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This game is very much a lighter version of Pandemic which plays a little bit quicker. I think it works quite well, and I'm happy to play it. I don't see needing both though. And I think Pandemic is a little less luck reliant after just a couple of plays. At least, I think there's more time, and planning that can be done in that one. This game is not bad though, and is a little bit easier on the kids and stuff, has less components, etc.It works quite well for what it is.
Quite nice co-op. Even thought I've played the Island variant only once, the Desert is much much better one. Its a quite tough one. Won twice so far. Bad thing is, it seems to get the same problem as Pandemic. One player can start taking over the game with his ideas for how things should be done and approached. Yes, its possible to not do those suggestions, but then again it wouldn't be as optimal play as it could be. Another side of the coin, if one starts to tell others what to do, then he might just aswell play it all by his lonesome. Can't really point what I think, but I'm starting to get the same vibe that we got with Pandemic in the end (before we sold it). It has much better quality and its damn gorgeous, so props should go out.
Finally played a game with more than just myself. It was fun. We just lost. I think I like Forbidden Island just a smidge more because it is easier to teach to others, but this one has the advantage of having more to think about. Again, I am not sure how many times we will get it played at my game group as we prefer competitive games when we can manage to get together. It is fun with the family though.
Very enjoyable (and difficult) co-op. Suitable for kids as young as 7 or 8 to play independently, and the co-op nature of the game allows them to learn some more complex strategy and puzzle-solving than they otherwise could on their own.
A GREAT co-op. Plays great at all player counts. All of the components are super fantastic. Plays in just the right amount of time. Is a complete and total game, not requiring any expansions (or pieces of garbage extras). It's just great. It can be hard or unlucky at times, but both of those ideas somewhat fit into the theme of the game, so you never feel cheated. Overall, a great co-op. Much better than Forbidden Island IMO.
Itch: co-op For me, the good: - The theme permeates everything in an amazing way - Clues offer an interesting alternative to Pandemic or Forbidden Island's set collection - I like coops The bad - Finding the clues feels like an exercise in "flip all the tiles before you die". While I initially liked the clues approach, its started to make me question my purchase. - I grew up in the dessert and loathe them, so I'd prefer the look of Forbidden Island but it felt too easy and too close to Pandemic. - I tend to prefer more real-world themes, so I probably would have preferred Flashpoint for my non-Pandemic coop.
Leacock has done variation upon variation of his coop formula and this is one of the best. The engaging theme, impactful player powers, and consistently close wins and losses make this one a winner. I'll play this before base Pandemic any time.