With all that out of the way, is Infection's gameplay "the thing?"
First, Infection: Humanity's Last Gasp is a solo game. With that short sentence, I suspect many of you are immediately turned off, and a few of you may be a bit more interested. I have to say, that although the prospect of solo gaming has always intrigued me, I don't have a game in my collection that I regularly go back to play by myself. So I am always on the lookout for that game that I'm able to pull out when I have the itch to play something, but no one else is around.
In Infection, the player is in charge of a lab that is trying to find a cure for a disease (either a viral or bacterial infection - which is on the reverse side of the board) that is ravaging the world and could spell the end for mankind.
Each turn of Infection consists of 4 phases.
During the Status Report Phase, an event card is drawn, which may cause positive or (more likely) negative effects.
The next phase is the Player Action phase. During this phase, players will spend their resources to research molecules of the disease in order to create a cure.
Next, the player rolls a d6 to see if the disease can be contained, or if it spreads to infect more of the population - and moves the player closer to losing the game.
The final phase, Clean Up, consists simply of setting everything up for the following round.