Posted Monday, 13-Apr-2015
If you want to spend more time with Rick Grimes, or see if you can do better than him in surviving his world, there are plenty of opportunities.
The popularity of the Walking Dead TV show has created a whole selection of tie-in games, including The Walking Dead Card Game, The Walking Dead: The Best Defense and The Walking Dead Don’t Look Back Dice Game.
There are many other zombie board games out there, and here are some of the top sellers.
Zombies!!! and its various expansions remain the classic example of a zombie survival game. You play the survivors trying to get safely out of town, as ever growing hordes of undead close in on you. Perhaps you’ll get lucky and find a skateboard or a shotgun, but more likely you’ll just find more monsters trying to eat your brains.
Escape-across-a-board is a format that’s been used by other games. Though fun, Zombies!!! can be slow to play, and Zombie 15′ provides a fast-paced 15 minute alternative. Last Night on Earth, which proved a big hit on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop show, adds flavor to the setting, with the survivors becoming interesting and varied characters rather than anonymous figures.
A lot of games have zombie variants, so that you can play an old favorite with this grizzly theme.
Munchkin, the comedy game of dungeon crawling, has two zombie variants – Munchkin Zombies and Munchkin Zombies 2. If you have trouble treating the zombie threat seriously that won’t be a problem with these fun, silly zombie games.
Fluxx, the game in which the rules are ever changing, also has a Zombie Fluxx variant. With the dead walking, what better games mechanic could there be for a world in which the rules are turned upside down?
Even The Walking Dead is in on the variant act, with Bang! The Walking Dead, a re-imagining of western shoot-em-up card game Bang!
Not all these games put you in the role of survivors. Zombie Dice is a fast, easy game in which you are the zombies, trying to eat thirteen brains before you get blown away with a shotgun blast. It’s a great zombie dice game for if you’ve just got fifteen minutes to spare, or if you want something that’s fun and easy at the end of an evening. (Check out 3 Dice Games to Try Before You Die for more dice games)
With so many zombie games, people are clearly running toward rather than away from the walking dead.
Published by BoardGamePrices.com
Can we fit all the photos we took at Spiel into this article? No. But we’ll sure try! Here’s your last look at the last day of the biggest board games show in the world.
The tiredness starts to take hold; but we press on toward Day 3! We’ve got dice! We’ve got minis! We’ve got mechs! It’s Spiel!