Friday, February 8, 2013

For Valentines: Ditch the Romantic Comedy and Save the World Instead


The Review Crew's Take on
Pandemic

# Players . . . 2-4
Game time . . . . . . . . 45 minutes
Set up . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 minutes
Luck . . . . . . . . .  8 . . Strategy
*Interplay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Visual Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Component Quality . .. . . . .8 
*Replayability . . . . . . . . . . . 9


There's nothing liked staring death in the face and defeating it together that brings a couple closer. Well, maybe not nothing, but for a change, try a game of Pandemic.
Wait, you say, we've tried playing games, just the two of us, and always end up annoyed with each other.
We hear you, and that's exactly why Pandemic is perfect for a Valentine's cozy-up. It's just the two of you (or three or four) against the game.
Here's the premise: four diseases ravage the world and you are a team of epidemiologists out to save it. Each team member has a special ability and all abilities are crucial because this game does not go gently into the night. It's tough to beat and the peril feels real as the board fills up with disease cubes. You'll need every bit of combined cunning and skill to stop the disease cubes from spreading and to find a cure for all four diseases.
Because of the intense challenge, victory, if it comes, is sweet. Celebrate your success with a slice of cheesecake or a bit of chocolate and you've got the perfect Valentine's date.        

Sidenote: the expansion, On the Brink, adds some interesting character cards and other twists. We recommend it, too.


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