Pandemic: The Board Game Review
- An engaging race against time.
- Works as a solo experience, or with friends.
- A fantastic tutorial guides you the learning process.
- An option to turn off the info guide in the middle of a game would be nice.
Pandemic is a great port of a co-operative board game port that works fine when played solo, but better when played with friends.
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A viral epidemic is, I'm sure you'll agree, a pretty sizeable catastrophe. In Pandemic: The Board Game, no lees than four deadly viruses are spreading their way across the globe. It's up to four specialists to find the cures before these infections become uncontainable and wipe out humanity.
One player can control all four specialists, or four players can work together around a single iPad. The game's rules are pretty simple and easy to understand. Each turn consists of four possible actions. You may travel to a connecting country on the map, treat an infected area, swap cards, or use your character specific power. These range from transporting any character to anyone else's location, to the ability to cure a disease using only four cards instead of five.
Each turn you receive cards from the deck. They consist of four different colours, representing the four outbreaks. You can use cards as a quick method to hop around the globe, or you can trade with other players, provided you're in the same country.
You'd best be quick with your containment, however, because each turn the pandemic intensifies. Random countries will receive additional infected markers, and if any location becomes too infected, it will trigger an epidemic which will automatically cause addition infections to spread to any connected country. The same happens if you draw an epidemic card. If you're not careful, this can start off a chain reaction that is hard to recover from.
Pandemic certainly puts you under pressure. The large number of epidemic cards combined with the time-sensentive infections create a lot of tension, and encourages frantic strategising at all stages of play. Thankfully, the tutorial does a great job of explaining the mechanics, and the rules are always just a tap away. While you can play solo, the real fun lies grabbing three friends, crowding around the iPad, and arguing over viable strategies. It can be tough going, and it's not for the squemish, but Pandemic is ultimately a solid board game port - especially with company.
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As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you must keep four deadly diseases at bay while discovering their cures. Travel the world, treat infections, and find cures.
You must work as a team to succeed. The clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues. Can you find all four cures in time? The fate of humanity is in your hands!
Pandemic: The Board Game is a family-friendly cooperative game. Simple to understand and lots of fun, Pandemic: The Board Game puts you in an apocalyptic situation where you must work as a team to save the world.
*How to play
In Pandemic: The Board Game each player has a unique role with different abilities. On a turn, players will have four actions in order to cure diseases and save the world. They can remove disease cubes from the board; fly to a city in need; trade cards with fellow players; and much more.
At the end of every player’s turn, new cities are infected with disease cubes and Epidemics may arise. You must fight to prevent the outbreaks before they spin out of control.
In Pandemic: The Board Game, there is only one way to win: cure all four diseases before you run out of time!
An award-wining board game and player favorite since its release in 2008, Pandemic: The Board Game is now available as a Universal iOS app.
-7 role cards with unique abilities
-Supports games for 2, 3, or 4 players, but can be played solo if you play multiple roles
-Pass-and-play multiplayer (2-4)
-Three difficulty settings make the game suitable for beginners, intermediate players, and experts
-Fully guided interactive tutorial; plus “Info Mode” for in-game reminders of the rules
-Full rulebook included for easy access and detailed reference at all times
-Animated interface gives clear indication of the game's progress and hotspots
-Complete implementation of the board game suitable for expert play
-Interface designed and tested for ease-of-use
-Supports landscape or portrait orientations (iPad only)
-On the Brink expansion content available as in-app purchase
-6 new roles and 8 new events
-Play with 5 players
-Legendary difficulty setting for players with a deathwish
-2 events in player deck per player
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