Tiny Epic Zombies (Board Game)
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GENERAL INFO: 1-5 players, 30 minutes, 5 play modes including competitive and cooperative play.
1. Cooperative team-play with game controlled Zombies.
2. Cooperative team-play with Zombies controlled by a non-team player.
3. Competitive free-for-all with game controlled Zombies.
4. Competitive free-for-all with Zombies controlled by a player.
THEME: Modern day Zombie outbreak at the Echo Ridge Mall.
HOOK: Fast paced, portable, and tons of replayability. Play as the survivors or the Zombies. Plus ITEMeeples!
WIN: Survivors must complete 3 objectives - Zombies must kill all the Survivors or gain control of the Mall's Courtyard.
OVERVIEW: In Tiny Epic Zombies, survivors are always on the run, collecting weapons, killing Zombies and working toward completing objectives. Completing 3 objectives can win you the game but if you're too focused on the objectives, the Zombies will overrun the mall and that will be the end of you.
Based on the mode of play, you will either play as one of the Survivors or as the Zombies.
As a Survivor, your turn will consist of moving 3 times. Then based on where you move, you'll be able to do additional things. For instance, if you move into a room with a Zombie, you'll have to fight it by rolling the Zombie die. Or if you move into a room adjacent to a Zombie, you can spend ammo to shoot it. Killing a Zombie is actually pretty easy... but they just keep coming. Keeping them from overrunning the entire mall, while trying to accomplish your objectives, that is hard!
After you've taken your 3 moves, you'll search the room. This is done by revealing the Search Card you are holding. Most of the time, you find something useful, like awesome items you can later pickup and equip to your ITEMeeples. Sometimes though, you may find a Zombie lurking in the corner. So be prepared.
After you search the room, more Zombies flood into the Mall. Then it's the next player's turn. Simple as that.
Note: If your ammo and wound tokens ever meet, you're dead meat! So, keep your wounds low and your ammo high.
If you die, that character will turn into a Zombie and you'll have to draw a new character to play. If that happens too many times, you lose the game.
As a Zombie player, not only will you control unique Zombies with special abilities, you will control ALL the Zombies! With your help, the Zombies will have a brain in addition to eating brains. Your game will be to overwhelm the players with clever placement and movement of the Zombies. Smother them with your Zombie horde and prevent them from completing their objectives. If you kill enough players or overrun the mall courtyard, you win.
- Boards & Dice
- 11 Oct 2018
- Game Mechanic
- Year Published
- # of Players
- 1 - 5
- User Suggested # of Players
- Best with 1 players, Recommended with 1 players
- Suggested Ages
- 14 and up
- Playing Time
- 30 minutes
- Game Designer
- Scott Almes
- Game Artist
- Miguel Coimbra
- Benjamin Shulman
- Gamelyn Games
- User Suggested Ages
- Language Dependence
- Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
- Supply Source
Super cost-to-quality ratio
Recondite onReviewed by
I already owned Tiny Epic Galaxies, Tiny Epic Kingdoms and Tiny Epic Defenders (1st and 2nd Editions) when I received this game as a gift. It did not fail to impress.
The production quality for all games in the Tiny Epic series maintains a high standard. But Tiny Epic Zombies hits a new high in terms of the quality of its components.
In terms of gameplay, this game is a gem. The fact that you choose between co-op and competitive modes adds a ton of value. The the replay-value is tremendously high since you have access to a wide range of characters to play and zombies to fight.
Setup takes somewhat longer than is normal for the Tiny Epic series, but in my view the extra time is well worth it. Seriously, go for it. Get this one. And get the other Tiny Epics while you are at it. They are all worth it.
To view a rules explanation go to Watch It Played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9u8VXz8u80&t=796s
Best Fun for your money
Warlauch onReviewed by
And seriously, for the price and the box size you'd be hard put to get something more satisfying. The game has a lot of replayability, and a lot more options than you would expect.
Many people seem to just skip one of the game's greatest elements: a human playing the Zombies (instead of the AI) makes the game a LOT more challenging. Playing the Zombies might not appeal to everyone, but if you find that player with a strategic mind and an evil eye your game gets so much scarier. You might want to not try Athlete Zombie first, though.
Those Runners are Killers.