Pandemic 2: Or how to waste hours off your life

It’s 1:45 am Saturday morning, I have a project due in six hours and I haven’t slept yet…

Why? Bloody Pandemic 2!

For those one or two people in the world who haven’t played this yet, your goal is to create an infectious disease from the three available types, Virus, Bacteria or Parasite, and mutate it in such a way to stay one step ahead of the humans and their countermeasures until you’ve wiped out every last one on Earth. It’s one of the most insidiously addictive games out there. Perhaps even more-so than the diseases it allows you to create. Either case, I was finally able to defeat it so I can finally go to bed!

First step would be to get every single region infected. Which wasn't easy with stubborn Madagascar!

First step would be to get every single region infected. Which wasn't easy with stubborn Madagascar!

When the shipyards are shut down, you have to wonder what happens to all the stranded sailors at sea.

When the shipyards are shutdown by the governments, you have to wonder what happens to all the stranded sailors at sea.

Once the world hospitals have started developing a vaccine, it's just a race against the clock to finish the job

Once the world hospitals have started developing a vaccine, it's just a race against the clock to finish the job

Of course, a vaccine is of no use if all the hospitals are shut down due to the outbreak. This pretty much gives you as much time as you need.

Of course, a vaccine is of no use if all the hospitals are shut down due to the outbreak. This pretty much gives you as much time as you need.

And leave it to the Chinese, with it's super-large population to hold out to the end.

And leave it to the Chinese, with it's super-large population to hold out to the end.

Mission accomplished! Time for bed!

Mission accomplished! Time for bed!

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6 thoughts on “Pandemic 2: Or how to waste hours off your life

  1. I have been able to get rid of about 2/3 of the world’s population, but I only gave it two tries so far. You really need to make sure that your virus is a pleasant combination of innocent and infectious. Then you ramp up the lethality, BWAHAHAHA!

    I need to show this to my dad, he’s an infectious disease specialist at the Mayo clinic :P

    • Dude, that’s awesome! It’s the perfect game for him :D

      I gave it quite a bit more than two tries… Which is why I was so tired at work :P

      I eventually managed to beat my own score.

      Yeah, the trick is to remain undetected for as long as possible. I used a parasite.

      When enough nations are infected, then you turn on the spreading symptoms. It’s a really tricky balance and sometimes it depends on some luck as well.

      E.G. Madagascar!!!!

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