If you haven't given Plague Inc. [$0.99] a try yet, you really should. Originally released in May this year, the game essentially is an incredibly well done iOS port of the various Flash games all centralized around the idea of building a disease deadly enough to knock out the entire human population. We reviewed the game this past summer, and we enjoyed it quite a bit. Plague Inc. has only gotten better with updates, and following the game infecting my household recently and me blabber-mouthing on Twitter about it, the developer shot us over some fun factoids about the game that seemed worth sharing.

First off, here are the top ten names people are giving to their diseases:

  1. Death
  2. AIDS
  3. T-Virus
  4. Poop
  5. X
  6. Swag
  7. Plague
  8. Stupidity
  9. Love
  10. [Censored]

Ndemic Creations censored a few of the "particularly insulting" disease names in the list they sent over, so we're just going to have to guess what sort of foul thing the tenth most popular disease is. Other notables that made the top 50 include "Zombie," "Religion," "Reddit," "YOLO," "Your Mom," "Obesity," and of course, "Penis." They note that diseases named "Obama" and "Romney" spiked in popularity in November for obvious reasons, and "Death" has been the most popular disease name since the release of the game.

Additionally, "Zombie" has been growing in popularity every month, and they even plan on releasing an update in the not too distant future with the new zombie disease type. In our email exchange gathering data for this story, developer James Vaughan makes a curious observation regarding the universal appeal of the game:

I find it really interesting seeing the names that bubble to the top of the list. Social issue, popular culture, immature comments, scientific concepts, insults, famous names - they are all there. People take the game and shape it into an experience they want to play - realistic, social commentary, humorous, crude.

Another thing worth noting is just how varied disease names actually are. James mentions that close to a million games are played on a daily basis, and the vast majority of disease names are totally unique. "Death," the current frontrunner, is only chosen around 100,000 times a month. Vaughan continues, "Something that the data doesn't show is that a lot of people name plagues after friends, boy/girlfriends, exes, etc."

The game has been downloaded over 2,000,000 times now, and has been a hit amongst our community as well. Aside from the main forum thread for the game, there's also a help and strategies thread for new players who can't quite get over the edge of killing all of humanity.

Seriously though, if you've passed up Plague Inc. in the past for any reason, you should really give it a shot. It's one of those games that is really difficult to make look even remotely interesting in screenshots, which surprisingly enough, hasn't seemed to stop the momentum of the game at all on iTunes charts. If you are playing it, what disease names do you typically use? Are yours on the top ten?

  • DannyTheElite

    What's the censored one??

    • osvd

      Something related to penis and vaginas maybe?

      • http://www.facebook.com/james.vaughan.9887 James Vaughan

        nope 😛

      • http://www.facebook.com/ahummelshoj Anita Hummelshøj

        will you tell us if we keep naming the diseases Vaughan?

      • http://www.facebook.com/james.vaughan.9887 James Vaughan


      • http://www.facebook.com/ahummelshoj Anita Hummelshøj

        awww then what to do?

      • Bob

        Niggers isn't it?

      • Goat76

        It's your moma batch...

  • DannyTheElite

    I bet Gangnam Style was a popular name 😀

    • DannyTheElite

      Gangnam style dance as a symptom lol
      The last remaining humans have been infected with Gangnam Style and are dancing all the time 😀

      • http://www.facebook.com/mikebaks Mike Baks

        The name "Gangnam Style" is enough to make someone sick and die instantly...no need to dance like an idiot.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Nowhere to be found in the top disease names, actually.

      • DannyTheElite

        Does it fit in the box?

      • DannyTheElite

        No it doesn't
        You get
        GangnamSt in the box

      • DannyTheElite

        I called mine trollism or trolling

      • http://www.facebook.com/james.vaughan.9887 James Vaughan

        I just checked - it is way down there with only ~4,000 per month. Interestingly Beiber is one up on the list with ~4,100

  • nonstickron

    I was really excited about this game, then I realized how bad I sucked at it and got not excited.

