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Kids can learn how the global economy allows disease to spread, through the use of airliners, cargo ships, and other modern conveniences in Pandemic 2.5. They can also learn how mutation and adaptation make disease resistant to medical breakthroughs, as well as how disease spreads among populations. Teens will pick up some biology and social studies concepts as they work toward the very negative goal of Pandemic 2.5.
Ease of Play
Pandemic 2.5 has a very steep learning curve and a poor tutorial, which could easily confuse players.
Violence & Scariness
Pandemic 2.5 isn't bloody or gory, but the object of the game is to kill off the world's population with a super-virus.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pandemic 2.5 is a simulation game that lets players attempt to kill off the world's population by creating a virus that is spread from country to country, killing people in its wake. The game approaches this with a scientific take -- and shows no blood or gore (nor does it allude to it in the gameplay area) -- but the theme could still be a bit uncomfortable for some kids and parents.
Is It Any Good?
Pandemic 2.5 is based on a fairly old but addictive web-based Flash game. Unfortunately, the appeal of that workday distraction doesn't carry over well to the iOS system, since it's ultimately a very passive game. Planning and building the disease can be interesting, but waiting for it to grow quietly is hardly thrilling, even when the game is in a fast-forward mode.
Worse, the lack of a decent tutorial makes the game confusing to first time players. While players who are curious can read a word-heavy instruction sheet, this isn't a "pick up and play" game. If you can get past that admittedly large barrier, though -- and aren't looking for an adrenaline rush -- this could be a concept that captures your imagination.
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