The strategy game that just keeps on giving, Ndemic’s Plague Inc. ($0.99), is giving yet again with a brand new update that’s scheduled to hit sometime next month. To back things up a bit, Plague Inc. is a game that tasks you with unleashing a plague on the world, with the ultimate goal of eradicating all of humanity. The various plague types all behave differently, and you’ll need to counteract humanity’s efforts to squash your plague from spreading. It’s a highly strategic and challenging game, and while it was great when it initially launched on the App Store in May of 2012 it’s only gotten better over time thanks to numerous content updates, most recently the addition of “Scenarios" back in November of last year.
I’ve consistently stated that Plague Inc. is one of the best dollars you can spend on the App Store, but the way they’ve handled additional DLC content is also quite cool. You can unlock the extra content for free simply by beating the game at its highest difficulties, or you can take the weenie way out and just buy it through IAP (FYI I took the weenie way out).
This latest update, dubbed the “Mega Mutation" update, adds a new difficulty level, Mega Brutal difficulty. Apparently people had been requesting a more challenging option. Seriously, who are these people? I want to meet you. More importantly I want to make sure you never get within close proximity of any life-threatening diseases. I have enough difficulty with Plauge Inc. at its normal setting, but if you crave an even greater challenge, then Mega Brutal should be your cup of tea as it will include things like “random medical checks, genetic drift and research tech improvements."
There will also be 4 new Scenarios to tackle in this update, as well as 3 new Cheat modes. And, as part of another big request from fans, you’ll now be able to use the Cheats with any plague type, and even mix and match different Cheats for different experiences. The new Cheats will be unlocked by beating the game on Mega Brutal difficulty, or if you’re like me and just sprung for the IAP to unlock them, they’ll be available for free.
Though no specific date has been announced, the Plague Inc. Mega Mutation update should be available on iOS at some point in April, and shortly thereafter for the Android version. Also, don’t forge that Plague Inc. is now available on Steam with a bunch of cool new features, so if you’re into gaming on your computer be sure to check that out. We’ll be sure to let you know once the Mega Mutation update is available sometime next month.