Well, here’s a bit of strange news. Mobile game Plague Inc., a free game which has been out for about two years, saw a spike in downloads due largely in part to the world’s interest in the deadly disease, Ebola.
“This is the first time something in the real world has has an effect on the sales charts, especially since Ebola came over to America,” Plague Inc. creator James Vaughan, who heads up one-man studio Ndemic Creations, told Polygon. “People are curious about it and want to know more about infectious diseases. Plague Inc. can play a role because it’s an intelligent look at how infectious diseases can spread.”
The games experienced a 50 percent increase in downloads in the last two weeks. Vaughn went on to say that he’s hopeful that he can use the heightened interest in Plague Inc. to help charities supporting those affected by Ebola.
He believes that the app can be used as a teaching tool, helping people understand how infectious diseases work and how they are spread.
In addition to the free versions of Plague Inc. that are available for iOS and Android, Plague Inc.: Evolved is available through Steam Early Access for $15.