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 (1,495 reviews) - 89% of the 1,495 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

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
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 42 people (98%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
88.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
This was my first game bought online on steam... years ago. It's an an-and-off relationship, and recently I got back into it a little, and the old fever caught on again!

Pro:
- not much required in terms of specs (although it can blow the fan a lot in certain situations)
- UI has a great visual design
- soundtrack is fitting
- game mechanics depend on other players to work out one way or another: good online games are common
- interesting game modes, for example: diplomacy. Everyone sees everything at the beginning, being in one team. Who defects first? Lots of maneuvering and chit-chatting among parties and backstabbing! Oh the backstabbing! Boy did we have fun with that!
- can't strain this enough: the players are awesome and you need to communicate with others in larger games
- there are some mods out there
- this is a fun game that at the same time illustrated the madness of nuclear weapons in real life: you juggle multiple millions of lifes around with the press of a button! It's not about winning... it's about losing the least!

Meh:
- Units need to be selected individually, no C&C-style multi-selection. This makes it extremely fiddly when starting an all-out attack, and you definitely give away that something is going on when slowing down the game speed as is necessary
- the community is still active, albeit in small numbers: sometimes you need to wait a while to fill a server. once you find a suitable game, it's awesome.
- usually longer games. my longest was 6 hours real time!

Con:
- smaller bugs live forever: sometimes units' targets can't be switched in time, and the UI seems unresponsive. Maybe it's a feature but it comes across as a bug because this made me blow up my own stuff by accident more than once.

Verdict:
Get it. Get it now! 10 bucks are fair for this game. Sometimes it's on sale. GET IT! And then everybody dies...
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37 of 53 people (70%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
Never before has mass murdering children been so easy
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
despite being about genociding the planet in nuclear fire the game is once of the comfiest out there
curl up in a blanket with a nice cup of hot chocolate and sneak your nuclear subs up to the asian coastline
1945/10
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
Defcon the nuke everybody simulator.
Nuked Russia and Mr Putin, 10/10 would nuke again.

For $2.50, I definitely reccomend this game, $10 seems a bit much for the amount of content thats in the game but I would say it is still worth it if you palying with a group of friends. Very easy to understand and fun to play.

~ 8/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Pre-Release Review
I have been a gamer for decades but this is the scariest game I have ever played.
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