Fate of the World is a dramatic global strategy game that puts all our futures in your hands. The game features a dramatic set of scenarios based on the latest science covering the next two centuries. You must manage a balancing act of protecting the Earth’s resources and climate versus the needs of an ever-growing world population, who...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (230 reviews) - 78% of the 230 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 28, 2011

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"This is a turn-based strategy game about getting humanity to survive until 2200."
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“It’s brilliance is in its simplicity”
– RockPaperShotgun.com
“In playing it, I’m struck by how potentially powerful Fate of the World is”
– PC Gamer
“While ‘Fate of the World’ arms you with environmental data and renewable energy policies rather than grenades and rocket launchers, the result is still compelling”
– New York Times

About This Game

Fate of the World is a dramatic global strategy game that puts all our futures in your hands. The game features a dramatic set of scenarios based on the latest science covering the next two centuries. You must manage a balancing act of protecting the Earth’s resources and climate versus the needs of an ever-growing world population, who are demanding ever more food, power, and living space. Will you help the whole planet or will you be an agent of destruction?
Fate of the World is brought to you by the award-winning Red Redemption games team and Battlestations: Midway Producer Klaude Thomas with climate science by Dr. Myles Allen (University of Oxford), writing by David Bishop (Dr. Who, 2000AD) and music composed by Richard Jacques (Mass Effect, Alice in Wonderland) with game design by veteran game designer Matthew Miles Griffiths (Conflict: Desert Storm, Battlestations: Midway).
Fate of the World has been nominated for the 2011 Index: Design Awards and as a Top 10 Social Impact Games of 2010-11 by Games for Change

Key features:

  • Covers 2020 to 2200 - Two centuries years of possible futures
  • 12 regions - China, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Northern Africa, Oceania, Russia, South Asia, Southern Africa
  • Scientific Model - by Dr Myles Allen of Oxford University
  • Detailed real-world data - gathered over years of research
  • Over 100 major policies - including geoengineering, technological research, international aid, diplomacy, economics, emergency defences, species protection, forestry, health, energy choices, population, politics, and clandestine operations
  • More than 1,000 impacts - including storms, floods, heatwaves, flash fires, desertification, glacial melt, sea level rise, resource wars, drought, famine, dissidence, extinctions, epidemics, technological break-throughs, energy shortages, and political backlash
  • 50 signature animal species to save - against the backdrop of enormous biodiversity loss
  • 40 specific future technologies to develop - including nuclear fusion, biofuels, nanotech, robots, AI, smart grids, advanced medicine, synthetic food, and space exploration
  • 6 'tipping points' - world-changing events such as the Amazon collapse and the Antarctic ice shelf collapse
  • 3D Earth globe - showing climate related changes with Earth 'telemetry' - visually graphing past and future change
  • Earth overlays - revealing local temperature change, devastation, and population

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.33Ghz processor supporting SSE2 (Pentium 4 and Athlon 64) or better
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
    • Video Card: 512MB graphics card
    • Sound: Integrated sound
    • Direct®: 9
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7
    • Processor: 2.33Ghz processor supporting SSE2 (Pentium 4 and Athlon 64) or better
    • Memory:3GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
    • Video Card: 512MB graphics card
    • Sound: Integrated sound
    • Direct®: 9
    • OS: OS X version 10.6, or later.
    • Processor: 2.33 GHz Intel Processor or better
    • Memory: 3 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
    • Sound: Integrated sound
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
It is exactly what it seems to be. You guide humanity to it's brighter future through the global warming, fossil fuel depletion and population rise. With all of what makes a good global strategy/simulation: underlying mathematical models, realistic region balance, tons of available data (hidden by a click-fest UI, but at least data is meaningful and easy to comprehend). Technologies, nukes and space missions supplied.

IMPORTANT: get the Unofficial Patch, only then the game becomes what it was supposed to be. From other reviews you can get the impression that the game is abandoned, biased and half-broken. Yes, it is. Unofficial patch really patches the game for better.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Fate of the World is an interesting simulation of how to deal with global warming, to say the least.

You are given the role as an underfunded leader of a global organisation set up to handle climate change and global warming. To do so, you are given a whole lot of options and a large chain of potential tasks you can tell your lackeys to do.

