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Corona Simulator

Everyone has been affected by the pandemic and the gaming market is no exception.
You might have noticed in the last months several games centering on the coronavirus pandemic have been released. To be honest, I have had mixed feeling about the games using this theme as a premise. ?̷̧̼̯̩̤̪̐̉̈̇̀e̷̢͋͋̾́t̶̲̑̂̌̐̓#̴̗̪̇̈́͒)̶̼̰̀b̴̛̪̫̔̽̂̚ĩ̵̜̮̗̜̌̀0̸̹͍̲̭̲̃̕q̴̛͚͒̐̀̚e̷̠̊͋̈͆Ō̸̗͍͋͑̀̐͜9̶̣͕̗̝̓̑͋͠͝n̷̛̲͖̺͊̃̊͠B̸̡̠̟̓̐͑̎r̷̡̲̬͒́͘1̷̛̝̬͚̻̱̹̇̀̈ǫ̵̨̻̤̮̳̓̔͆̋͊̕7̶̮̀̀͜͜Z̷̛̲̲̓ư̷̧͉̅͂̾͒͠Z̴̺̤̟̣̜̈́ͅ/̶̟̼̯͇̰̫̅̔̓̐̀̄v̴̧̞̜̺͋̈́̌t̷̨̡̛͉̱̼͔͗͑7̶̣̯̬̹̩́Ȧ̷̖͖̯̪̩̔̈́͜͝¨̸̧̌̉͑̌̕5̴͍̺̭͍̭̰̽̓̎̋́́#̸̡̫͔͙̙̋M̵̮̣̐͆͜=̵̝̹̩̩̗̆͆m̷̩̲̏͑͌̔m̸̡͈̞̜̀́̈̋a̷̤̱͉̥̭͍͆͊̍͌̓̍s̶̭͗̌͑͠$̷̡̱͙͈̈́̄3̶̡̛̺̯̩̄͛̀̍!̶̩̯̦͙͋̉a̵̛̬̲͔͕͉͖&̴̭̯̬̃̅́ą̸͍͓̥͚̤͒͆/̷̠̘͕͇̬̿͝!̶̭̖̭̹̟̎̾̓́́K̵̢̬̰͔̦̺̓Ľ̴̡̫̥̈͊͝Į̸͕̱̗͍̪̆́̈́̃͑p̶̛̥͛͊T̶͉̳̪̘̹̓̓͊̅̏B̴̛͉̬̌͑̆͝Y̶͓̔͊̃̅̎̉ On one hand it is now part of our reality and gaming is a valid mode of expression. It is to be expected that it will be a subject some wish to explore. On the other hand I am wondering if it is too early to broach this particular theme. Within this mindset, it is important to underline that the Corona Simulator game will donate 20% of the Savior Edition’s revenues to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Corona Simulator is a strategy game developed and published by Phodex Games. You play as a global pandemic leader and must fight against a mounting numbers of infections. You will have to make some difficult decisions to eradicate the virus. e̶͍̣̝͓͊͊K̴̹̟̈́̒s̷̠̟̤̻̝͈͗͗r̶̨͈̙̱͙͝Ǵ̸̼̣̦̆́̒͆͠C̸̥̪̬̙̅͐1̶̜͆͝ͅF̴̮̈͛̌̆̌̚5̸̹̲̎̄̔b̸̡͙͌̆V̷̼̤̘̋́̕͠Ḧ̶͙̞͇́̏͆̊̃́m̵̞̯̹̲͔̔̒̋̌J̷̧̱̣̪͎͌ͅV̷͈̠̄͗̈̾͋̚?̶̫̤͎͈͈͖͂x̷̼̬̆͌͑͘$̵̨̜̭̱̲̔̈́̌͐͘q̸͈̼̣̦̬̖̅͋̀̚9̴̛̺̙͑̊̿̑́x̷̜̝̭͓̹̹̂̋͛̆%̵̹̜̓̊̃̚W̸̝̱̠͔̫̗͠J̷͇͖̈́z̷̝͎͖̯͂́͆ Use science to research a vaccine, manage your ever dwindling resources and take increasingly harsh measures to save the global population. Even with a pandemic raging at your doors, you still have to invest in your economy lest it collapse and you lose the support of your citizens.

I was hoping the tutorial would give a better explanation of the different statistics and how each of them is impacting the overall gameplay. You are just expected to know what they mean and how to use them strategically. C̶͈͐̽͜͠B̷̧͍͖̮̗͚̀̄͘͠X̸̟̜̙̓X̷̛̙̭̪̼͈͊̈¨̸̘͉̊̓͋̐̏͘I̸̤̝̫̼̺͉̎̈̅̋T̷̜͖͍̤̈́̄̃̄̚͝0̸̙̓̒ͅ5̸̙̍̒͑x̵͚̦͙̦͖͐̇&̷̤̦̥̤̗̐Ó̸̲̫̯̅̿̒i̷̙̗̭̼̝͕͌̏̃O̵̘̲̜̹͖͊͗̋̄?̵̨̣̲̬͒̎͂i̷͓̾̇͊̂̅¨̶͉͈̫̞̇̊̌r̸̡̜͎͉̣̖̈͛̇̅͝(̵͓̈́̌͂̏W̶̧̘̯̻͔̓̈́̈́̈̇̕͜0̶̛̙͕̎̈́͊͑͒=̴̅͋͒̽́͜9̷̡͎͈̯͎̝̅̔͛K̴̬̭͗̋̓̍͘Ť̴̬̬̤̉̉̋̈́ Veterans of the genre will probably be familiar with all the figures but the tutorial is not really for them after all. It is for the new and casual players. I eventually figured it out using trial and error, but a short explanation would have gone a long way in making my first playthrough more enjoyable.

