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Details On Solo Game In Pandemic : In The Lab Revealed


Pandemic’s next expansion, In The Lab, is on it way for gamers looking to save the world (or destroy it, if you enjoy playing the Bio-terrorist introduced in ON The Brink). One of the new features that is coming with In The Lab is a solo game mode so that you can go head to head with the diseases of the world and end them. Let’s look at a new card, the CDC (Center for Disease Control), and what it does in a solo game.

In a solo game, some roles are not included in the game (such as the Dispatcher), because the CDC will take care of the need for this, and some other, roles. For example, the Pilot and Field Director won’t be as powerful as they’d be in a normal campaign, but can still be played. Some special event cards also will get the same treatment, as will the city cards, depending on the difficulty level. These specifics will be outlined in the rulebook for a varying experience across game sessions. The CDC will act as a second player and get access to its own cards.


The CDC doesn’t actually get its own turn, but gets one action after the Infection phase. Knowledge cannot be shared with it, and it doesn’t get its own Infection phase. Sounds great, right? The actions allowed by the CDC are moving a player, reassigning a role, exchanging data (with the solo player), drawing a card, or discovering a cure. While it cannot move or take 4 actions as a normal player, it acts as a bonus action controlled by the solo player without an extra Infection phase.

The rest of the game acts the same way as it would with 2+ players. In The Lab is set for an August release and will retail for $39.99. The game will support up to 6 players so that saving the world can be a one man job, or a large team effort across the planet. Solo campaign modes can greatly enhance a game for players wanting a challenge, and if saving the world from awful diseases isn’t challenging enough on your own, then we don’t know what is!


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