  • Emos

    What no Captain Trips?

  • http://twitter.com/TomateDiseno Tomate Diseño

    Never thought to use any of those, I always named it after one of my cats/dogs, childish for sure but the idea of my stinky little mutt becoming airborne and infecting far-off nations always gives me a smile.

  • mguniverse

    Still waiting for the game to support the iPad retina display.

  • TheCurrentGamer

    My favorite disease name while playing: Romnesia

    • TheCurrentGamer

      Romnesia... Not sure why it was cut off

  • http://twitter.com/warm_concrete Octopus Erectus

    I can be 100% sure that everyone who played this game in Russia named the virus “Putin”.
    At least, I know another person beside me.

  • http://twitter.com/Rage_boi Vince

    Pikachu of course!

  • bigE1669

    Mine was SnotNose

  • nini

    Radicchio, I like the idea of a leafy vegetable killing the world's human populace.

  • witedahlia

    I like to use my name. I take screenshots of me killing the world.

  • Greyskull

    Sucks to be the dude who released Epidemic:2.5.

    • QWERTYthebold

      I've never understood why people like this game so much more? Can someone who has both explain why this one is better?

      • Jarret Beckoff

        UI is the main reason why I like it more. I have both - but I find Plague better. Also, there's a lot more variety in Plague. Also, NO FUCKING MADAGASCAR

      • Mick

        It's Greenland who's being the pain in the ass in this game..

      • Daria Tarrant

        If you pick Greenland as your country it's not such a pain. I always lost until I started doing that.

  • ImJPaul

    Oh how I love Tuesdays. When all the hype is over and everyone is waiting for Wednesday when we get the new releases there's always interesting news like this. I always name mine AIDS. Just FYI. haha.

  • Pocketnova

    I named it it "Stan Lee" (the creator/co-creator of Spider-man, the x-men, and such) it was quite funny to see [insert country name]'s government has fallen due to Stan Lee... Js

  • Maniacfive

    I've named my various diseases a whole bunch of stuff, Love, Hard Work, and Dog Farts being my favourites.

    For a while my Facebook feed was filled with various screenshots of amusing names that my friends had used to destroy the world.

  • Graphic Rogue

    My recurring disease name is Da Funk. Thousands have died to Da Funk, doctors work tirelessly to battle Da Funk, Da Funk is spreading across Europe...etc

  • Bob

    It's interesting in screenshots when people use tenth favorite name, Niggers

  • MidianGTX

    Shows how desperately original gamers are these days. I hate them all.

  • joaquin_ondamoon

    I always name mine 'Pandora'. It has a nice ring to it, and I'm sure the government has a supervirus named that which it's ready to accidentally unleash on an unsuspecting populace.

  • Jonathan Hayes

    i use the name 'shit'

  • adam13omb

    I use PAX and then a number. Currently up to PAX 138

  • Th3R3n3gad3

    Mine is Microsoft. Lol!

  • J6U

    I name mine STD. It's funny how it actually spreads fast in China. Oh China.

  • nijikai

    Kindness. Nothing better than eradicating humanity with the power of kindness.


  • http://www.facebook.com/WingcommanderIV Andrew Geczy

    It makes sense that it would be the N word. And I don't mean that as a racist comment, I just mean they're not going to censor something for vulgarity, they're going to do it because it's offensive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/puppydanny Daniel van Rensburg

    I can't help but name mine Beiber, or Justin Beiber... every time..

  • Snarbs

    Anybody else use "love"?

    • Mick

      No. Then I would be afraid to love, ever again..

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.stewart.397 Gary Stewart

    I named mine Solanum, the name of the disease in the World War Z book. I don't know if anyone else would even name it that...

  • http://twitter.com/Fawnalotta Erin Cantrell

    I like to use happy things like, Happiness, Joy, children, friendship, marriage. I think it is funny to see friendship killing the world.

