" It lends itself very well to a few choice-drinking games, but I'll let you figure that out on your own. "
Title: Zombies!!! By Twilight Creations
Format: Horror Board Game
Reviewing Monkey: Our Ape Masters
The Hype: Everyone needs a zombie movie board game and Twilight Creations thinks theirs is the one you should have. Set in a small town you're mission, whether you chose to accept it or not, is to get your ass out of dodge or be eaten brains first.
What This Monkey Thought...
Playability: All zombie games should have
two things: lots of zombies and shotguns- and Zombies!!! has both. Essentially
a straightforward run and gun game, your goal is to move around the map trying
to find the helio-pad so you can be the first person on the chopper. Clogging
your way are, literally, 100 zombies (or at least that many miniatures) that
you must evade, avoid, or blow to pieces.
Without question this game is a whole helluva lot of fun. Lots of action, lots of violence, and tons of zombies. The only problem with it is the sort of black and white attitude it takes towards combat. On the one hand, combat is almost ridiculously simplistic- every time you fight you roll a die and have a 50/50 chance of winning. While this may be annoying to power gamers it sat all right with us especially since there are cards and items that can bump things in your favor. On the other hand, though, were the often ridiculously complex special items that you are supposed to find to aid you on your way. Not that having special items is bad, but very often they are dependent upon several factors (go here, have this, get that, and now you have a shotgun type stuff) and really can serve to either bog down play or that annoying card you draw and just wait for a chance to discard.
Still that being said, Zombies!!! Really is a good time to play and combines with one of the neatest things I've seen in a while game wise- the "variable tile" system. What that means, in short, is that the city is laid out on small square cards that are arranged on the fly during play. Thus the map never has the same look twice and the layout of the city will constantly leave you guessing. A very cool design for a very cool game. 4 out of 5
Layout and Presentation: All right, I'll lay out the bad news first: the minis are pretty lame. Soft plastic with little effort put into them they, individually, are little more than pawns. That's the bad news. The good news, and the reason I say "individually" is because you get over a hundred of them! That's right, legion of zombies are your reward for opening up the box and you will use them all, and more, during play. Add to that some great artwork on the cards and a pretty cool set of city squares and you'll have plenty of fun just checking stuff out. 4 out of 5
Value vs. Cost: The game retails for $20 and comes with 100 zombies, 6 shotgun men (pawns), 30 map tiles, and 50 special cards. Hell, for that price it's worth picking up just so you can surround your room in zombies. Sweet. 4.5 out of 5
|I don't think any horror movie buff's collection is complete without this game. It's fun, it's fast, and it's everything you'd want a zombie action game to be. It also lends itself very well to a few choice-drinking games, but I'll let you figure that out on your own.|
The Good: Zombies! Shotguns! Zombies!
The Bad: It's a little too complicated for its own good and has some mediocre pieces.
The Overall Ugly: Get this, rent Night of the Living Dead, and have a party.
What it's Worth: Market