I Can't Stop Playing Plague, Inc.

I Can't Stop Playing Plague, Inc.

A mission to destroy the world ... but mostly Greenland.

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So Pandemic with Greenland=Madagascar? (but also overhauled and a bit deeper)

Isn't this EXACTLY Pandemic? I mean, point-for-point. The only difference is Greenland and Madagascar swapped? So that I'm doing more than just repeating what was already said...

LINK!
http://www.kongregate.com/games/DarkRealmStudios/pandemic-2

This game is so simple yet so addictive. It has been the sole reason that my phone ends up dead in the middle of the day for a long time now.

Going for the Insanity symptom will set back research quite a bit. It also helps with infection because the doctors can't tell the difference between the crazy people and the sick people. Plauge Inc. really is a fun game, I've had it for a while but quit playing because of frustration until recently it was mentioned on the Jumping the Shark podcast.

How do the in app purchases work?

As has been mentioned, twice, this is that old Flash game Pandemic, where I was constantly stymied in my attempts to remove the terrible plague of humanity from the planet Earth by that damnable port in Madagascar that closed, at best, just when my disease when getting some traction, and at worst as soon as the bloody thing was discovered by one nation. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

But I did play the Android version, and absolutely wrecked it. First disease wiped humanity off the face of the planet in about ten minutes. Then I deleted it. I really enjoyed Pandemic, but Plague Inc just doesn't have the same allure. Maybe I'm growing up. Or maybe I was sick of constantly being told to buy the deluxe version to unlock everything right away. If there's a reason I hate mobile gaming, it's that.

Yeah looking at it, I completely agree with the three other people. This is just pandemic plus money.

Balmong7:
How do the in app purchases work?

You give them money to unlock certain features of the game faster than playing to get them also the first purchase on Android gets rid of the annoying as hell adverts. If you're on Android it handles the payment through Google Play, I'm not sure how it works on iOS.

As a microbiology major with an interest in epidemiology, games like this and Pandemic are right up my alley. Too bad I don't have a fancy phone to play it on.

Falterfire:
Isn't this EXACTLY Pandemic? I mean, point-for-point. The only difference is Greenland and Madagascar swapped?

Same basic idea, yeah. But Pandemic as I recall never had anything like the Neurax Worm.

Worship the worm.

I was going to read your article, but I was killing the world in plague inc. the key is to get the plague as infectious as possible and make sure it is good against cold and drug before even bother with symptoms.

Pandemic anyone? Or a copycat?
- Pandemic is free, this one costs $1... I see...

Amazing game. A lot more in depth than Pandemic. Great value as free, and one in-app purchase will disable the one tiny add and unlock the little stat bonuses which you can work towards with xp points.

Go for infectivity, and disable all mutations for lethality until 100% of the population is infected. Then evolve lethality quickly. Also, evolve the water and air transmissions fully and you'll get Greenland. China is also a great place to start for all diseases and for some reason, starting on China makes Morocco the hardest one to kill off, which isn't too bad. That's one strategy that seemed to work for most diseases, even on Brutal. I've beaten all the diseases on Brutal, and some of them get really fucking tough.

Tldr; Fuck the people of Greenland and all that they stand for.

I'm pretty sure I read this exact same article years ago on the escapist, except talking about Pandemic and not Plague Inc.

I recall playing that game or at least something like it on flash. It really annoyed me that everyone was in such a panic over my disease considering it had no effect on the human body whatsoever besides lounging around. We discovered a disease that spreads slowly and in no way inhibits human life? Shut! Down! Everything!

It's a good game.

Greenland... yeah... I feel your pain.

If Greenland's been annoying me by surviving a few rounds, the closest I'll get is Norway. I've found that although Greenland has a port, it only gets traffic from the port in Norway, limiting your options somewhat. As for regular starters, I'll typically pick Indonesia or Egypt, given they both have ports and airports.

Never gotten "Oops" though, but the "Walking Dead" symptom is practically a staple of Plagemia, in all its incarnations.

Madagaaaaaascaaaar! *shakes fist*

A butterfly beats its wings in Brazil... and Madagascar closes its port.

But yeah, I'll probably be checking this out. Love the hell out of Pandemic 1 and 2.

Susan Arendt:
I Can't Stop Playing Plague, Inc.

A mission to destroy the world ... but mostly Greenland.

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I grabbed this game after seeing you tweet about it a few times and I'm really enjoying it. It and Triple Town are the only games I've grabbed for my phone and not been bored with within a day. The only bad thing I have to say about it is the how quickly it drains my phone battery.

So, thank you for introducing me to Plague Inc and seriously, fuck Greenland.

Formica Archonis:

Falterfire:
Isn't this EXACTLY Pandemic? I mean, point-for-point. The only difference is Greenland and Madagascar swapped?

Same basic idea, yeah. But Pandemic as I recall never had anything like the Neurax Worm.

Worship the worm.

That's one hell of a nasty disease. I like the idea how you don't actually have to kill anyone with it to complete your goal.

