|a game by||Dark Realm Studios|
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Ever Wondered What it would be like to be HIV? Ever stopped midshower, collapsed to the floor in a naked wet heap and gasped, "Oh god, what if I am SARS?" Well, stop doing both of those things right now. Pandemic 2 is a strategy game in which you design a disease and choose how to evolve it, evade being cured, and spread across the world.
The aim is to wipe out mankind by balancing your disease's various attributes. Nasty symptoms increase lethality, but also visibility, which in turn allows your disease to be more quickly spotted and the affected areas quarantined. Seaports and airports may be closed, harshly reducing your ability to infect new populations, while hospitals and water stations provide excellent means of passing your filthy little sickness about the place. As more and more people succumb to your disease you earn evolution points, which can be spent on more heinous symptoms or useful resistances.
Every region has a number of safeguards you must be careful to avoid triggering. For instance Madagascar, a panicky island with only a seaport leading to it, is the toughest place to infect, as they'll shut their borders at the drop of a hatful of vomit. Personally I like infecting everybody, and then all of a sudden evolving into a type of bacteria that makes everybody shit themselves. Sadly, it's never that easy in Pandemic to spread yourself everywhere, and without a 3D interface to make yourself a physical manifestation of angry diarrhoea, you'll never live out that dream. However, you will spend hours and hours playing a simple-looking, yet deviously addictive, strategy game with an original concept.