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Pandemic 2 Review

Review; Jan. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Liam Reid

Pandemic 2 is a free-to-play flash game with a simple, straightforward objective: annihilate the population of earth. The protagonist in this game? Not a Russian mobster or a secret underground terror cell but a disease. You play as this disease, but first you must choose what type of disease you want to be: virus, bacteria or parasite. Whichever one you choose has an effect on your style of game play. You then choose a name. Your new disease then randomly appears in a country on Earth, and your objective is to spread and kill everyone.

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The end objective is Madagascar, which is extremely difficult to infect due to its annoying tendency to close down all access to the island. You evolve your disease by controlling the symptoms, resistance, and transmission. The symptoms affect how fast the disease spreads and how lethal it is, but visibility is also a concern. If your symptoms are clearly visible, then those pesky humans will close down airports, docks, hospitals, and schools to stop the disease from spreading -- and then they'll develop a vaccine to cure your precious disease.

The game is, in essence, all about speed and management of your disease. There are two modes: Relaxed, in which you have time to plan and plot your next move; or realistic in which your disease needs to spread as rapidly and effectively as possible -- similar to many of our real world nosocomial diseases. It’s a very enjoyable game for everybody, but being a student of pharmacy myself, I got a kick out of it.

Comments

RGoodman4483

RGoodman4483 - Feb. 8, 2011 at 9:21:40pm

This makes me think of the movie WarGames quite a bit!

rfludwick

rfludwick - Jan. 22, 2011 at 9:45:00am

Pretty much. Games that put you in the driver seat of evil, instead of good, can be pretty fun.

JCXanirus

JCXanirus - Jan. 22, 2011 at 12:20:35am

Biological Risk!

Review Score
9.0

Not Rated by ESRB

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