Can you save humanity in this cooperative game where deadly viruses are spreading across the globe? Together, you will treat diseases, share knowledge, and fly all over the world to prevent outbreaks and slow down the epidemic. The fate of humanity is in your hands!

Summary Review

Pandemic is a cooperative game for 2 to 4 players, where each player takes on the role of a member of the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) working together to combat the growing threat of disease across the planet.

Four different diseases are infecting the globe, with the intensity in each city shown by coloured cubes.  When a city gains a fourth cube, it ‘pops’ infecting neighbouring cities.  Players can do several actions during their moves, including traveling, curing cities or developing a cure – if they have collected the right cards.  The game allows players to adjust the challenge level, and there are also a number of expansions meaning there’s a high degree of replayability.

Pandemic is one of the games that has successfully transitioned to general sales, now available in many book stores.

Our Ratings:

Repeat Play Score: 5/5
Gateway Score: 4/5
Thematic Score: 4/5
Component Score: 3/5

In the UK, you can get this from Amazon for about £35, from Z-Man.


The game includes

  • 1 8-Page Colour Rulebook
  • 1 Folding single-side Gameboard
  • 7 Role Cards
  • 7 (plastic) Pawns (one colour for each role)
  • 6 (plastic) Research Stations
  • 96 (plastic) Disease Cubes (24 for each colour disease – black, blue, red, yellow)
  • 6 Markers
    • 1 Infection Rate Marker
    • 1 Outbreaks Marker
    • 4 Cure Markers with “Vial” and “Sunset” sides (one for each colour disease)
  • 59 Player Cards
    • 48 City Cards
    • 6 Epidemic Cards
    • 5 Special Event Cards
  • 48 Infection Cards
  • 4 Reference Cards

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