Pandemic: State Of Emergency Board Game Expansion by Z-Man Games

Pandemic: State Of Emergency Board Game Expansion by Z-Man Games

You and your team are the only things standing in the way of deadly diseases that threaten the world. The fate of humanity is in your hands!

This Expansion Works With:

Expansion Pack

Setup Time
15 Mins
Play Time
30-60 Mins
2 to 4
Age Level
13 and Up
Our Reviews
$17.00 USD
$17.00 USD
Our Reviews Details What's in the Box? Rule Book Reviews and Questions

Pandemic - A Family Review

Save the world with your family, but not as super humans—as everyday scientists! This globe-spanning game was a blast to play with our older kids.

Although Pandemic is based on curing four worldwide diseases, our kids loved changing the diseases to other dangers. Why combat a microbe when you can pretend there are zombies and robots you need to eradicate?

Pandemic is a rules-heavy game, so be prepared to read the manual before explaining and to answer many questions during gameplay. We found the kids needed a lot of direction their first few turns, but they got the hang of the game quicker than we expected.

One special note—be thoughtful about “quarterbacking” while playing, by which we mean directing all the strategy. Because the game is cooperative and everyone can see all the cards, it becomes very easy for one person (let’s be honest, usually a parent) to direct everyone on how to play their turns. Although this may lead to the most efficient game, it’s less fun for everyone else! We found the most enjoyment when we discussed our game strategy as a team but let the kids direct their turns.

9yo: “I enjoyed having to work out the plan with my family and hoping I got the cards I wanted.”

A big plus about the game being world-spanning? Our kids got to see and read many global city names they weren’t familiar with! The game also has a great look (very early 00’s action/drama aesthetic, think Kiefer Sutherland), lots of tactile cubes, and little scientist pawns.

11yo: “It was pretty cool it had real-world places.”

Pandemic is one of the hardest cooperative games to win, but you can modify the difficulty level to your taste super easily. Our first session took just over 45 minutes on the easiest difficulty… and we won!

Gameplay can take a lot longer depending on the difficulty you set and the amount of player focus. We found that (with adult help) 9+ seemed pretty suitable. And if you’re dealing with teens, they’ll easily be able to play it independently. After the game? Our kids were wishing there was a Pandemic Junior version just for them.

Want a cooperative game that takes teamwork, luck, and strategy to win even half the time? Definitely pick up Pandemic.

Helpful Hints

  • Pre-read the game rules and plan out how to most clearly explain them to kid players.
  • The epidemic interaction with the infection deck is one of the coolest, smartest game mechanics around.
  • Want a different aesthetic? Try two other games built on the Pandemic System: World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King or Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu.


Saving the world just got a little bit harder inPandemic: State of Emergency, an expansion forPandemicthat offers three new challenges:

  • The Hinterlands Challenge, in which the diseases spread from animals to humans.
  • The Emergency Events Challenge, in which unpredictable events have nasty effects on the game and players try to use quarantines to stop the spread of disease across the globe.
  • The Superbug Challenge, in which a fifth disease that cannot be treated threatens the world! To fight off this threat, you must first find its cure, then produce vaccine doses. You must eradicate the superbug disease to win. This is NOT for the faint of heart...

What's in the Box

  • 5 Role cards
  • 5 Pawns
  • 7 Event cards
  • 6 Quarantine markers
  • 2 Hinterlands boards
  • 18 transparent disks
  • 1 Hinterlands die
  • 10 Emergency Event cards
  • 4 Reference cards
  • 4 Vaccine factories
  • 24 Vaccine Doses
  • 2 Superbug Infection cards
  • 8 Superbug Bonus cards
  • 1 revised Role card (Superbug version)
  • 24 purple disease cubes
  • 1 cure marker
  • 1 cure indicator / cure indicator card

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