Early last month, Ndemic Creations detailed an upcoming update for their humanity-destroying strategy game Plague Inc. [$0.99], and today that update is now available. Dubbed the "Mega" mutation update, it contains a new "Mega-Brutal" difficulty option for those who found the plain old "Brutal" difficulty to be too easy. There are also three new cheat modes, the Shuffle Strain which mixes up evolutions, the Turbo Strain which makes your starter country 100% infected right off the bat, and a Lucky Dip Strain which gives you five random evolutions. You can also now use all the various cheats including the new ones on any plague type, and mix and match cheats to create various new ways to play the game.

The other major portion of this update is four brand new scenarios, which are game types set up with certain criteria that you must deal with on your way to infecting the planet. The new scenarios include having to deal with things like "infecting the world with a 30,000 year old virus through to surviving in a world with artificial organs," according to Ndemic.

Welcome to frozen virus

Mega brutal difficulty artificial organs

Finally, there are new events and achievements followed by the obligatory bug fixes, balances and tweaks as part of this update. I'm often saying that Plague Inc. is the gift that keeps on giving, and is easily the best dollar you can spend in the App Store, so if you somehow haven't tried it out yet be sure to rectify that now that this latest update is available.

  • Design by Adrian

    Hey, it's hard already!

    Damn you, Greenland!

    • the_rebel14

      Why is it always Greenland?! Seriously, are they like the most secluded people in the world or something? I'll go through the whole game and NO one in Greenland will be infected. Absolutely no one. At least I know where I'm going if there's a global epidemic!

      • coolpepper43

        I was thinking the exact same thing! Lol

      • Red Tape

        Greenland is easy. Why is everyone having problems?

    • Ndemic Creations

      Always good to have a challenge ;)

      • Kane

        When is the radiation plague coming?

      • Ndemic Creations

        On the to do list!

      • Sherman Antoine

        I wish there was a plague with natural disasters like on the day after tomorrow and 2012

      • bunksteve

        Ndemic, 2 quick things:

        1.) Thank you so much for the game. I'm prolly going to buy it a second time on Steam just because... well... you know... support people you like and all that.

        2.) Your game made my mom feel like an inadequate virus. You owe her an apology or something. (Kidding, but thanks for getting her beyond Angry Birds as far as mobile gaming goes... not that there's anything wrong with AB, just... anything that brings her closer to my side of the gaming world is AOK with me)

      • drlemon

        Using more than 1 cheat doesn't work

      • Ndemic Creations

        Thanks - looking into it

    • darthstuey

      I think I've won three times in two years on casual

  • Based Xatu

    The easiest mode has to be the worm one. That's the only one I can beat on brutal.

  • scamper

    Came here to say that it's already too hard. Glad to see I'm not alone, for once.

  • Justin Cain

    You know how you can enslave humanity on neurax worm; well can you beat the game differently on the frozen virus level?

    • Ndemic Creations

      maybe ;)

  • Justin Cain

    Can you beat the game differently on the frozen virus level?

  • hkgsulphate

    The recently newly discovered Pithovirus!!!! Being a bio student bought all scenarios at once :)

  • EzioAuditore59

    Can anyone give more information regarding the Mega Mutation 8 update? Like what are the 4 new scenarios?