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Suffers from quarter backing so hard I almost want to plummet this game into nonexistence within my ratings. How this game is so loved is beyond me. Yes, the scenario is well done and the pieces look nice but I pretty much hate this game. I'd probably rate Pandemic a 2 from my experience with it, but I'm fairly certain that playing this game with a different crowd could skyrocket it several points higher than it is.
Had this game for about a year now and still finding it fresh and challenging. The rules are simple and the game play fun. I am a big fan of cooperative games and this one for me ticks all the boxes. Not tried the expansion yet. Changing my rating from a 9 to an 8 on 30.11.2011. Still liking the game, but lacks the depth that having a week off on holiday and looking for something that's a real ball busting challenge would be. Changing rating from 8 to 7 having now had the option of playing other games and getting a greater appreciation of game mechanics. 14.04.2012 Finally got to play this whilst on holiday with the expansion. If you like the theme of the standard game, then get the expansion.
Fun but challenging co-op game. Strategy seems a bit too complex if I was playing with newbies. Prone to having an alpha player dictate the game for everyone. Seems like there is a bit too much luck in not losing.
I'm mostly out on co-ops. The systems are largely the same, and rarely interesting after you see them once or twice. Pandemic gets a certain respect from me for its influence, but I don't know if I'll ever play it again. Great way to introduce people to board games, though... Trade Condition Notes: Excellent condition
Cooperative game friendly to non-gamers: Race around the world stopping disease outbreaks and finding cures. Even with all of the expansions and variations on this core system, Pandemic remains one of the best.
I enjoy playing this game, but it was not for my group since they are too competitive. I tried to get my wife into it, but couldn't. It would probably be a good solo game, but isn't worth the setup when I can play games online if I want to.
A fairly quick cooperative game, and probably a good one to get non-gamers into the hobby. The mechanics are simple, but the game can still be challenging. I'm not sure if this is because a certain number of games are unwinnable due to sheer dumb luck, or if this is because to frequently win you have to be somewhere on the learning curve that I haven't reached. Either way, it's still enjoyable, and seems to work well for a variety of people, so I'd assume it will work for most groups. There is some imbalance between the characters, which is unfortunate, but in a cooperative game it's less of a big deal. There is also the issue of do-what-the-strongest-player-says, but it seems like this is almost a universal feature of cooperative games, and Pandemic isn't necessarily worse than the others.
I like the idea of co-op games but the only ones that I had played were Arkham Horror and LOTR. Those are good games but l-o-n-g. This one finished up in about 45 minutes with 4 epidemics. A nice beat-the-clock feel to it and I would certainly play this again. I liked the map, the chunky wood pieces and the gameplay. It is not something that I would buy, I think, but definitely worth the play time.
My first, and for a while my favorite cooperative game. Its incredibly prone to quarterbacking, but generally I've always felt like part of a team. My biggest grievance is that certain setups can make the game impossible, in a literal way. Its not like that happens often at all (maybe once ever), but the possibility turns me off. Over the years they have added new roles with new mechanisms, but certain roles clearly trump others. Granted, this offers additional challenge on top of game variance, but I rarely view it from that perspective. Also, since the release of the Legacy edition, I will likely never play the base game ever again.
(+) Theme and mechanics fit really well together, unique player abilities, variable difficulty, promotes teamwork, fun and realistic theme (-) Some roles seem quite weaker than others, alpha players can control the game (needs the right group), can feel the same after a while (played this to death before I started tracking my plays), Pandemic: On the Brink seems like a better version of this
This is the granddaddy of modern cooperative games, the game that largely set the formula for other modern cooperative games. It's the perfect gateway game for new strategy and/or cooperative gamers. I have played it a lot and really loved it. That said, I only give it an 8 because many newer cooperative games (building on the Pandemic formula) have added more depth. I'll probably never play the original Pandemic again, except when introducing new gamers to cooperative games, but I nonetheless find it one of the most fun experiences I have had in gaming.
(7/16) 6. (10/17) Drop to 5. Obviously a groundbreaking game, but after having played so many games, especially Pandemic Legacy, I don't feel myself drawn to this one much more.