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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.
Release Date: Sep 29, 2006



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Buy DEFCON + Soundtrack DLC

Includes 2 items: DEFCON, DEFCON Soundtrack

Buy Introversion Complete Pack

Includes 6 items: Darwinia, Uplink, DEFCON, Multiwinia, Darwinia Soundtrack, DEFCON Soundtrack

About the 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!

PC System Requirements

    Recommended: Windows XP, P3-600-Geforce 2, 128 Mb RAM, 60 Mb Hard Disk, Internet connection for multiplayer games

Mac System Requirements

    • 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:

Linux System Requirements

    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 1Gb
    • Graphics: 64Mb of memory
    • Hard Drive: 70Mb
Helpful customer reviews
111 of 115 people (97%) found this review helpful
90 products in account
1 review
40.9 hrs on record
Defcon simply put is perhaps the most brutal yet elegant strategy game you will ever play. While the game only supports 1 map, little gamemodes and very little unit choice, this opens a whole new realm of micromanagement/strategy where games can be won in a matter seconds.

I could go for a whole page critically examining the intricate depths of Defcon strategy and how intense but fantastic it is, but honestly I find the mood of Defcon speaks for itself......

"The Defcon counter slowly counts down to DEFCON 2, as you manoeuvre your subs to deliver a fatal first strike to Asia. The slow hum of a massive turbine and background radio remind you of a massive nuclear bunker, where deep underground you are determining how many people die from your orders. The slow strings of a cello pass the time, as you anxiously wait for DEFCON 1.......3.........2...........1........the massive letters of DEFCON 1 flash across the screen along with a high pitched siren.

Suddenly you spring into action clicking on your subs, activating your dormant SLBM's methodically targetting the major cities across the Asian continent. A quiet piano beings to play but you don't realise it when your too busy concentrating. As you finish the last of your targets another warning signal blares and a small nuclear signal flashes on top of your sub. The SLBM's slowly fire up, then gracefully turn towards their targets. Satisfied you take a break and nervously watch the SLBM's fall down as a now louder piano plays sombre, dark notes......flash......Tokyo hit....4 million dead.....success your first SLBM hits the target dead on, soon after the entire coast of Asia is alight with bright flashes and messages.....Beijing hit.....Honk Kong hit......8 million dead.....6 million dead.

As the last of the SLBM eradicate the last survivors you glance at the scoreboard, excellent you are leading by 50 points. Content you move over to your Pacific fleet to co-ordinate your bombers to deliver another fatal attack on Asia and as you again click on further targets with deadly precission you hear the faint coughs of a woman along with the humming of the loud turbines. Horrified you realise how clean and elegant the deaths you have been presented with. A flash, a confirmation and a number killed. Reality brings you back as you further witness the extermination of the rest of Asia, the whole continent glows brightly as ALBM's rain upon the cities illuminating the world map.

Despairingly you imagine yourself deep underground, ordering the death of an entire population by a simple click and you don't even see their deaths. Only a small flash and a number killed.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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115 of 125 people (92%) found this review helpful
382 products in account
57 reviews
0.8 hrs on record
My mom took my Laptop away after she saw it and tought i hacked the US Defense System.
Posted: December 26th, 2013
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38 of 46 people (83%) found this review helpful
57 products in account
8 reviews
4.7 hrs on record
The only game you can blow contries off the map with no regret...
Posted: December 25th, 2013
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42 of 54 people (78%) found this review helpful
222 products in account
2 reviews
2.9 hrs on record
DEFCON is a game where you use nukes to kill ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY.

It's good.
Posted: December 22nd, 2013
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
642 products in account
6 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
The one and only Global Thermonuclear War game. It is done with retro style and firstly you place your naval units, radars, airports and nuclear silos / defenses. Defcon starts from 5 and drops little by little to 1 and then it is time for Nuclear strikes!

It is mesmerizing to see nukes fly slowly and show trail behind them around the world. When nukes hit it really shows up and reports casulties in millions. If you want an easy to pick up "rts" this is top of its class, it has no direct competitors and some like the graphics and some dont. Check videos before making your desision.
Posted: November 30th, 2013
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