Plague, The Videogame


You even get to name your own plagues.

It’s been a rough few days. Emotionally, physically, financially…

So when one of my Twitter friends mentioned she’d just started playing a super-addictive Android game called PLAGUE, INC., and she’d destroyed the entire world population twice in fifteen minutes, I asked where to get the game. I need something to take my mind off things. I downloaded it from the Google Play store (free!) and started playing.

This the most cathartic game I’ve played in ages.

The concept is simple. You create a disease – you start with bacteria, move on to a virus, then fungus, and so on – and you get points to help grow/evolve your disease over time. You can win the game if you kill every living person on the planet, or lose the game if either the humans find a cure, or you run out of hosts to infect. (For example, in one game, I infected everywhere but Greenland and they closed their ports, so my disease killed everyone it could infect but the world was still left with humans.)

Additional complexity comes from how you score points – random DNA bubbles that you have to pop when they appear on the map, or else biohazard bubbles whenever a new infection site begins – and then “spend” them on your disease’s evolution. You can pick ways to transmit the disease, features and abilities it has, and its symptoms.

It’s in the Google app store, takes up about 30MB of space, and is both addictive and compelling.

If you want, you can pay to “unlock” special features, but so far I haven’t felt the need.


I highly recommend it.

3 responses to “Plague, The Videogame

  1. twitter_cdreimer

    I used to play Caesar III back in the 1990’s. A strategy game to gather resources to build a city, build an army and take over the known world. I got stuck halfway through the game when I built out a sprawling city-state that lacked the resources for an army to defeat the enemy army at the end. No matter how many times I reloaded the save game, I couldn’t change the outcome of always being defeated.

    So I pulled off a Nero by burning two-thirds of the city to reclaim resources and build a stronger army. Surprisingly that worked. Despite the people rioting and the extreme unpopularity of my caesar, I was able to defeat the enemy army. It’s one of those gaming moments that I always remembered.

    • Rachel / @girl_onthego

      Hah! What’s awesome is I literally just tried to do the Plague version of that. I worked my way up to parasites, which are easy to spread but tough to make fatal, and wound up having to trade symptoms back in to try to get enough points to transmit the parasites more. It didn’t work, New Zealand bombed their infected cities and foiled me by keeping about 1800 people alive. Their ports were closed, too, so no hope of reinfection.

      *rereads that*

      I need to go to bed now. 😉

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