Darwin Project is a free-for-play multiplayer browser game based on the life sciences fiction novel by Charles Darwin. It was launched on 14 January 2021 for Microsoft Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It has received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. This Darwin Project review details some of the pros and cons of this game.
Darwin Project (previously named Battle Royal) is the latest project of an Australian company named Scavengers Studio, which is led by chief executive officer Christian Dziomah. The game is planned to be a major standalone release that will be available for both free and paid versions of Windows. Dziomah says the new project is inspired by the book "The Origin of Species", focusing on the clash between man and nature as it affects the evolution of species. He also hopes to create a co-alpha version of the game with the hopes of getting enough alpha testers to polish the game and make it as bug-free as possible before launching it officially. There have been rumors of a pre-launch marketing campaign being lined up, but no word if it's true or not.
The single player action in Darwin Project is focused on player character development. The ten prisoners you start with can be changed at various stages of the game, from weak to strong, with the strength depending on the number of friends you have. However, these prisoners can't be harmed or killed, only put to sleep in your sleeping quarters. If you wager enough money on their "re-growth" during stages that you visit, you can train them to fight off waves of attackers and conquer rooms in your prison. The prisoners are a valuable source of gold and experience, so spending time training them can help you build up your civilization as well as increase your fortune.