Hit Z Road...... a zombie game, a zombie survival game with bidding mechanics and dice rolling? sounds intriguing, sounds different as well. I know the market is flooded by zombie games, but this is something i have not come across before, and frankly i was sold on the box art....
In the fast-paced and morbidly kitschy game Hit Z Road,
you and your fellow players embark on a road trip going south from
Chicago along America's famous Route 66 — now infested by zombies. As
you travel though a deck of adventure cards rife with dangers, you
battle zombie hordes, drive abandoned school buses, scavenge for gas and
bullets, and explore a darkened, tainted American countryside full of
shambling undead, haunted carnivals, and plumes of toxic gas. Your goal
is to stay alive until you reach the safe, sandy beaches of the
Three different stages of adventure cards create an experience of
increasing difficulty and ensure that each playthrough is unique. Each
round begins with an auction that determines both player order and which
cards you will encounter. Since the resources used for bidding are the
same as those used to battle the oncoming zombie hordes, your survival
depends as much on your resource management as it does upon winning
those bidding wars. The player who either accumulates the most points or
survives the longest wins.
Zombies of all types await, with cannibals, anti-personnel mines and
radioactive wastes also being among the hazards awaiting the players.
Who will survive the zombie onslaught?
Ticket To Ride Europe this was a nice little surprise.
The game then goes to drawing new routes, and bidding and continues. You can use petrol if you want to skip a card, though using up those resources does hurt, and things get harder as you work through the stage 1, and onto the stage 2 cards, then the 3 cards and so on. Picking up tokens, bidding, trying to survive. You can start to lose group members, which of course reduces your combat effectiveness, as in close combat you get a die per person, so the more dead the less well you fight. Occasionally you will collect some of the larger tokens, which may make you wonder what they are for, but when you see a route that lets you use them it will all become apparent, which is an idea i really like, as it makes you think, should i take the route to gain the token? could come in handy.....
Bidding, and dice rolls, and resource management are the main gameplay core mechanics here, but its easy to get to drawn into the theme, bands of survivors making their way across country, going their different routes to maximize resources, but each one really wants the best for themselves. Its simple to teach, easy to play and full of theme, it works best we found with 3 or-4 players as with 2 players the bidding becoems a bit more redundant, though the less players there are the more routes get closed off.
It can be played solo, yes solo. You know i always like a game with that option, and this provides a good experience, as it has limited routes, and one of them face down, so you are never sure what it will be, but you do get bonus resources for going that way. Its good to try and set yourself a high score and then try and beat it, as it can be played very fast solo.
Its a fun game and looks great, easy enough for everyone to learn as there is no text on the cards so you can teach the younglings, if they are of a mind for such zombie themes.
I like this, its easy to play for me, i do not have to read much, and i like to roll dice and kill zombies, i do not like it when zombies eat my people, they all have names and it is sad. I think all ages will like this, i was not scared by it
local game store, or ask them to order a copy in for you. Then hit the highway and see how long you can survive for!