There's little doubt that Ndemic Creation's Plague Inc. [$0.99] is one of the finest strategy games in the App Store, but it's also one of the most well tended to games I've ever seen. The original release last year was an elegant humanity-eradicating simulation that felt like a perfect fit for a mobile title. Over the last year and a half though, Plague Inc. has grown and evolved into so much more. We've seen a brain-burrowing worm plague with last September's Neurax Worm expansion pack, Genetic Mutations in an update the following month, the zombie-like plague Necroa Virus added in an update in February, and Speed Runs and Center for Disease Control content in an update from July. Now that brings us to today, where the Scenarios update which we detailed last month is now available in the App Store.

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The Scenario update includes 14 new modes which include real-life diseases like the Black Death and Smallpox which you can try to spread across the entire planet, and there's also alternate-reality world events that take place like a US Debt Default which will throw a wrench into how you expand your disease across humanity (or provide a golden opportunity to exploit such situations). The update comes with one of the new scenarios for free, and each additional scenario available for a 99¢ IAP each. Or you can buy a "season pass" of sorts for $2.99 that will unlock all current and future scenarios.

Plague Inc. is one of the best dollars you can spend for a video game, and if it "infects" you the way it has me (sorry I couldn't help myself) then you'll have an enormous amount of both paid and free added content to occupy yourself with. If you're already a fan then check out the new Scenario update, but if you aren't yet familiar with Plague Inc. then you should definitely consider giving it a look.

  • Lazer Kat

    And its awesome.
    I grabbed all 14, and 3 of them are all new game modes, the remaining 11 are scenarios.

    Awesome update.

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  • Lazer Kat

    Where's AIDS tho?
    We were told AIDS was coming.
    Am I the only guy that was really hoping to get AIDS?

    • Jake7905

      Sorry Kenny Powers, you can't get AIDS, even though you really want it.

      • fleshman

        AIDS is not a virus... HIV is the virus... Damn people

      • Lazer Kat

        You're right. hIV. But still, Ndemic listed 15 scenarios coming soon and HIV as one of them.
        I hope they didn't cancel it.

      • Ndemic Creations

        It didn't feel right and didn't want to delay update because of it. Will be adding lots more scenarios in the future

      • Josh Tisdale

        I just want you guys to know, I buy your stuff because its awesome, but mainly because you are active in the community. I wish all the devs would realize how much it would benefit them to come out and answer questions and take feedback personally. Keep it up!

      • Lazer Kat

        So HIV is cancelled, or are we getting it in an update?
        I would have liked to have known that before purchasing the "15 scenarios, including HIV"...
        But still...awesome update man. I've bought the app, Necroa, neurax, the scenarios, and I've gifted it to 3 people who have all became addicted and bought them too. I've got my money's worth. Keep it up. You're a model dev - Active in the community, and always providing content updates. Your In-App purchases are always fair.

      • Joe Rami

        Where is HIV? Come on Ndemic (HURRY UP) ... But there is no cure for it in real life so what's the protocol on the game I wonder?

      • Joe Rami

        Where is HIV? Come on Ndemic (HURRY UP) ... But there is no cure for it in real life so what's the protocol on the game I wonder?

      • Sercan Bilgiç

        Do you mind making The Last Of Us scenario? or Virus that develops like Cordyseps Fungus and turns them into the creatures of Last of Us? Pleaseee!!

  • TimTim92

    Now the question is, when is this going free for us cheap folks who don't like spending any cash? Lol

    • Lazer Kat

      I hope never.
      This is quite possibly the best dollar I've ever spent.
      I've literally played this game more than any game I've ever played on iOS.

      I think it should increase in price, if anything.
      Its less than you spend on a bottle of water.
      Get a hold of yourself man.

      • TimTim92

        I've gotten some great games when they drop to free on special promotions and such. I play tons of games and love them, but just don't have the cash to spend on them.
        I wait as long as I have to for a game to drop to free.
        No disrespect to people who do support the developers. I just can't be that person.
        Now now, I "could" spend a dollar, I just rather spend it on food or gas. No bottled water here! 😛

        Great points though, I hope others listen to you! 🙂

      • Bob

        I hope this never goes free just so you don't get to play it.

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      • TimTim92

        God Bless you too

      • joaquin_ondamoon

        Ndemic is literally 1 guy, who has supported this game consistently for well over a year now. I'm gonna drop the $2.99 on the season pass, because he deserves the support for making such a great game. Skip a cup of coffee for one day, and buy this game. Totally worth it.

        The best things in life are not always free.

      • TimTim92

        "The best things in life are not always free"

        Ohh don't I know that for a fact!
        Lived long enough on this earth to know the value of things. So my friend, you are preaching to the choir!

