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  1. The ANTIC Interview #387 with Claudia Cohl, Editor-in-Chief of Family Computing Magazine, inspired me to go through my back issues of the magazine. I found a game on page 86-87 of the March 1985 issue called "Epidemic!" by SSI that invokes the idea of the Coronavirus. Has anyone played it before? "Epidemic!" is available on AtariMania: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-epidemic_1859.html Here are a few screenshots of the game: Here is the front and back of the box: As with all SSI games, the manuals is lengthy at 20 pages. Here is the Family Computing review of Epidemic! ---------------------------------------- Epidemic! (Review from "Family Computing" magazine, March 1985) Hardware Requirements: Reviewed on IBM PC. Also for Apple II series. Atari Home Computers, IBM PCjr. Manufacturer: Strategic Simulations Price: S34.95 It's rare to find a strategy game that is easy to play, takes only a short time to finish, and is good enough to demand instant re-starting after a run-through, but Epidemic!, from Strategic Simulations, is just that. You (and as many advisers as you can muster) are the just-appointed international task force assembled to halt, analyze, and hopefully cure a space-borne plague roaring across Earth. Armed with a variety of weapons, you can temporarily arrest it, sometimes slow it, and, under extreme conditions, resort to a nuclear option and destroy entire subcontinents to stop the disease from eradicating the human race. This is a pure strategy game, playable on four different skill levels. Although we preferred to play it with a group of people, it's designed for solitaire gaming and is an excellent way of passing an hour or two. At each turn (a day in computer time) you can take only a limited number of steps towards eliminating the epidemic. Should you shoot down a plague-bearing meteor which your radar says is hurtling towards an unaffected region? Try to cure a barely-hit area? Obliterate a nearly destroyed zone? Or perform any of the other operations which will mean life or death to tens of millions of people? It's actually just like a Grade B science-fiction movie (you know, one of those with actors who speak English without moving their mouths). It's also one heck of a game, suitable for ages 12 and over, a real brain-teaser that play-testers went wild over. (For an added twist, assign each player several countries/areas as his or her "responsibility." They're the only ones who can push the button to kill their own people. This makes the nuclear option all the more realistic and less likely to be used.) ---------------------------------------- Atarimania (and the game manual) claim that "Epidemic!" was released in 1982. I find it strange that it was reviewed in March of 1985. Does anyone have any memories of this game? Has anyone played it? How about recently? It might be one to revisit in this era of Covid-19, if only for a little diversion. I'd love to see a video review of this game given the context of the world right now. Adam
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