Fans of Pandemic and newcomers to the series alike will find plenty to enjoy in Pandemic: Iberia, a historical take on Z-Man Games's hit co-operative game from designers Matt Leacock and Jesús Torres Castro.
As in Pandemic, two to five players will be working together to try and cure four diseases. In Pandemic: Iberia, these diseases are actually four real ailments that afflicted the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) in the mid-19th century - the era this game was set in. You and your teammates will take on unique character roles in order to combat malaria, typhus, the yellow fever and cholera.
In a further departure from Pandemic, Iberia also introduces the importance of infrastructure. You can’t just get in a plane and fly to the next city in 1848, after all. Developing the peninsula’s rail system is key to victory in the game and distributing purified water around its towns and cities is also important.
Leacock and Castro also built a couple of different scenarios into Pandemic: Iberia so that you can change up your experience from time to time. The Influx of Patients variant increases the importance of hospitals as patients rush to get to them. The hospitals themselves are more powerful in this version, so managing them is much more important than normal.
You can also play the Historical Diseases variant, which gives each one of the four diseases different characteristics based on its history and medical effects. This variant forces you to adapt the way that you treat each one, learning their different behaviours so that you can keep them under control.
There is plenty to enjoy in Pandemic: Iberia, with a theme and mechanics that will appeal to a wide range of players. Fans of Pandemic will be able to engage fully with this fresh take on the game, even if they’ve played the original over and over again, and the fresh take on the system is a great reason to take a look even if the original isn’t your thing. Order yours online today.
Player count: 2-5
Time: 45 minutes
Age rating: 8+
The top-selling tabletop series, Pandemic, is back with a new adventure.... titled Pandemic Iberia! The new board game is available right now here at Zatu Games. This once was pre-order was released in November 2016 and has shot to the top, becoming one of the most popular Pandemic games to date (we know, there have been a lot of amazing Pandemics!)
Pandemic Iberia - What we know
Z-Man Games didn't release too much information about Pandemic Iberia at first (and when this article was first published) since it was announced earlier on in 2016. What we do (or did!) know is that it will be a similar story with a whole new setting, characters and diseases.
The new version is set in 1948 in the Iberian Peninsula and unfortunately for the locals, disease is spreading fast. Players will take control of new characters including a railway man, sailor, rural doctor and a nurse.
You will need to travel by carriage, train or boat across the Peninsula and distribute purified water to those in need. You will go from Barcelona to Lisboa to try and find a cure - and prevent the spreading of, for malaria, typhus, the yellow fever and cholera.
Discover this unique part of the world during a historically significant time period: the construction of the first railroad in the Iberian Peninsula during the Spring of Nations.
Iberia has been confirmed as a co-operative game for up to five players and it will be a limited edition - which means it will only be printed once!!
Get yours today
Pandemic Iberia can be ordered right now through the Zatu Games online store. Have you seen the many other Pandemic games? We've got them all! From Legacy games to Pandemic: The Cure, the vast range of disease-related games are all different from one to the next.