April’s greatest killing machine has made it’s video game debut. Dutch researchers have created a free to play RTS Flash game in order to raise awareness of the 2009 Swine Flu Pandemic.
In the game you try to slow the growing strains of the swine flu using different methods for different countries. Each strain has a varying level of difficulty.
For a free game there is plenty of variety. For example, some countries allow you to dispatch research teams for special treatment. Like a traditional RTS you start off with a certain amount of money and can spend that cash on preventing the pandemic, controlling it or containing it in areas across the globe. On top of this you must keep an eye on the number of people infected and dead. Furthermore there is a timeline on the right side of screen which chronicles the virus’ activity.
On top of being a solid game it is very educational and informative. This game is built from the ground up to mimic the spread of the virus by including real newspaper clips, photos and a total background synopsis on the virus. The game’s introductory cutscene gives us a deep and insightful history of the Swine Flu which is fairly interesting.
If you would like to learn more about the Swine Flu and have fun doing it play The Great Flu here:
Article from Gamersyndrome.com