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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Very Positive (1,593 reviews) - 88% of the 1,593 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 29, 2006

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About This Game

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
Mac OS X
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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Sieger
( 0.8 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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gunsostang
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I cannot play multiplayer.
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Milo Memeopoulos
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Do you want to experience the full effects of depression? Do you live too happy a life to experience these effects?

DEFCON is the game for you! This depression simulator subjects you to pictures of millions of people dying at your hands while sombre music allows you to reflect on exactly what you're doing to so many innocent people!

But wait, there's more! Order within the next 10 minutes to recieve your real life dose of thyroid cancer ABSOLUTELY FREE! Experience the horror of nuclear war as you sob into a small cup. 10/10 Would rate
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Doctor Dump
( 25.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
NUKE EVERYTHING
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TheKillerKeem
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
-Starts New Game
-Random Player Joins
-Add another AI player
-Be America
-We get to DEFCON 3
-All my fleets immediately die
-We get to DEFCON 1
*LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED**LAUNCH DETECTED*
-All launches directed at me
-I only see white
-Game Ends
-I lose, 80 mil dead
10/10 would suffer major losses again
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Pvt. Silva [5th RB]
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Really weird game but also fun in a way. If you like the games that have tension and you're totally weirded out ur gonna like it :)
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topekaguy
( 25.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
It has been said that War doesnt determine who was right but who was left. At the end of this game there may be noone left. The radiation is warm today.
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Dank Hill
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Personally I just don't find this game entertaining enough. Some may find this extremely entertaining but it just isn't my cup of tea. Don't get me wrong, the game looks cool, plays well, has an amazing soundtrack and all that, but I simply do not find entertainment in it. Sorry Devs.
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General François Boissonade
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Defcon first thing I have to say in my review. I love the game is motto, everybody dies. Also upon launching the game and gazing upon the menu. I noticed that apparently the official URL for the games website is titled. Defcon Everybody dies.Com, which I personally found to be absolutely hilarious. Also I love the plot of the game which is apparently it is 1983 and you are a General, Hidden away in an underground fallout shelter. While are you are leading your chosen alliance into total Nuclear armageddon. Simply just the setting and the plot of Defcon reminds me of the novel, On the beaches. In that novel pretty much the same thing happens at the end, everybody dies, no survivors. I love the art style of the game, which reminds me of a radar screen thing. I also love how the game plays this very eerie music, that simply reminds me that this is the end of the world. And I am a guy who appreciates excellently written and performed game soundtracks.

But so far I've only played against the AI, but I still found the matches to be extremely entertaining. Even though a lot of people would say otherwise. Because I simply love strategy games. Defcon is simply right up my alley. It is just simply mesmerising to me seeing my nukes giving hell to the Russians, especially Moscow. And also see Beijing getting flattened at the same time as well. But when the match is over, and the population display is entirely red. Indicating that everyone has been practically annihilated in those areas. And the matches final score is tallied. For some reason it feels so dam rewarding to have practically murdered so many millions of people. And my real first match I played as what is practically the EU. (before the UK left) in a solo match against the USSR AI. I murdered as my final score 45.6 million Russians. Even more people than Hitler and Stalin combined could have ever hoped for. But they are all Communists, so who gives a dam?! Also I may have killed Putin as well loI. love how when you start a match you have a brief moment of calm, before the storm when everyone is on Defcon 5. For you to decide your strategy. Placing down your missle launches/air defences, fleets, bases, and finally your radar stations. Also the game does have modding support which is really neat. But so far the only mod I've seen is a mod that changes the map to an real world map.

But however I do have a couple of issues with Defcon. I don't like how in a full match it is practically just a big free for all. No allies or alliances, but I supposed you got give some slack. After all, it is the end of the world. So why the ♥♥♥♥ not as we give the UN, The only thing a supposed to be stopping a total nuclear war from happening. The middle finger, as we go into the point of no return, otherwise known as Defcon one, everyone will die. Also the normal asking price for the Defcon is 11.99 NZD. Is a bit too much in my opinion considering that Defcon doesn't have a lot of content or replay ability. I think 5 NZD is away more reasonable asking price. However I bought my copy on sale, 85% off - 1.79 NZD. Which I think in my opinion is way more reasonable, and you should deathly wait for a sale to buy Defcon. But for mods there are no steam workshop support, which is quite unfortunate.

