With everything we have been through in the past year and a half, this might seem like a strange choice for my first board game review, but Pandemic is one of my favorite board games. Over the years, I have come to love cooperative games and this is an excellent one!
In Pandemic, several diseases have broken out all over the world! (Yes, I know) The players are disease-fighting CDC employees who work together to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they completely take over the world.
The game board depicts several major population centers on Earth. On your turn, you can use up to four actions to travel between cities, treat infected populaces, discover a cure, or build a research station. One deck of cards provides the players with these abilities, but sprinkled throughout this deck are Epidemic! cards spread the diseases and make future turns more difficult. A second, separate deck of cards controls the “normal” spread of the infections.
Each player takes on a specific role with special abilities. As with all cooperative games, all players must mesh their abilities to create the most advantageous outcome. If one or more diseases spread beyond recovery or if too much time elapses, the players all lose. If they cure the four diseases, they all win!
Family Board Game | Board Game for Adults and Family | Cooperative Board Game | Ages 8+ | 2 to 4 players | Average Playtime 45 minutes | Made by Z-Man Games