Well, it happened: you are stuck at home due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus that is spreading exponentially outside your door. Working from home and self-quarantine are great ways to prevent the widespread spread of COVID-19. I’ve spent my better half of my day working and watching pandemic movies on Netflix. However, after playing Plague Inc. On my Android phone, I was really curious if there were other epidemic games I could play online or on my PC. So, let’s not waste time and jump right in. Here are the best online epidemic related games that you can play right away!
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If you are using Chrome, you will need to allow Flash to run before you can play these games. Here’s how to do it.
- Go to Privacy and Security in settings
- Open Website settings
- Enable “Prevent websites from running Flash.
Now, this will change the option to “question first. So every time you open a website that requires Flash, just “Click Allow“And have fun. Alternatively, you can install Flash in your system (on Mac) to play these games. It is better to download flash games because Adobe will gradually abandon Flash.
1. Pandemic 2
The story of this game is not about saving but sickening the land.
The goal is to spread the epidemic in the fastest and most effective way possible. You can either choose the realistic mode which has a longer gameplay or the relaxed mode if you are just playing it for fun. The player begins by choosing the disease, whether it is a virus, bacteria or parasite. It is interesting that the player controls the virus. For example, you can change the symptoms of the virus, modify the resistance of the disease to a larger outbreak, and choose the means of transmission, such as air, water, etc.
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This game may look like an easy game but it needs some strategies and fixed details in the breaking news section that affect the gameplay. I would suggest this game to anyone who has time on hand and would like to destroy the world! The game also has a well-organized help page. This makes it easy to follow.
- The player controls the virus
- You need to put in place the right strategies
- The graphics may look old
- It may take some time to understand
- Great game for teens and adults
Play Pandemic 2
2. The Great Flu
It is a game that seeks to prevent infection in which the player has to manage and control an outbreak of a new influenza virus and prevent it from turning into a global pandemic.
The game starts with a documentary-style video introduction, and also gives you little details about the game. Understanding role-playing is fairly easy as you have been assigned the role of the leader of a team whose goal is to “control the global pandemic”. In the game, you can assign research teams to affected areas, distribute antiviral vaccines, close schools and other institutions and eventually find a vaccine so that the entire population of the world can be helped and prevent further escalation.
One can easily find parallels with the current COVID-19 situation, where the number of infected patients and the death toll is rising and there is a looming fear of an economic slowdown, in addition to the virus. The game was developed in consultation with Dr. AP Osterhaus, with the aim of raising awareness and imparting knowledge about how the virus spreads and evolves.
- It gives the player a detailed look at the outbreak of the epidemic.
- The graphics may be outdated for some.
- Ghost touches while using the side panel.
- Created in consultation with a virologist and epidemiologist.
Play The Great Flu
3. Medical Mysteries
It is a series of mini-games where the player has to investigate an outbreak of infectious diseases.
You can switch between games like Disease Defenders, which is a standalone mission game, where you are on a team of experts to combat an outbreak. Animal Alert is another game that puts you in the role of an epidemiologist, microbiologist or veterinarian, with the goal of finding out what makes people sick. The duration of these games is anywhere between 30-45 minutes and the story line is easy even for younger age groups as well.
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So, if you are sitting at home and your child has a penchant for science, this is a great way to impart knowledge in a fun way. All of these games are safe for children as they comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act 1998.
- Multiple games in one place
- Good for younger age groups
- Easy to follow
- May not be suitable for adults
Play Medical Mysteries
4. Flu Epidemic
Would you like to be the Minister of Health someday and deal with real world problems? Well, take part in this game and try to contain the spread of a new flu virus in the city that can affect millions of people all over the world.
The game provides you with multiple options to choose from, which in turn decide what happens next in the game. For example, if you choose to kill all birds (bird flu), you are likely to encounter significant opposition from wildlife conservation groups, and spread through human contact will render your movement ineffective. Got the idea?
What keeps me connected to the game is the TV news that feels like a monologue where the news anchor thinks about the choices the player makes and reports their repercussions on the world. Schematically, there is not much on the screen but the map shows the severity of the outbreak, the percentage of infected, and whether public opinion is in favor of the government or not. The game was developed by The Cell Center, a science education center based in Queen Mary, University of London, the first learning center located within functioning biomedical research laboratories.
- Easy gameplay (objective type).
- Real-time analysis of your movements.
- Suitable for children and teens.
- Other science-backed games on the same page.
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Play Flu Epidemic
5. Plague Inc: Evolved
It is a real-time strategy game but it is very different from other games as it has realistic simulation and outstanding graphics. The gameplay story revolves around the player who creates a disease with the aim of wiping out the entire humanity with this deadly board. The game not only provides entertainment but also uses an epidemiological model, and there are other complex variables that make the impact of the epidemic severe. Besides using the pathogen, the player also has other options such as enslaving the population or turning them into zombies. However, the player has a time limitation before humans develop a vaccine.
The developer started creating this game initially as a hobby and to my surprise, it is inspired by Pandemic 2, the first game on the list. Even though it doesn’t have online support, you can still get it through Steam for just $6.5.
- Rich in featured and updated graphics.
- Various types of diseases to use.
- Realistic global scenarios.
- Multiple options.
Play Plague Inc: Evolved
Epidemic games are in great demand and games like this one can be a great motivation to be at home. Not only do these games impart knowledge and give you an idea of how the virus spreads and how it affects the world’s population, but it is also done under the supervision of professionals. Whether Plaque Inc. (Featured by CDC) or Pandemic 2 which laid the foundation of the pandemic/virus genre, these games should be tried by everyone at least once. Perhaps, now is the time. Also, if you have a PS4, you might want to try The Last of Us: Remastered or Resident Evil 7 Gold which are based on the same principle. So, this was a list of top online epidemic related games that you can play right away!