Darwin 4081

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Darwin 4081
Publisher: Sega (JP), Samsung (KR)
Publisher(s) of original games: Data East
Developer(s) of original games: Data East
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Arcade Boards
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,000 G-4033
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM4029JG

Super Real Darwin is a 1987 arcade shoot-'em-up by Data East. Sega ported it to the Sega Mega Drive and released it in 1990 exclusively in Japan under the name Darwin 4081 (ダーウィン4081).


The game controls like a regular shoot-'em-up: A and C shoot bullets, B drops bombs; there is rapidfire. However, unlike regular shoot-'em-ups where weapons are upgraded through powerups, your ship "evolves" to survive situations and get past obstacles.

Evolution occurs with the Evol (small faces with an E on them) and B-Evol (darker Evols). Each pickup adds a new evolution state to the list. After a particular amount of time, one evolution wears off and the next evolution is chosen. The DNA powerup does provide a more permanent weapon upgrade, but will merely just make the existing weapons stronger. You can hold up to nine DNA powerups.

Production credits

  • Game Plan: S-Furukawa
  • Game Arrange: M-Watanabe
  • Game Program: K-Sasamoto, Y-Sasaki, O-Nakayama
  • Game Sound: S-Hamada, H-Matumoto
  • Game Graphic: R-Maeda, O-Kuroda
  • Special Thanks H-Nakamoto, P-Nakamura
  • Game Produce: S-Hawai
  • Presented by: Sega

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №3, p37
74 №4, p29[1]
64 №5, p91
74 №1, p77[2]
80 №23, p53
91 №2, p33[3]
83 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
Darwin4081 MD JP Box.jpg
Darwin4081 MD JP CartTop.jpg
Darwin4081 MD JP Cart.jpg
Darwin4081 md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, KR
Darwin4081 MD KR Box.jpg
Darwin4081 MD KR cart.jpg

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 7a33b0cb
MD5 70b6289a3857f411361ef8cfd4bba4bf
SHA-1 e9decc48451aba62d949a7710e466e1d041a2210
512kB 1989-01 Cartridge (JP/KR)


  1. File:CGtC UK 04.pdf, page 29
  2. File:MegaTech UK 01.pdf, page 77
  3. File:SegaPro UK 02.pdf, page 35