Preview: Darwin Project (Steam)
Darwin Project takes the battle royale genre up north, where an impending ice age has given rise to a twisted new reality show in which ten participants must fight to the death under the Show Director’s gaze.
- Nice cartoon style graphics.
- 5123MB Download size.
- TV game show presentation.
- Set in the snowy Canadian mountains.
- Two modes- Solo and Director.
- Battle Royale, Survival gameplay. 10 players get dropped in an area, Scavenge parts from trees, Furniture etc and craft fires, arrows, and weapons. Last player standing wins.
- Full crafting suite presented as a crafting wheel which can be customized to taste.
- The map is made up of hexagons, Each hexagon Is an area.
- Craft on the go.
- Follow leave footprints in the snow.
- Warmth meter, Craft a fire to warm up otherwise you start to freeze, Screen fills with ice and you start taking damage until death.
- Minimap- Only able to view it in houses.
- Two weapon types- Melee and ranged.
- Warm up area as you wait for players.
- 10 player count.
- Get noise markers for general enemy positions.
- Can craft and lay traps.
- Clue system to help track enemies.
- Tense fun paced gameplay.
- Decent loading times.
- Earn fans (EXP) to level up.
- Basic wardrobe/character creation section.
- Graphics- Resolution, Fullscreen, Graphics quality very low to epic and V-Sync.
- Rebindable keys and invert axis option.
- Private match option.
- Full Twitch and Mixer integration. Cast votes to your viewers.
- Stats/Awards section.
- Leaderboard with filters.
- Director- You are in charge of the game and can use special abilities like shut down areas, Drop nukes, Give health or invincibility to a player and many more.
- Director camera- You can jump to characters or have a free cam.
- Action Points- Used by the director, These slowly charge up and each action you want to do have a charge amount.
- Upon death, you can spectate.
- Kill feed that also displays damage dealt to people.
- So much fun to play.
- No achievements.
- Huge knockback on arrows, Like ridiculous knockback.
- No tutorial.
- Doesn’t support a controller.
- Only Male characters atm.
- Director needs more camera options and have it feel more streamlined.
- No fans gain as a director.
- AP is slow to build.
- No real feedback on director performance outside of a star rating.
Darwin project sounds such a good take on Battle royals. It does deliver in a lot of ways, It’s just a shame you have to play so much and watch many videos just to know what is on offer in the game craft and attack wise. I still feel uneducated on what you can and cannot do. I liked the Director idea but it atm feels like an unrewarding experience with little feedback and integration. I remain hopeful as this could be a fantastic game with some great tournaments, I just hope it doesn’t go full streamer only status.