ICBM is a free game about nuclear missiles

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What's it like to be on the front line of nuclear armageddon? ICBM (opens in new tab) gives you the chance to find out. It's a free simulation game about a member of a missile combat crew—the people responsible for operating the missile systems of launch control centres. Your job is to wait for hell to break loose, and then respond by manipulating the (beautifully created) control console.

"In the grand tradition of MicroProse and Jane’s Combat Simulations, ICBM puts you in the hotseat: you are USAF First Lieutenant Derek Evans, Ellsworth Air Force Base’s newest Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander."

Spoilers follow...

Yes, there's a gotcha—the realisation that the game is accurately simulating the life of a Missileer so accurately that no launch orders ever come through. It's a waiting simulator, and an effective demonstration that mutually assured destruction probably wasn't the most cost effective way to make it through the 20th Century.

Still, it's dripping in atmosphere, from the random bloops to the images of the consoles. There's a definite DEFCON vibe, although admittedly in DEFCON stuff actually happens.

...Spoilers end.

You can download ICBM from GameJolt (opens in new tab).

Thanks, Warp Door (opens in new tab).

Phil Savage
Editor-in-Chief

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.