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Evolution Guide by DHouston

Version: 1.2 | Updated: 07/01/2006

                              Darwin 4078      
                         Power-Up Evolution FAQ                       
                                v 1.2
                                6-30-06
                      author:  Dimetric Houston
                      e-mail:  dhousto6@bellsouth.net

CONTENTS:  
  Introduction
  Updates
  Story  
  Controls 
  Evolution Tree
  Form Descriptions and Evaluations
  Tips, Tricks and Secrets
  Credits

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INTRODUCTION:

Hello all.  This FAQ covers the power-up evolution-tree for the game Darwin
4078 for the Arcade.  It is a vertical-scrolling shooting game.

I am not going to bother with the copyright stuff.  If you are low enough
to try to bank a profit off of this, or you decide to plagiarize it, that's 
your wretched morality.

The newest version of this FAQ can be found at the following sites:

GameFAQs (www.gamefaqs.com)

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UPDATES:  
  v 1.0  9-6-03
     -First edition.
  v 1.1  9-7-03
     -added drawings of firepower for most forms.
  v 1.2  6-30-06
     -updated Evolution Tree section
     -updated Credits section

NOTE:  If anyone knows how to contact the webmasters of Arcade-History (see
       the URL in the Credits section), please let me know!

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STORY 

I have absolutely no idea.


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CONTROLS

Button 1:  Fire regular shots (hits aerial targets)
Button 2:  Fire ground shots (hits ground targets)

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EVOLUTION TREE

Your "ship" (or creature) powers up by going through various forms as you
gain power-ups.  Each form has different firepower that is effective in
different situations.

You start in "Beas"  form.

Pister is the lowest form you can get.  If you are in any form above Pister
and get hit by enemy fire, you will de-evolve all the way into Pister.  I
say "de-evolve all the way"  because you will watch your ship change into
every form all the way down into Pister.

All forms except Pister (and perhaps Beas) have a time limit to them.  When
that time limit is about to be reached, you will hear a series a tones.  
Once the time limit has expired, you will de-evolve into one form below the
one you were at, with some exceptions (see Note).

Note:  Suppurate and Black Deame de-evolve into Pister.  This is immediate.
       There is no changing into various forms like with the other forms.
       Laysper de-evolves into Basum.

In addition, I don't believe Beas has the de-evolution time limit.


       Special          Evolution Tree 1               Evolution Tree 2


       Suppurate          Pister
                            |
                            |
                          Beas*
                            |
               /            |                     
       Laysper -----------Basum
               \            |                     
                            |
                          Sharru                       
                            |                          
                            |                          
                          Miseave
                            |
                            |
                          Twipet
                            |
                            |
                          Dodok
                            |
                            |
                          Zugau
                            |_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _\ Measu
                            |                     /   |
                          Kues                        |
                            |                       Malto
                            |                         |
                          Shasuem                     |
                            |                       Seas
                            |                         |
                          Zugoga                      |
                            |                       Deame
                            |                         ||
                          Gyasharru                 Black Deame**


**Black Deame is a special evolution as you gain it by allowing yourself to
be hit by an enemy shot while in Deame form.**

"Suppurate"  is a really special form.  It is not in the evolution tree.  
Thanks to Arcade-History, I now know exactly how to get this form.  It 
involves the large dark ships with wings that occasionally fly into the 
screen from the screen bottom.  Occasionally these ships release an orange
explosion.  If you let yourself get hit by this explosion, you become
Supparate.  Big, BIG thanks to Arcade-History for this!

Yet, their greatness doesn't stop there.  This website also has the evolution
method for Laysper.  Evolve into Sharru, then let your ship de-evolve into
Basum.  Now get a power-up.  You will become Laysper.

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FORM DESCRIPTIONS AND EVALUATIONS

This section will give some comments for each form. 


*     *      *      *     * EVOLUTION TREE 1 *     *     *     *     *     *
============================================================================

PISTER:
======
The lowest and weakest form you have.  Evolve from this quickly!!


Firepower:   |


Pros:
----
-grasping for straws here.  The only good thing about Pister is that it is
 really small, making it a much less likely target.

Cons:
----
-everything

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BEAS:
====
Your starting form.  Actually has decent power for a beginning form.


