Hubbie and I played this first and once we got our head around the rules we really liked the game concept. You are a disease and need to infect cities across the world; the winner is the deadliest disease at the end. But its not all fun and games, you have certain events and WHO (World Health Organization) cards that can make your quest that much more tricky! For example a hand washing campaign will wipe out some of your contagion cards slowing your progress, but other events can work in your favour like the new school year starting (germs are rife!), more people attending festivals or tourism on the rise making it easier to spread your disease in the wider population.
It is pitched at children 10+ but after we were familiar with the game we introduced it to our eldest who is 8, he really enjoyed it too. He managed to get the hang of the game very quickly. The game looks very appealing especially the petri dish to keep your disease cubes. Your player board tracks your incubation, infection and resistance scores, you can upgrade these with the contagion cards you hold.
Incubation refers to how many cards you can draw when you choose that action, so it is worthwhile upgrading this to get more cards as soon as possible. Also infecting cities is a slow progress unless you have mutated to the next level of infection, so you can place more disease cubes down in one go, up to the maximum of four! The level of resistance protects your disease from event or who cards that might slow your progress. I never seem to advance my resistance level so am usually exposed to whatever WHO puts in place to slow the spread of disease. It’s a bit tense when you turn over the cards to see what will happen next…
It’s strange being on the side of the disease especially one that is intent on wiping out entire cities but it is also quite educational learning as you play what factors help and hinder the rate of infection.
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