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Pandemic: a Cooperative Game

Updated on November 29, 2012

Fight the Pandemic Together

Are you a competitive person? Does game night in your home frequently end with someone storming off in tears? Pandemic is the answer to all of your problems! Pandemic is a cooperative game, everyone is playing on the same team, fighting against the clock to eradicate diseases from the world. This board game can be finished in under an hour, allowing you to play multiple scenarios in one evening.

In this lens I will give you a preview into the Pandemic board game. I promise that it will be an instant hit in your family!

The Pandemic Game Board
The Pandemic Game Board

General Gameplay

A Cooperative Game

Pandemic is for 2-4 players, and each game is completed in under an hour. The following is not the complete instructions, but hopefully a bit to give you a taste.

There are four diseases that have been unleashed into the world, and they threaten to destroy the human civilization. It is your job to work together with other members of a disease-fighting team to travel the globe to treat the infections and gather resources for the cure. Everyone works together on the same side, us against whatever virus/parasite/bacterium is killing us. Each city can have up to three infection cubes of a particular disease (although they can get 3 of two different diseases.)

Each player has 4 actions they can spend on moving to other cities, removing an infection cube and more. At the end of each turn, the player takes on the role of the infector. You draw city cards of the specified infection rate (2-4) and add one indicated disease cube to each of those cities. If you have to place a fourth infection cube of the same color on a city, you have an OUTBREAK which will spread the infection to the surrounding cities.

You win the game when you have discovered cures for all four diseases. (You do not need to administer the cure to remaining cities once all cures are discovered, because you have already won!) You lose when you run out of color cubes, or there are too many outbreaks.

Cooperative games versus Competative Cames

Would you rather play a cooperative or competative game?

The Roles

The Starting Pandemic Role Cards
The Starting Pandemic Role Cards

Each player selects a role card at random at the beginning of the game. Each role has special abilities, such as being able to cure all of a disease in a city with one action (where it would otherwise take one action per cube.)

The standard Pandemic game has 5 different roles, shown in the picture above.

Pandemic: On the Brink Expansion

Get new Role cards and additional challenges with this expansion! I just got the expansion, so I'm not super familiar with the rules yet, but I can tell you that you can really raise the difficulty of the game!

On the Brink Brings New Roles

New Roles from Pandemic: On the Brink
New Roles from Pandemic: On the Brink

There are now 6 more role cards, adding more variation to each time you play the game.

Any Questions?

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    • melmik profile image

      melmik 5 years ago

      Thanks for highlighting the expansion! Didn't know that was an option!

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This sounds like an excellent game, albeit a scary scenario for younger players maybe. Learning to co-operate with other players is a good skill to have.

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Interesting game concept, sounds like a lot of fun! :)

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