App review: How not to save the world with Plague Inc

If you've ever finished a nightmarish surgery wanting to tear up the Hippocratic oath and wipe out the whole of humanity, this spooky little game will enable you to do so without fear of the consequences.

The aim of Plague Inc is to create your own virus, then devise a dastardly strategy to infect everyone on the planet and ultimately kill them.

There are lots of ghastly tools to help you, including ticker-tape news alerts that warn of natural disasters you can exploit, or attempts by pesky humans to find a cure that will need to be quickly stamped out. The game is strangely calming as you evolve your virus and watch it spreading out across the world map.

I bailed out early with a slightly sick feeling, having infected 2.3bn people in about five minutes of real-time action - by which point, fortunately, nobody had died.

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