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DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game

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The world is on the brink of Armageddon. A full-scale global thermonuclear war has broken out, and as a general in a bunker somewhere, you must direct your offensive and defensive systems to nuke your opponents. Nobody wins, but maybe you can lose the least. Everybody dies.

DEFCON is an online multiplayer strategy game, but it can also be played in a singleplayer mode. Players place units, such as missile silos, airbases and radar dishes, on their territorial maps, and the game counts down from DEFCON 5 to DEFCON 1, during which time the players are to make strategic choices to eliminate their opponents without losing too much themselves.

The gameplay is shown on a large world map and the action is represented by icons and lines reminiscent of the drawing style of their two previous games: Darwinia and Uplink.


DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows ICBMs are launched across the world
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows A salvo of nuclear missiles launched
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows At Defcon level 1, things start to get nuclear
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows Start a new game by placing your bases and fleets

Alternate Titles

  • "DEFCON: Strategic Nuclear War" -- 2007 Budget Release
  • "Defcon: Guerre Mondiale ThermonuclĂ©aire " -- French Title
  • "DEFCON: Globalna Wojna Termonuklearna" -- Polish title
  • "DEFCON: Everybody Dies" -- European Title

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User Reviews

A breathtaking anti-war game Windows Lumpi (197)
A so-so game that makes you feel like a horrible person Windows kvn8907 (180)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Windows Oct 06, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
YouGamers Windows Jul 10, 2007 90 out of 100 90
Gameguru Mania Windows Oct 08, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Games4Mac Macintosh 2007 83 out of 100 83
GameSpot Windows Oct 10, 2006 8.1 out of 10 81
Game Sphere Linux Dec 14, 2011 80 out of 100 80
Indius Windows Jan 25, 2012 15 out of 20 75
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2006 75 out of 100 75
Gameslave UK Windows Oct 14, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
DarkZero Windows Jun 17, 2007 7 out of 10 70


Topic # Posts Last Post
When the Bomb Goes Off 1 Lumpi (197)
May 07, 2009


1001 Video Games

DEFCON appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


DEFCON is probably inspired by Wargames more than anything else (the movie and it's videogame adaptation). The game's look as well as text on the main menu are direct references to this.


DEFCON applies a bunch of casual sounds to heighten the psychological effect of dealing with a thermonuclear war. Among these, the background music stays very much in the background. However as the game approaches the Defcon 1 stage, the background music increases in both tempo and strength. During actual nuclear war, piano key strikes can be heard as nuclear warheads impact with cities.


  • Games for Windows Magazine
    • March 2007 - #6 Game of the Year
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