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.
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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!

System Requirements

Windows
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SteamOS + Linux
    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
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UT3+ RUL3S
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This game is a great game, I have played it a few times before and it is quite fun. When playing the game it feels like an old game because of the 1980's style map, but it is a great. The best parts (to me) are being able to fling nukes backwards and forwards trying to beat up as many of the enemy's places as possible. Another thing that is actually quite fun to watch is when two different countries team up (like america and russia teaming up or something) then a few minutes later one of them shoots down the other's plane or blows their boat up. Suddenly you'll see battles happening all over the place and then nukes and it just gets really amusing to watch. This game has many fun achievements to get like the achievement where you nuke santa while he flies overhead and many more! I recommend this game to those who would want to play a strategy game where you just direct things to places and wait for an explosion or something to happen but the game is more than that. I also recommend it for those who want to see what WWIII could've looked like and for those who want to be 'pressing the button that destroys it all' (doomsday button)!!!!!!
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Joachim Murat
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Thermonuclear War Has Never Been So Fun

DEFCON is a very interesting game. You take control of a nation's strategic nuclear arsenal, along with their air bases and fleets. The goal is simple: eliminate your enemies at all costs by destroying their defenses and ultimately their cities, while minimizing the civilian losses on your side.

The game begins at DEFCON 4, where you begin to deploy your defenses and units, however no fighting occurs. It slowly counts down through the stages, reaching DEFCON 3, then 2, and finally DEFCON 1, where nuclear weapons are authorized and imminent mass destruction is assured. The game's progression through limited engagements, heightened stakes, and finally unrestricted warfare at the nuclear level perfectly simulates the breakdown of communications and international order that would pre-empt a nuclear war.


You will find yourself paranoid at every movement of the enemy: is their fleet simply moving to defend their coast, or repositioning in order to get within range of your radar? Should you send your submarine fleet in order to prepare to launch nukes on the enemy's towns, or keep it in reserve in order to find hostile navies attempting to attack your homeland? This is especially prevalent in the alliance mode, where an alliance with every player in it is created at the game's start. Slowly, players will suspect one another, causing a breakup of the alliance into smaller factions until everyone believes that their neighbor is trying to nuke their favorite casino.

Games can last from thirty minutes to two hours, depending on players' skill and the game mode, with the fastest games being concluded in 15 minutes or less. I recommend picking this game up with a few friends whenever you can find it on sale. Just be prepared for a few ragequits.
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TheGreatAnunaki96
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Amazing world war 3 simulator - fun to play and can even do role play with your fellow team mates, makes it realistic
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Earth Ponies = Untermenschen
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Product received for free
Having played a few rounds with CPU players, I can say that this is fun as hell, and not just because I get to nuke Africa.
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WizardLizard
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Overpriced, but if you like to cheeky-breek, this is a game for you.
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Vivisector
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Wargame: The Movie: The Game. A depressing strategy game about trying to minimize your own casualties while maxamizing enemy casualties in the inevitable mutual destruction of a cold-war turned hot.
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Acc0rd
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Nice game!
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Spike Spiegel
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Bought it out of nostalgia (used to play it a lot when I was little [weird childhood I know]) and the game still holds up just the same; I don't know if I would recomend it because nobody plays this online and the bots are only fun for an hour or so but still a nice little strategy game if it is on sale.
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Jaws_2005[DOP]
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
To: Joseph@aol.com From: Mikeisawesome@gmail.com
Subject: Did you hear about New york?

You might find this scary. new york was just nuked by russia. im not sure if you heard, but im joining the military as of this moment. im going to avenge the lives lost.

to: Mikeisawesome@gmail.com From: Joseph@aol.com
Subject: Are you crazy?!?!
im not sure if YOU heard, but there are rumors that russia is now targeting nuclear aresonals and military bases and $%@^. you will die before entering combat

to:Joseph@aol.com from: Mikeisawesome@gmail.com
Subject: Too late!
ive already enlisted. im scared now. but there is no turning back

Combat log: lt. Michal J. Smith
>I have enlisted; going to be briefed tomarrow at 0600 (6:00 am)
>going to briefing room
>briefing ended
> starting training
>Bombing raid going off. writing email to friend as of this moment

to:Joseph@aol.com from: Mikeisawesome@gmail.com
Subject: help me
the bombing alarm is going off, you were right.


to:Mikeisawesome@gmail.com from: Joseph@aol.com
Subject: i cant help you, i live all the way in hawaii
god bless you
___________________________
/....................R.I.P lt. Michal J. Smith........\
/Born july 10, 1985 Died August 25, 2018\
| He was a poor soul who died at Fort pierce.|
|.....In the aftermath of the nuclear blast......|
|.................................................................|
| ................................................................|
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
How to play:
> Name self Gandhi
> Play Asia
> Only protect India
> Go apeshiza on world
> Realize you haven't been protecting your cities because you were nuking everyone
> Win somehow
> Repeat
10/10 game would try to use greentext in a steam review again
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Defcon demo is basically the game... but free
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
47.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Amazing game. It's very simple, both visually and gameplay wise, but there's a lot of thinking behind it. The whole game intentionally feels detached emotionally, giving players an awkward, sometimes distubing feeling as the game casually announces that a million people have just been obliterated. The point is to provide an emotionless simulator, which profoundly impacts one's view of a nuclear war. The game doesn't try to flood you with emotion, but rather pries emotion out of the player by simply, mechanically reading the facts. It's a lot of fun to play, and while it's easy to play there is a lot of strategy behind moves and unit placement. The visuals are very simple for a game, but it's perfect for a nuke sim. It doesn't need fancy graphics, why have them? I think they've done a fantastic job, I love this game!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
The biggest thing this game has going for it is it's feel. When you're playing it, you really feel like a commmander in NORAD, watching the world fall apart on a screen. The music, look, and feel of this game are all really on-point. As for the gameplay, it's fun, but if you're looking at getting it, I really recommend getting your friends to play it too. This game has an alright single-player, but against other people, the tension is really palpable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
This game is a great game, I have played it a few times before and it is quite fun. When playing the game it feels like an old game because of the 1980's style map, but it is a great. The best parts (to me) are being able to fling nukes backwards and forwards trying to beat up as many of the enemy's places as possible. Another thing that is actually quite fun to watch is when two different countries team up (like america and russia teaming up or something) then a few minutes later one of them shoots down the other's plane or blows their boat up. Suddenly you'll see battles happening all over the place and then nukes and it just gets really amusing to watch. This game has many fun achievements to get like the achievement where you nuke santa while he flies overhead and many more! I recommend this game to those who would want to play a strategy game where you just direct things to places and wait for an explosion or something to happen but the game is more than that. I also recommend it for those who want to see what WWIII could've looked like and for those who want to be 'pressing the button that destroys it all' (doomsday button)!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Amazing world war 3 simulator - fun to play and can even do role play with your fellow team mates, makes it realistic
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
The game is incredibly atmospheric. The weight of your actions is constantly falling on your shoulders- for this reason, I can barely manage half an hour per play session. But at the same time, as an experience, I couldn't recommend it more. This game delivers on it's promises in the most painful- but strangely satisfying- of ways.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Product received for free
Having played a few rounds with CPU players, I can say that this is fun as hell, and not just because I get to nuke Africa.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
A game for lols, russia struck first and managed to survie while the rest of the world burned. 10/10 would be putin again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Just nuked USA back to the stone age!

10/10 game for LAN parties, espically backstabbing your best friends xD
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