Darwin 4081

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Darwin 4081
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega (Japan), Samsung (South Korea)
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Data East
Developer(s) of original games: Data East
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥6,0006,000 G-4033
Sega Mega Drive

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Darwin 4081 (ダーウィン4081) is a vertical shoot-'em-up for the Sega Mega Drive published by Sega in 1990 exclusively in Japan and South Korea. It's based on a 1987 arcade shoot-'em-up Super Real Darwin by Data East.


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

Magazine articles

Main article: Darwin 4081/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1990-05: "May 1990" (1990-04-07)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
65 [3]
60 [4]
79 №3, p37
74 [5]
68 №99, [1]
64 №5, p91
74 [6]
80 [7]
91 [8]
83 №18, p64
Sega Mega Drive
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Mega Drive, JP
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Darwin4081 md jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, KR
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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)
Sega Mega Drive
1990-02-21 Page