Quarantine is a turned based game where you play as a director faced with an impossible task…to save the world against a pandemic disease. The idea behind the game is pretty awesome, each turn you have to manage multiple aspects which seems simple. Well if you don’t…we all die.
The gameplay is quite fun and suspenseful. It’s you vs the virus and the virus doesn’t play around. Each turn the virus can and will expand to different locations across the globe depending on how you react to it and that’s the tricky part because each virus is different. It’s up to you to recruit a team to defend against the threat. You can only have four team members and you get to choose from medics, scientists, diplomats, and security agents. Each agent has its pros and cons that can either benefit in your current crisis or perhaps slow down the quest for a cure. Each agent will also level up that will raise his or her stats. You will also need to place offices around the map that will generate more income that will allow more agents, quicker research, quarantine a city, and help the lab in researching the crucial cure. So a lot can happen within these turns and it can get pretty frantic or frustrating if you forget to do something. Luckily the game does have some help in the lower right corner that will give you little alerts if an action can be used. There are only six scenarios with three difficulties to choose from…BUT it does have Steam Workshop so new outbreaks and missions can be created! I believe three were available at the time of this review.
I even played it on easy and you still had to think about the turns and how I was going to contain this damn pandemic. There was a moment where all of Asia and almost all of Europe was infected and I had to change my strategy mid game to halt the advancement before all of humanity bit the dust. I don’t really want to explain what I did because everyone will have a different idea on how to solve each stage and that’s what this game shows creativity on. There may be more than one way to solve the outbreak it’s just up to you to figure which way works best.
The graphics aren’t anything to blow you away but they work perfectly. It really does feel like you are looking at war room map with real time updates where this virus/bacteria/prion is going and where it’s been. You don’t physically see your agents or how it looks where they are going. You also don’t see the mini quests or events the pop up besides a quick picture depicting the scene. But again they work just fine in this situation because as a director to be honest…you’ll probably be tucked away from all of the mess anyway.
I believe Quarantine isn’t going to be for everyone but it is a good turn based strategy with some intense moments with the whole world depending on you to manage this outbreak enough to save everyone. At $9.99 it is a fair price but waiting on a sale could help with the current shortness of six scenarios.
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+ Fun turn-based strategy
+ Suspenseful and a good kind of panic inducing
+With different challenge levels, random starting locations and multiple scenarios, no level will be the same.
- Only six scenarios can make it a little short
- The thrill of turn-based will not catch many gamers