Cooperative Game
2-4 Players
About 45 Minutes
Grade 5 and Up
Game Schooler Recommendation

We recommend this Pandemic for the interactions, decision-making, and outcomes that accompany the game experience. This is a cooperative game where all of the players work together. Pandemic© is an intergenerational game. A 12-year old can absolutely play this game with their grandparents. The combination of individual and group decision-making in this game has led to a plethora of spin-offs from the original game. Your decisions matter and they come in abundance. If you play Pandemic, you may not win all the time, but that difficulty level keeps drawing people back.

Game Overview

From designer Matt Leacock, Pandemic is a cooperative game of teamwork for two to four players. As members of an elite disease control team, you must keep four deadly diseases at bay. Work together as you travel the globe to treat infections while collecting the cards you need to discover a cure for each disease. But the clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues. As a cooperative game, players win or lose together. Only by working together can you keep the outbreaks in check and find the cures in time!

  • Logistics Logistics
    Allows players to manage production flow between the point of origin and consumption.
  • Risk Management Risk Management
    Players must identify, evaluate, and prioritize options to reduce the impact of unfortunate events or risks.
  • Spatial Perception Spatial Perception
    Strengthens a player’s understanding of the spatial relationships with the objects in their environment as well as themselves.
  • Tactical Thinking Tactical Thinking
    Challenges players to make decisions based on currently available information.
  • Resilience Resilience
    Teaches players how to quickly recover from and cope with difficulties.
  • Resource Management Resource Management
    Boosts a player’s capacity to efficiently and effectively oversee available assets.
  • Time Management Time Management
    Improves a player’s ability to organize and plan how long they spend on specific activities.
  • Cooperation Cooperation
    Encourages players to work together toward a common goal.
  • Group Discussion Group Discussion
    Instigates the sharing of ideas, the solving of problems, or providing feedback within a group.
Game Details
  • Type: Family Game
  • Category: Cooperative Game
  • Designer(s): Matt Leacock
  • Published: 2008
  • Game Length: About 45 Minutes
  • Players: 2-4 Players
  • 2009 Spiel des Jahres Nominee
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