|Number of Game Players||4|
|Number of Pieces||1|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Release date||4 September 2017|
|Mfg Recommended age||8 - 99 years|
|Item Model Number||ZM7101|
|Product Dimensions||30.48 x 21.84 x 4.32 cm; 907 Grams|
Z-Man Games Pandemic Board Game ‐ English Edition, Multi/colored
Recommended Retail Price (RRP)The RRP displayed is the most recent manufacturer’s recommended retail price made available to Amazon AU.
|You Save:||$16.75 (26%)|
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- Updated version of the popular co-operative game
- Designed by Matt Leacock
- Perfect for 2-4 players
- Standard game duration 45 minutes
- Suitable for children's 8 years and above
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As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you and the other players work together to keep the world safe from outbreaks and epidemics. Only through teamwork will you have a chance to find a cure. Pandemic is a cooperative board game in which players work as a team to treat infections around the world while gathering resources for cures. First published in 2007, the game's distinct combination of cooperative gameplay, engrossing premise and compelling design have proved a hit with everyone from hard-core gamers to casual players. The Pandemic game line includes multiple expansions and stand-alone titles. You and your team are the only things standing in the way of deadly diseases that threaten the world. The fate of humanity is in your hands.
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Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example the Operation Specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are out breaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.
From the manufacturer
Find the Cure!
From designer Matt Leacock, Pandemic is a cooperative game of teamwork for two to four players. As members of an elite disease control team, you must keep four deadly diseases at bay. Work together as you travel the globe to treat infections while collecting the cards you need to discover a cure for each disease. But the clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues. As a cooperative game, players win or lose together. Only by working together can you keep the outbreaks in check and find the cures in time!
Avert Global Disaster
With diseases cropping up all over the planet, Pandemic takes place on a global scale. Over the course of the game, players use actions to move between hotspots while treating diseases and setting up a network of research stations that help them cure diseases and make movement more efficient. Each player manages a hand of cards matching the colors of the four diseases. These cards allow them to travel more quickly between cities or—if a single player can collect five cards of the same color—discover a cure for a disease. But plenty of challenges stand in their way. Outbreaks can spread diseases across the board and random epidemics can intensify a disease in a moment’s notice. It’ll take everything you’ve got to keep things under control.
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This is a great co-op game that's easy to pick up but really difficult to beat. My wife and I only won once and lost the other 12! Nevertheless, would be the most satisfying loss you can experience in a board game. Highly recommended
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We opened this on Boxing Day and ended up playing about 6 games back-to-back (with different people joining in for different rounds). We started on the easy level and beat the game 4 times (easy and standard level). But were beaten twice by the game on the advanced level (6 epidemic cards in the deck).
Loved the different characters (and their different skills), the co-operative nature of the game and how quickly you're in the thick of an epidemic! We'd definitely consider buying other games in this series and are already looking at Pandemic Legacy.
Was this game too much for our 10-year-old? Probably, given the "pain in the bum" mood he was in but his younger brother came to watch us and joined in for a game. He understood the rules, the basic tactics and liked the fact it was a co-operative game (so we could help him out and explain what we were doing). So, if your kids are into board games, don't be put off. Catch them in the right mood and they'll love this.
My advice would be to find a good YouTube video explaining the game first, then read the rules, and have them to hand for the first game. It's a lot to take on all in one go, but once you get going the gameplay is logical and easy to follow.
Gameplay-wise, the tension can quickly start to mount as the viruses start to spread through the cities and this really brings out the best in relationships with your other players. You really have to communicate and know each other's strengths and weaknesses.
All I learned about my father from playing Monopoly with him is that he has a great poker face and is even more miserly in a fantasy reality than real life! I also know my mother is a wanton cheat who would really rather the game would hurry up and get finished! Those kind of games, with players pitted against each other, just don't make for a happy Christmas/get together!
The box and components are sturdy, the instructions are clear, well illustrated and easy to follow and the graphics etc look nice.
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The quality of the game is excellent, it is very well made and tokens are made from plastic. It is better than previous version which was from cardboard.
Main plus for this game is that it doesn't have a lot of cards or tokens. It has 2 decks of cards, 6 research stations, pawns and disease cubes. That's it! So, it is very easy to prepare the game (just few minutes) and there is very small chance to lose the tokens like it is with bigger games which consist of sooo many small details, that it is mind blowing to put it all back together.
So, I definitely recommend this game and I think that this game should be in everyone's collection if they are interested in gaming even just a little bit. It will be fun to play with friends and family. And from my own experience, I don't know anybody who didn't like the game.
There went that Sunday. I even stopped watching football, BECAUSE CHILDREN ARE DYING IN ISTANBUL OR CONSTANTINOPLE. We played several games. We lost our first few, then kept winning. Our kids were annoying us with petty stuff like, "Daddy, I'm hungry" and "Mommy, my toe fell off" but sometimes you just have to tell your kids that now isn't a good time, because Daddy is building a research center and then has to fly to meet Mommy in Milan, and there is leftover ham in the refrigerator.
I do question whether the game will keep its challenge. We've won our only two games on the hardest difficulty, but it felt suspenseful and like we could have lost, so I think it'll still be fun to play. Regardless, we've already gotten our money's worth out of this game. I think my daughter (six) will be able to learn it now or shortly as well, which will be cool and we can monitor her toe situation better.
Basically you, and your friends, are trying to cure the planet of 4 deadly diseases. It's intended for a maximum of 4 players giving 1 pawn per person although you can actually solo the game but play as 4 characters, either way works really, the game does offer you to play with less pawns, but where's the fun in that?
The introduction setup for the game makes this a good chance for a first play victory however after this, when you use the full deck, things can get harder, although it's by no means easy to win!
Teamwork is critical and how you play even more so.
This is a great game that actually isn't too complicated and will give you hours of entertainment, I strongly recommend it to anyone, best part about it is you all win or you all lose, noone is left out.