Thursday, April 23, 2015

Plague Inc: Evolved Impressions


Ever have the desire to just... kill everyone in the world?  First of all, don't admit to that out loud.  Secondly, have I got the game for you!

Plague Inc started out on mobile platforms (iOS and Android) before making the leap to computer.  I am so thankful that it made that transition.  Well, it is making that transition.  The game is still in early access and still has a long way to go.  You know what is very impressive though?  Out of the 7,500 or so reviews on Steam 95% of them recommend this game.  That's very impressive for a game that isn't even done yet.

So, what is PIE?  Plague Inc: Evolved is PIE, get with the program!  I'm too lazy to type of the name every time.  So, PIE is the next step up from the mobile version.  At its core, the game is the same right now.  They might have fiddled with a few bits here and there or polished up the graphics, but the game plays much the same way.  It benefits immensely from the transition to the big screen though.  While not perfect, viewing the world map on a 46 inch HDTV is much more preferable than on my tiny Galaxy S3.



With the whole world in your view you feel like you are in a command center.  Your aim?  Destroy the world.  This is a strategy game through and through, so if you can't handle a little game of chance now and again you won't dig this game.  It is highly addictive though.  Games can play out in so many different ways and there are a multitude of perks that fundamentally change the way the game is played.  There are also many different organisms* you can use to destroy the world that all play very differently.

Don't think the world is just going to roll over and die either.  The world will fight back.  Doctors will work tirelessly to cure the disease.  Some governments with mandate that those showing signs of disease will be shot on sight.  You must be smart and evolve your disease in a way most beneficial to you.  If your disease is too deadly and kills to quickly it won't have a chance to spread.

This is a game that you'll find long forum discussions on strategies and tactics.  No matter how vicious your disease can get there will always be  many chances for your sure victory to fall apart.  It's infuriating and completely worth your time.  I put almost 12 hours into this death simulator over the weekend and loved every hair pulling moment.  I haven't touched the scenario mode yet either! 

I am most excited to know how they plan to implement multiplayer into PIE.  It's a burning curiosity.  Only time will tell, but until then I think you should brush up on your strategic annihilation of the human race.

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