Indsendt: 31. maj
Darwinia is really great. Perhaps not the best "game" or RTS out there, but there are some really unique aspects to it, if you can get past the frustrating and confusing first missions.
This is very clearly an indie game, but it's one of a kind we don't see too often, nowadays. Everyone can make some kind of game, so our focus has shifted and broadened from what it was back then, when mainly programmers and computer scientists could make a game on their own. And this game shows that perspective a lot.
This game is you trying to clean up an accident that happened with sentient AIs that downloaded a Spam e-mail's virus. And the way that the story is presented is clearly from a more technical point of view which is not all that common, nowadays.
I'd think of Darwinia more as a Sandbox than as a game. Honestly, the campaign wasn't all that good. The game hasn't aged well (suprisingly, the graphics still looks fairy modern). It doesn't explain its mechanics well at all, and I was stuck on the first two levels for completely different reasons.
For example, the missions don't end. You'll get a message that your objectives are complete, and then you manually leave the level. It's... strange. And if you miss the message, good luck finding what's wrong!
Also, a lot of the missions boil down to "wars of attrition", while you figure out a decent strategy.
I thought of dropping the game after the first couple of level.
By the end, however, it gets really good. Once you get past the micro managing a squad with a very awkward path-finding, you get to spawning dozens and dozens of Darwinians, and exploding dozens of the enemies at once. Then it gets really cool!
It's mostly a Conquest game, where you try to spawn as many Darwinians and move them to a ConqueredPoint to spawn even more of them, and eventually conquer the whole map. But something about the way its done is really charming, and it's just fun to see the AI do their thing.
I didn't enjoy the campaign, for the most part. But certainly something to try out!