04
Oct
plaguetiny

Even if you haven't played it before, there's a decent chance you've seen Plague Inc. around the internet. Usually, it involves seeing a screenshot that informs you your mom has killed thousands of people. If you've ever wondered how you—yes, you!—can also create silly-named diseases that annihilate Earth's population with your Android phone, the answer has arrived! Go here, download the game, then spend 15 minutes staring at the screen trying to come up with something clever. Fair warning: "BieberFever" has already been done to death.

Of course, there is actually a game part to this game. The action is rather slow-going at first, but that's the point. Tensions build. For your first run, you create a disease and pick where it will initially be contracted. From there, you slowly acquire DNA points which you can spend on mutations and new abilities for your disease. These can range from symptoms like coughs, to resistances to heat, cold, or other conditions. All for the sake of ensuring your disease survives longer and infects more people.

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The game is free in the Play Store now. Curiously, it seems to only be supported on tablets. Even our Galaxy Nexii (on a variety of carriers) weren't supported. Nothing in the description officially says it's only for slates, though, so take a look. Perhaps you'll get lucky. Update: the issue has been rectified - Plague Inc. is available for phones now.

And, of course, you can see it coming a mile away: in-app purchases are available to speed up the process of unlocking new mutations and abilities, but it's not necessary in order to play the game. So grab it now and have fun killing all humans!

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    Slowly but surely all my favorite games from iOS are coming to Android. Come on hero academy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

    Seems like it's only for tablets O.o

  • Jordan

    My One X is unsupported, but my Acer A500 is. Looks like it is only tablets

  • Eric

    Installed on my S3

  • http://twitter.com/Tamakun23 Jason Wesley

    It looks like it works with my Nexus S in Canada. :D

  • Marshall503

    wprking on my amaze

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    There was an issue with the compatibility with phones, which Ndemic Creations rectified. Works well with the Nexus and other phones now: http://www.facebook.com/Ndemic.Creations/posts/373455439399874

  • guest

    Able to install from the market on NS4G, evo 3d and e4gt for me

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Well there goes my productivity lol

  • KB26

    Being a bit fanboyish here, but I named my disease iSheep. lol

    • username_already_exists_error

      me too. and the weird thing is a pop up appeared saying "Apple$osft announced new iCure device to help cure iSheep. Release date TBD" lol!

  • Christopher Ferguson

    this game is a complete rip off of pandemic II. Just so you know where they got the whole game from... Google it. Fun game. I hate clones.

    • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

      This game is quite different. It feels as if though it was truly designed for touch play. Of course the gameplay is somewhat similar, but overall and as a person who played many hours of Pandemic II, I find this game more fun.

  • Sorian

    Ah, Pandemic has mutated to a mobile game. I wondering if they fixed the Madagascar paradox.

    If you were trying to get the "impossible achievement" from Kongregate, you had to start out at Madagascar (or be very lucky) because they were the first to close their borders to everyone, even when the virus had very mundane symptoms (fever, sneezing, coughing, etc.) that didn't kill anyone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

      The algorithms in this game work very differently. It's mostly based on what countries you're closest to. My first game I infected Madagascar, but not Greenland, surprisingly. My next game, I started in the middle of both, and infected both and killed the planet. It was pretty fun.

  • KB26

    oh dear, it appears that my samsung stratosphere has froze.. it has been infected

  • TheKaz1969

    When should we expect the "Android has it now? ewww!" comments..?

    • abqnm

      I don't mind. It mocks Apple in the game.

      • abqnm

        And I never enjoyed losing a game this much before.

        • UniBroW

          LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

    I had started my second game in the UK and went a totally different route with my disease, and I very easily killed off the entire planet. I'm glad to see that I could complete it quite easily without making any in app purchases.

    • http://www.facebook.com/william.dullea William Dullea

      what was ur stratagy

      • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

        High infectivity, low severity, and keeping my symptoms to a low level until I had enough infected to kick it off into high gear. Plane transmission is also very important for the UK, their planes go pretty much everywhere, and when you have a country 100% infected, every plane will carry infection.

  • leoingle

    Another game? Don't care

    • joep1984

      Then why post, exactly?

      • leoingle

        Because last I checked, I have the freedom to post for any reason I like, just as you do and did. But going by your logic, you shouldn't have posted neither, so practice what you preach, hypocrite.

  • defred34

    "And, of course, you can see it coming a mile away: in-app purchases are available to speed up the process of unlocking new mutations and abilities, but it's not necessary in order to play the game."

    Come on dude...if you even bothered opening the game, there is just the ONE IAP to unlock the full game. This removes ads, allows you to fast forward and a little more customizations to your disease. And besides, it only costs US$0.99!!!

    • joep1984

      And if you had bothered to open the game, you would see that you can purchase any or all 25 genes that give you more DNA per bubble pop, automatic orange and red bubble pops, etc.

      • defred34

        Oh I see, thanks for the info. Yes, now that I check, additional stuff can be bought. But these are all obtainable by 'normally' playing the game. Its for rick kids, spoilt brats and lazy bums.

        • WilliamSurname

          Its unlocks aren't reliable. I beat it on Normal and it didn't unlock the next tier of disease.

  • fixxmyhead

    Have never even heard of this game before

  • Brfield

    Really, not compatible with the GS3?

  • adrian

    my very first game i started in china infected the world and killed off the worlds population.. now that i actually achieved that in the first shot i dont care to continue playing it

    • http://www.facebook.com/william.dullea William Dullea

      how did u do it did u buy stuff or no n what was ur stratagy

  • defred34

    If anyone has tips, please share. Both times when I played (20 mins long each), I never managed to infect Greenland. I pretty much infected/killed the RoW but not a single infection in Greenland. Is it a bug? I tried a lot of variable mutations both times round, with the second time focusing on cold climate more.

  • João Deiró

    Is it just me or is it game extremely heavy on the processor? My GS3 warms up instantly and the battery life is immediately affected. I'm running CM10, if that's relevant.

    • defred34

      Now you mention, this uses a friggin 400mb of RAM on my tablet. God, even SHaodwgun THD manages to stay below 350mb!!

      • Michael Kennedy

        There was a new update just released that fixed a memory leak issue. Hopefully that fixes the 400mb issue.

        • mgamerz

          It hasn't, my galaxy nexus closed it, and the launcher, skype, all background apps had been killed.

  • GraveUypo

    easiest way to win is to invest every point in transmission at the beginning until you get animal pandemic or whatever it is called, level 1 water and air transmission, then invest heavily on symptoms. medication resistance is a waste of points, from that whole tab at most you get one cold resistance, one antibiotic resistance to get into richer countries faster (if you start in a hot country) and two general resistances.

    but yeah it's pretty fun

  • Pod

    Downloaded it expecting a decent diversion that I'll mess around with a few times and then uninstall it, played for six hours straight. This game is pretty great. My only gripe would be Greenland and Iceland - in every game I'm forced to plan my strategy around these two blasted islands, which doesn't seem like it should be happening.

  • moe

    i have an acer aspire v5 , how can i download the game?