        What's funny though, is that my iPod was actually a gift to me by a dear friend.
        It's what I use to keep in touch with my family when I stop by McDonald's to use the free wifi there.

        So my friend, don't judge others before you know their lives.

        I'll be praying for you!

        God bless! 🙂

      • joaquin_ondamoon

        Not judging, bro - just sayin' $1 is $1. Spend yours how you will, but you'll be missing out on a great game, with IAP that's more than fair, and that you don't have to purchase to enjoy this great game. So while you're cribbing off McD's wifi, skip the Dollar Menu just once, and do yourself a favor and enjoy this game! 😉

        Peace - enjoy your holiday.

      • TimTim92

        That's quite understandable, and I do wish I could spend a dollar, but as I said in a previous post, I would rather spend it on something that's more needed at the moment.

        By the way, I do skip the dollar menu.. All the time. I get my food from food pantries.
        So again, please don't be so judging.

        Maybe one day, if I have the funds this will be the game I so actually buy. For now, those funds are needed somewhere else.

        Peace to you as well my friend.

        As always, God bless 🙂

      • Max

        Don't judge before knowing someone, friend.

      • themostunclean

        And exactly how much gas are you getting for .99¢? I've got more than that in pennies sitting in my sock drawer that I'll probably never spend.

        Seems to me that anyone who has an iPhone yet claims they can't afford a dollar is full of it or just making excuses for being cheap.

      • TimTim92

        You are blessed then, to have extra change laying around. I'd consider donating to the needy if you don't use it.

        My iPod 4G was gifted to me a few years ago, some people don't have the luxury to afford one.
        Before you judge, I suggest you think a little more about others situations.

        God bless. 🙂

      • Max

        Before you judge, think about another's situation.

      • Lazer Kat

        If you really can't afford to spare even one dollar a month, just $0.25 / week, for your game budget then you may want to consider selling your iPhone or iPad. It just seems that if someone is this tight on money, having an iOS device is a luxury you should consider giving up.
        Not trying to be mean, just giving you my honest opinion.

      • TimTim92

        I respect your opinion.

        My used iPod 4G was however, gifted to me by a good family friend.
        It's how I check my email when I get wifi near McDonald's.

        I don't have the luxury of shelling out money for a laptop or a new iPod or iPad. Or the many video games.

        I suggest you think before you judge others.

        God bless you 🙂

      • Max

        I suggest you think before you judge others.

      • nijikai

        You own a piece of technology that costs a couple hundred dollars, but you can't buy a dollar game.

        Get out. GET OUT.

      • TimTim92

        You don't know my life or my life situations.
        Don't judge other people's lives before you know them.

        I wish you the best of luck in life

        God bless you 🙂

      • cloudpuff

        Umm, if I was genuinely in your situation where I didn't have even a dollar or whatever to spare I'd be selling my device if things were that tight. I'm on a really tight budget myself at the moment but if there is a game I want I'll make cut backs elsewhere, iOS games are dirt cheap and things like switching the brand of one type of food you buy easily makes up enough to buy most titles, if I was at a point where I did all this and still couldn't afford 69p for a game I really wanted then trust me, I wouldn't have an iPad as I'd be selling it for the much needed money.

        Just started playing this game last night, can't believe I've skipped over it so many times, I'm looking forward to getting deeper in the game and will be buying some iaps at some point too.

      • TimTim92

        Money is needed, but my iPod is how is communicate with my family.
        My iPod 4G is used and was gifted to me and I stop by McDonald's to use the wifi there.

        Don't judge others before you know their situations.

        Be grateful you are not worse off. I know I am thankful for what I have in life.

        God bless you! 🙂

      • joaquin_ondamoon

        Guys, guys! Let's quit the dogpile while we're behind here. Guy made his point: we're not living in his shoes. I made mu previous post before the onslaught of replies, and I'd take it back if I could (although to be fair I was just having a bit if fun with him). Be happy we can drop a $1 and not have it make a difference in our lives. I'd like to hope that if I was in his situation, I could remain as positive as he seems to be.

        'Tis the season to be thankful, after all.

      • TimTim92

        Amen. You are a great example to others! 🙂
        All I need is my little girl in my life. I'm happy because I am blessed to have her in my life.
        That's how I can go on, for her.
        God bless you and take care my friend!

      • joaquin_ondamoon

        Same to you, bro. Hope everything works out for you in the end.

        God Bless.

      • cloudpuff

        Tim I'd like to apologise for what I said, I stand by what I said in that if things were that tight I'd be selling my device (which was also a gift to me) and I'd buy a very basic phone, but that's me and I shouldn't have said what I did. I know nothing of your situation and You are right that I'm lucky I'm not worse off and I hope things get better for you, if you were in the uk I'd gift you the game as an apology, I sometimes forget that there are actual people on the other end and I'm sorry that what I said upset you.

