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Last Night On Earth - The Zombie Game
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- For 2-6 players
- Takes 60-90 minutes
- Modular game boards
- Heroes versus Zombies
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I first played LNOE at a friends house. Nobody had played before so there was a bit of improvising on the rules. Regardless, I thought the game was very different to most board games and loads of fun. I bought it the next day for myself and shortly after, I took it to a small get together (7 people). Since the game only allows 6 players, I volunteered myself not to play and instead helped explain and enforce the rules. It was here that I realized that the game isn't for everyone. 4 people in the group were intrigued by the game and got very excited whenever heroes had to fight zombies. The other 2 lost interest in the game after the first 20 minutes. They thought the rules were overly complicated and the game was too slow. I later found out that the reason the game was slow was because we kept stopping to check the rules. The game eventually was cut short in favor of some other activity. My new game was a failure... I cried...
The next day, I read the rules extensively. I noticed we had made numerous rule changes and were not playing very well. I called 2 of the players that demonstrated interest in the game to play after work. We had such a fun time that we played a different scenario every day for an entire week. My friends and I were hooked. I am even considering buying the expansion packs.
The game is perfectly balanced! Anyone complaining that the game is not balanced has not read all the rules, I know this from experience. The cards are funny at times and the game really does play out like a movie.Read more ›
The game is bursting with theme. The great bits, artwork, and photos all contribute to placing you in the mind of being part of the zombie movie. Players get to play as either Zombies or Humans. The game manages to create a great deal of tension for the humans by forcing them to get inside buildings and spend an entire turn just to have a chance to find something useful(Crowbar, Baseball Bat, Chainsaw, etc.) These turns spent searching for something give the very slow moving zombies the chance to build their numbers and shamble their way towards our heroes. This helps to build the feeling of being crept up on by an army of the undead. Good Stuff. The game is also pretty much infinitely expandable and customizeable. I could go out and buy a big pice of 1" grid poster board and draw up my own shopping mall and recreate Dawn of the dead if I wanted. I can't wait to see what else these guys come up with.
One side note, there are advanced rules in the book for using gasoline to "douse a square" and then use another item(lighter, flare gun, etc) to set the square on fire killing everything in it with the chance of killing everything in the adjacent squares. When I read this rule in the book I thought 'Oh that's cute' but didn't think you would realistically get the chance to pull it off very often in a game. To my delight I was able to do this twice in my first game and giggled like a little kid at Christmas each time it worked. There is nothing like wiping out three zombies at one time by drenching them in gasoline and shooting a flare gun at them. Good times, good times.
I think the ultimate strength of this game is that it provides the entire board gaming experience without completely monopolizing your day/afternoon/evening. Consequently it's a lot easier for me to get my friends to play this than to agree to a 4+ hour game of Arkham Horror (which is also an exceptional game).
If you're contemplating getting Last Night on Earth from these reviews, hesitate no longer: it will not disappoint!
This game is a 2-6 player competitive game. One team controls the zombies, and one team controls the heroes. There are a number of scenarios (Escape in the Truck, Defend the Manor, Die Zombies, DIE!, etc) which all require different strategies for the heroes to prevail.
The zombie strategy is almost always "eat the heroes". However, zombie players can certainly utilize tactics, such as hiding behind buildings, or in them, to make life more difficult for the heroes.
The rules aren't very complex, and the rule-book contains nice illustrations to explain each point. Also included are 'advanced' rules at the end of the book, to explain the included scenarios, and uses for the 'advanced' cards (which are not shuffled in to the 2 decks initially).
The zombies only move 1 space per round, while the heroes move 1d6 spaces. Frequently heroes move 1 space, also. This increases the excitement of the game, because the zombies can immediately catch up and engage the heroes in combat.
Also in the game are cards for each team. Zombies get to have 4 cards in their hand at the start of each round, while heroes typically only earn cards by forgoing movement in a building, and searching. The cards can be items (chainsaw for example), events (rainfall, slowing heroes down by 1 space for example) or fight cards (bonus dice, forced-rerolls of results, etc). The cards make the game more interesting, and many of the scenarios are dependent on drawing certain cards to complete objectives.
The game looks nice, the modular board allows for variety in replaying the game.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this game based on the positive reviews and because it has a "Zombie" theme. I was not disappointed at all! Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Frank Nappi
Very fun game! The instructions leave some gray areas in regards to rules. Luckily there are plenty of online resources to clarify any disputes you may have about how rules should... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rich Holm
Entertaining game, but some of the rules were confusing and debatable. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience but we probably won't play it again anytime soon.Published 1 month ago by Bryan
Personally I love Last Night on Earth. It's fun, light and the components are top-notch. Once you've played the game a few times you start to realize that there are definitely some... Read morePublished 2 months ago by StLouisAudioPhile
I love this game. Its very creative and well thought out. To those who complain of balance issues between the zombies and the humans try improvising a little. Read morePublished 4 months ago by idaho dad
This game was so confusing.Looked like it would be fun and Im sure if you had more patients its great.Published 4 months ago by SLynx80