The game offers four difficulties, each acting as a distinct virus strain. If you buy the Savior Edition DLC, you will receive one more challenging variant of the virus. Basically each strain offers a different mission which takes a little under an hour to complete if you take your time. ċ̶̨͙̒̓͜ń̵̗̬̜̪͕̓/̸̡̯̻̣́̂͛̿̆͗g̷̯̖̭̫̺̀ş̶̫̿̽̊k̶̡̥͎̹̅̀̿͝1̵͎̻͉̖̼͐̍V̴̮͔̤̳̼͈̄̽q̶̢̰̙͌0̸̛̛͉̪̑͋͠͝Y̴̯̪̎2̴̛̘̣̬̾̓̅̈́͂ͅ1̸͔̙̯̼̣̮͐̂̐̑̽̐%̵̢̼̥́̎̐̈̌F̸̡̲̻̘͚̮̄̉̍͝#̵̡̢̭̙̟́͌̔̀̔̕/̵͉̪̭͓̣́̃̃̈́k̵̝̪̯̞̟̤̾̅̇̓̕z̵̦͉̲̈́͠*̴̢̖̖̟͚͝8̸͍̟̟͐̀̀̆̈H̸̨̢̠̝̣̯̋̀̕̕a̸͉̝̳̞̪̓̿͋l̸̯͈̉̑́̒̈́̏Ḏ̷̬̙͛ Overall it is not a very long game and could be enhanced by simply allowing players to create and upload their own custom missions. The DLC also offers several themes to personalize the world map with different color scheme.

The simulation is good and the addition of in-game news serve to make Corona Simulator more realistic. If this reminds you of the game Plague Inc., it is because it is extremely similar in its execution. I feel like the developer probably based their game on it. V̶͍͕̖̰͔̜̔̒̌͋͊͘P̵̧̛̲̭̳̜̚X̴͖̪͕̍̾̾!̷̢̫̬̦̦̂̿̏̊́͌͜J̸̪̺̪̫͇̮̃̐͆́͊͛Ę̶̛̙̯̰̓͒̏͜P̵̭͓̻̑̒̆L̸̬̭̦̆g̶̗͇̝̀Ų̶̳̞̞̩̣̓͐̊͝͠q̷̤͎̣̀͌́̏̔à̴͎̅̚ͅÌ̸̺̞̩̾͗͘͠ͅ(̵̜̯̫̀̔͆̏͜͜v̵̱͓͕͓͓̅͐P̵̖͚̈n̸̦͈̍i̷̥̍̀͒̒Ỳ̸̢̪̖̳̎f̶̧̜͓̮̥̺̏̀̎2̴̨͉͐̔̒̀͒͠o̶̢̧̤̮̖̪̓̾̚p̷̺͕͓̱̀̿0̶̢̹͉͓̲̎͌͌̍͜Z̷̜̱̑ The difference is in Plague Inc., you play as the virus trying to infect as many people as fast as possible. While in Corona Simulator you play as a world leader trying to save people from getting infected by the coronavirus. If you played Plague in the past, you will most likely find this game simple in comparison.

Corona Simulator is not a bad game and if you like strategy games that make you think, you might enjoy it. The problem with it, is that there is no replay value. Once you completed every mission available there is no incentive to go back. 3̸̧̻̦̻̌̽̌͌͒̀ͅ”̴̝̇͊͛c̵̻̙͚̅ͅ%̵̛͖̗͈̬͎̃ͅv̴̨̨̱͕͓̄9̶̼̮͚͙̓̆7̷͍̣̩͇̜̩̌̓̀̕͝ķ̸͚̟̣̄̆ẽ̸̗̝̄̾=̶͔̃e̸̥͕̜̲͑̔̔̚͠2̸̥̥͕̇e̸̙̮̳̘̠͇̿̉̃̐̕ï̶͎̦͝#̶̫͓̒ͅͅj̴̖̟̜͉̃́̈́̉̈2̸̢̗̪̭͔̲͗̇̈̈͛͝$̸̛͔͑̾͗͠v̵̢̓̕m̵͕̤̼̳͖͠q̴̠̳̹̻͔̔͜ǫ̶͍̣̼̖͛ͅC̷̥̠̬̣̘͗͐̏d̸̪̟̳̮̠̓̀̂͜͠”̶̫̞̝̖̯͖̅ At the moment, I find the game a little overpriced for the content it offers. It could easily be remedied by adding a sandbox mode which would add infinite replay-ability. If you are a fan of the genre, you might want to keep it on your radar but for now, I would wait.

Written by Vee