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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 14 months ago.

Author: Ollie Robertson, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Darwin Project is a battle royale game like Fortnite. Player fight to collect resources to survive and upgrade their character. As well as surviving in extreme conditions you track opponents and set traps. In addition to the ten players is player-director, who can trigger events like closing areas and giving advantages. Spectator players can also vote to affect the game.

Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic Northern Canadian Rockies before a new Ice Age. It's essentially a game-show but where contestants can die. Ten prisoners are spawned into a snowy map and can only choose three pieces of equipment to start with (bear traps, cage traps, snowballs, hooks, gliders, and tripwires).

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/01/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1 (11 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting and Fighting

Developer: Darwin Project (@DarwinProject)




Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 11-player online game. In addition, another player takes on the Director role. Matches are played in solo (all against all) or duos (teams of two).

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 because it features moderate violence. Violence consists of fast paced deathmatches between human characters wearing futuristic armour, attacking each other with axes and bows. Their physical responses to being hit is minimal and while blood is shown and bodies remain on the ground for the duration of the match, there are no visible injury details and the violence itself is very mild.

This game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items in the form of Ramen Noodles, the currency used to purchase cosmetics for their character such as masks and helmets, which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. Parents, carers or other responsible adults should check to see what is being offered before making any purchase on behalf of a child. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 5.


Darwin Project

XBox Store Xbox One Free
PlayStation Store PS4 Free
Steam Store PC Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
You can pruchase Ramen, the currency tha allows you to purchase cosmetic enhancements as follows:
  • Darwin Project Ramen Snack
  • Darwin Project Starter Pack
  • Darwin Project Ramen Binge
  • Darwin Project Ramen Dinner
  • Darwin Project Ramen Stockpile 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Darwin Project Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@DarwinProject) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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