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Description

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.

Screenshots

DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows Missiles are launched back in retaliation
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows A salvo of nuclear missiles launched
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows Submarines launch their own nuclear warheads
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Windows The whole world is involved in this conflict

Promo Images

DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Screenshot
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Screenshot
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Screenshot
DEFCON: Global Nuclear Domination Game Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "DEFCON: Strategic Nuclear War" -- 2007 budget release title
  • "Defcon: Guerre Mondiale ThermonuclĂ©aire " -- French title
  • "DEFCON: guerra termonucleare globale" -- Italian title
  • "DEFCON: Globalna Wojna Termonuklearna" -- Polish title
  • "DEFCON: Everybody Dies" -- European title

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User Reviews

So damned dark, its hard to take it seriously. Windows Victor Joseph (9)
A breathtaking anti-war game Windows Lumpi (197)
A so-so game that makes you feel like a horrible person Windows kvn8907 (180)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Windows Oct 06, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Couch Windows Oct 03, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Games TM Windows Oct, 2006 9 out of 10 90
YouGamers Windows Jul 10, 2007 90 out of 100 90
4Players.de Windows Oct 19, 2006 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Windows Oct 10, 2006 8.1 out of 10 81
CD-Action Windows Dec, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.de Windows Oct 02, 2006 8 out of 10 80
PC Player (Denmark) Windows Dec, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jun 29, 2007 7 out of 10 70

Forums

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

Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Inspiration

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.

Sound

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.

Awards

  • Games for Windows Magazine
    • March 2007 - #6 Game of the Year
Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and WildKard

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