Yeah, Plague Inc. is quite similar to Pandemic, but it is more varied in what symptoms you can get, and the varieties of kinds of pathogens adds new dimensions and replay value to it that are a lot of fun. For instance, there's 'Bioweapon', which develops in such a way where you have to tailor it so that it DOESN'T just kill everyone.

But yeah, had a lot of fun with Pandemic way back when.

Smiley Face:
Yeah, Plague Inc. is quite similar to Pandemic, but it is more varied in what symptoms you can get, and the varieties of kinds of pathogens adds new dimensions and replay value to it that are a lot of fun. For instance, there's 'Bioweapon', which develops in such a way where you have to tailor it so that it DOESN'T just kill everyone.

But yeah, had a lot of fun with Pandemic way back when.

Ninjas. Damn.

OT: Pandemic was pretty fun. Too bad I don't have a smartphone of any description, or this would probably be a nice little Greenland I mean time-killer.

I'm confused.

Every time I play, I start in Greenland or Russia for the cold-weather resistance at start.

This game is Pandemic with extra features, one of them being the ability to pick your starting location, so I have no idea how this is difficult to comprehend.

Scrythe:
I'm confused.

Every time I play, I start in Greenland or Russia for the cold-weather resistance at start.

This game is Pandemic with extra features, one of them being the ability to pick your starting location, so I have no idea how this is difficult to comprehend.

It's more rewarding to get into Greenland/Madagascar vs. just starting there.

Hey! There's a Pandemic flash game? I was thinking of the board game.
http://www.zmangames.com/boardgames/pandemic.htm

Scrythe:
I'm confused.

Every time I play, I start in Greenland or Russia for the cold-weather resistance at start.

This game is Pandemic with extra features, one of them being the ability to pick your starting location, so I have no idea how this is difficult to comprehend.

Who said it was hard to comprehend? I'm not sure I understand the nature of your confusion.

Antitonic:

Scrythe:
I'm confused.

Every time I play, I start in Greenland or Russia for the cold-weather resistance at start.

This game is Pandemic with extra features, one of them being the ability to pick your starting location, so I have no idea how this is difficult to comprehend.

It's more rewarding to get into Greenland/Madagascar vs. just starting there.

Exactly!

Johnny Wishbone:
I'll just leave this here:

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/shut-down-everything

Clearly the Escapist has been paid off to review/advertise/push this game as if it's a completely original idea...

Oh, clearly, eh? I love how blithely you malign my integrity, rather than just thinking, hey, maybe she just really likes the bloody game.

When I say I enjoy a game, it's because I enjoy the game. My opinions are not for sale.

I see a lot of comparison to pandemic.
Yes, its precisely modeled off pandemic.
But Plague Inc does it better.

I'd like different symptom trees for the various types of diseases-- few parasites transmit by air, for example.

I picked it up just the other day and have barreled through normal mode (i really liked nanovirus, as the cure research started immediately, the only real strategic change).

I completed Virus on Brutal, and the world shall fall six more times to my viciousness.

I haven't noticed the greenland problem. Actually, because I favor cold weather resistance and waterborne traits, I have a harder time getting into deep subsaharan africa by late game and often have to add bloodborne traits to get its teeth into those populations.

BrotherRool:
So Pandemic with Greenland=Madagascar? (but also overhauled and a bit deeper)

, nope, Greenald and Madagscar=2Madagascar *shiver*

x-Tomfoolery-x:
Hey! There's a Pandemic flash game? I was thinking of the board game.
http://www.zmangames.com/boardgames/pandemic.htm

I've played both. They're completely different. The board game is great fun, though. But I admit that I never play it on the hardest skill level because I like to, you know, win occasionally.

Oh this looks like fun, i cant believe i'm actually looking forward to going to work tomorrow, so i can slack off with the Android Tablet...

*eyes Greenland*

I downloaded this game after I heard Susan talk about it on the podcast.Greenland is TOUGH!I have found recently though that if you start in a cold/rural country like Ukraine,resulting in a virus that evolves in the cold,you get Greenland a LOT sooner.Also,you have to watch all those island nations.I kept failing with a population of about 25 million left and couldn't figure out why.Then I realised I kept forgetting the Caribbean and/or New Zealand.Oopsies!
Also,there's been an update with a new disease that causes zombies.ZOMBIES!If you zombify enough people the cure becomes irrelevent.The neurax mind control disease with the rogue planes that take infected people around the world even during an air traffic lockdown is very cool too.
Great game,but VERY hard.I've spent WAY too many hours playing it.

Greenland has only rarely thwarted my efforts. The one loss that really had me scratching my head was the time Botswana survived.

Huh, I've never really found Greenland (and Iceland) that difficult after my first playthrough. Also, I always start in Canada, and just level infectivity through transmission. And then we wait, till all the world is infected, before I spend my last points on getting Total Organ Failure and Coma.
Neat game, but I'm starting to get tired of it.

 

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