Following on from our review of Pandemic yesterday, today I want to tell you all about Plague Inc. which we recently received from Esdevium Games.
The complete opposite to Pandemic, the aim of the game in Plague Inc. is to infect countries around the world and be the player to infect the most.
Plague Inc. is a game for 1-4 players with a recommended age of 14+. The game took around 10 minutes to set up and around an hour to play.
I must admit we had put off playing this game for a little while as the instructions did seem a little complicated, however, I must say, once we started playing the rules were incredibly easy to pick up. I would say it is one that I have understood a lot more than other games of this nature we have played in the past and I don’t see why the recommended age is 14+. Little Mr A understood the rules of the game quickly too and was able to play with just a little assistance.
Plague Inc. is a board game based on a hit digital game with over 85 million players worldwide.
Each player is a deadly disease and you must strategically play against each other to spread your disease and wipe out countries before your opponents.
Infections are spread by placing your different coloured tokens in various cities across the world. The game is great for geography too as you have to place the different countries in the correct continent.
On each turn players take part in five separate actions, earning DNA points, placing infection tokens and attempting to wipe out any completely infected countries. Throughout the game you can purchase trait cards with your DNA points which allow you various different bonuses, e.g. making your disease airborne, heat resistant or giving you more infectivity or lethality points amongst others.
Gameplay ends when all of the country cards have been played and a player has none of their coloured tokens on the board. Once the game has ended points are added up. Points are scored via gaining DNA points and through various bonuses at the end of the game, e.g. killing the country with the most cities.
The game is very competitive and you can really scupper your opponents if you think ahead and play strategically. It really was a lot of fun trying to block each other from placing tokens in order to win the game.
The game is very easy to understand and I liked that we all had our own game card in front of us telling us the actions we could take in each turn. It meant we weren’t constantly having to refer to the full instruction booklet.
The game has an RRP of £33.99 which is in line with other games of this nature. All of the playing pieces were good quality and will stand up to a lot of play – which is good as I can see us playing this game again and again!
The game can also be played individually and Little Mr A is desperate to have a practice on his own ready for when we play together again.
We would definitely recommend Plague Inc. as a really fun and easy to understand game that older children can enjoy playing with little assistance.
Disclosure – We received this game free of charge in return for our honest review.