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Plague Inc., by Ndemic Creations, has discovered an all new mutation: Santa's Little Helper. A new update adds a new Christmas scenario where you infect the world with the holiday spirit. Governments have banned the joyous holiday and it is up to the Neurax Worm and Santa to bring the world to its knees with happiness.
The update brings some upgrades, too. Using highly advanced technology you can now teleport to other countries using portal. The progress screen has also gotten a bit of a redesign so now you can see your completion % and challenges. Several diseases, including Parasite, Prion, and the Neurax Worm, have mutated and the humans are getting smarter so the game will now be a bit more of a challenge.
There is so much to to explore - just try not to catch the flu while you do. You can check out the cheerful new Plague Inc. for $0.99.
A new update has just been released for Plague Inc and it ties into forthcoming movie, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
The update adds a special Simian Flu expansion pack for $1.99. Players must control communities of intelligent apes, seeing how the disease evolves to allow ape-to-ape transmission. You must decide when your apes should rally against research labs and work towards making apes the dominant species on the planet. Fun, huh?
Plague Inc. is priced at $0.99, with $1.99 snagging you the Simian Flu expansion pack.
Plague Inc. Adds 14 New Modes in Latest Update, Includes Situations for Global Warming, Volcanic Eruptions, and More
A new update has arrived for Plague Inc., bringing players new scenarios in the latest expansion pack. This adds 14 new gameplay modes that allow players to experiment with real-life diseases, along with new strategies on how to infect the world. The update also brings back the black death, which is a strain that failed 700 years ago, and also adds scenarios for Global Warming, Smallpox, Volcanic Eruptions, H1N1, and more.
Plague Inc. gets a new update, which includes a new Speed Run mode to see how quickly you can doom the world. Speed Run enables you to challenge your friends on the leaderboards to see who can post up the fastest times. Also, there are CDC news headlines that have been added, including an in-game story where the CDC tracks down patient zero. That's not all--new achievements have also been thrown in to go along with an enhanced performance of the overall game.
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Clearly iOS users are a fairly twisted lot, what with the somewhat astounding success of what I can only think to dub the “Viral Extinction” genre as of late. In fact, I was somewhat taken by a similar title not so long ago. I’m not too crazy about comparing the two, but it’s sort of unavoidable so I’ll just cut to the chase. Plague Inc. is pretty much the go-to iOS game for gamers looking to wipe out the human race via infectious diseases.
Plague Inc. begins by giving players an illness to call their very own, then asking them to pick a country for it to inhabit. A lone carrier soon becomes dozens and before long DNA points are earned that will be needed to mutate the virus, making it more effective at spreading or just plain nasty. Before long, small DNA bubbles will begin to pop up which can be tapped in order to earn bonus upgrade points. These, in turn, can be used to make the virus even deadlier. There’s no direct control of the disease, however. Players will instead influence a number of hidden factors simply by customizing their plague. If countries begin to close off their borders then mutate it to allow transmission through birds or insects. Once cure research begins (and it will) it might be a good idea to dump a lot of points into drug resistance. Or possibly just make it super deadly in an attempt to kill off the scientists working on it.
There are a lot of factors to consider when tailoring apocalyptic germs, and thankfully Plague Inc. makes it easy with a very friendly interface and lots of status updates about the world’s various countries. The wealth of behind-the-scenes actions and reactions also means there’s plenty of strategy to be had. My preferred approach is to make the virus really, really infectious but non-lethal. That way it spreads through a vast number of the populace before anyone even considers it a threat.
My only real annoyance with Plague Inc. is the way random info pop-ups tend to get in the way of my collection of DNA bubbles. I never really felt as though I lost a bunch of points from it, but those dang things always seem to show up at the same time as the bubbles and it’s irritating.
While Plague Inc. isn’t ground-breaking iOS game, it’s definitely one of the most refined. With features like self-mutating viruses, government collapses that actually effect the spread through a given country, unlockable virus classes, and an honest to goodness save feature (yay!), this is the apocalypse plague game to get.