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GF Rating
4.7

164 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
8

Very Good

Highly Entertaining

posted by Jareth (LARGO, FL) Mar 5, 2008

Member since Feb 2005

7 out of 7 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I've seen reviews that say they picked up the game thinking it would be controversial...you don't play a game for controversy, you play a game that you think will be fun. And, as it happens, I find the game to be fun. People compare it to Pikmin, and I personally wouldn't know, as I never got around to playing it. To steal a line from someone else's review, this game is basically playing fetch. You tell your monkies to pick something up, and they do. Then they carry it back to the village. This is a concept that has amused dog onwers and their dogs for centuries. It's also similar to the concept of Sim Ant: Go out and gather food, bring warriors with you for protection and to carry larger hauls.

Now, a few people complain that the graphics aren't great, whereas I grew up with Atari and the NES, I know that graphics are one of the last things you should look at when deciding on a game. Gameplay being first. The controls are easy enough to figure out, and the game is simple, though it takes a bit of time to get the hang of it. Story, well, it's not going to be a bestselling movie or novel, but I find it amusing enough. It reminds me somewhat of the old Enix classic E.V.O. Sound, I never paid that much attention to be honest, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't a five star perfomance either. Controls are very simple, and as I stated earlier, if the graphics were 8 bit, I'd give them the same rating as I would if they were on par with Assassin's Creed, becuase if you're playing a game solely based on graphics, you have no business picking up a controller in the first place.

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GF Rating
4

Weak

snooze...

posted by zmobiegirl (WILLIS, TX) Jul 2, 2007

Member since Jun 2007

6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful

I rented this game expecting it to be highly controversial. After all, it's called "Adventures of Darwin." After the first (and only) play, I realized it was merely a mediocre game with a concept that was far better realized in "Pikmin."

You play as Darwin, the leader of a tribe of monkeys. Your objective is to venture outside of your village and obtain different supplies to substantiate the growth of your community, all the while battling wildlife and leading your ever-growing band of monkey warriors through new landscapes and terrains.

Unfortunately, the good concept fell short there. They wasted all their time and money on attempting to be innovative, so the budget was cut when it came time to hire the translator. The graphics are fairly smooth and there appeared to be few glitches, but the gameplay is a snooze and a half. You must visit and revisit the same three screens over and over before getting to the actual gameplay. I spent most of my time in the "village,' which is a scroll-down menu of locations that contain villagers who have quippy little sayings and obvious information and instruction about game play.

I give this game a four, sheerly because the monkeys were adorable and I loved seeing my gang swarm all over the enemies and beating the monkey snot out of them. That is the only conceivable reason I can see to even give "Adventures of Darwin" a shot. Something can't be controversial if it's just laughable.

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

bad bad BAD

posted by courto (LOUISVILLE, KY) Jul 4, 2007

Member since May 2007

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

Where to begin... The english translations, instructions, controls, npc and enemy AI and Ending are ALL complete garbage.

what was a semi-decent game concept was completely ruined by a total lack of polish, bug fixing, play testing and competent writing.

if you're looking for a pikmin style game, better just get pikmin 1 or 2 and play it on a GameCube or Wii.

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