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
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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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
( 1.2 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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Joe
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
♥♥♥♥ CANADA! EH?: The Game.

The perfect game for anybody with (or without) an irrational hatred of Canada.

Canadicide simulator 1958.

7.2/10 would nuke Canada into oblivion again... and again, and again,.. aaand again.
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milkpunk
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It's so good!
I mean really good!
I can finally become the leader of the Soviets!

my dream has come true
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rght190
( 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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Angry__Bull
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Fun game
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Surt Ignir Magnis
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Moscow hit. 4 million people dead.

Good morning, Metro 2033.
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>Be me
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> Scout Iraq
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>turn into ♥♥♥♥ Cheney
>IRAQ HAS WMDS LAUNCH EVERYTHING AT THEM
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9/11 would invade Iraq again to destroy WMDS and make the world safer.
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Good game for the price.
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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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Recommended
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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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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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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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Posted: November 26, 2014
Kim Jong Un Dream Simulator 2014

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Posted: October 25, 2014
For the most fun, play this game on a large wall with a projector.
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Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2015
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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