Pandemic II

Pandemic II

Ev-ry bo-dy wants to rule the world. Or so the song goes. But if you've ever wondered what it's like to play the role of petulant biologist seeking to eradicate the whole of humanity, we humbly suggest you put down the Erlenmeyer flasks and pick up Pandemic II instead.

Pandemic II is an exercise in biological warfare. You'll guide a disease from lowly annoyance to global disaster, spreading sickness across a continental tour worthy of the history books.

Will your megaplague be a prodigious virus, a well-balanced bacterium, or a stealthy parasite? Each form has unique strengths and weaknesses that will alter your approach. As the game progresses, you'll accrue evolution points to spend on traits to custom engineer your disease: granting various elemental resistances, finding new vectors, and affecting the symptoms your infected will display (everything from fever to hemorrhaging).

Your ultimate goal is to infect all of the humans on Earth, causing their gasping, ignoble death in the process. But be wary, for if your organism gains too much visibility, the world's medical community will band together to stop your spread. Despite the macabre theme, the game is presented solely through menu screens and a world map. The thrill of seeing nations enter a red frenzy is entirely worth it, though. Just watch out for those germaphobe jerks in Madagascar.

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I loved the first one, can't wait to try it.

I remember playing the first one, this one is a lot more game like. Also more detailed, nice find!
LOL I have an ocean vessel thats been meandering for 100 days because all the ports were shut down while it was out to sea.

I really loved playing the first one. I was actually just playing this one not long ago. Still just as great.

Guh. I spread too quickly and my death rate was too high right off the bat.

I do have the distinct honor of wiping about 90% of the Canadian/Russian/Eastern Europe population off the map though. Funny thing is, my disease started in India and yet the only country I could really get infected below the equator was Brazil and North Africa.

I've played 2 games. Both times infected 90+% of the world. I have yet to kill a single person.

Edit: Day 120, unlocked Tier IV. Boom.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I've played 2 games. Both times infected 90+% of the world. I have yet to kill a single person.

Edit: Day 120, unlocked Tier IV. Boom.

Yeah, I think I went too early with the Tier II and III stuff.

BlackSheep wrote:

Yeah, I think I went too early with the Tier II and III stuff.

I spent a bunch on Tier III little things thinking they'd start killing people. But apparently no one dies until Tier IV. I guess I should've watch the tutorial.

Ok I laughed way too hard at that, Lobster.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

But apparently no one dies until Tier IV.

No need to watch the tutorial. You just need to get into a determined mindset to kill the world

Brennil wrote:

Ok I laughed way too hard at that, Lobster.

Ditto

That cartoon was awesome, Lobster.

It took me a little over 300 days but everyone on the planet was killed. Except Madagascar. Not 1 person infected there.

KrazyTacoFO wrote:

It took me a little over 300 days but everyone on the planet was killed. Except Madagascar. Not 1 person infected there.

I hate Madagascar.

156 days, destroyed everything but Madagascar. Is there some sort of secret to getting your disease to Madagascar? I didn't see the option to make a life raft of my infected wash up on their shores.

Elliottx wrote:

156 days, destroyed everything but Madagascar. Is there some sort of secret to getting your disease to Madagascar? I didn't see the option to make a life raft of my infected wash up on their shores.

My second disease, a parasite, found its way to madagascar quite early, but I didn't infect a large portion of the map, including Russia of all things and they cured me. Boo!

There's no secret to getting into (or out of) Madagascar. It's entirely luck. Rationally, you want your infectivity to be high and your visibility/lethality to be low until you've infected every country. Since the game's logic is a little weird, it's actually best to keep even your infectivity low until you've infected all the countries. The more people that are infected/dead, the quicker the response.

Someone made a little strategy guide to kill off the entire world that's very specific (basically you need to start in one of the lower-population countries that is NOT Madagascar so you can infect a lot of people without alarming other countries). That's only if you're looking to "win," though. I find it's more fun to just play.

Amazing, though, how a single strain of a disease can mutate in every infected organism on the planet simultaneously.

