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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Pandemic
Series:  Pandemic
Theme:  Medicine & Disease
Genre:  Cooperative
Format:  Board Games
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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45-60 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Matt Leacock

Manufacturer(s): Z-Man Games, Asmodee North America

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Product Description

As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you must keep four deadly diseases at bay while discovering their cures. You and your teammates will travel across the globe, treating infections while finding resources for cures. The clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues, and you must work as a team to succeed. Can you find all four cures in time? The fate of humanity is in your hands!

The 2013 edition of Pandemic includes two new characters – the Contingency Planner and the Quarantine Specialist – not available in earlier editions of the game.

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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.

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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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