The first problem then is obvious, you have no idea what these tasks(Displayed as cards) do until you try them, and often only a vague idea of how they'll effect the various things they're supposed to effect. This will be frustrating, and may lead to you just restarting several times just to see what your policies are actually doing, and what they're effecting. Trial and error gameplay will be the first thing you notice, but that is only after you have spend a turn building offices all over, which you need before you can even see what policies and programs you can enact.
There is no real tech tree equivalent you can find that shows you what exactly you can do after building one of such offices, or what leads to what other things.
A real shame is that the game is excellent at hiding your options from you, and that it also hides the data behind a small tab in the top right. You can see practically everything you need to know about an area, but how your politices will effect it, or how these things interact with eachother is left completely behind the scenes. Only a few things you can do actually tell you the full extend of what they're going to be doing with the limited money you're spending on them.

In short, frustration. However, once you get over that and learn roughly what policies go where, you will find the game opens up to you, and lets you actually play it. And it is a much bigger game than it seems to be at first. Sure, it deals with global warming, and your goal is technically to stop it, but to focus purely on that is not going to help you. It's your end goal, while your organisation does not only have the authority, but also the responsibility to prevent wars, establish healthcare and education systems, manage economic growth, and fund technology. And all of these things are not told to you, and neither is it explained to you how to do them, you have essentially become the New World Order and everyone more experienced than you has died or quit. Indeed, one can ask what actual governments do in this game, and I so far haven't seen them bother with anything yet.

When they said it was all up to you to stop climate change, they meant EVERYTHING. Make the middle east a stable place, prevent the global economy from crashing, fund space missions, create anti-flooding and drought systems, establish healthcare all over the globe, stop deforestation, ease the use of fossile fuel, and many, many more things.
And to do this, you get barely a cent.
And even if you do know what you're doing, even a little, you will have trouble. There is very little margin for error, as a few mistakes will send Africa into a continent-wide civil war(As opposed to how it is right now with only parts of it being at war all the time), and you might start nuclear conflicts in Latin America if you don't personally check up on them every turn to make sure they aren't getting ready to use your nuclear power plants for weaponry. Fate of the World is difficult in part because there are a lot of factors involved, and you are told about none of them until ♥♥♥♥ has already hit the fan.

Make no mistake, it is a difficult game, but it is a great simulator. It simulates production of fossil fuels, transport, energy generation, industry, agriculture, economy, disasters and so much more. But it just doesn't tell you about any of this.
Aside from that, the moral lessons it tries to teach are questionable at best. As the only way so far that I have found to get close to succeeding every time I try is to start a genocide program targetting China, India, the Middle East, and if they keep complaining South Asia too.

Fate of the World teaches you(Or at least, me) that the only way foreward is to kill the asians(Except Japan), and to wipe the Middle East from the map. Africa is to be policed at all times and forcibly kept poor(but educating them) until technology exists to create emissions free power and industry for them.
The Americas and Europe are to be converted to renewable power, with media campaigns focussing on distracting them from the rest of the world. Japan and Oceania are pretty much empty as far as global population is concerned, so just give them a few defences against floods and occasionally some other protection if they need it.(To switch over ALL of Oceania's transports to electric instead of oil based costs the same as all of Europe or North America's for some reason)

Fate of the World is an interesting game that I would recommend for people who enjoy detailed simulators, and don't mind having to figure out everything themselves. But I would certainly not give it to kids.
Worth 10 bucks? I'd say so, if you are one of those people into simulators, or if you've seen someone play it and think you can do better
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
148.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
I really love this game. It's hard, it's confusing -- but it all works, and slowly, as you keep trashing the world again and again, you start to understand how the pieces all

I've only recently discoverd this marvelous unofficial patch. It addresses nearly all of the issues I have with the game in spite of loving it.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
A truly awful game. It might sound like a fun geo-political simulation. It is not fun, nor is it a geopolitical simulation. This game is a card game, at best. If you're looking for a boring card game, pick this game.
Fun - 1/5
Complex - 1/5
Realistic - 1/5
Not a boring-♥♥♥ card game - 0/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
74.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
A great game in which you must guide humanity through a shortage of resources and climate change. The game is very difficult as a few mistakes and the Earth becomes an inhospitable place. There are a few beginner missions which serve as a tutorial, but after that you're on your own. That being said, there's no greater feeling than beating the Three Degrees mission. Fate Of The World is worth the price. As for the DLCs they are a bit short on content so I recommend getting them when they go on sale.
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