to it.
Read the full review at the link below.

Mac|Life: Multiwinia Review
Ambrosia Software
Introversion Software

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