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Pandemic the Board Game: Review

Updated on April 1, 2015
Pandemic is a great strategy game for the whole family.
Pandemic is a great strategy game for the whole family.
Pandemic game board
Pandemic game board

The Strategy Game of Saving Humanity

Number of Players: 2-4

Ages: 10+

Game Time: ~ 45-60 minutes

Type: Strategy Game

Creator: Matt Leacock
Publisher: Z-Man Games

Learning Curve: Fairly easy to learn but difficult to master
Difficulty: Varies, but can be quite difficult. There are different levels of game play to increase the difficulty as you gain skill (or desire a greater challenge).

Premise:
The world is in danger from four quickly-spreading deadly diseases and you are fighting to save humanity. Your team can include up to four of the following roles: Scientist, Researcher, Dispatcher, Medic, and Operations Expert. Each one has a different special skill and serves an important function on the team.

Gameplay:
Pandemic begins with outbreaks of all 4 diseases occurring all over the map. You and your team start in Atlanta, GA at the CDC. Your mission is to spread out across the map treating disease to buy yourself time while you collect cards to cure them once and for all. But watch out! Infection spreads with every turn - and if too much infection occurs in one area, an outbreak occurs! (8 outbreaks and you lose!) Epidemic cards are drawn randomly during the game. These cards increase the infection rate, infect new cities, and increase the intensity of infection in the most affected areas. You have to work together as a team, using the special abilities of your role to cure the diseases and save the world.

What makes it different: Players are on one team. Your team is playing against the game, not against each other. This game is all about teamwork and working cooperatively.

Overall: 5/5 Stars!
Pandemic is a great game! I will admit my bias as a geeky medical professional but it really is a lot of fun to play. It's a nice change of pace to work cooperatively in a game and it takes quite a bit of strategy. You never know which role(s) you'll have to do without and you can increase the difficulty by adding more epidemic cards to the draw pile. The limited number of players makes this ideal for smaller groups or family game night. Enjoy!

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