My latest instalment of the Bloggers Board Game Club this time features a more adult themed game and I must first apologise for the delay in reviewing the game for reasons you will find out later on in my review.
The idea behind Pandemic* is that several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world and you, the players, are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease outbreaks while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand.
The sturdy game board depicts several major global population centres, and on each turn, a player can use up to four actions to travel between cities, treat infected populations, discover a cure, or build a research station. A deck of Action cards provides the players with these abilities, but be warned because dotted throughout the deck are Epidemic! cards that accelerate and intensify the diseases. A second, separate deck of cards controls the “normal” spread of the infections.
Each player takes on a specific role within the team, decided at the start of the play, and together with other players must plan a strategy that utilises their specialists’ strengths in order to combat the diseases. Operations Expert can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases while the Scientist needs only four cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal five. If one or more diseases spreads beyond recovery or if too much time elapses however, the players all lose. To win all four diseases must be cured.
We first attempted to play this game at a party but we were all a little drunk and the game soon descended into chaos as we tried to fathom out the rules whilst intoxicated. For our second attempt I arranged a proper games night with friends which was a much more sensible affair and we managed to grasp the rules and have great fun trying to conquer the disease outbreaks. My friends all loved the concept and it’s definitely their style of game, it creates lots of discussion and interaction which is perfect for an occasion such as a games night.
We all loved the graphics and styling of the gane plus the pieces and board itself were great quality; this however is reflected in the rather hefty pricetag so it’s definitely a game you want to play lots to get value out of it.
Pandemic retails at £36.99 and is suitable for 2 to 4 players aged 8 years and older.
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