Truly, it is everyone’s fantasy to launch nuclear weapons at the other countries that have nuclear weapons, and also probably just those countries they really don’t like. Such a pleasant feeling it would be, to track those missiles as they flew past their cousins, and to cackle hoarsely as the apocalypse roared through the atmosphere. They’d touch down, there would be that brief moment of nothing, and then… gone. Everything gone in an instant, flashed out of existence. Ahhh, such a fantasy land.
And now, players can experience the dread and terror that comes with being the person in charge of those crimes against humanity in ICBM, a new game by developer Repvblic. In it, players take control of USAF First Lieutenant Derek Evans, who is one of the new “Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commanders” (which is a fancy way of saying he’s in charge of launching the missiles that can end the world).
The game takes place in November of 1983, shortly after the accidental downing of a Korean airlines flight, on the eve of the 1983 Able Archer NATO Wargames. Russia, believing the games to be a way of masking an actual nuclear first strike, readied their nuclear arsenal, and of course, the US did as well in response. It now falls to Evans and his fellow crew commanders to be prepared to launch at a moment’s notice.
Those interested in averting or causing the end of life as we know it can learn more from the game’s website, as well as from its GameJolt page, where the game can be downloaded for free on Windows computers.