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Plague Inc. Review

A darkly satisfying iOS release, Plague Inc. is a unique simulator of epidemic proportions.

September 11, 2012
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Introduction

I was biking home from work the other day when some jerk in a Ford F-250 cut me off, nearly killing me in the process. He then proceeded to viciously berate me for slowing him down. Oh, and did I mention it was pouring rain? He was a scumbag, and never have I so badly wanted to send a plague upon someone’s house. For these moments, when your contempt for humanity is nearing its limit, there’s Plague Inc.

Probably the most disturbing iOS release in recent memory, Indemic Creations’ Plague Inc. offers the unique opportunity to cultivate and evolve a global pandemic with the ultimate goal of wiping out humanity. It’s disturbing for a number of reasons. For one, it’s an extremely realistic simulation of how diseases can evolve and spread across the Earth. Two, you can’t help but think about how modern society—with all its planes, trains, and automobiles—would assist in the development of a global plague. And finally, it’s fun—it’s fun strategizing how to best eradicate mankind. It’s fun harnessing insidious bacterial mutations and horrendously violent symptoms to realistically spread your disease across the globe. It’s fun counting down the number of deaths and infections until the final remnants of humanity die alone in some wealthy yet doomed quarter of the planet where hope has long since been vanquished and the prospect of a future reduced to a mere choice of which hole to die in.

Congratulations! You win!

Really? I won? I feel like I just watched 12 Monkeys. I need a shower.

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