      • TimTim92

        Thank you my friend for your kindness.
        No apologies are needed, you've done me no wrong.
        I do appreciate your offer, it's very thoughtful.
        You have a kind soul and one day your kindness will be repaid to you when you least expect it.

        People sometimes forget that a dollar can mean so much to some people. It can be stretched so many different ways.

        I'm trying to make a nice Christmas for my daughter. Her mom walked out on us last year, so it's been hard financially for us.

        God bless you and I hope only good comes your way.

        Take good care and have a blessed holiday season, 🙂

      • Max

        Don't judge others before knowing their situations.

  • LousyHero

    Finally got a chance to play it and im loving it. Sadly it wont let me purchase the scenarios right now. I am a bit curious though, if i buy just the scenario pack does that mean that future plagues are going to cost money and scenarios are free? Or are plagues going to still be unlockable by beating previous ones on brutal? Just trying to figure out the point of the plague pack.

    • Lazer Kat

      It did the same thing for me.
      Turn off game, restart iPad/iPhone.
      Then you should be able to purchase.

      • Ndemic Creations

        Yep - this will sort it. Also looking into why this might happen for you

  • Mess

    Ok so I am finally going to get this after watching it for a whole. 2 questions though;

    1 - Is there iCloud sync
    2 - Is it something I want to have with me all the time (iPhone) or just in the evenings (iPad). This of course doesn't matter if the answer to 1 is yes 🙂

    • Mess

      Also it's 99p not 69p as the link shows.

      Also also, don't think I have seen a 99p app before!

    • Ndemic Creations

      1 - yes 🙂
      2 - Both 😛

      • Mess

        Thanks, and that probably would have been the plan either way 😉

  • nijikai

    Hey Ndemic! Quick question. The other in-app purchases have been "unlockable" if you meet certain requirements ingame. Is it the same for these scenarios, or are they IAP only? Thanks!

    • Ndemic Creations

      Scenarios are IAP only

  • Onikage725

    The support for this game has been fantastic

  • Lazer Kat

    @NDemic - there seems to be a bit of confusing regarding the In-App bundles in the Plague Inc thread.
    If you could give some verification there in that thread it would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Ndemic Creations

      done 😉

  • Stephanius

    Another great update of a great game!

  • Lizbeth Turner

    Paid 2.99 and scenarios show as unlocked, but only black death is playable. Rebooted, etc. - no dice. Any ideas?

  • DNA

    So I've been putting in a fair few hours trying to earn three biohazard points in Black Death and for the time being it seems almost impossible....

    Is it possibly to score three biohazard points on easy mode or would you have to play brutal?
    Does the next disease open up if you score three biohazard points on Black Death?
    And thirdly, does anyone have a working walkthrough on how to score three biohazard points on Black Death yet?

    • Djp

      Start I am Korea. Evolve rat then bird 1 and 2. That should get you started. I can get 3 points for casual and normal but not brutal.

  • Tonya Adkins

    I bought the scenarios - awesome addition! I can't quite decipher the biohazard award scheme (colors: bronze, silver, gold; number: 1, 2, 3) and what you need to win the achievements. After playing a few times on various scenarios and difficulties, I have the following biohazards (in order from left to right):
    Black Death - one gold, one silver, one bronze
    Sovereign Default: one gold, two bronze
    Swine Flu: two silver, one bronze.
    Could this please be explained?
    Thank you for your time, and thank you for the game!

    Another suggestion for the game is an in-game mechanism for keeping stats on game combos played/won/lost, etc. (This would have been helpful, too, when trying to unlock the last content and/or get the achievement for winning all on brutal.

    Thank you!

  • Richie Pero

    Why can't I unlock them by beating the previous ones on brutal? I don't want to pay for them all and I beat Black Death on brutal.. Kinda pissed

  • Botoshel

    The bronze ones are acquired if you win on Casual. Silver for normal dificulty and gold for brutal dificulty. In order to get 3 bio hazzard you need to achieve a certain score and that means wiping out humanity in a certain number of days so you'll need to come up with new strategies. I currently have 3 gold bio hazzards on everything except black death (2 gold bio hazzards) and smallpox (1 gold biohazzard)--- in order to
    Complete 100 percent you need to beat them all on a certain level. Hope this helps

  • Benjamin

    I tried to buy this, but for some reason, when i try to buy any in-app purchase in this game, it tells me to check my internet connection, but it's fine! I tried using 3G, WIFI and everything! Why is this happening?

  • Thesuperbowser2

    I wish that you could get this for free (i.e beating everything, including Neruax worm, Simian flu, and Necroa virus, as well as bacteria through dio weapon on mega brutal), that would be fair (In my opinion)