My favorite flash game has a 3rd variation, Pandemic Extinction of Man. Of all three versions of the game, I think this one is the most dumbed down. Just look at this:
The world is split up into 10 sections, each has 10% of the world’s population, represented by the little people.
Green means healthy people, red means infected people, and black means dead people. Of each of the 10 areas, you can spread the virus through, or attack airports, water, or the country’s attempt at a cure. If the country is not infected, but shares borders with one that is, you can attempt to infect it with the “!” icon. That’s the newest feature, controlling the virus itself, and not letting a random generator do it. It lets you actually control which places you attack, which is nice. And except for Greenland, and the South Pacific (Australia), all of Europe/Asia/Africa is reachable through land, you need a plane to get to the Americas, and you need a plane to get to Greenland and South Pacific. And you can do whatever you want, for the low cost of 1 point each.
Look at that. That’s all you get to control?! No individual features of the virus like in Pandemic II, and no control of it’s transmission attributes like Pandemic. That truly is dumb simple, and I don’t like it.
However, it’s one saving grace is that unlike Pandemic II, it is winnable.
Orange areas show infected countries, see, all of them are orange.
I choose f-11 because it was very governmenty. I could have choosen Captain Trips, but I felt this virus didn’t deserve the honnor and prestigue that that name inspires in me, (yes inspires).
Unlike the other games, this one is probabky the most realistic. Because after 0% of the population dies, and 1% is infected, all the other countries start to develop a cure. (Just like in real life, when one kid who may have swine flu, the entire school is shut down for 2 weeks for disinfection). But that being said, I have been able to beat it repeatedly, unlike Pandemic II.
Fuck you Madagascar.