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Plague Inc.
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Developer(s)Ndemic Creations[a]
Publisher(s)
SeriesPlague Inc. Edit this on Wikidata
EngineUnity Edit this on Wikidata
Platform(s)
ReleaseiOS
  • WW: 26 May 2012
Android
  • WW: 4 October 2012
Windows Phone
  • WW: 13 May 2015
Genre(s)Real-time strategy, simulation
Mode(s)Single-player

Plague Inc. is a real-time strategy simulation video game, developed and published by UK-based independent games studio Ndemic Creations. The player creates and evolves a pathogen in an effort to annihilate the human population with a deadly plague. The game uses an epidemic model with a complex and realistic set of variables to simulate the spread and severity of the plague. It was released on 26 May 2012 for iOS and Microsoft Windows, 4 October 2012 for Android and 2015 for Windows Phone.

The Steam (PC, Mac and Linux) and console version is entitled Plague Inc: Evolved, and includes adjustments and additions to the gameplay.

Plague Inc. has been downloaded over 85 million times and was positively received by critics. It was a runner up in the IGN Game of the Year 2012 awards for 'Overall Best Strategy Game'. The game continues to have an active community and is regularly updated.

In 2017, the developer released a physical board game based on Plague Inc. titled Plague Inc.: The Board Game. In December 2018, the studio released Rebel Inc., a follow-up game with a political theme.

The game has seen large surges of new users in several countries after major virus outbreaks such as the real-time strategy simulation video game, developed and published by UK-based independent games studio Ndemic Creations. The player creates and evolves a pathogen in an effort to annihilate the human population with a deadly plague. The game uses an epidemic model with a complex and realistic set of variables to simulate the spread and severity of the plague. It was released on 26 May 2012 for iOS and Microsoft Windows, 4 October 2012 for Android and 2015 for Windows Phone.

The Steam (PC, Mac and Linux) and console version is entitled Plague Inc: Evolved, and includes adjustments and additions to the gameplay.

Plague Inc. has been downloaded over 85 million times and was positively received by critics. It was a runner up in the IGN Game of the Year 2012 awards for 'Overall Best Strategy Game'. The game continues to have an active community and is regularly updated.

In 2017, the developer released a physical board game based on Plague Inc. titled Plague Inc.: The Board Game. In December 2018, the studio released Rebel Inc., a follow-up game with a political theme.

The game has seen large surges of new users in several countries after major virus outbreaks such as the 2014–16 Ebola outbreak and the 2019–21 COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2]

Gameplay

Loading screen of The Steam (PC, Mac and Linux) and console version is entitled Plague Inc: Evolved, and includes adjustments and additions to the gameplay.

Plague Inc. has been downloaded over 85 million times and was positively received by critics. It was a runner up in the IGN Game of the Year 2012 awards for 'Overall Best Strategy Game'. The game continues to have an active community and is regularly updated.

In 2017, the developer released a physical board game based on Plague Inc. titled Plague Inc.: The Board Game. In December 2018, the studio released Rebel Inc., a follow-up game with a political theme.

The game has seen large surges of new users in several countries after major virus outbreaks such as the 2014–16 Ebola outbreak and the 2019–21 COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2]

Plague Inc. is a strategy-simulation game in which the player indirectly controls a plague which has infected patient zero. The player can choose between various game-modes and pathogens and complete the objective set by the game-mode by evolving the plague and adapting to various environments. The objectives include, but are not limited to: Infecting and killing the world's population with a pathogen, enslaving the world's population with the "Neurax Worm" or converting the world's population into zombies with the "Necroa Virus".[3] However, there is a time pressure to complete the game before humans, the opponent, develop a cure for the plague.[4]

The developer has said it is "a bit like the film Contagion except you are on the other side", the film Contagion was a partial inspiration for the game according to the developer.[5] The developer has said the game was partially inspired by Pandemic 2, a browser-based Flash game released in 2008 by Dark Realm Studios.[6]

Plague Inc: Evolved

The remake Plague Inc: Evolved for Steam (PC, Mac and Linux) and consoles has similar gameplay to the original Plague Inc, but includes several features not present in the mobile version, such as multiplayer and a scenario creator.[7]

Disease types

The player can play as many different types of pathogens, each with its own advantages and disadvantages which influence evolution decisions. Initially, the player may only select bacteria. Subsequent pathogens are unlocked by winning the game with the previous one on Normal or Brutal Mode. These include virus, fungus, parasite, prion, nano-virus, and bio-weapon. There are also special plagues, including the mind-controlling Neurax Worm, the zombie plague Necroa Virus, the "Simian Flu" from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and the vampire themed Shadow Plague.

Development