A while back, Stephen Lippens started thinking that someone should make the old Flash game Pandemic for the iPhone. And then, despite having virtually no technical background or experience, he figured that someone may as well be him. First, he spent hours upon hours at the proverbial drawing board designing and programming his new iPhone app, Infect the World. Then, he made what was perhaps the smartest move he could have: he posted news of its release on Reddit. Where it blew up in the Gaming forums, and has subsequently created a small sensation in the iPhone AppStore.
According to Lippens,
"I grew up playing with Macromedia flash MX as a kid...but never made anything highly detailed. But besides that, I would fool around with photoshop a bit. It probably shows and will admit that my graphics are not professional by any means. The one I am very proud of is the actual infection image. I used 3DS Max for that and in about a week of playing with it was able to make the 3d model you see in the game."
Infect the World opens on a new possible pandemic, an infection just beginning to wrap its deathly claws around Planet Earth. Your task: strategically mutate the infection and spawn natural disasters to save...no, wait, not save...utterly annihilate mankind. Help the disease spread 'round the globe using a cache of unique infection symptoms and cataclysmic events, including hurricanes and earthquakes. Create hot and cold fronts to generate the butterfly effect and F with regions' natural climates. Generally wreak havoc and create apocalyptic mayhem. But don't expect Mother Nature to cooperate. We hear her Madagascar faction is an especial bitch.
Note: So far, the app is available only for iPhones--no iPads or other smartphones.