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Pandemic 2

With swine flu dominating the headlines, it seems a perfect time to revisit this compelling Flash game: Create a virus to kill everyone in the world.

Posted on July 29, 2008, at 5:56 p.m. ET

You'd be surprised how difficult it is -- I thought this game was too slow-moving at first, and it does take a few tries to get into it (the tutorial videos, while boring, are key). But once the pieces fit together, it can quickly suck your afternoon away. Like Risk, certain countries are key (hello, Madagascar!).