Last night I experienced the beginning of the tabletop board game Pandemic Legacy, which is a follow up the original game, Pandemic. Except this version takes things to an all new level. The premise of the game finds you in our world on the brink of disaster. In Pandemic Legacy, your disease fighting team must keep four deadly diseases at bay for a whole year. Each month brings new surprises, and your actions in each game will have repercussions on the next.
[WARNING: Spoilers for Pandemic Legacy below!]
I've never encountered a game with so many surprises. The creative team that went in to putting this game together, deserves an award. This is what the initial layout of the game box is.
Not to mention, that's what's under a heavily plastic wrapped stack of files that read "Top Secret."
When I asked my gamer pro roommate when we get to open the boxes and folders, he replied:
"When the game tells us."
Yep, that's right. This game has a life of its own, and even after completing the first month of the game, we didn't open a box or a folder.
I found it very intriguing that you get to craft your own unique Pandemic experience with Pandemic Legacy. By creating a character that's customizable, your level of personal investment in the game becomes that much deeper. Yes, I was mocked for naming my character after myself.
The production value is spot on and damn right impressive. The only tiny thing that bothered me was, the petri dishes that held the diseases in the previous game, were replaced by plastic bags. Obviously my OCD kicked in and I just swapped the plastic bags for the petri dishes, but it was a little deflating. Everything else is put together so nicely.
Just as a warning, I'm going to tell you that this isn't a game you sit down to play with a group of people you don't like. This game is a time investment. You play with the same four people for many many games. Thankfully, I've started a journey with a great group of people, and I look forward to unveiling more as time goes on.
To close, I want to add this bit of dialogue that took place while playing.
As the disease spread I exclaimed:
"Wow, this game is so anxiety producing."
To which my roommate replied:
"Disease doesn't play nice."
Exactly. Learn more about Pandemic Legacy here, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for my next review.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.