Inspired by the 1983 cult classic film, Wargames, DEFCON superbly evokes the tension, paranoia and suspicion of the Cold War era, playing on the fascinating aspects of psychological gameplay that occur during strategic nuclear warfare.Read full description
"you'll get the urge to play again and again for months to come. The fact that it's only 15 bucks seals the deal. Buy it immediately." - GamesRadar.com
"So, here's to Global Thermonuclear War. Who knew it would be so much fun?" - Videogamer.com
Inspired by the 1983 cult classic film, Wargames, DEFCON superbly evokes the tension, paranoia and suspicion of the Cold War era, playing on the fascinating aspects of psychological gameplay that occur during strategic nuclear warfare.
You play a General hidden deep within an underground bunker. Your mission is to successfully exterminate your enemy's civilian population whilst saving your own. Points are awarded or lost depending on both the efficacy and thoroughness of your nuclear vendetta and the number of your own civilian deaths. In order to win you must wipe out the enemy population and simultaneously disable the enemy's ability to retaliate against you. This is an extremely difficult task since launching an attack on the enemy exposes the positions of your own Ground Silos, Subs and Bombers the moment they launch nuclear weapons, making you extremely vulnerable and exposed to a crushing counter-attack.
Desperate attempts must be made to form fast, tactical alliances, alliances that may at any moment break-down to become the treacherous and most deadly of betrayals. Everyone looks to each other in a state of nervous suspense and paranoid accusation. In all-out nuclear Armageddon, everybody dies, everybody loses, you just have to make sure you lose the least!
This game is one I come back to every now and then to relax to. It's easy to learn, plays quick - well actually as fast as you want to play it, and you can even set conditions for when it will countdown to the end so faster still. And it involves you ordering nuclear strikes on cities all over the world (or at least the parts of the world not in your faction). But honestly the presentation is somewhat chilling. The music is soft but often haunting, even occasional mixed with what sounds like cries and sobbing. Interesting, as though the game tries to make you feel like the sole person in charge of which people where will die by nuclear fire and yet only seeing it represented through the screen without you being anywhere near, but also attempting to make you think of the human cost of what your doing in a way other than the game just telling you how many millions you just killed in a major city. But i digress. It's a fast and easy game to learn that is fun against the computer or with friends, or a nice cool game to just sit back and play with headphones on when you need a short break.
GTA and Postal have nothing on the violent chaos that can ensue at the hands of leaders of nuclear capable countries. DEFCON is one of those niche strategy games that spawn a cult-like loyalty and shadowy esports scene and after playing, I can see why. There is something quite cathartic about setting up the defensive and offensive capabilities of your nation, scaling up your military forces, facing the threat of a nuclear capable fleet by your coast and then nuking Moscow. The aesthetic is perfect for the style of the game and anyone who complains about the graphics doesn't really understand the point of the game. It takes some getting used to - but this is the only option for those wishing to experience the fear and macabre joy of the Cold War.
Defcon is a very simple RTS that is at it's best when played with a group of friends. The game revolves around a ever increasing defcon level, when you have a group of friends playing tension rises as the level increases, as each level it does, more weapons are unlocked for use against each other, once the defcon reaches the highest level, nukes are available for use. The games simple and easy to learn gameplay and UI make it great for getting a group of people who aren't pros at gaming together to play a bit of RTS together, however there are also problems, such as the game ending quickly sometimes when played aggressively. Another problem with the game is that due to it's simple nature, it can become boring once you've played a number of games, lessening re-playability. The game loses most of it's fun factor when you play it on your own, so I cannot recommend it to people who don't have friends who also own the game and can play with you. Overall Defcon is a fun little RTS that's easy to get into but lacks depth, if you an get it on sale and convince your friends to buy it with you, I recommend doing it for a few hours of fun.
A first glance DEFCON may look like a nintendo 64 game or even worse. But behind its simple graphics DEFCON is a crazy fun game that will have you and your gaming friends laughing and playing for many hours. DEFCON is a very small game at 64 megabytes and rumors say that if you delete the sound files you can get the game to 2-5 megabytes! The game has realistic sounds of children crying and alerts when a nuke fires. Gameplay is loads of fun and there is nothing more exciting than watching a mass of your nukes smash into your foe's large cities killing millions. For only $15 it is worth its price.DEFCON also has a message in the end, in nuclear war no ones wins its just who survives.
This little, neat strategy game has the real "80s" charme, like a sort-of Wargame film game. The path to total annihilation is quite fast, with the global crisys quickly escalade from DEFCON 5 to 1, from normal relations to full scale nuclear war and retaliation. Obtain the win isn't simple, the AI is quite smart (and also you can play against other human adversaries to extend the fun), things to deploy and use aren't many, but are enough to ammass millions of casualties to achieve the final win over the enemy. Graphic is quite "simple" but gives back the Cold-war like atmosfere, sound is functional. Final notice: it has also Linux version.
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