Plague Inc. spreads to Windows 8.1 with cross-buy support on Windows Phone

In Plague Inc., you're tasked to oversee the life and mutations of a plague with the goal of wiping out humanity. The game has millions of positive reviews across other platforms, and now joins Windows 8.1 as a universal app with cross-purchasing support for Windows Phone users.

This version of the game only supports devices which have touch screens, but if you're keen to try this out on a regular PC, you can pick up Plague Inc. Evolved from Steam or wait for the Xbox One version, coming later this year.

"...It's great to see Plague Inc. in on Windows Phone. We are working hard to add expansions to the game, but players have also been asking for it to be a universal app. Thanks to the Windows universal app development programme, we have been able to bring Plague Inc. to the Windows Store!Plague Inc. is now available on the Windows Store, for touch screen devices only. As it is a universal app, anyone that has bought the game on Windows Phone will be able to download the game for free.We will be releasing regular updates for both apps to add several expansions to the game. The first will be the Neurax Worm special disease type - an invasive organism that burrows into the brain of its host to control them!The Neurax Worm is a brand new plague type with new graphics, music, events, and victory conditions - requiring very different strategies. Living deep in the jungle for thousands of years, human advancement into its natural habitat has brought it into contact with humans for the first time and given it the means to spread..."

Be sure to check out for our hands-on impressions with Plague Inc on Windows Phone. The app is a direct port to Windows 8.1 and plays very similarly on a Surface Pro 3.

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  • I hope they add mouse support in this... I bought it on Windows Phone, and would like to get it on my PC without buying it again on Steam. It shouldn't be hard to add mouse support since everything in this game is simple taps anyway.
  • Tried it on my PC, since I already owned it for phone. It says it doesn't support mouse, but everything I've tried works.
  • Only thing missing is zoom, since it's pinch zoom. But on a monitor you shouldn't need that anyway. I didn't even think of it until I started trying to think of things you wouldn't be able to do.
  • What is cross buy?
  • Buy it on one- get it on the other free.
  • you buy it in wphone and ou also get it in windows 8,1 (pc)
  • I bought it for my WP a couple weeks ago.  Does that me that I can download to my PC for free from the Windows 8.1 apps store?
  • Yes.
  • I thought all universal apps were going to work like this....
  • Me too
  • No way, it would never work, can you imagine if AAA titles start hitting the store? Would you wanna pay 30-60 dollars for a phone game? its an option that developers can choose to use.
  • Also means this app is now on Windows 8.1 which it wasn't before.
  • Why they haven't named it simply "universal app"?
  • I had expected achievements. Real shame they didn't include them.
  • Ultimate achievement = death of all humans. What more could you want?
  • I enjoy naming my disease "stupidity"
  • Like that name.
  • Fair point, but I see achievements as a qualitive addition to a game. Kind of a must have for me.
  • Especially since it's coming to the Xbox, where it will (likely) have achievements.
  • Uh oh, that game looks like it's not going to end well.
  • Yay! I was waiting for this. My phones battery dies after 2 rounds on plague inc.
  • Ah so you have a Lumia 920
  • Wow. Your device needs help. Posted via the Windows Central App for iOS on my Lumia 940
  • So if I already bought it on WP before the cross-buy announcement then i can get the Windows 8.1 version for free now, right? I'll have to check when I get home!
  • I'm really hoping so, I'd love this on my PC now.
  • Me too.  I have it on my phone and I was considering buying it on Steam.  However, I think the Steam version is like $14.99.
  • the "cross-buy" statement threw me off lol
  • Sweet
  • Nice!
  • I can't seem to find it on Windows 8.1
  • Yeah, it is not showing up for me yet either.  I wonder if the store just hasn't been updated yet.
  • That happens quite often. Use the links provided in the article. They always work unless it states otherwise in that article itself.
  • How long does it take for my other device to be able to download it?
  • Yay. Logged onto my tablet to see if it were available and it is!!
  • Is this game any good?
  • Oh yes. Highly addictive and a really good game for explaining how illnesses spread. Should be on every science syallbus in school. LOL. Just loved playing it this evening on a nice sized screen. Can't wait for Windows 10 on my desktop to play it on a 27" screen
  • So bad that I have bought it from Steam for 10$ 1 year ago:-( the good thing is that I have played it all that time:-)
  • Addicting game! As one of the beta testers, I can confirm the developer is responsive and dedicated to providing the best possible experience.
  • That's funny, I use to play this years ago on addictinggames site. For free. Was browser based back then.
  • Well this just made my day
  • Windows 8.1 link still not working :(
  • Love that opening paragraph :¬)
  • Damn, no cloud save game
  • seems I will give this game a try
  • Works fine for me on my desktop without a touch screen (mouse at least). Don't get why it says it doesn't support mouse and keyboard.
  • ... So it does. Nice one for actually testing the game WC lol.
  • And to think I paid 13,99 on steam for this game... Feeling robbed! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The game works perfectly fine with a mouse btw people. Ignore the info that states otherwise on the store page and in this article.
  • Cross buy doesn't appear to be working for me in the UK. I bought the game for £0.99 on my phone but when I go to the store on my tablet the game says I have to buy it again for £1.49.
  • Call me dumb, but after seeing the Contagion movie recently I find this game disturbing ^_^
  • Its great but it need still touchscreen.. No mouse support on PC.
  • It does support a mouse.
  • I bought this for my phone when it first came out and have now just downloaded it onto my pc for free. YAY! I have a touchscreen pc but the mouse works absolutely fine as well. This game is amazing. Can't wait for it to come to XBOX ONE. Good times!
  • Plague, Inc. shows up in My Apps under account in the store (I purchased the phone version), but it displays Not available under it. When going to the store page, it only gives me the option to purchase it. This is for the US Store. I'm hoping it'll sort itself out within the next few days as initially the game didn't even show up in the US store at all.
  • same here... I bougth game on windows phone but in PC are not avaible in this moment (in my apps list)
  • Also an important detail. I believe when the game was launched did not support 512 MB RAM. Yeah Baby