If Madagascar slips away as it usually does, at least you can feel content it'll eventually die of AIDS and malnutrition. Hooray, Africa!

My favorite part of the game is when all the ports close while there are still ships at sea and they have nowhere to land. Just stay out there, dudes. Trust me.

Brennil wrote:

Ok I laughed way too hard at that, Lobster.

Unfortunately, not mine.

I can only imagine the conversations doctors in my game might be having with their patients:

"Hmm, you seem to have a severe case of the virus 'Die, Madagascar, Die.' We'll treat it aggressively, but it has been known to be fatal. Sometimes. In Australia."

In my current game, Quintinitis couldn't gain a foothold in Madagascar and Indonesia of all places. Everywhere else has 100% infection, their vaccine failed and caused a mutation. Now I popped necrosis then encephalitis and now waiting to buy insanity.

Madagascar!!!!!!

So once closed, you're pretty much SOL in terms of infecting?

need to lay low a bit longer.

Quintinitis comes to an end. China held out the longest, except of course for Madagascar and Indonesia. Score: 43,280

I always kill off Madagascar. Half the time it even starts me there. I can't seem to destroy Russia though
Oh, poopy.

Figures. I start off in Madagascar, but those assholes in Greenland, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand closed their borders within a minute of each other.

I started in Australia, with heat and cold resistance. I went with a rat vector only, figuring that since Madagascar only had a port, I'd sneak in through rats on the ship. Since I only spread by rat, I wasn't scary enough for everyone to shut down. And it worked.

Yellek Fever killed everyone on Earth in 236 days.
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What I love is how the zombies are operating the infrastructure in Greenland. Everything is operating even though everyone is dead.

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Quintin_Stone wrote:

I started in Australia, with heat and cold resistance. I went with a rat vector only, figuring that since Madagascar only had a port, I'd sneak in through rats on the ship. Since I only spread by rat, I wasn't scary enough for everyone to shut down. And it worked.

I tried doing just that but guess who had the temerity to shut their ports down over diseased rats? f*ck you, Madagascar!

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tanstaafl wrote:

What I love is how the zombies are operating the infrastructure in Greenland. Everything is operating even though everyone is dead.

Braaaaaaaains... and loading and unloading cargo shiiiiiiiiiips....

Quintin_Stone wrote:
BlackSheep wrote:

Yeah, I think I went too early with the Tier II and III stuff.

I spent a bunch on Tier III little things thinking they'd start killing people. But apparently no one dies until Tier IV. I guess I should've watch the tutorial. :)

No, no, people can die from Tier I and II stuff. Lots and lots of people.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:
BlackSheep wrote:

Yeah, I think I went too early with the Tier II and III stuff.

I spent a bunch on Tier III little things thinking they'd start killing people. But apparently no one dies until Tier IV. I guess I should've watch the tutorial. :)

No, no, people can die from Tier I and II stuff. Lots and lots of people. :)

...I've slaughtered people with Tier II and III stuff too -- Add up a bunch of dinks and dunks and you've got the formula for pandemic express.

Great game! I got around 173k -- other than Madagascar, the entire world was dead. I think infecting Madagascar is mostly luck. If ports are closed before your disease makes it there then they'll survive. It probably also helps to make the disease very heat-resistant and possibly water or insect-borne. I need to watch the tutorial now to see what I'm missing. Good stuff.

edit: On "arcade mode" or whatever it seems like the trick is to only spend points in resistances and communicability until the disease is pervasive. Eventually someone will discover it and countries will take measures to prevent the disease from spreading further, and once that happens you won't get many more points to spend. So then start jacking up the lethality and watch the bodies pile up.

I still haven't investigated things like timing new forms of transmission with natural disasters. It's probably a good idea to bump up water resistance and add water or airborne transmission during a massive hurricane, for example, as well as possibly making a symptom vomiting or diarrhea (yet more water). Plenty of experimenting to do. Yay!

Such a great game, also loved the first one. Thanks for the heads up.