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Pandemic – On the Brink

Diseases are spreading across the world, and you have to work together with all the other players to control them. It’s a race against time and you have to ensure that each disease is treated and then cured, and if possible, eradicated. To prevent outbreaks, treat diseases, try to build the best strategy to cure the disease, teamwork is essential to this game! The base game of Pandemic was fun in itself, but this expansion takes the gameplay to a different level altogether.

The new expansion offers greater re-playability along with a larger variety of choices. The gameplay is fun and simple. All the diseases have to be cured before you win the game. If you allow too many outbreaks, or a disease becomes too widespread to be controlled, or all your city cards are finished before finding the cures, you lose the game. One way to win – three to lose! The game can last for 1 – 1.5 hours, and can be played by five people.

The expansion provides for six new roles, eight new special events, and best of all, three new challenges. One of them includes a fifth player to take on the role of a bio-terrorist, secretly spreading the diseases. This completely turns the game on its head, turning it from a cooperative game to a semi-cooperative one, where one player is pitted against the others. Other new challenges to be faced are virulent strains and mutations, increasing the challenge of combating the diseases manifold.

The game, which has been designed by Matt Leacock and Thomas Lehmann, has been immensely popular and for many has become their favourite cooperative game. The team of artists comprising Josh Cappel, Christian Hanisch, Régis Moulun, Chris Quilliams, and Tom Thiel have provided a very realistic illustration of the board and the cards.

All in all, Pandemic – On the Brink is a great game for those who enjoy cooperative games. There is nothing like beating the board together with your friends!


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