But above all as my final conclusion. I can happily conclude that Defcon is deathly a game worth buying and recommending, for anybody who loves strategy games. Especially if you are like me, and loves post apocalyptic books and so on. If I was to give an score rating of 10. It would be 6 out of 10.
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randomoink
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
DEFCON is a fairly fun game about global thermonuclear war. You can play with your buddies, strangers on the internet, AI bots or simply watch people play.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
43 of 72 people (60%) found this review helpful
58 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
>Be me
>Be America
>Send Planes to Recon Middle East
> Scout Iraq
>see Missle silos
>turn into ♥♥♥♥ Cheney
>IRAQ HAS WMDS LAUNCH EVERYTHING AT THEM
>kill millions
9/11 would invade Iraq again to destroy WMDS and make the world safer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
It has been said that War doesnt determine who was right but who was left. At the end of this game there may be noone left. The radiation is warm today.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Defcon first thing I have to say in my review. I love the game is motto, everybody dies. Also upon launching the game and gazing upon the menu. I noticed that apparently the official URL for the games website is titled. Defcon Everybody dies.Com, which I personally found to be absolutely hilarious. Also I love the plot of the game which is apparently it is 1983 and you are a General, Hidden away in an underground fallout shelter. While are you are leading your chosen alliance into total Nuclear armageddon. Simply just the setting and the plot of Defcon reminds me of the novel, On the beaches. In that novel pretty much the same thing happens at the end, everybody dies, no survivors. I love the art style of the game, which reminds me of a radar screen thing. I also love how the game plays this very eerie music, that simply reminds me that this is the end of the world. And I am a guy who appreciates excellently written and performed game soundtracks.

But so far I've only played against the AI, but I still found the matches to be extremely entertaining. Even though a lot of people would say otherwise. Because I simply love strategy games. Defcon is simply right up my alley. It is just simply mesmerising to me seeing my nukes giving hell to the Russians, especially Moscow. And also see Beijing getting flattened at the same time as well. But when the match is over, and the population display is entirely red. Indicating that everyone has been practically annihilated in those areas. And the matches final score is tallied. For some reason it feels so dam rewarding to have practically murdered so many millions of people. And my real first match I played as what is practically the EU. (before the UK left) in a solo match against the USSR AI. I murdered as my final score 45.6 million Russians. Even more people than Hitler and Stalin combined could have ever hoped for. But they are all Communists, so who gives a dam?! Also I may have killed Putin as well loI. love how when you start a match you have a brief moment of calm, before the storm when everyone is on Defcon 5. For you to decide your strategy. Placing down your missle launches/air defences, fleets, bases, and finally your radar stations. Also the game does have modding support which is really neat. But so far the only mod I've seen is a mod that changes the map to an real world map.

But however I do have a couple of issues with Defcon. I don't like how in a full match it is practically just a big free for all. No allies or alliances, but I supposed you got give some slack. After all, it is the end of the world. So why the ♥♥♥♥ not as we give the UN, The only thing a supposed to be stopping a total nuclear war from happening. The middle finger, as we go into the point of no return, otherwise known as Defcon one, everyone will die. Also the normal asking price for the Defcon is 11.99 NZD. Is a bit too much in my opinion considering that Defcon doesn't have a lot of content or replay ability. I think 5 NZD is away more reasonable asking price. However I bought my copy on sale, 85% off - 1.79 NZD. Which I think in my opinion is way more reasonable, and you should deathly wait for a sale to buy Defcon. But for mods there are no steam workshop support, which is quite unfortunate.

But above all as my final conclusion. I can happily conclude that Defcon is deathly a game worth buying and recommending, for anybody who loves strategy games. Especially if you are like me, and loves post apocalyptic books and so on. If I was to give an score rating of 10. It would be 6 out of 10.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Good game for the price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
The point of the game is to show you it's impossible to win a nuclear war, the only thing you can do is try to lose the least.
Lots of fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
DEFCON is a fairly fun game about global thermonuclear war. You can play with your buddies, strangers on the internet, AI bots or simply watch people play.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
607 of 673 people (90%) found this review helpful
52 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
My mom took my Laptop away after she saw it and tought i hacked the US Defense System.
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744 of 848 people (88%) found this review helpful
544 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
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357 of 389 people (92%) found this review helpful
117 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
For the most fun, play this game on a large wall with a projector.
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