Data East’s Evolutionary Shooter “DARWIN 4078” Now Available for PS4, Switch via the Arcade Archives

Game publisher Hamster has announced that DARWIN 4078, the classic vertical scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game, is now available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch as part of the digital Arcade Archives series.

Originally released by Data East in 1986, DARWIN 4078 is the predecessor to 1987’s Super Real Darwin.

In DARWIN 4078, your ship absorbs and converts the energy from other life forms, using it to change shape and develop new abilities and attacks. There are also unpredictable “mutations” that do not follow a typical evolutionary path, so you can sometimes find unique ships over multiple playthroughs (plays-through?).

Like other Arcade Archives titles, players can post their high scores to the online leaderboards and change various game settings to match their own personal skill levels and taste.

Arcade Archives DARWIN 4078 is available today for $7.99 via PSN and the Nintendo Switch eShop. You can check out some screenshots below, or visit the official Hamster website here for additional info.

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