Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project: this half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. Players are dropped into an arena and have to gather resources and survive along with 9 other players initially armed with only an axe and a bow. Players must craft items and upgrade their weapons (Axe and Bow) using resources. In order to survive and fight until only one player remains, winning the game.
Ten prisoners are spawned into a snowy arena made up of 7 tiles all including different environments varying from Tree Houses, Lava filled zones , and many more. The game is run by the 11th player aka The Show Director, equipped with powers to make the game more interesting for the ten prisoners fighting for their lives . The prisoner can choose to play as a male or female prisoner, they are equipped an ax, a bow and arrows. They also have three choices of equipment : bear traps, cage traps, snowballs, hooks, gliders, and trip wires .Players can use electronics that can be granted by the show director , or rewarded by getting the first kill of the game. The electronics are used to make powers for the prisoners to give them advantages in fighting or fleeing. Players can choose how to play throughout the arena by choosing different variations of builds. Builds include your arrow type, three equipment you use, three electronic powers you have equipped, the type of ax, cloak , and boats you run will also change the play style of your prisoner.