Firepower:  ||


Pros:
----
-good power

Cons:
----
-no spread range

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BASUM:
=====
"Beas"  with sideways fire.


Firepower:    ||

       ----       ----
       ----       ----


Pros:
----
-sideways firepower gives this form good protection against enemies at your
 side.

Cons:
----
-no good frontal spread fire

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SHARRU:
======
Basically "Beas"  with stronger shots.


Firepower:     / \
                /


Pros:
----
-stronger firepower


Cons:
----
-No spread range


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MISEAVE:
=======
"Beas"  with wings and guns.  Triples firepower.


Firepower:    ||    ||    || 


Pros:
----
-better spread range than previous forms.

Cons:
----
-larger target.  Easier to get hit.

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TWIPET:
======
"Miseave"  with wings closer to body and stronger, slower, shots.


Firepower:   v     v     ----->    ^     ^
                v                     ^


Pros:
----
-stronger firepower than previous forms
-shots travel a ways, then "flip" before going on.  This actually gives you
 a better chance of hitting foes as your shots stay on screen longer.
-slightly smaller target.  Less chance of getting hit, but not by much.

Cons:
----
-none really, other than it is not the best form.


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DODOK:
=====
Can't remember how the form looks. Basically "Beas"  with much stronger
shots.

                _
Firepower:       |
               __|__|
              |  |  
                 |_   
                  

Pros:
----
-Strong firepower (larger version of Sharru's firepower)

Cons:
----
-No spread range (like Beas)


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ZUGAU:
=====
"Twipet"  with fantastic firepower.


Firepower:   / \    / \
             | |    | |
             - -    - -


Pros:
----
-"guided shots"  give excellent control over firepower
-firepower can fire rapidly, almost forming a stream of continuous fire.
-firepower is very strong

Cons:
----
-Not much spread range


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KUES:
====
Very large "Miseave"  with awesome laser fire.


Firepower:   ||          ||
             ||          ||
             ||          ||



Pros:
----
-again, very strong firepower

Cons:
----
-really large target.  Can get hit easily if not careful
-space between lasers makes it necessary to be more precise to hit foes.

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SHASUEM:
=======
Very large "Miseave"  with a few rear additions.


Firepower:   ----           ----
            /    \         /    \
            |    |         |    |
            |    |         |    |
             \  /           \  /
              ||             ||
              ||             ||
              ||             ||



Pros:
----
-rapid, strong fire-power (pun intended)
-firepower has larger coverage area than Kues, so you can be a little more
 reckless and not have to worry so much about accuracy.


Cons:
----
-really large target.  Can get hit easier.

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ZUGOGA:
======
Upgraded "Shasuem."  Incrediblely strong firepower.



Firepower:    / \  / \  / \  / \  / \  / \  / \  / \
              | |  | |  | |  | |  | |  | |  | |  | |
              - -  - -  - -  - -  - -  - -  - -  - -


Pros:
----
-Extremely strong firepower
-First form with actually good spread range (even though it is still
 vertical)


Cons:
----
-same as Shasuem

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GYASHARRU:
=========
Final form in first evolution tree.  Has the strongest firepower of this
tree's forms.


Firepower:  Can't draw this.  Picture green rings slightly smaller than your
            fighter.


Pros:
----
-ring firepower can bounce off of enemies and strike others (I think)

Cons:
----
-same as previous two forms.




*     *      *      *     * EVOLUTION TREE 2 *     *     *     *     *     *
============================================================================
To reach the second evolution tree, evolve into Kues form, then wait until
you de-evolve into Zugau form.  Now get a power-up.  You are now in the 
second evolution tree, on to the ultimate form--Black Deame. (thanks to
Coin-Op Museum for this information)

MEASU:
=====
A metal version of "Beas", but with MUCH better firepower.

                    |
Firepower:       \     /
               \  _   - /
              _    \  /   _
            -       /       -
              _    \  \_  _
                / /      \
                  /    \
                     |


Pros:
----
-strong firepower
-firepower has good area coverage

Cons:
----
-Bad spread range (better than Beas)

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SEAS:
====
"Measu"  with really thin lasers


Firepower:      | |
                | |
                | |


Pros:
----
-unknown.  Firepower may be stronger than "Measu."

