‘Zombies!!!’ game review
By Ed Appleby, Illustrator
I never could understand the zombie trend, and I just don’t get why they’re so popular. However, I completely understand why this zombie-themed game is so prolific.
Zombies!!! is a tile exploration game for two to six players designed by Todd Breitenstein and published by Twilight Creations in 2001. Players move their characters around a city, attempting to escape before the zombie hordes overwhelm them.
I found the mechanics of the game really simple. The game encourages a bold attack strategy and features a death mechanic that will set you back but not take you completely out of the game. You are encouraged to manage your resources and hunt down bullets and health instead of attacking the horde head-on all the time. There are also cards that you can collect that both help you and hinder other players, and a limited play mechanic stops the game from becoming too one-sided.
The gameplay is fast-paced, but can slow down once you have more than four players. I would suggest between three and five for a good game. The downside is that the gameplay is a little too simple in the base version, with things quickly getting out of hand in the 13 expansions.
If you are a fan of the zombie genre and/or you want a quick fast-paced game, this one is for you. The simplicity of the game may wear thin on you after a while, but it’s a nice game for breaking in new players.