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Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Two Player Review

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Even with past events Pandemic Legacy Season 1 is one of the best board games on the market and one you shouldn’t pass on, even if it might bring up some bad memories, at least you have a couple of spare masks lying around the house now that you can wear while combating the disease cubes on the board.

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Review

8.5 out of 10
Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Review Block A Pair of Meeples

Is it Good For Two Players? : Good, but a game you should try to play with 4 players if you can!

If you haven’t played Pandemic Legacy Season 1 yet, you should change that!  This game gets one of our highest recommendations and we think it’s a game almost everyone should try to play at some point.  The dynamic and exciting campaign makes this game one of the most “fun” games in existence and with the right gaming partners one you will remember forever.

Theme: 9/10
Replayability: 5/10
Components: 7/10
Conflict: 0/10
Fun: 9/10

Husband’s Rating
9 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
8 out of 10

Pros

One of the most exciting and fun board game experiences available.

The trickle of new content, rules, and modifications makes it easy to digest allowing even non gamers to enjoy the transition from a gateway game to your own unique more complex game of Pandemic.

The gameplay is great with excellent design and difficulty scaling ensuring the experience is never soured.

Cons

Only get to play it for the first time once.

Will require a bit of dedication and time to get through the entire campaign.

The theme is a little less appealing than it used to be, but still worth putting up with for this great game.

Gameplay Experience:

This review will be a little different because this is a game we actually did not play with just two players.  We played this with a couple of family members over the course of a month and it was one of the best board game experiences any of us had and likely ever will have.  

We played through the campaign with my mom and younger brother.  My brother was pretty used to playing more modern games but our mom, not so much, she handled it well and had a blast playing through the 15+ hour campaign though.  The ability to be a fairly welcoming game for new players like her, while still providing one of the most exciting board game experiences on the market is very impressive.

You might be wondering what makes Pandemic Legacy so different and noteworthy.  Well, we’re not going to tell you much as we don’t want to spoil anything at all because it’s best to go into it almost completely blind.  All we can say is that Pandemic Legacy Season 1 will have you adding more and more game content and playing through a story that’s dependent on the outcomes of your games.  

Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Folders

Each box adds more and more exciting new twists and by the end of the campaign, your final game of Pandemic will look shockingly different from the first game.  This transformation of gameplay and storyline is so unique, refreshing, and fun, and if it’s your first time experiencing a board game like this, it’s pure awesomeness.

We know the theme might not be for everyone right now but honestly don’t let that stop you. My family is a bit messed up and we played this during the height of the real-world pandemic that was going on. You could say we have a dark sense of humor (we even named one of the characters Captain Covid)  that we used to ease a situation that was causing us all a lot of mental anguish, stress, and anxiety.  

The real-world Pandemic was also the reason all of us had a bit more free time that allowed us to make our way through the campaign and ever since then I don’t think we have even had the slightest opportunity to get together again and make our way through the other seasons. 

Even though this game was way above all of our experience levels (including my wife’s and I’s) and we made some very major rule mistakes that we carried through the entire game, it didn’t matter. I guess we didn’t know how to properly learn how to play board games yet. We all had a blast and isn’t that what board games are about, having fun?  

Sometimes it feels like the modern board game hobby is shifting away from the “fun” factor with heavier and heavier games crowding the market that are great to play, but I don’t know if you would necessarily say they are “fun” to play.  Pandemic Legacy Season 1 focuses on the “fun” and exciting while still being a great modern board game to play!

Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Rules Summary:

We are not going to cover anything about the rules here as we don’t want to spoil anything. If this is your first foray into the Pandemic game system you can find our original review here with a broad overview of the core gameplay mechanics.

In Pandemic Legacy Season 1, all we can say is that it will have you opening new boxes game after game that tweaks and manipulates the rules until your final game only slightly resembles a base game of Pandemic. 

Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Box Contents Spoiler Free

Conclusion:

If you haven’t played Pandemic Legacy Season 1 yet, you should change that!  This game gets one of our highest recommendations and we think it’s a game almost everyone should try to play at some point.  

The dynamic and exciting campaign makes this game one of the most “fun” games in existence and with the right gaming partners, one you will remember forever.  The fact that the game at its core is Pandemic makes it easy enough for non-gamers, and even though by the end it is fairly complex, this additional complexity is slowly introduced over time easing the transition.

Without giving away too much all we can say is you should definitely grab this game if you haven’t played it yet and find someone or a few people to play it with.  And while it is one of the best board games of all time there are still some considerations that might not make it the right choice for you or at least not at this time.

As we said earlier the campaign ranges from 12-24 games with each taking an hour or so.  This means you and your gaming buddies will have to dedicate getting together at least that much to make your way through it.  This can be challenging for some people, but if you have a solid gaming group it shouldn’t be an issue.

The only other negative we can think of about Pandemic Legacy Season 1 is that you only get to experience it for the first time once.  Sure, it would be pretty fun to play through a second time, but it won’t be filled with all the surprise and excitement.  So if you think this sounds like a game for you, our advice is to savor and enjoy that first playthrough as much as possible.

Is Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Good For 2 Players?

Is Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Good for Two Players

This is a very loaded question that’s quite dependent on the players and one we’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to which can be found here: Pandemic Legacy With Two Players: How to Play and Tips. This post will help you decide if playing Pandemic Legacy Season 1 with two players is the right choice for you and also the best way to play with just two.

Pros:

  • One of the most exciting and fun board game experiences available.
  • The trickle of new content, rules, and modifications makes it easy to digest allowing even non gamers to enjoy the transition from a gateway game to your own unique more complex game of Pandemic.
  • The gameplay is great with excellent design and difficulty scaling ensuring the experience is never soured.

Cons:

  • Only get to play it for the first time once.
  • Will require a bit of dedication and time to get through the entire campaign.
  • The theme is a little less appealing than it used to be, but still worth putting up with for this great game.

Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Blue Edition Board Game for Adults and Family | Cooperative Board Game | Ages 13+ | 2 to 4 players | Average Playtime 60 minutes | Made by Z-Man Games
Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Blue Edition Board Game for Adults and Family | Cooperative Board Game | Ages 13+ | 2 to 4 players | Average Playtime 60 minutes | Made by Z-Man Games
Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Blue Edition Board Game for Adults and Family | Cooperative Board Game | Ages 13+ | 2 to 4 players | Average Playtime 60 minutes | Made by Z-Man Games

We hope this Pandemic Legacy Season 1 two player review has helped you.

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Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Red vs Blue

Pandemic Legacy Season 1 Red vs Blue

If you were like us when we were first looking to add this game to our collection you may have been a bit confused when you realized there are two different versions, Red and Blue. There are no differences between the two at all except the box. So, it doesn’t matter which one you choose, just pick the box art and color scheme that you like the best!


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