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  • genre Strategy / Real-time / Modern
  • download size 70 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 192 user ratings.
  • release date September 29, 2006
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer) and Linux (Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Introversion Software / Introversion Software
  • game modes Multi-player, Co-op
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 18 developers' photos
  • manual
  • 2 posters
  • soundtrack
  • 6 artworks

What's cool about it:

  • With a large number of game modes for multiplayer, DefCon offers many hours of non-repetitive gameplay.
  • Stylized graphics inspired by movies such as Wargames and Dr. Strangelove invoke a very engrossing atmosphere.
  • Easy to learn, hard to master mechanics that you can use to execute countless strategies.


"Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god." - Jean Rostand Thoughts of a Biologist

You play the role of a military commander hidden deep within an underground bunker. Your mission - to successfully exterminate your enemy's civilian population whilst disabling their ability to attack your own. Start by launching your battleships, submarines, and bombers in order to decimate your opponent's defences. Scramble together your alliances, but remember only one can stand victorious. Prepare your pre-emptive strike before one of your supposed allies get the same idea. Choose the perfect moment for betrayal, obliterating your opponents with an apocalyptic thermonuclear barrage, but get it wrong and their devastating counter attack will bring you to your knees!

DEFCON is a hell of a ride for a strategy games fan. What can be more thrilling that a world-wide, thermonuclear conflict that wipes out all of humanity from the face of the Earth? You start slowly, deploying your forces on international waters, sneaking under the radar. Then, as the DEFCON level changes, players are allowed to use aggressive tactics and even start a conventional war. The conflict is slowly but unavoidably heating up as the game progresses and when it reaches a critical level then the ultimate weapons of mass destruction are unleashed. Let the countdown to extinction begin!

Multiplayer notice: In order to access the multiplayer you must first enter your unique cd-key that can be found under My Account. For more information please followthis link.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Violence., PEGI Rating: 7+

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Minimum system requirements (Linux): Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17, Processor: 1.8 GHz, Memory: 1 GB RAM, Graphics: 64 MB of VRAM

All user reviews:

User reviews:

Don't be tricked by DEFCON

Posted on 2012-07-13 05:36:34 bygdkags's avatargdkags:

This game might look that it could be boring, slow and making you sleepy. It might be that even your first three or four DEFCON phases will feel that way, but as soon as your DEFCON phase hits dark red, this game will get very hectic and every slow move you made during your first few phases will hit you in the face. As soon as you got the hang of DEFCON you will realize that thisread more is a very fast paced real time strategy game that will make you regret your mistakes.
This game is not for everyone, but it is a great game IMHO.
But in my opinion is a multiplayer key considered DRM. But worth it.

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Interesting Game

Posted on 2012-07-13 00:36:14 byantihippie's avatarantihippie:

I really enjoy DEFCON, and have even used it as a teaching tool about nuclear war. Presentation-wise it's one of the most unique games out there. No fancy models, no cpu chugging physics engine, just a wire-frame map of the world with figures moving about. Nonetheless, as you get closer to zero hour and the eventual launch of your ICBMs the game gets increasingly tense, and more Finally, as your cities disappear and the death toll mounts, the horror begins to hit home in a surprisingly personal way, helped along by a brilliant ambient score.
The crowning touch is knowing that the bunker-buster is heading for your bunker, and watching as the counter ticks down to your certain death.
The game has a bit of a learning curve and you'll likely lose badly the first few times you play it, but once you master the basics, you'll find this can be a fun way to spend an hour.

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A game were even the winner can lose.

Posted on 2012-07-12 07:32:33 byLord_Kane's avatarLord_Kane:

DEFCON this game for me had a creepy connection the same time my copy got in from Intoversion directly the TV show Jericho aired in almost a creepy ironic twist...
now onto the game itself.
It is probably one of the most tense games you will play especially with other people, Alliances will be formed, broken and blasted to slag, do not play this game if you are paranoid.
Get this game, you wont regret it.

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