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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Mixed (18 reviews) - 66% of the 18 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,560 reviews) - 88% of the 1,560 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
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Mixed (18 reviews)
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Ronald W. Reagan
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Cold war simulator 2006
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what a hell'uva way to die
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Strangelove Simulator 2006
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Tidy
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Donald J. Trump
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Flame
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Tapferer Toaster
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
I've now managed to waste over 7 hours of my life on this game. It actually suprised me when I saw my time played because I never thought I'd spend more then 20 Minutes in this game.

Your goal in Defcon is to 'win' a nuclear war by gaining the most points. (There are other game modes aswell but we've never played those) You can get these points by sinking the enemys fleet or nuking their cities.
You can play singleplayer against AI or multiplayer with or against your own friends or some randoms.

Its a complex but small game that i recomend you to buy when its on a sale. I don't think its worth 9,99 €.
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BitMap
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Played one game and instantly came to the relization the HOLY ♥♥♥♥ A NUKE WAR WOULD END ♥♥♥♥ING HUMAITY

Also this game is great
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Maman Dion
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Boom bada boom boom, no more russia. Wait, no more US too. A strange game, the only winning move is not to play.
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Tactical Fister
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Have only been playing the game for a very short while and have found myself in a very Fallout style 'Great War' situation between China and the United States.

- I sweat nerviously as minor skirmishes lead to my Naval power being destroyed beyond a pair of Submarines hiding away in the Ice Caps.

-The Chinese Navy has prevented any Recon Aircraft from penetrating to find the Chinese silo and Radar locations.

-Nearly an hour passes in DEFCON One and neither side takes the final steps toward the Nuclear Madness, I sneak my Submarines deep into Chinese waters, one off the coast of Tokyo, the other off the coast of India.

-I step away for a moment to make dinner.

-Alarms blare, Panic ensues. I return at a dead sprint stubbing my toe on a table and falling to the floor screaming in agony. I shout to my Girlfriend

"FOR THE LOVE OF GOD FIRE EVERYTHING!"

-In the Chaos, Silo's spit forth their rods of death at major Chinese Cities. Aircraft Scramble from the assorted airfields located in Alaska, Fighters to draw fire for the Bombers carrying their horrifying cargo. The Chinese respond in kind, their Silos bursting to life. My submarines seize the opporunity to deliver a harsh counter attack firing their arsenel at Chinese silos.

Soon i manage to collect myself and make my way back to my computer horrified at the propects that await me. To my even greater horror i realized something.

The Chinese didn't fire first.

A TV show my son was watching in the background had alarms and threw me into a panic.

Soon after the casualty reports came in.




9/10 would plunge the world into a Nuclear Apocalypse because of a kid's TV show again.
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gette
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
DEFCON 1
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Maugles
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Doesn't go past the first screen for me, just constantly tells me who the BETA testers are for a game I can't play.

Good job.
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Quantum
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I have killed an entire continent, and feel good about it.
Remember Kids, Genocide is more fun with friends!
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pindski
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Does not work on mac. Says invalid key, even though i paid for Defcon through steam! Sucks!
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[AGC] Catchstorm (RIP Sierra)
( 94.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
A good game to play in your free time
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[AC] NDest ~(˘▾˘~)
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
I think I might be resposible for Fallout world
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BoosterNRG
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
BETTER DEAD... THAN RED!
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Moot the Mute
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Really great game to play with friends or even strangers if you can actually find someone to play with you.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
hime0698
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Strange game.....
The only way to win is not to play.





Lol. But seriously, its a great game and if you are a fan of said movie it will tickle your nostalgia bone. Would recomend
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Whathopercy
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
A poignant game that nails the atmosphere of nuclear war. The gameplay itself is simple but entertaining, even against AI opponents. If you're looking for a game that would thoroughly dissect the different facets of nuclear war, I'm not sure this one is for you. It's a very humble, very brief look at the emotions brought on by such a conflict. For that I'd say it's worth playing.
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LtlMacMcG
( 80.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
DEFCON is a neat little multi-player end of the world simulator which was inspired by the 1980's movie Wargames which showcased what was then some pretty high tech graphics/computers running 'Wargames' Amazing how far we've come.


