Pandemic is a hugely successful game that introduced the idea of cooperative games. In a cooperative game, the players are not playing against each other, they are playing as a team against the game itself. Either everyone wins, or everyone loses.
In Pandemic, the players are a team of experts from the Centre for Disease Control, trying to contain various disease outbreaks around the world while researching cures. If they can find four cures, they win the game, but if disease gets out of control or they run out of time, they lose.
Pandemic is an engrossing game that makes you feel like you are in a Hollywood blockbuster as players fly around the world desperately trying to balance the need to gather information with the need to stop the diseases from spreading. There is a real sense of achievement if you succeed before time runs out.
Pandemic can be played by 2 – 4 players and takes about an hour.