Pandemic is a co-operative game where up to 4 players are trying to prevent 4 deadly viruses from wiping out humanity.
Game plays centres are a board with a map of major cities. Four different colour of cubes represent the four different viruses. Two decks are used, one deck to simulate the spread of the the 4 viruses and the other deck that players draw from to enhance their actions. Epidemic cards randomly shuffled in the virus spread deck can create unexpected new virus locations and also cause deadly outbreaks.
Each turn a player has 4 actions and each actions can be used to do different types of moves, build research stations, cure viruses, and treat infected cities.
The game is won when all viruses have cures, but beware, if there are too many outbreaks or if the players exhaust the player draw deck, the game is over.
While playing the game different role cards allow players to gain unique special abilities that can change player tactics. Pandemic also has many expansions that further enhance the gameplay and add new challenges.