Darwin's game is yet another survival/battle royal manga, but what makes it special? Well the conditions and setting. Yet while it is still to early to compare this with other examples of this genre, it is already apparent that this manga has lots of potential. Though it is full of cliched character and unnecessary fan service still the premise makes it shine and gives a hope for future.
This starts quite suddenly as the protagonist is invited to a mobile social networking game/mmorpg and he decides to give this a try. Then the chaos starts as he is thrown into a world of battles, of various unique abilities and a way to get rich by means of killing others. The system of converting points by defeating others into money gives it that much edge of intensity and the subplot of police investigating the consequences of this game on the real life were really enjoyable too.
The art is gorgeous: each characters are drawn with care and has certain uniqueness. The action scenes are fluid and intense. This really gives the overall experience a total boost as each sequence is easy to understand.
The characters on the other hand are not anything to write home about. There is a typical only 'wanna do the right thing' mentality protagonist and a loli who seems to be the heroine, the villainous are characters are as such and there is not that much delving into character psychology and variety in the characters as I would have liked to have here. Some of the side characters specially the investigating duo gives a hope for some enjoyable sub plots in the coming plot-line though.
While this is still early days for the manga and any speculation would be premature, yet I hope the author does identify the strong points of the series and improves upon it to deliver fun ride at least.
[PS: Still very early into the manga, so the review is to be revised and edited upon ending or significant number of chapters]