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Pandemic - iPad Video Review

Brad Cummings
United States
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The Stats:
Compatibility: iPad
Reviewed On: iPad 2
Current Price: $6.99
Developer/Publisher: F2Z/Z-MAN Games
Version: 1.0.2
Size: 22.4 MB
Multiplayer: Yes.
AI: No.
Itunes link: Pandemic

I approached Pandemic with a heavy level of skepticism. The bit I had played at GenCon did not grab me and felt limited. Luckily, I stand very much corrected. While Pandemic does not feature every mode or expansion possible, it is a polished single player and pass and play experience that rivals some of the best on the platform.

I agree that there is great potential for Pandemic to work as an online social experience, and I wish they had tried to innovate in this area. However, what is here is extremely polished and, a word I rarely use in this genre, cinematic. The soundtrack combined with some tasteful animation effects create a nice companion to the natural tension created by the game.

I'm also surprised by how well the game works as pass and play. Laying it between two players has worked extremely well. To compliment this, the UI design is superb with fly-out menus that contain all the information you want to know in an instance. I was also impressed by how many custom icons were created for each role to quickly remind you of your abilities (for example the Dispatcher's movement button features all player pawns to remind you that he can move other players).

My time with the game has been relatively short, but Pandemic is one that I can easily recommend.

Rating: 5/5

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