  • Salade

    I use to name my neurax tabacco for personal reasons, which actually doesn't fit with all the hat stuff. That's why i also use the J word, which is the censored one isn't it?

  • Matt Lowe

    I have a fun screenshot using the neurax worm:

    Satan enslaves humanity
    The whole world worships Satan as their god and master.

    Lol. And by some stroke of luck the date it completed was 25/12/2013.
    Had to laugh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.sanders.391 Kevin Sanders

    My brother's name should have been in the list. He had a neurax work he called Walmart. when he won it said "Walmart has enslaved all life on earth!"

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rob-Lauer/100001247423850 Rob Lauer

    my fave... Parasite plague type.... Named Children... Primary symptom? Nausea.

  • Meho

    Obama... it was funny until I saw it was true 🙁

  • http://twitter.com/reaxionmb Mike Gary

    Snooki has been my most lethal virus followed by Mustaine, if you don't get it now, you probably never will.

  • Muharem Mrkalj

    I like to call my plague 'Apple' cause i'm pretty much sure that they are evil 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.pawloski.9 Tim Pawloski

    I wonder where on the list Snu-Snu is. ^_^

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.e.tade John E. Tade

    You can't beat Bronyism. Until they start dying of it. Haters gonna hate, know what I'm sayin'?

  • Jeremy Greathouse

    I played Pandemic on Kongregate, so when I saw this I freaked out. Anyways, I'm working on destroying mankind with 'jogging' at this point. It's a fungus, so it takes awhile to gain ground. My virus was 'kittens'. There should be a game made where you're the scientists searching for a cure. It'd be cool to play the flipside version of this

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.witkowskimcdonald Elizabeth Witkowski-Mcdonald

    my oldest named in "william's fart" william is his brother lol

  • youknowwhothisis

    Here's a new idea for the next app that might even save our planet! Call it Populate. Humans are the virus, and you start 6.9 billion infected with a capacity of hopefully, 16 billion. Maybe it'll kick some sense into people...

  • http://twitter.com/TheStevenB Steven B

    I call mine "Hitler" and always start off in Europe

  • Robert Tiongson

    named mine life...

  • http://www.facebook.com/crisadi96 Filip Cristi

    I'm getting pretty silly news from naming my diseases "It", "Yes, it" and "This".

  • Benson

    Despite being the complete opposite of the game, they shoulda add a game mode where you play as the humans and try to discover the plague then attempt to cure it before too many countires fall to anarchy

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.odle.583 Scott Odle

    "J word"? Jesus? Jihad? Jello?

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.odle.583 Scott Odle

    @facebook-100004099302311:disqus , where are you getting these stats? Do users submit them in response to polls, or does the game report them back to you automatically?

  • http://www.facebook.com/timmylikescandles Timmy Van Blarcom

    Streisand, after Barbara Streisand. She's yucky

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.spooner.52 Lucas Spooner

    Yh need to call it nothing lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcin.nowak.148553 Marcin Nowak

    I call mine: 115 Apocalypse, Death, Cancer and Uncommon Cold

  • Joshua Speckman

    Named mine Obesity. "Obesity to eradicate humans", so funny.

  • Botoshel

    A little late for this topic but i always name mine Chimera 🙂

  • Jack Troughton

    Can we see the full list? I'd like to see where "feminism" ranks.

  • Darren Chen

    wouldn't "no one" be a prety good name?

  • JC

    WH173 0U7, R3CK0N1NG, R3574R7, and G4M3 0V3R are the ones I use the most

  • jalyn page

    What about derp

  • LinkThe Awesomeness

    XD, I named mine Freddy Fazbear!

  • Zombie52300

    My virus was called influensia. It killed everyone in 665 days. It was on hard level. My best record

  • Daniel Jester

    Small cox
    Crotch goo
    Ear snots
    The zhitz
    Fart stain
    Bung warts
    Lard ass
    Toe cheese
    Piza zhit
    Bad gas
    Your mom