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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Pandemic
Series:  Pandemic
Theme:  Medicine & Disease
Genre:  Cooperative
Format:  Board Games
Other:  Essen 2007 releases


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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45-60 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Matt Leacock

Publisher(s): Z-Man Games

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Product Description

Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out.

Players must work together, playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks.

A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Nominee, 2010
BoardGameGeek Awards
Best Family Game, 2009
Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Game, 2009
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2009
Deutscher Spiele Preis
3rd place, 2009
The Dice Tower Awards
Best Family Game Nominee, 2008
The Dice Tower Awards
Best Game of the Year Nominee, 2008
International Gamers Awards
Multi-Player Nominee, 2008

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Matt Leacock

  • Publisher(s): Z-Man Games

  • Year: 2008

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 45 - 60 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 1,070 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #10


  • 1 game board
  • 96 wooden cubes (for diseases)
  • 4 pawns
  • 6 wooden research stations
  • 6 markers:
    • 1 outbreak marker
    • 1 infection rate marker
    • 4 cure markers
  • 115 Cards:
    • 48 infection cards
    • 59 player cards
    • 4 role cards
    • 4 quick reference cards
Pandemic has the following expansions available:

Pandemic: Diseases glass vials accessory Out of Stock

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 22 reviews

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Iconic, Legendary, Never-Ending Fun Coop
October 01, 2015

Pandemic was the first boardgame in our game collection. We started with card games and once we were ready for something more than cards and monopoly or clue, we found this! It is always fun! Always nail-biting intensity between rounds.

This is a very difficult game, even on the easiest difficulty, we still win about half the time. But it is always fun! Talk about ending with a bang, this game always delivers a solid experience with an extremely fun ending. Regardless of win or lose, the games end will be memorable. This is a must for every gamer that likes a coop experience. This will definitely hit the table regularly unless you lose multiple times in a row and need a break for awhile. Which has happened quite a bit with us but it never fails to be a fun game.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Driggs
Hard, but fun
July 30, 2012

This game is very hard to win with less than five players. I’ve played this game eight or nine times now and have yet to win a single game. It’s impossible with two players, very hard with three, and still hard with four.

I’ve played with both three and four players configurations, two people who have played it several times themselves, but have yet to succeed. The game requires you to use all of the various roles to their maximum and a bit of luck to succeed. It emphasizes teamwork and strategy to cleanse the board of infection before the epidemics strike, causing outbreaks and bringing the world closer to apocalypse. If it's early in the game and you feel that you are doing well, just wait. The first epidemic will set you back quite a bit and send you scrambling to contain the rest of the viruses.

The game IS fun…but the difficulty level makes it also very frustrating. It took my gaming group a long time before we actually beat Battlestar Galactica and Arkham Horror and this game is no less difficult to win.

by Driggs
An Infectious Game For All To Enjoy
February 12, 2012

Pandemic is a strategic cooperative game where players work together to try and eradicate diseases from the world. Gameplay is relatively quick and each game usually lasts somewhere between 30 to 60 minutes. The rules are straightforward and it won't take long to learn how to play.

The game is infectious. Once you play you will want to play again and again. The components are good and all seem well made. The cooperative aspect is really good for groups or families. Families with older kids or teens will especially enjoy it. Every game is different based on the number of players, infection rate, etc.

First lets just say there are not many cons about this game, but there are a few. The theme, while it may be good for adults it is certainly not a theme that will be embraced by all, especially younger kids. A pandemic can be a scary thing. The gameplay can be slow if you are playing with a group of players that take too long to contemplate every move. The pawn's size seem a little awkward compared to the board. The board itself is not that detailed or fun to look at, it is basically just a map.

Final Thoughts:
This game is definitely a game that most will enjoy. The cooperative aspect is really good and each game you play, you will be able to feel the pressure building as you try to cure the diseases and beat the game. It is very similar to Forbidden Island, which may be a better game for families to play, but the theme is completely different. I would recommend this game to any game group or to any family with teenagers. It is a board game where the tensity builds as the game moves on and players must truly work together in order to win. A must have in any gamer's collection.

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