Plague, Inc. follow-up, Rebel, Inc., goes live

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Plague, Inc. was one of the early App Store success stories, eventually pulling in over 100 million downloads. Thus, creator Ndemic Creations is responsible for the wholesale slaughter of trillions of digital humans. They’re basically the Earth equivalent of the people on Eminiar VII. [Deep cut, nerd. Also, the people on Eminiar VII and Vendikar were disintegrated after the computer simulation. Gah, why do I even bother with this guy? -ed.] Having destroyed humanity so many times, Ndemic has shifted their focus. Instead of a global lens, their new game, Rebel, Inc., focuses on a single country and all the fun that comes along with counter insurgency. Yep, it’s a war game, of sorts. There aren’t hexes or counters, but the point of Rebel, Inc. is to quell a post-war insurgency by winning over the hearts and minds of the people.

Like its predecessor, Rebel, Inc. is more than a game, it’s a fairly hardcore sim. Ndemic has done a ton of research into counter insurgency and this is the result.

Can you stop the Insurgency? Rebel Inc. is a unique and deeply engaging political/military strategic simulation from the creator of ‘Plague Inc.’

The war is ‘over’ – but we all know that doesn’t mean anything. To stabilise the country, you need to balance military and civilian priorities to win the hearts and minds of the people, whilst also stopping insurgents from seizing power!

Rebel Inc. is the brand new game from the creator of ‘Plague Inc.’ – one of the most popular paid games ever with over 100 million players. Brilliantly executed with beautiful graphics and critically acclaimed gameplay – Rebel Inc. offers a deeply engaging, strategic challenge inspired by the complexities and consequences of modern counter insurgency.

The game offers five different regions to play in with different governors to appoint, initiatives to enact, and insurgents to calm. Why am I trying? Here’s the blurb:


  • Stabilize five richly modeled regions
  • Innovative representation of counter insurgency tactics
  • Fund realistic initiatives to empower the local government
  • Highly detailed, hyper-realistic world based on extensive research
  • Intelligent strategic and tactical AI
  • Sophisticated narrative algorithms shaped by your decisions
  • Six unique governors with radically different abilities
  • Comprehensive in-game help and tutorial system
  • Full Save/Load functionality
  • Internet connectivity not required

Rebel, Inc. is available today for iOS (an Android version is planned for early 2019) and can be picked up for $2. If Plague, Inc. is any indicator for Rebel, Inc.’s future then we can expect a slew of additions to the game as time goes on. Who knows, we might even see a cardboard version somewhere down the road.

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Notable Replies

  1. I have to wait? But counter-insurgency is not only my jam, it is also my bread and butter! You’re depriving me of sandwiches.

  2. They better be careful with this one; apparently Apple just removed Afghanistan ‘11 from the App Store for using the Taliban as the enemy…

  3. js619 says:

    I beta’d this one and it’s very good - deeper than Plague, Inc, although you can tell it shares some mechanics. Recommended, and certainly at the price point.

  4. Yeah it’s a steal at that price if your a fan of the theme and got on well with the plague inc mechanics

  5. Stop it you bastards.

  6. Bought it. Plague Inc was one of the very first mobile games I cared about. Helped me stick with the platform until I found the really good stuff.

  7. Anybody having any joy on brutal mode? Even if the insurgents spawn well so I can somewhat control them, I don’t have the funds and focus to keep increasing my stability. My reputation bleeds out and I have to start again

  8. Any further impressions? I’m loading up my phone for a trip to the in-laws.

  9. I’m still playing it, which is a pretty big deal for me for a single player game. I’ve got 4/5 done on brutal and I’m enjoying trying to crack the 5th. I’ve also seen the cheat menu on a discord channel and not all the cheats are benefits, so there’s even more challenges after brutal is done. The games got legs if you get into it.

    If you enjoy feeling your way through a tech tree to find an optimal path then you’ll probably enjoy it. Fighting insurgents can feel a little like whack a mole until you understand the mechanics underpinning the game.

  10. Kolbex says:

    I fired it up yesterday and went through the tutorial, but then I was just reminded that I had Six Ages installed on that device and played that all night instead.

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