Best Outbreak Sim Games on Steam

Steam currently has 183 Outbreak Sim games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Outbreak Sim game rankings were last updated on 5/20/2024.

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1. Plague Inc: Evolved

Plague Inc: Evolved is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation. Your pathogen has just infected 'Patient Zero' - now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself.

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Plague Inc: Evolved holds the #1 spot for "best Outbreak Sim game on Steam" with a Player Score of 93. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 51,187 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 48,369 positive reviews and 2,818 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 2/18/2016
Franchise Ndemic Creations
Developer Ndemic Creations
Publisher Ndemic Creations
Steam App Id 246620

2. Infection Free Zone – Prologue

Experience the first 8 days of the Zone in the Prologue to the widely anticipated post-apocalyptic city-builder game. Lead the survivors, rebuild the city, and fight against the deadly hordes of the infected. Play on 6 different real cities from around the world.

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Infection Free Zone – Prologue has achieved a Player Score of 89, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,307 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,972 positive reviews and 335 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Infection Free Zone – Prologue on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/19/2023
Franchise Games Operators
Developer Jutsu Games
Publisher Games Operators
Steam App Id 2485640

3. Shadows of Forbidden Gods

Take on the role of a Dark Elder God and lead your agents to bring about an apocalypse in a fantasy world. Work in the shadows, avoiding the heroes who will try to stop you, as you bring about plague and famine, ice age and volcanic destruction, madness and never ending night.

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Shadows of Forbidden Gods has achieved a Player Score of 88, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 787 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 740 positive reviews and 47 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Shadows of Forbidden Gods on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 7/15/2023
Developer Bobby Two Hands
Publisher Forbidden Oak Games Limited
Steam App Id 1741640

4. ICBM

ICBM is a real-time strategy game of nuclear destruction. Research new technologies, build up your nuclear stockpile and use a combination of ships, planes and missiles to strike at the heart of your opponents’ cities while keeping your population safe from harm.

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ICBM has achieved a Player Score of 88, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,648 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,518 positive reviews and 130 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play ICBM on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 11/17/2020
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Publisher Slitherine Ltd.
Steam App Id 1178220

5. Deisim

Live the experience of being a powerful god and create the world to see the growth of mankind.

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Deisim has achieved a Player Score of 86, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 707 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 651 positive reviews and 56 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Deisim on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 9/1/2022
Developers
Publishers
Steam App Id 525680

6. Bio Inc. Redemption

Bio Inc.: Redemption is a realistic simulation and strategy game in which you make life or death decisions. Create a deadly illness to infect and torment your victim or play as the head of a medical team and hopefully find a cure to save your human patient. Will you be the plague or preserve humanity?

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Bio Inc. Redemption has achieved a Player Score of 86, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,000 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,798 positive reviews and 202 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 3/8/2018
Developer DryGin Studios
Publisher DryGin Studios
Steam App Id 612470

7. DeadOS

DeadOS is an early access zombie outbreak simulator by Benn Powell that focuses on city-wide scenarios where you have access to fully customize your apocalypse experience from beginning to end. Simulation. Sandbox. Survival!

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DeadOS has achieved a Player Score of 86, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 108 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 105 positive reviews and 3 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $11.99
Release Date 4/29/2021
Developer Benn Powell
Publisher Benn Powell
Steam App Id 1590850

8. The Fabulous Fear Machine

The Fabulous Fear Machine is a narrative-driven strategy game with a pulp horror style. As the Machine's new Master, you must sow fear and expand your influence by creating Legends, harvesting resources, manipulating events, and spying on your enemies.

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The Fabulous Fear Machine has achieved a Player Score of 85, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 328 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 303 positive reviews and 25 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.05 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Fabulous Fear Machine on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $12.05
Release Date 10/4/2023
Developer Fictiorama Studios
Publisher AMC Games
Steam App Id 1540350

9. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse

Be the Zombie. Kick A** and Take Brains.

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Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse has achieved a Player Score of 83, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,951 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,703 positive reviews and 248 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 3/16/2021
Franchise Aspyr Media
Developer Aspyr
Publisher Aspyr
Steam App Id 7800

10. Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

Rebuild a ruined city in this post-apocalyptic mix of strategy and simulation. Manage survivors, scavenge for food and supplies, deal with rival gangs, illness, interpersonal strife and zombie attacks.

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Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville has achieved a Player Score of 82, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Outbreak Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,855 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,596 positive reviews and 259 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $5.99
Release Date 5/29/2015
Franchise Northway Games
Developers
Publisher Northway Games
Steam App Id 257170

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 11). Shadows of Forbidden Gods on Steam. Steam Store.
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). Deisim on Steam. Steam Store.
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 15). DeadOS on Steam. Steam Store.
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 14). Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville on Steam. Steam Store.

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