One of the cooler games I scoped out on the show floor at GDC 2014 was First Strike. It’s similar to the nuclear war game Defcon, but built for mobile, and with a whole bunch of different game mechanics. Players start as a major super power nestled in their respective corner of the globe. Slowly, players expand into neighboring countries and begin researching recon, efficiency, missile, and national military technologies. Then the stockpiling begins. Every country can store a handful of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and faster, short-range cruise missiles for defensive purposes. Research continues along in the background, but it doesn’t take long before one player or another pushes the red button to launch the first nuke.


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