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.
User reviews: Very Positive (738 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 29, 2006

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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!

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    Recommended: Windows XP, P3-600-Geforce 2, 128 Mb RAM, 60 Mb Hard Disk, Internet connection for multiplayer games
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz+
    • Memory: 1GB of RAM
    • Graphics: 64MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 1Gb
    • Graphics: 64Mb of memory
    • Hard Drive: 70Mb
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Buy this game already! What is there to think about? There is nothing else like it. =)
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Mutual. assured, destruction

+simple yet very very satisfying
+good selection of game choices and speeds to play
+great game to play whilst simultaneously studying or whilst at the office

-pretty grim game, the sounds become a little depressing (that woman that does not stfu crying...just die of radiation poisoning already)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This is probably what politicians will see if a nuclear war happens.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Defcon is one of those games, or your everyday products, that will grant you a different perspective and will eventually change your entire perspective when it comes to understanding the big picture. You'll end up playing an imaginary god of war and you'll ruin or *save* more lives than you would -or wouldn't- think of.

You'll get the ultimate point of view and the game will hand you a set of warfighting machines and mechanisms to kill as much as people as you can in order to win an endless war. - Or, simply use Diplomacy. Which might seem boring; And it actually is, when it comes to the comparison between killing millions to kill more millions. At this point, Defcon gives you the ability to slaughter the nature itself and unleash the true nature of men; Unleash the savage side of yours upon the entire World. - And, eventually, turn our little blue and green *heaven* into a dust.

With its minimalist and just-enough artstyle, Defcon is one of those games that will never get old.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
For the most fun, play this game on a large wall with a projector.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
"Would you like to play a game?" -W.H.O.P.P.E.R.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?

Later. Let's play Global Thermonuclear War.

Fine.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Killed Santa, 10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Defcon is really, really fun. Its a reminder of a time where stuff like this was a threat. However, it needs more Dr. Strangelove quotes.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
If I could play only one RTS for the rest of my life, this would be it. DEFCON is my favorite RTS because of its tactical, slow approach to nuclear warfar compared to the normally fast-paced, 'hundred-clicks-per-second' RTS like Starcraft.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
You get points for every millionth people you kill.

10/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
85.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
this game is awsome.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I didn't mean to kill anyone...I swear! I TOTALLY didn't mean to set off those nuclear missles...

DEFCON 1/10

They lied, I survived.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This is an awesome strategic nuclear war game. You get to launch missiles and lay waste to enemy cities. I recommend this game!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I almost never win.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
DEFCON is a really fun little game to play to kill (i guess pun intended) about 30 mins of your time or so. It's based off that old 80's movie with Matthew Broderick, 'War Games', in which he hacks into the mainframe of the DOD and finds "games" to play. Meanwhie the DOD thinks Washington is under attack from the Soviet Union. but I digress, this is a cool game, but don't try to win, you can't...because.......EVERYBODY DIES.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Nuked Russia before they could place down a radar... 10/10 . No this game is glitchy, doesn't get patched or updated very so often. This concept has got so much potential just hasn't got any decent backing
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
It's not really fun... like said in the movie "Wargames", which was refered to in the description. "There's no way to win. The game itself is pointless!" - wisely said
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3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Brilliant game, however CD key validation is totally broken, meaning I have essentially given the developers money to play the demo, but do they care? No, they already got my money.
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