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Infect is an action arcade game in which you play a virus. Your mission is to survive by infecting red blood cells while avoiding white blood cells and antibiotics.
The game takes place in a blood stream as red blood cells pass by from the top of the play field to the bottom. White blood cells will occassionally pass by in a zig-zag pattern of movement and, in later levels, clouds of antibiotics will also pass by at random intervals.
Control is entirely with the mouse: simply click on a virus then drag and drop it onto a red blood cell to infect it. If a virus comes in contact with a white blood cell or antibiotic, and if your defense against them is low, the virus will be eliminated. The game ends when you lose all your viruses, or if you run out of time.
Each level presents a goal of an increasing number of cells that must be infected within the time limit to move on to the next. In between levels, you may spend the points acquired previously to evolve your virus by upgrading any of its four (4) characteristics: latency, damage, immunity, and reproduction rate.
Latency is the time required to infect a cell. Once the cell has been infected, the virus is then released back into the blood stream.
Damage is the relative damage that a virus does against a white blood cell. Once a white blood cell takes enough damage, it is eliminated.
Immunity is the percent chance of survival against coming in contact with antibiotics.
Reproduction rate is the number of viruses that are released back into the blood stream after a red blood cell is infected.
Special power-ups that contain free upgrades may also be seen floating by at random intervals. Also included in the power-ups is a special one called Biohazard, which will cause red blood cells to die simply by coming in contact with a virus for a short duration of time. During Biohazard, simply drag a virus around to kill off red cells very quickly. Additional time may also be found floating by in a power-up.
The number of cells that must be killed increases rapidly, as does the number of white blood cells and frequency of antibiotics. Unfortunately, this makes success in later rounds more dependant upon luck than strategy, since the appearance of power-ups becomes crucial to survival more so than any combination of upgrades the player has chosen. The game has the potential to be much more fun than it already is, if only the player didn't have to click, drag and drop every virus onto a red blood cell to infect it.
Still, Infect is yet another fun and refreshingly unique, original game by Manuel Fallmann.