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 (43 reviews) - 88% of the 43 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,613 reviews) - 88% of the 1,613 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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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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Giga Kike
( 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]
( 0.9 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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Lee
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Its like everyone is stood knee deep in petrol, with one person holding 5 matches and the other holding 6.

10/10 would decimate all life again!
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( 37.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
Product received for free
My favorite game... Really! Nowadays, I just use it as a screensaver or watch other people play on my server.
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Nibbles
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 6
An odd game that manages to provide quick, easy matches or long and drawn out conflicts in one system. Either play with bots or humans, play diplomatically or ruthlessly, bide your time and strike within seconds of Defcon 1. Any way you play, just remember that in the end; no one wins, everybody just dies.
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Spaghetti Zaytsev
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
Defcon demo is basically the game... but free
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
10 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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Defcon demo is basically the game... but free
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.7 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 3 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Very Enjoyable!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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