Pandemic Legacy: Season 0
Ask any gamer to name a co-op game and they will more than likely say Pandemic. Pandemic sets you and your friends the unenviable task of managing an epidemic. Taking on a specialist role with a unique power, you travel the world trying to effective combat outbreaks and cure the disease.
Pandemic spawned a number of games based on the original game. Hot Zone – North America captures the essence of the full game in 20 minute play sessions, whereas Rising Tide, Reign of Cthulhu and The Fall of Rome all add thematic twists on the gameplay. Arguably the most well known tweak is the Legacy games.
Legacy games are designed to be played as a campaign where a story evolves over the course of the game, with new rules and gameplay elements added as you go. Lots of this content will be hidden in sealed boxes that you open as you play. Most legacy games include ‘destructible’ elements such as stickers or writing on the board or pieces, or even tearing up cards, permanently altering the game.
Pandemic Legacy was one of the first of these types of games and was met with huge success. The game allowed a story to develop that delivered twists and turns and was continued in the second game – Season 2. Pandemic Legacy 0 takes us back in time to the Cold War. Players are recruited by the CIA to investigate a Soviet bioweapon nicknamed ‘Project MEDUSA’.
Due to the theme you will not only be combating the pathogen but also enemy agents who seek to disrupt your work and cause world chaos. As it is a prequel you do not have to have played the previous Pandemic Legacy games to enjoy Season 0 but be warned – you may end up buying the other two after completing this one.
Player count: 2-4
Time: 45-60 minutes
Age rating: 14+