I read a book awhile ago that claimed video games (unlike traditional games, such as chess or Monopoly) were making our minds measurably sharper by withholding information about the underlying rules of the system; forcing the player to learn the rules and physics of the virtual world by probing it, analyzing that information and learning from it.
It sounded good at the time. But since then, i’ve received a number of zombie-themed board games for review… and i’ve reconsidered. See, it takes reading and comprehension skills to understand the rules of a board game, patience and experience to truly learn them, and then there’s the social interaction required to have the judgement of when to apply what you’ve learned.
Basically what i’m saying is that i’m much too lazy, and don’t have nearly enough friends who are willing, to learn how to play these games myself. So, it’s without judgement that i present these zombie-themed board games to you:
ZOMBIE! Run For Your Lives! – Boo!You and your friends are suddenly surrounded by hordes of very aggressive zombies. But do not fret, we have some good news – one of you will definitely get out alive. How can you become that lucky person? It’s very simple!
Zombies!!! 2nd Edition – Zombies puts you in the middle of the action as you try to escape the ever advancing zombie horde. Players must use a combination of wits and brawn to be the first to the heliport and certain escape.
Last Night On Earth – The Zombie Game – A fast-paced game of brain-eating zombies, small town heroes and horror movie action. Players take on the role of either the heroes, working together to make it through the night or the zombies, unending waves of undead spreading over the town like a plague.
The Walking Dead Board Game – In The Walking Dead Board game, only the strong survive. The weak turn into walkers, and then turn against their former friends. Fight your way through zombie-infested Atlanta with your fellow survivors. The fate of the human race is in your hands, either as a survivor or a walker.
Take a look at each of these zombie-centric board games to see if any of them are for you… plus an additional two to four friends, of course. Because in this day and age, i have to admit that i’m jealous of anyone with enough friends willing to sit down and learn the rules of a new board game, let alone actually play it a few times! But maybe that’s just because most of my parties end in a drunken brawl.