Ever have one of those days where you just want to kill everyone in the world? Want it to be slow and agonizing? How about playing god with a disease, and making it the perfect killer of humanity? Then I have the perfect game for you!
Plague, Inc. started out as a mobile game developed by Ndemic Creations, and was redeveloped for the PC platform. It is also available for Playstation 4 and Xbox One, and a board game is even being developed. I spent hours playing the mobile version, and didn’t hesitate to buy the PC version once it was ready.
The gameplay itself is simple, and very easy to pick up. You choose a disease to begin with, bacteria being the first one, and pick a country for your disease to start from. You get to control how the disease spreads, the symptoms, and various effects on the world. There are many different disease types, and each has their own quirks and weaknesses. As the disease spreads, watch out for orange bubbles to pop, as those grant you DNA, which lets you buy the better abilities.
But you have to balance new abilities without being noticed by the world at large. Evolve your disease too fast, and it gets noticed. Start killing people early on, it gets noticed. Once a country starts researching a cure, it’s a race to infect every single person in every single country. Then you have to kill them all before the cure completes. Simple, right? Not always. Diseases can mutate on their own, and once it starts killing people, it becomes much more noticeable, and the cure research starts much sooner. You also have to be on the watch for research flights, which speed up the cure.
So the game is a balancing act between evolving enough aspects of your disease to spread all over the world, going unnoticed for as long as possible, then developing lethal symptoms to kill everyone once you’ve infected them. It’s a lot of fun, and there are a multitude of random events that can either help or hinder your disease. And once you’ve finished the diseases, there are many scenarios, both official and fan made, that can be completed. The soundtrack is great, mostly staying in the background, but still providing some good atmosphere.
All in all, it’s a fantastic game with a fun premise. And there is a lot of replay value, especially with the various scenarios that are available. For the PC version, it’s only $14.99 through Steam. The mobile version is $0.99 purchase to unlock the full game, with $8.99 worth of expansions. On Playstation 4 and Xbox One, it’s $14.99 through their respective stores. It’s definitely one to check out if you like a bit of strategy, and a lot of entertainment.