game from Esdevium
Do you have what it takes
to save humanity? As skilled members of
a disease-fighting team, you must keep
four deadly diseases at bay while
discovering their cures. You and your
team mates will travel across the globe,
treating infections while finding
resources for cures.
You must work together, using your
individual strengths, to succeed. The
clock is ticking as outbreaks and
epidemics fuel the spreading plagues.
Can you find all four cures in time?
The game board depicts several major
population centres on a stylised map of
the Earth. On each turn, a player can
use up to four actions to travel between
cities, treat infected populaces,
discover a cure, or build a research
station. A deck of cards provides the
players with these abilities, but
sprinkled throughout this deck are
Epidemic! cards that accelerate and
intensify the diseases' activity. A
second, separate deck of cards controls
the "normal" spread of the infections.
Each player has different roles, but the
same ultimate goals. Taking a unique
responsibility within the team, players
must plan their strategy to mesh with
their specialists' strengths in order to
conquer the diseases which are spreading
quickly and time is running out. 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!
There is only one way to beat Pandemic:
cure the diseases, but there are
numerous ways to lose. Run out of player
cards, hit the outbreak limit or run out
of disease cubes to place on the board.
Play carefully and keep on top of
potential outbreaks or the game will
Pandemic is a co-operative board
game from the phenomenal board game
designer, Matt Leacock. Players can
either win the game together and
discover a cure for the epidemic or lose
the battle and the infection takes over
the world ....
and Tested by Jenny Itzcovitz
I love a good board game, it's a great
way to spend an evening with family and
friends, so I was looking forward to
playing Pandemic from Esdevium Games.
I rounded up my game players, Daniel and
Paul and then we set up the game on the
kitchen table surrounded by crisps,
snacks and refreshing drinks.
The board was easy to set up, we were
each given a role - I was the Quarantine
Specialist - and moved around the
countries on the board, building
research stations and attempting to
eradicate the various diseases before
the final Epidemic card told us it was
time to stop and the infections had
The game was fast and furious as we
planned our moves together, often
working out our strategy three stages in
advance. It was nice to play a game
where we played as a team and worked
together to try and beat the board game,
rather than each other!
With our combined skill, I would give
Daniel and Paul most of the credit, we
managed to defeat the Epidemic curing
all the different diseases by the very
last turn of the card. It was a great
victory and we all celebrated our win.
We thoroughly enjoyed the game. Daniel
said it was one of the best board games
he'd played. Paul loved it. And I can't
wait to play again.
I would heartily recommend it to those
who like intelligent, strategic games
which challenge you. Do allow at least
15 minutes to read and digest the rules,
as they are fairly detailed. And
surround yourself with lots of tasty
treats, as it's hungry work. Then you'll
have a very entertaining evening.
Pandemic is recommended for players aged
10 or over. Suitable for 2 - 4 players,
it takes around 60 minutes to play. RRP
Pandemic is available to buy now from
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& Fred offer some great gifts for the
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If you're an
acoustic musician and you enjoy
playing the guitar, then why not
treat yourself to a ukulele and
create some fabulous music for
the New Year.
Ukuleles have never been so
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The old-fashioned style of
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Cool ukulele covers on the
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The instrument has even been
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Dave Mann Music is a family-run,
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Walter continues, “Not only are
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All the ukuleles and high-end
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Wooden Gifts from Swanky Maison
Swanky Maison offer a stunning
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Infusions Gift Set
Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with leading
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January is the month of healthy food swaps and
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Nautical Gifts from Live Laugh Love
Cheer up your home with beautiful nautical gifts
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This rustic Gone Fishing with Net Sail Boat is
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This beautiful Heart Trinket Box with Bird will
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This delightful Glass Bon Bon Dish has so many
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