Pathogen is a turn-based strategy game, but it doesn't involve armor-clad warriors waging war against hordes of miscellaneous fiends. Instead, it tasks shapes of one color with overcoming similar shapes of another hue. It's the kind of simplistic, easy-to-grasp, abstract experience that tends to be very successful on mobile platforms. Now, after having made itself cozy in a competing app store a couple months ago, Pathogen has found its way onto Google Play.

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Pathogen pits players against each other in an engagement requiring the kind of tactical prowess you would expect from a timeless board game. The multiplayer mode takes place either on a single screen or online, but there's also a lengthy single-player campaign and multiple difficulty levels to provide plenty of replay value even when alone. All of this comes packaged together for $2.99.

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  • Sorian

    Can't remember the game this is based on, but looks fun!

    • bse88


      • Sorian

        Yeah, It's close to Reversi/Othello. Doing a bit of research, it's Mancala meets Reversi variant called chain reaction. I think there is a specific name, but can't remember it, like Cerberus.

        • Cerberus_tm

          Ohh we really need to find out what this game this was! I only played it on a computer, but I imagine it would be easy to do on a board as well.

    • Cerberus_tm

      This Android game is exactly as I remember the game! Thanks to Jas above for posting the link:

  • Cerberus_tm

    I remember playing a similar game in primary school, in the early nineties, black and white. You put a ball of your colour in a square, and the square would "burst" when there were 4 balls in it (of either colour). Then the balls would explode into adjacent squares, and you could get chain reactions. The goal was to populate the whole board (or kill all the opponent's balls). It was player versus player. Any idea what it was called or where it might be found? Pathogen looks like an advanced version of this, in a way. Very cool.

    • Evan

      I believe the board game you are describing is Reversi (or Othello)

      • Cerberus_tm

        Oh, no, it is not like Reversi: there are 0–4 balls per square in my game, and there is nothing about affecting an entire row like in Reversi. But thanks for thinking along with me hehe.

    • Jas Kapadia

      It's called Chain Reaction, and it's on the Play Store... find it here


      • Cerberus_tm

        Wow, thanks!! This is the game as I remember it, I think it is the same game in a new jacket. Too bad it can't be played by a single player...

  • Sourabh Sekhar

    Every "iOS" exclusive game has to and will come to android.
    ex-badland,clash of clans etc

  • MrMLK

    Tablet only. What a waste.

    Ooops, looks like the fixed it. Must have been a listing issue. Never mind.

  • abobobilly

    $3 for that? ....... :S

  • gregory

    I have a kindle fire hd, and I really want to access that online multiplayer.
    How and can I do it?
    It's advertised, so if not i wil get a refund.