The best Pandemic games and variants⎇ 2024

Looking for a really good Pandemic variant⎇? Then you've come to the right place. We have compared all Pandemic versions and listed the best variants 2024.

What is special about Pandemic board games?

Pandemic is a family of (mostly) cooperative board games designed by Matt Leacock (several times in collaboration with Thomas Lehmann and others) and published by Z-Man Games, Inc. The games are (generally) based on the premise that multiple diseases have broken out in the world, each threatening to wipe out a region. The game differs from most board games in that it is based on cooperation rather than competition. Through the combined efforts of all players, the goal is to discover all the cures before one of several game-losing conditions is reached.

List of best Pandemic variants⎇ 2024

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 23 board games for this list and selected the top 20. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and similar games

    Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 offers an extraordinary gaming experience as a cooperative campaign game, immersing players in an overarching story-arc that unfolds over 12-24 gripping sessions. The duration depends on your group's performance and the fate of the world. Here's an overview of this thrilling journey:

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Pandemic: On the Brink

    All details for the board game Pandemic: On the Brink and similar games

    Pandemic: On the Brink is an expansion for the popular cooperative board game Pandemic. This expansion adds new dimensions to the base game, offering additional challenges and variability in gameplay.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Pandemic: On the Brink
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  3. Iberia

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    Pandemic: Iberia is a historical variant of the popular Pandemic series, set in the Iberian Peninsula during the year 1848. This version of the game introduces unique roles and challenges as players work together to combat historical diseases like malaria, typhus, yellow fever, and cholera.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Iberia
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Iberia

    • YouTube Review for the game "Iberia" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 and similar games

    Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 transports you to 1962, at the height of the Cold War, where a mysterious Soviet bioweapon called "Project MEDUSA" threatens global safety. As newly recruited CIA agents and medical graduates, you and your team are tasked with a critical mission: investigate and halt the development of this deadly pathogen. This game stands alone as a thrilling prequel to the earlier seasons of Pandemic Legacy, immersing players in a tense world of espionage and covert operations.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Pandemic

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    Pandemic is a highly acclaimed cooperative board game where players take on the roles of disease-fighting specialists. Their mission is to contain and cure four deadly diseases that have broken out across the globe. The game is set on a board depicting major world population centers and requires players to strategize and work together to manage the outbreaks and develop cures before the diseases spiral out of control.

    Nominated for 29 awards and won 8.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Pandemic
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Pandemic

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Pandemic: The Cure

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    Pandemic: The Cure is a dice-based adaptation of the popular Pandemic board game. It offers a quicker setup and playtime while retaining the core theme of disease control and teamwork.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Pandemic: The Cure
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Reign of Cthulhu

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    Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu is a thrilling adaptation of the classic Pandemic game, infused with a chilling Lovecraftian theme. Players take on the roles of investigators, tasked with a daunting mission to prevent the awakening of ancient evils, known as Old Ones, from their cosmic prison.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Reign of Cthulhu
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Fall of Rome

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    Pandemic: Fall of Rome is a unique cooperative board game that blends the classic gameplay of Pandemic with the historical setting of the Roman Empire's decline. In this game, players work together as citizens, soldiers, and allies of Rome, tasked with defending the empire against various barbarian tribes like the Anglo-Saxons, Goths, Vandals, and Huns. The game requires players to strategically recruit armies, fortify cities, and forge alliances to halt the onslaught of invaders.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Fall of Rome
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Unlock!: Game Adventures

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    Unlock! Game Adventures brings the thrill of escape rooms to the tabletop, combining the enigmatic puzzles and cooperative gameplay of the Unlock! series with the universes of three iconic board games. This expansion introduces a trio of scenarios, each immersing players in the worlds of Mysterium, Ticket to Ride, and Pandemic, offering unique challenges that blend the mechanics and themes of these beloved games with the puzzle-solving and teamwork of escape rooms.

    More details for Unlock!: Game Adventures
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Pandemic: The Cure – Experimental Meds

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    Pandemic: The Cure – Experimental Meds is an expansion for Pandemic: The Cure, the dice-based version of the popular cooperative game Pandemic. This expansion introduces significant new challenges and elements that add depth and complexity to the base game, providing fresh gameplay experiences and increased replayability.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Pandemic: The Cure – Experimental Meds
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 and similar games

    Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 is an epic, cooperative board game that continues the narrative and innovative gameplay of its predecessor. This game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity struggles to survive after a devastating plague. It offers a unique gaming experience, where players' decisions and actions have long-lasting consequences, making each playthrough distinct.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Pandemic: In the Lab

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    Pandemic: In the Lab is the second expansion for the popular cooperative game Pandemic, introducing a unique laboratory setting where players engage in scientific research to find cures for diseases. This expansion adds a new layer of strategy and thematic depth, requiring the base game to play, and in some cases, the first expansion, Pandemic: On the Brink.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Pandemic: In the Lab
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America

    All details for the board game Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America and similar games

    Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America is a streamlined, cooperative board game that condenses the thrilling experience of the classic Pandemic into a quicker and more portable format. In this version, players unite to combat the spread of three deadly diseases across North America, racing against time to prevent outbreaks and find cures.

    More details for Pandemic: Hot Zone – North America
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Pandemic: Rising Tide

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    Pandemic: Rising Tide is a thematic and cooperative board game that immerses players in the historical context of the Netherlands during the Industrial Age. The game challenges players to manage and mitigate flooding from the North Sea using innovative hydraulic technologies, strategic planning, and teamwork.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Pandemic: Rising Tide
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe

    All details for the board game Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe and similar games

    Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe is a compact and quick-playing version of the beloved cooperative game Pandemic. Set against the backdrop of Europe, this iteration maintains the core mechanics of the original game but in a streamlined format that's ideal for players looking for a shorter game time and greater portability.

    More details for Pandemic: Hot Zone – Europe
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Pandemic: State of Emergency

    All details for the board game Pandemic: State of Emergency and similar games

    Pandemic: State of Emergency is an expansion for the renowned cooperative game Pandemic, introducing new layers of complexity and strategic challenges that heighten the game's intensity and realism. This expansion adds three distinct challenges that test players' ability to manage and contain outbreaks under increasingly difficult circumstances.

    More details for Pandemic: State of Emergency
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Pandemic: Contagion

    All details for the board game Pandemic: Contagion and similar games

    In Pandemic: Contagion, the tables are turned from the classic Pandemic formula—instead of curing diseases, players become the diseases themselves, vying to outpace each other in a grim race to eradicate humanity. This standalone game flips the script on the cooperative nature of its predecessors, offering a competitive gameplay experience where the deadliest pathogen wins. With no cure in sight, players strategize to spread their contagion far and wide, mutating and evolving to become increasingly lethal.

    More details for Pandemic: Contagion
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Pandemic: Rapid Response

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    Pandemic: Rapid Response is a thrilling, real-time cooperative game that transforms players into members of the Crisis Response Unit (CRU), tasked with delivering essential supplies to cities worldwide amid catastrophic disasters. This high-stakes version of Pandemic introduces a time-sensitive gameplay dynamic that emphasizes quick decision-making and effective team coordination.

    More details for Pandemic: Rapid Response
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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