For the month of October, Diana has be kind enough to allow me to share one game a week, all of which I recommend for Halloween, tabletop fun!
First up, what better board game to play in honor of Halloween than Zombicide? You practically get to live out a zombie movie through a board game. If that doesn’t scream Halloween, then I don’t know what does.
THEME: Adventure, Exploration, Horror, Zombies
PUBLISHER: Cool Mini or Not, Guillotine Games
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: Zombicide
This is a co-op game, in which you and your friends (or just you, if you want) take on the roles of survivors in a world filled with zombies. If there are just two of you, you each play three characters. 3 players, 2 characters; and so on.
You must work together complete tasks, scavenge food and reach objectives and try to stay alive. Every time you sit down to play, you play a different scenario. Each scenario has its own map (built modularly with up to 9 10”x10” tiles) and its own objectives you have to complete in order to win. You can download new scenarios for free on their website or you can even write your own (I’m quite tempted to do that one of these days).
The rounds of this game require a lot of cooperation between the players. Each round, there is a new “first player” and he/she moves all the characters under their control. However, some characters have special abilities that would be better for searching a room or making a run to the next building, and so it really takes dialogue between the players to figure out what would be the best course of action to take for everyone.
After all the players go, it’s the zombies’ turn. All the zombies get one action each round (except runners, they get two); they can either move one space or attack if there is someone in the same square they are in at the start of the zombie turn. Then more zombies spawn at certain points on the board.
The longer you play the more zombies show up! The more zombies you kill, the more attention you draw to yourself and the party, as well as the more levels you go up. The higher the level of any one player, the more zombies that will likely spawn.
My favorite part of this game (and all its expansions) is the exceptional pieces. The zombies and the heroes look AMAZING. If you are into painting miniatures, then you will love taking a crack at these pieces. It would be a bit of a daunting task, though, to be sure. There are 71 pieces in the game…that’s not counting expansion packs.
Also, I wanted to point out two really cool things about the Zombicide games. First, this game was crowd-funded through Kickstarter and raised an impressive $781,597. Also, they’ve created a companion app for iPad and Android devices to help enrich the game play. I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, but I don’t many other tabletop games with apps like that (there are several tabletops with app versions, however)!
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