Cons:
----
-No spread range (I mean "N-O-N-E")
-Must be very precise to hit foes.

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MALTO:
=====
"Measu"  with the third-best spread range of all forms (both trees)


Firepower:  Balls.  Can't draw round shapes here.  This form shoots balls in
            a cone-shaped area in front of you.  The balls are not all shot
            at once, they come out about a second apart.


Pros:
----
-really good spread range


Cons:
----
-spread of firepower doesn't allow for concentrated fire.  This can let some
 foes slip in on you.


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DEAME:
=====
Technically the "final"  form of the second evolutionary tree.  At least it
is not as large as Gyasharru, so you won't be an easily hit target.


Firepower:  Another ball.  Picture a gray sphere with electricity coming out
            of the sides.


Pros:
----
-firepower has good area coverage


Cons:
----
-can't really get rapid, consistent fire


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**BLACK DEAME**:
==============
THE BEST FORM, PERIOD!!  Black Deame is definitely your goal for the forms
to get.  This form has it all--the best spread fire, the strongest fire,
and best of all--NEAR INVINICIBILITY!!  Black Deame can NOT be harmed by
enemy fire!  You can get shot all day long while in the form with no harmful
effect to you.  The ONLY way you can die in this form is to collide with an
enemy.


Firepower:  You shoot versions of yourself (large black bats)



Pros:
----
-supreme firpower
-supreme spread range
-impervious to enemy shots

Cons:
----
-none (other than the time-limit)



*     *      *      *     *     * SPECIAL *     *     *     *     *     *
============================================================================

SUPPURATE:
=========
Special form.  An orange ball with metallic wings.


Firepower:  Your shots look like Malto's, you just shoot them faster and in
            a "pendulum" fashion, swinging left and right as you fire.


Pros:
----
-second-best spread fire of all forms


Cons:
----
-spacing and stream of shots makes it harder to hit foes as the "pendulum"
 of your firepower may not be in a particular foe's  direction.

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LAYSPER:
========
Special form.  Looks like "Basum" but with a larger red ball in the center,
separating the two halves of the ship.


Firepower:  Your frontal shots are invisible, and you shoot electrical blasts
            to both sides of your ship.  Essentially, you are a slightly
            stronger "Basum."


Pros:
----
-same as Basum


Cons:
----
-same as Basum


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TIPS, TRICKS, AND SECRETS

The following is from Killer List of Video Games (http://www.klov.com/)
{quoted verbatim}:

"Pick power-up capsules until you've become "Kues". Next, do not pick any 
more capsules until you've shrunk to "Zugau". Then, start picking them up 
again and you will enter another branch on the "tree of evolution". At the 
top of this tree, you will be "Deame". If you get hit, you become 
"Black Deame", and are invulnerable to shots. This will last as long as you 
pick power-up capsules."


The following trick is from Arcade-History (http://www.klov.com/):
{quoted verbatim}

* Bomb upgrade :
1) Shoot horizontal stick aliens the right number of times and they will 
drift slowly down the screen. Dock with this to get extra firepower. This 
also works with the aliens that have extendible poles that spring out from 
their sides : just shoot them until they flash and dock with them.

2) You can also dock with the rectangular aliens (after you have shot them a 
few times). These appear close to the start of the game. It seems anything
 you shoot that then drifts slowly down, you can dock with (which increases
 the bomb power).

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CREDITS

God--for the strength, life, and intellect to do this FAQ
CJayc--for creating the grand site known as Gamefaqs and just being a great
       fellow.
Killer List of Video Games (http://www.klov.com/)--for the trick on getting
                            to the second evolutionary tree and becoming
                            Black Deame.
Arcade-History (http://www.arcade-history.com/)--for the Laysper form and the
                            bomb powerup information.  This site explains the
                            whole game and evolution system in great detail.  
                            Definitely go here!

I hope you have enjoyed this FAQ.  If there are any corrections, additions,
etc. that you see that need to be put here, please e-mail me and let me
know.

Thanks for reading.

dhousto6@bellsouth.net
Dimetric Houston

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