Thursday Top 5: Zombie Board Games

11 06 2009

I love me some zombies. I love me some Board Games. I love me some Ice Cream. I love me some fire. So, while I can’t have it all at once, it’s good to know that there are THESE fine games to combine the first two (or maybe three).

5. Send More Brains

Pictured: The only real art on the site. Play it anyway.

Pictured: The only real art on the site. Play it anyway.

On the down side of our first item, much like that creepy coworker you avoid in the halls, it’s not all there. It’s still missing some very basic things, and you even have to print it all off yourself.

However, the bright side of this is that it is FREE, and sports some really smart, really interesting rules. Check it out! You’ll be happy (or maybe frustrated) that you did!

4. All Things Zombie

Pictured: One cool box that sells better to teenage boys... for TWO reasons. Huh.

Pictured: One cool box that sells better to teenage boys... for TWO reasons. Huh.

Ok, so remember that guy from work? Assuming he or she is your opposite sex (or you just swing that way) have you ever considered dating them?

Well, even if you haven’t, the metaphor remains intact. Like them, they turn out a little boring and overpriced. This game, like Left 4 Dead, only has four official maps, and without figures, it gets a little dull, all being tokens and whatnot. Plus, still costs $50.

Not like that guy, however, its rules are so complicated you’d swear you’re playing Earthdawn now and again. However, once they’re learned, it’s really fun! Plus, the maps look really nice.

3. Zombie Town

Pictured: Just as nerdy as any board game, but it segways into good movies, so you can recover some of that lost pride if your crush walks in and looks all shocked.

Pictured: Just as nerdy as any board game, but it segues into good movies, so you can recover some of that lost pride if your crush walks in and looks all shocked.

Zombie Town is really impressive. It allows for powerful team work and is closer to the heart of zombie movies. You work to survive, barricading yourself in and hoarding supplies.

Downside? Well, in the end, it’s all about who has the most stuff at the end. No dramatic ending here, just people cowering in the corner. Yknow, like the REAL zombie Armageddon. So, in the end, the game just sort of fizzles out.
On the plus side, the expansion, Road Rage, allows you to use cars to run down the brain munchers, so that’s nice. Just expect about a $50 price.

2. Zombies!!!

Pictured: A game that is literally never the same twice unintentionally.

Pictured: A game that is literally never the same twice unintentionally.

Zombies is a huge blast if you’ve got a group of friends, but it has its up and downs.

Firstly, the board is made of cards, so you shuffle the deck and the board expands as the game goes on. This is cool and bad. You can’t really use strategy to move forward, because you dunno where anything is. On the plus, you can just pretend the characters all hate each other and all wandered to the Jesus statue safe zone at the same time.

Also, due to the nature of the game, the game ends in a huge hate-filled flurry with everyone rushing for the helicopter. I guess it’s realistic, in a way, but it lacks defensive strategy and teamwork.

It does have TEN EXPANSIONS, from clowns to prison, from college to a make-your-own-expansion expansion. This means that with creativity, you can make a ton of new and different games. One side expansion is even called Humans!!! and allows players to divide into two teams, zombies and survivors, and fight one another. There’s also a Martians!!! game of the same design, different genre. If you worked hard, you might combine them.

The core set cost me $30, and each expansion costs around $15. Plus extra for additional games, like Medieval. Plus, there’s dog zombies, glow in the dark, chick zombies… awesome.

Play it, cause it’s a blast! Just be sure your friends don’t get all fussy and gripe over the outcome. It HAS happened… several times.

1. Last Night on Earth

Pictured: The next board game I plan to purchase and lick. I wonder how it tastes...?

Pictured: The next board game I plan to purchase and lick. I wonder how it tastes...?

Ah, finally… remember that guy? imagine now that creepy coworker actually turning out to be a nice girl / guy with a much deeper personality than you realized. Now you feel like a jerk, don’t you?

Ok, metaphor has gone too far, cause this game just makes you feel warm and fuzzy, like a kitten made of cookies. Mmmm chocolate chip fur…

Anywho, the game combines the modular board of Zombies!!! with the personalized characters and deep team-based play I had wanted before. Teams split into heroes and zombies, and the fight is on! It has a ton of expansions, one of which is a CD to set the ‘Horror Movie Mood.’

All of the art is actual pictures, meaning you get some more of that old school zombie movie goodness with every piece of art you encounter. Mix and match, you’ll see a ton of new and interesting outcomes.

Also, the price isn’t rediculous. Buy it and love it. I will.

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