When night begins to fall on the sleepy town of Woodinvale, the shadows and fog rolling in bring with them more than just a chill shiver. A living nightmare erupts as the once peaceful community is overrun with the restless dead scratching and clawing their way to the surface with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Now only a handful of unlikely Heroes are left, banding together to fight for their very lives. On a night that never ends, the only thing worse than death is becoming infected. Last Night on Earth, The Zombie Game is a survival horror board game that pits small-town Heroes head-to-head against a limitless horde of Zombies (players can play on the Hero team or as the Zombies). A modular board randomly determines the layout of the town at the start of each game and there are several different scenarios to play, adding lots of replayability. Fast Paced Game Play with Easy To Learn rules allows players to jump right into the action, while Strategic Depth and Strong Cooperative Play keeps the game interesting.
A survival horror board game featuring co-operative play
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by Joel on July 28th 2013
Last Night On Earth is a board game in the theme of zombie B-movies. It is designed for 2 - 6 players, but is best with either 3 or 5. In either case there will be one player controlling the zombie horde, with then either 2 or 4 players controlling the requisite 4 human characters. It is possible to have more players controlling the zombies, though this means there is less to do and seems a little pointless.
The game board is modular, which means the town in which the action happens is randomly generated each game. The objective of the game changes depending on the scenario chosen, and all the scenarios are typical B-movie fare, for example defending a manor house from a zombie attack or finding the gas and keys needed to escape the town in a truck.
The human players, or 'heroes', are deliberately generic B-movie characters including the local sheriff, the high school jock and the drifter from out of town. They, as well as the zombies, are represented by excellent quality plastic miniatures which help bring atmosphere to the game. The heroes move around the board using dice rolls and search the buildings for useful equipment, weapons and events to help them. The equipment, weapons and events come in the form of cards which the human players can use to battle against the relentless zombie attack whilst simultaneously attempting to complete their game objectives. Shooting and fighting zombies is also accomplished through dice rolls, though be careful, as rolling a 1 can mean your pistol is out of ammo and has to be discarded!
The zombie player can have a maximum of 14 zombies on the board at one time. When zombies are inevitably gunned down or decapitated by the human characters, the zombie player can spawn more zombies from different parts of the board. There is also the possibility of turning a human character into a 'zombie hero', who will turn on his friends, if he is wounded enough times. The movement of the zombies is less interesting than the heroes as normally the ambling zombies can each only move one space per turn, however the zombie player has a deck of special zombie cards to spice up the game and hinder the human characters.
Overall Last Night On Earth does well to recreate the feeling of a zombie B-movie. The human and zombie sides, with their unique event cards, are equally matched so the games are close each time. The different scenarios and modular board means each game is different and the various expansions available also help to give the game more depth and variation through more characters, cards and pieces to the game board. I personally feel Last Night On Earth is the best game from Flying Frog Productions to date.
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