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 (1,240 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!

System Requirements

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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
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101 of 107 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
This is how much I love this game:

14-04-2015, 12:00
Channel Five News: "Breaking news: The US has launched a pre-emptive nuclear strike against North Korean ICBM silos causing collateral damage to several large cities and thus inflicting more than a million casualties. The exact numbers are not certain but the city of Pyongyang was hit directly as five silos where reportedly located in the center of the North Korean capital. The decision of dropping nuclear warheads on North Korea has stirred massive debate between UN members on whether or not the US should be punished for its deeds. China and Russia are calling for a world wide embargo on US goods and ..."

16-04-2015, 5:01 - From Mick.B2SpiritPilotforThaWing@gmail.com
Dear Charlene,
I miss you. How are you? Are the kids fine? How is the weather in New York? I guess you've heard about the Chinese surprise attack against the Pacific Fleet? Yeah. I don't think that I'll be home soon. High Command is deploying my squadron to Anchorage, Alaska. I hope that this doesn't escalate.
Love you,
Mick.

17-04-2015, 14:15 - From Sweetbuns1982@gmail.com
Mick,
The President has just said on TV that we're at war with China! He said that we are mobilizing our nuclear assets! What does it mean!? And why oh why did we have to attack North Korea? What was it good for? Please Mick. You've got to come home.
Charlene

17-04-2015, 15:57 - From Mick.B2SpiritPilotforThaWing@gmail.com
Charlene,
I can't go home. I've got to serve my country. I can't just let them kill Americans and let them get away with it! We had to nuke North Korea or we were going to be the ones being nuked! Anyway. Please take care of the kids...I have to take off in an hour or so...I could not come back alive. Just...take the kids, go to Vicky in the countryside. She may be crazy but she lives near a nuclear bunker. I'd feel better knowing that you and the kids are close to a bunker. ♥♥♥♥ might just hit the fan. I love you Charlie,
Mick

17-04-2015, 16:46 - From Sweetbuns1982@gmail.com
Mick! I've just seen in the news that the Chinese are readying their nukes! I'm taking the kids to the subway! Please be safe and know that I love you too!

17-04-2015 - Flight Log Excerpt from '82-1068 Spirit of New-York' Coordinates CLASSIFIED

- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:45:17: "Control. We're going dark in exactly five minutes. What are our orders?"
- Control 18:45:47: "Standby 82-1068. We're transmitting your orders. God's speed."
- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:46:07: "Control. Are these orders legitimate? I me...
- Control 18:46:09: "I can assure you that these are legitimate and correct orders Luitenant. POTUS has called for them as OPFOR has launched its nuclear arsenal."
- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:46:25: "That can't be true! When did they have the time to launch?!"
- Control 18:46:34: "That was just about two minutes ago Luitenant. Diplomacy has failed. Now do your job and make your country proud."
- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:46:52: "*Audible sigh* Roger that Control. May God have mercy on our souls."
- Lt. Eugene Rodriguez 18:46:59: "Are we really going to nuke Beijing? This is madness!"
- Lt. Eugene Rodriguez 18:48:02: "Sir are you going to say something or not?! I call that we immediately turn ar..."
- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:48:07: " Dammit Eugene! We have to do this! This is what we have trained for! Now stick to your orders!"
- Lt. Eugene Rodriguez 18:48:14: "I refuse! I'm taking us back home! I don't want to be remembered for murdering millions of people! They're people Mick!"
- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:48:21: "I don't care! Orders are orders! Nuclear payloads are going to rain down on our friends and families! We have to avenge them!"
- Lt. Eugene Rodriguez 18:48:29: "NO! Wa...Wait! Mick! Come on! We've been friends for like forev..."*shots fired*
- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:48:35: "I have to do this Eugene...there is no other option."*loud breathing*
- Control 18:49:30: "Luitenant. You have to go dark in a few seconds. Please confirm that you and your co-pilot have understood your orders."
- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:49:37:"Control...Eugene refused to comply. I had to shoot him. He wasn't ready. I...I..."
- Control 18:49:48: "It's okay Michael. You did what you had to do. Finish your mission. I think that Baghdad's international airport will be your best landing spot. Anchorage is a viable target for nuclear retaliation now. Russia is readying its own nuclear arsenal for launch. I'm proud of you. America is proud of you."
- Lt. Michael Davidsson 18:50:04: "Thanks Jim. I hope you make it. I'm going dark in three, two, one"
TRANSMISSION ENDED.

AFTER ACTION REPORT: 17-04-2015 19:00:00 "OPERATION TOOTHPICK"
Estimated Loss of Lives:
- BLUEFOR: 87.7 Megadeaths
- OPFOR: 216.4 Megadeaths
Hardest Struck Targets: (DATA MAY CHANGE WHEN MORE INTEL IS AVAILABLE)
- BLUEFOR: *New York: 3 x 5 Megaton DF-5 Airburst ICBMs - 10 million casualties - infrastructure non-existent
- OPFOR: *Beijing: 16 x 1.2 Megaton B-83 Airburst Gravity Bombs - 21 million casualties - infrastructure non-existent
Unit With Highest Efficiency:
- 82-1068 Spirit of New-York - Target: Beijing - Pilots: Lt. M. Davidsson and Lt. E. Rodriguez - Status Unknown - Awarded Medal of Honor by POTUS
Conclusion: OPERATION TOOTHPICK IS A SUCCES. CHINESE NUCLEAR ARSENAL IS DEPLETED. CHINESE POPULATION IS HIT HARD. US HAS SUSTAINED LESS MEGADEATHS THAN CHINA.
Current Status of National Affairs: THE CHINESE FIRST STRIKE HAS DESTROYED OVER 50% OF OUR NUCLEAR CAPABILITY AND 65% OF OUR CITIES. WE BELIEVE THAT WE ONLY LOST 20% OF POPULATION.
Current Status of International Affairs: CHINESE THREAT DESTROYED. RUSSIA IS READY TO FIRE ICBMS. ENGLAND IS READY TO FIRE ICBMS. FRANCE IS READY TO FIRE ICBMS. PAKISTAN IS READY TO FIRE ICBMS. INDIA IS READY TO FIRE ICBMS. SOUTH-AFRICA IS READY TO FIRE ICBMS. BRAZIL IS READY TO FIRE ICBMS. OUR REMAINING NUCLEAR ARSENAL IS READY FOR LAUNCH. NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE IS IMMINENT.

POTUS signing off.

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As you can see...I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Buy it. Love it. Sleep with it. Write stories about it. I don't care. It's an exerience well worth your time and money.
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6.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
This game taught me how to stop worrying and love the bomb.
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12.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
I would write a review... but i'm busy killing everthing playing this WONDERFUL , CHILD-FRIENDLY GAME!
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11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
The only way to win is not to play it...
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
This is basically thermo-nuclear gangbang simulation with some morality thrown in to make you feel bad for good measure.

10/10 Would question my sanity play again
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