It’s the end of the world as we know it, but I just wanna roll these dice.
The world is facing annihilation as four different viruses have spread and humanity doesn’t have much time left. You think the measles are some scary shit? Wait until you’re fighting ebola, super cooties, space herpies, and polio: the sequel. At least, that’s what we named our four viruses for Pandemic: The Cure, a dice-chucking game by Matt Leacock, the same designer who created the original Pandemic.
You take on one of seven roles on a crack team determined to squash all four viruses by rolling your travel, treat, sample, and cure these awful diseases. It won’t be easy. Because this is a Pandemic game. And Pandemic wants to crush you… hardcore.
Times Played: 6
Likelihood of Beating the Game: 15%
Most Often Played With: 5 people
My wife and I played the original Pandemic, along with the awesome expansion Pandemic: On the Brink, so many times when we first got together that we can crush the hardest difficulty pretty much every time.
PLAYING PANDEMIC: THE CURE
- Roll your character’s dice.
- Re-roll as many times as you like, except Biohazards, which are frozen once rolled.
- Tick up the infection track for every Biohazard die rolled.
- Spend your dice to do actions: travel, treat, take samples, and a few special role-specific actions.
- If you have samples, roll to find a cure for that virus (must roll 13 or higher).
- Draw a number of dice equal the infection rate from the virus bag, roll ‘em, and place them on the corresponding regions.
- Weep as you realize you have no hope of saving the world.
IT’S SORT OF LIKE…
Pandemic went to Atlantic City and blew all its vaccine’s on the craps table. But in a good way. (Is there a way for that to be good? Whatever, this game is great.)
MOST FUN WHEN…
You have to roll a ton of virus dice. And even though it hurts to do it, it’s kind of thrilling pulling those dice out of a bag, discovering what viruses you’re getting, and then watching those dice bounce around. It’s like you’re gambling and the currency is our very existence.
WANTED TO FLIP THE TABLE WHEN…
Sound strategy was trumped by poor dice rolls.
You get a ton of custom dice and they look and feel great. Plus the game “board” is a series of discs representing the continents. It’s a really unique way to have a playing surface. It’s not your standard fold-out board and not a but of connected tiles. Pandemic: The Cure has a very unique look when laid out.
If you’ve played Pandemic before, then picking up on the concepts of Pandemic: The Cure is pretty easy. If not, it might seem a bit abstract at first. But one round and you pretty much should have it all down.
CAN YOU PLAY THIS GAME DRUNK?
Play it sober. Save the alcohol for after you lose.
THREE BEST THINGS
- Refreshes Pandemic and gives new reason to dive back into the series.
- Rolling dice is fun.
- Roles feel more unique, as not everyone has the same actions available.
THREE WORST THINGS
- Dice are random and they negate the ability to be highly strategic.
- Some roles are better than others.
- Difficulty doesn’t seem to scale as well as the original Pandemic.
NUMBER OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES I’D BE WILLING TO SPREAD IN ORDER TO PLAY THIS GAME
Three. But not Super Cooties, that stuff is nasty.
GET THIS IF
- You’ve played so much Pandemic, it’s become a bit rote.
- You’re looking for an intense co-op game that isn’t bogged down with rules and minutiae
- You don’t mind losing far more often than winning.
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