Fans of the physical board game Pandemic have reason to celebrate as developer Z-Man Games has announced that a digital version of the game will be hitting iPads on October 3rd, Polygon reports. Pandemic, the board game version, originally came out in 2008 and has been wildly successful. Similar to games like Plague, Inc. [$0.99] and Pandemic 2.5 [$0.99], the board game of Pandemic tasks you and up to 3 other players with successfully stopping a series of deadly outbreaks before they wipe out all of humanity.

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The iPad version of Pandemic: The Board Game will feature 7 different character roles to play as, a solo campaign or pass-n-play for local multiplayer with 2-4 players, three different difficulty levels, and an interactive tutorial to get you acquainted with your world-saving duties. Pandemic: The Board Game seems like a perfect fit for an iPad game, and we'll be looking forward to its launch on October 3rd.


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  • cofunguy

    Sadly neither announcement mentions price. Wouldn't be surprised if it was in the $4-10 range, the board game is great. Now hopefully there is no damn Facebook connection required (didn't see if there was any online play, but I am sure it has it).

    Gotta love the last line..."no plans announced for android". .

    • VeganTnT

      No online play, at least at first, it's just local play.

  • VeganTnT

    Unless there is online play I have zero interest. I'll stick with my original copy with the On The Brink expansion (it adds a ton of variety). Both of which are the original art instead of the reskinned Hollywood Movie art theme they used to resell copies for the release of the 2nd expansion.

    The rules are very easy to understand and the game is quick to set up, so the usual benefits of a digital version aren't as strong compared to a game like summoner wars which is helped greatly by the rules tracking alone.

    • cofunguy

      Agreed, if no online play, the app is NOT worth buying. And hopefully with no Facebook either when online does arrive

    • Hans P. Köter

      Don't forget, it is a cooperative game, so talking to the other players is an important part. I wonder if a chat function could be an adequate substitute for that. Can you imagine Forgotten Island with online play? Doesn't make much sense, does it. So forget about online multiplayer here. This one's for solo or pass and play. Pandemic en route? Come on, take my money. And who says, we won't see On the Brink etc. here someday?

  • Tim Jordan

    To hold you over until this drops is a clever knock off already on the AppStore, Operation: Eradicate (there's even a lite version). The developer of Operation: Eradicate has made a few subtle gameplay changes, but it is clearly based on the same board game (no clue if OE is including some of the expansions' new mechanics or just the base game).