DescriptionThe 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: Strategic Nuclear War" -- 2007 Budget Release
- "Defcon: Guerre Mondiale Thermonucléaire " -- French Title
- "DEFCON: Globalna Wojna Termonuklearna" -- Polish title
- "DEFCON: Everybody Dies" -- European Title
Part of the Following Groups
|So damned dark, its hard to take it seriously.||Windows||Victor Joseph (7)|
|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
|1UP||Windows||Oct 07, 2006||9 out of 10||90|
|GamePro (US)||Windows||Oct 06, 2006||90|
|Game Positive||Windows||Apr 13, 2007||8.9 out of 10||89|
|Softpedia||Windows||Oct 10, 2006||8.5 out of 10||85|
|IGN||Windows||Oct 20, 2006||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Press Start Online||Windows||Sep 25, 2006||17 out of 20||85|
|CD-Action||Windows||Dec, 2006||8 out of 10||80|
|Linux Format||Linux||Sep, 2007||8 out of 10||80|
|JustPressPlay||Windows||Dec 24, 2006||8 out of 10||80|
|Game Sphere||Linux||Dec 14, 2011||80 out of 100||80|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|When the Bomb Goes Off||1||Lumpi (197)
May 07, 2009
1001 Video GamesDEFCON appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
InspirationDEFCON 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.
SoundDEFCON 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