I for one love zombies, being a huge fan of the George Romero classics like night, Dawn of the Dead, and Day in particular. I also like games that tell a story.... and today's look at Zombicide from Cool mini or not, lets you tell you your own epic tale of zombie survival.
Zombicide is a collaborative game in which players take the role of a survivor – each with unique abilities – and harness both their skills and the power of teamwork against the hordes of unthinking undead! Zombies are predictable, stupid but deadly, controlled by simple rules and a deck of cards. Unfortunately for you, there are a LOT more zombies than you have bullets.
Find weapons, kill zombies. The more zombies you kill, the more skilled you get; the more skilled you get, the more zombies appear. The only way out is zombicide!
Play ten scenarios on different maps made from the included modular map tiles, download new scenarios from the designer's website, or create your own!
Of course, if you are going to play it with children, or younger players just be sensible if they can handle it or not.
Thats quite a component list!!! plenty of goodies in here to be discovered, so lets take a look and see whats inside this big old box.....
The rulebook is full colour, and nicely laid out, easy to ready and follow and get playing, with a tutorial mission that shows you the layouts to use with the tiles (which are all number coded) and zombie pawn points, and plenty of example pictures
Now the colour you use relates to the colour of the highest characters experience. So if someone has gone all gun crazy and is killing everything single handed they are racking their experience up and gaining new abilities whilst the others aren't, but the zombies will be based on that one character, so be sure to share the kills around to avoid being overpowered, its also a good way of ensuring no one person dominates the game by telling the others what to do.
Again like the heroes, nicely detailed and really would paint up well, though its not required for playing.
Controlling multiple characters is a breeze in this game, and the rules are simple to keep the gameplay fast and frenzied, i mean who wants to get bogged down when there are zombies to obliterate. Gameplay time does vary with the scenario played and amount of players, some like the tutorial are 10-20 minutes, some bigger scenarios with all 9 tiles and multiple objectives could take a couple of hours, but the game never feels like it has outstayed its welcome and flows well as plans are hatched and sacrifices made for the greater good.
It looks cool, the tiles are really nice, i like that it has girl characters, and girl zombies too, and its fun. The rules arent hard to learn, and i wanted to play again, and get dad to set up some bigger maps to try out. i liked making stories as i did things, how wanda used her chainsaw to chop them up into little bits, or amy had to hide in the bathroom waiting for help and she was scared.
Its a great game, its fun to play, easy to teach, with great story telling moments, and played in the spirit of the game will give you hours of fun, and it looks amazing!! Its a great game to get those horro movie fans into boradgames.
With an RRP of £83.99 it may seem hefty, but the sheer amount you get in the box is actually very good value. Go find your local game store and pick up a copy, or ask them to order you one in and join the fun with solo play and up to 6 players its a game to suit all.