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 (774 reviews)
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
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Do you like mass murder and nuclear holocausts? Of course you do!
The only winning move is to nuke the crap out of everything that isnt your colour.

10/10 like skyrim with thermonuclear war
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This game only really comes alive in multiplayer as you destroy all of some poor Guy's cities and turn them into a glowing pile of thermonuclear waste and ash. The plodding slowness of the ICBM's to reach their target will make you groan with impatience and yet the sheer amount of things that need to be micromanaged will make you feel almost badgered. It all goes towards the tense atmosphere it manages to create.. The simple retro graphics are also great and also help to distract you from looking back on the film in a sort of 'Flight of the Navigator' way. (Let's face it, this foreboding map and the 'Control Room' thing that looked like NASA were the coolest things about it)

The audio is bang on .. but I have headphones on for teamspeak so that woman's anguished screams are just too creepy .. if you could just turn her and her coughing off it would be a plus.

Oi Introversion! I will give you a better review when I get the email about how you've all started work on Darwinia 2. <-- Apparently this is the sad state of gaming journalism these days. Shame, but gotta move with the times.

Here is my quote for the website, metacritic, steampage, box .. I hope they use it as it took me a while to come up with ..

'DEFCON It's like digital Chess, if Chess had loads more moves and thermonuclear weapons.' Gaz

Overall .. good game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I don't usually buy games like these, but after playing the demo, I had to have it. There's just something about strategy games such as these that make me feel in control. "The Life In the Machine" story from the reddit no sleep board described it perfectly:

"People in their daily lives have no control over their environment. They are told what to do, where to go, and how to live. Their jobs consist of standing or sitting somewhere until it's 5 PM and they're allowed to head back home. It's no mystery they're unhappy.

For many people videogames are an escape to a world where they are in control, or live exciting fake lives filled with adventure. The aspect of control is found in strategy games."

Or in this case, the strategy of nuclear holocausts. Military strategy games in general draw my attention, but the simplicity of this game makes it seem real to people who don't know any better. I love it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Kim Jong Un Dream Simulator 2014

11/10
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
If you love killing innocent people and nukes this is your game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Well, the game is excellent. It's a simple concept but it's addicting. Only downside is the soundtrack has this really sample of a girl crying, which creeps me out in the middle of the night in my dark bedroom, and there is NO option to turn off the music like wtf who made that design call?
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Deeply involving and gruesome game. Lots of *dark fun* for strategy enthusiasts.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
"Is this game worth it?"
The real question is why don't you own it!?
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
great game if you have less then 10min. Best played in the dark with head phones in and a glass of scotch
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Nuke everything.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Clicking the flashing lights because i don't know.

10/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
If you want to play War Games, this game is for you. It contains lot of nukes, ships and fun. Just buy it, I know this game is for you!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Schooled a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ kid by nuking the ♥♥♥♥ out of him till he got butt hurt
10/10 would school ♥♥♥♥♥♥ again
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
It's almost like Civilization except it skips to the good part, but it would be better if it had slavery and Communism.
If you're into genocide, but you have too much ADHD to concentrate on micromanaging down to what ply of toilet paper your citizens use, this is worth it.

Except for the part where it has less players than Super Monday Night Combat.
Buy Uplink instead.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Doesn't work on OS X.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Great fun if you get people to play it. I had a blast ;)
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
is best game
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1 of 9 people (11%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
bought this game twice and it takes away the full game and marks me as a demo user...realy ♥♥♥♥ed off now..
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1 of 31 people (3%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
wut
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4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
There is something to this game, but I don't really see anyone playing it online, and those games that do run seem to have disconnect issues. This seems basically a single player skirmish game of you versus the AI. Its a bit slow to play, and frankly probably will not hold interest long. I would not have paid $10 for it in retrospect.
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