CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Zombies!!! 2nd Edition
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- For 2 to 6 players
- 120 minutes of play time
- 6 shotgun guys
- 100 Plastic Zombies
- Tons of replay value
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It's a very simple game. In fact, by your second or third turn (which should be about 5 minutes in), you'll have the rules down. You and the other players are stuck in a zombie infested town, searching for whatever supplies you can find until you can make it to the heliport and bid this unholy mess adieu. Players take turns laying down map tiles. This gives each game a unique quality, since the playing board will never be the same twice. There's various building for the players to explore, where they can find extra life and bullets. But, as the name so subtly suggests, there's zombies. A TON of zombies. At times, there will be so many that it seems overwhelming; just like the movies. Killing them is easy. Roll and 4, 5, or 6, and they're dead. Roll 1, 2, or 3, and you lose a life token (you start with 3 and can carry a maximum of 5). Or, if you roll low, you can spend bullet tokens. One token adds one to your die roll. Play continues until the heliport is placed and a player makes it to the center the heliport square.
This is also a mean, mean game. There's plenty of cards that you can play to annoy your opponents, all borrowing common elements from the horror genre (Your shoe's untied! You can't move this turn!). The rest of the cards will help you, although there seems to be too many that rely on being at the right place at the right time. For example, some cards will give you bonuses if you're in a certain building. If this building has already been raided, it's pointless to go back. Luckily, you're allowed to discard unwanted cards at the end of your turn. Still, it seems a waste.Read more ›
With very simple and easy to learn rules, the only complaint I have heard from people that have played the game is that it can get a little long to play, and indeed it can. Minimum game length is from 60 to 90 minutes, unless you cheat the helicopter into the middle of the tiles. I have seen game sessions go 2-3 hours, and heard of even longer ones at my local game store.
I am an old school gamer and this length of game does not really bother me. After all, the point of playing a game is to spend time with your freinds...(and help zombies kill them if possible.) Still I often use the Helicopter tile in the midlde "cheat" for shorter games myself.
But fair warning if you are expecting a collectible card game style sit down for a game and get up 5 minutes later, it ain't gonna happen! This is NOT a Magic the Gathering! This is a tabletop game in the style of the old "Illuminati" card game only much simpler to play.
If you get bored of this starter game there are 8 expansios available for variety, all of which I own, and most of which I love. There is even a Humans!!! game where you get to play the zombies! Twilight Creations does a great job with these games, and I am a huge fan. Later this June (2009) they will be coming out with a Martians!!! 1950's sci-fi game and frankly I cannot wait.
Give this game a try.
Play consists of:
1. Placing a map tile down to expand the playing field and putting the number of zombies, bullets and lives indicated on that map tile.
2. Rolling for your turn (combatting any zombies on the way. 4, 5 or 6 you kill the zombie; 1,2 or 3 you have to sacrifice a life or use how ever many bullets it takes to make a high enough score to kill the zombie. If you die, you start over at the town square and lose half your killed zombies)
3. Rolling for how many zombies you can move (they are slow so they only move one space each. Rolling a 6 would allow you to move 6 zombies one space)
4. Playing an event card (events cards allow you to do evil things to your opponent or get ahead a little. Think if George Romero did the Community Chest and Chance cards in Monopoly).
The goal is to reach the helipad tile once it has been placed with your life intact OR having 25 defeated zombies in your collection. Pretty simple...AND FUN!
Caveat emptor: If you are playing with more than 2 people, invest in an additional bag of Zombies they fill up the board pretty quick.
Basically, you place tiles, you place zombies, you try to survive and kill zombies, and you try to screw over your opponents.
-Fun zombie theme
-satisfying to clear out a building of zombies by yourself
-game has tons of creative potential
-It will feel dry unless you have the right group of people
-lacks depth for strategizing and interacting with other players
-sometimes you do not have enough zombie pieces if you have too many people playing!
Overall, I would recommend this to people who:
-like adventure board games
-are creative to invent new variants
Here is a variant I suggest (feel free to tweak it!):
Most of the rules are the same except
-you must always move zombies that are closest to you
-all cards that have negative status effects happen immediately to you (toss out cards that would be neutral in this case, like "mind control" where you control your opponents' movements)
-when the helicopter pad tile is placed, all players must get to the center tile and cannot win until all players are there
-the whole team loses if any player dies twice
Feel free to add drinking into the mix for the 21+ crowd (e.g., a shot every time you die, a half shot everytime you lose an HP, double shots for entire team if you guys lose, etc.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is very complicated and comes with lots of small piece.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely adore this game. It's the kind of game that you can get so into when you're playing with the right people. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Rachel
My brother bought this game and can't get enough. He loves the concept and has a blast with it. He bought pretty much every expansion he could.Published 1 month ago by Crystal
Fun game. I've had it for a year and only played it once though. I'd recommend having more than two people.Published 1 month ago by Michael Van Etten
Fun game, if sometimes a little unfair to the people who are playing with you. Lends itself well to making up 'house rules' or other modifications.Published 3 months ago by Alan
Zombies!!! may not be a terrible game, but in this age when where there are so many fantastic board games available, I can't see any reason to play something as mediocre and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert
Great game for zombie fans and incredibly easy to learn. Lots of replay value and hilarious ways to help or hinder other players.Published 7 months ago by The Goog