Check out the Mac's Corner video at:

https://youtu.be/eUWtkoGJ7AY
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
77 of 80 people (96%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Have only been playing the game for a very short while and have found myself in a very Fallout style 'Great War' situation between China and the United States.

- I sweat nerviously as minor skirmishes lead to my Naval power being destroyed beyond a pair of Submarines hiding away in the Ice Caps.

-The Chinese Navy has prevented any Recon Aircraft from penetrating to find the Chinese silo and Radar locations.

-Nearly an hour passes in DEFCON One and neither side takes the final steps toward the Nuclear Madness, I sneak my Submarines deep into Chinese waters, one off the coast of Tokyo, the other off the coast of India.

-I step away for a moment to make dinner.

-Alarms blare, Panic ensues. I return at a dead sprint stubbing my toe on a table and falling to the floor screaming in agony. I shout to my Girlfriend

"FOR THE LOVE OF GOD FIRE EVERYTHING!"

-In the Chaos, Silo's spit forth their rods of death at major Chinese Cities. Aircraft Scramble from the assorted airfields located in Alaska, Fighters to draw fire for the Bombers carrying their horrifying cargo. The Chinese respond in kind, their Silos bursting to life. My submarines seize the opporunity to deliver a harsh counter attack firing their arsenel at Chinese silos.

Soon i manage to collect myself and make my way back to my computer horrified at the propects that await me. To my even greater horror i realized something.

The Chinese didn't fire first.

A TV show my son was watching in the background had alarms and threw me into a panic.

Soon after the casualty reports came in.




9/10 would plunge the world into a Nuclear Apocalypse because of a kid's TV show again.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Played one game and instantly came to the relization the HOLY ♥♥♥♥ A NUKE WAR WOULD END ♥♥♥♥ING HUMAITY

Also this game is great
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I've now managed to waste over 7 hours of my life on this game. It actually suprised me when I saw my time played because I never thought I'd spend more then 20 Minutes in this game.

Your goal in Defcon is to 'win' a nuclear war by gaining the most points. (There are other game modes aswell but we've never played those) You can get these points by sinking the enemys fleet or nuking their cities.
You can play singleplayer against AI or multiplayer with or against your own friends or some randoms.

Its a complex but small game that i recomend you to buy when its on a sale. I don't think its worth 9,99 €.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Boom bada boom boom, no more russia. Wait, no more US too. A strange game, the only winning move is not to play.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Cold war simulator 2006
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I have killed an entire continent, and feel good about it.
Remember Kids, Genocide is more fun with friends!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Highly recommend this game for Windows.
HOWEVER, on Mac you are likely not going to be able to play as it crashes when launching on Mac.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
The satisfaction after nuking is great. i kept losing and losing to my freinds but when i won it was great. You have to be really smart with where you place your silos, radars, air bases and ships. Also if you you are bad at the game don`t worry its not exactly bad that your terrible at nuclear warfare!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Strange game.....
The only way to win is not to play.





Lol. But seriously, its a great game and if you are a fan of said movie it will tickle your nostalgia bone. Would recomend
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
One of the best game ever!
Very easy to learn, hard to master. Be the leader of the world
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Really great game to play with friends or even strangers if you can actually find someone to play with you.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
The 2$ the game costs are absolutely worth it. It's a funny round based strategy game that you can play with friends.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
I think I might be resposible for Fallout world
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
So this is how you feel when you kill someone.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
BETTER DEAD... THAN RED!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
94.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
A good game to play in your free time
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
reminds me of my viet cong days
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Very easy to get in and it´s always a charming relaxing way to spend time while killing millions at a time. A lot of fun and backstabing with friends!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
That's a very pretty shade of green you've got there, South America.
Oh... I have failed my people. Crap.

(I suck at this game, a lot, but it's still fun)
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