This week for our Spooktober blog post, I wanted to highlight a board game that I just got to see for the first time. This isn’t saying too much though, the game was released in the 2000’s! This is a game that I did not mention in last week’s spooky board games list. We recently got a couple copies of Last Night on Earth in and it looks too cool. I was tempted to pick up a copy for myself, but I didn’t want to take a chance at this experience away from all of you.
Let’s talk about some of the things that make this game so awesome!
What’s it about?
Last Night on Earth is a 2-6 player survival horror game where you take on the role of a small town hero against a horde of zombies trying to overrun the town! The zombies are trying to kill all of the humans in town before the game ends.
A team of four heroes is chosen and run by one group of players. Meanwhile, one or two other players get to control the zombies!
One of the cool things about this game is that there is a center piece of the board that remains constant from game to game, but the outside edge is ever-changing. This provides infinite replayability.
Every time you play, you have the opportunity to select a different scenario. This changes the plot and the objective, giving you a different experience for each game.
The scenarios are based on classic horror movie tropes and archetypes. They range anywhere from escaping town in a truck to defending the house in the center of town to killing the entire horde of zombies! Pick a new scenario each time you play and try to win again!
Classic Horror Movie Feel
Another one of the cool things about Last Night on Earth is that it’s meant to feel like you’re playing out a horror movie. Each game is about 90 minutes long, the same as a standard feature length film. The characters are designed after some of the played-out tropes from movies and TV shows, like the sheriff and the high school jock. There are weapon cards, like the shotgun and the chainsaw.
A hero deck and a zombie deck give each side tactical bonuses as the game goes on. You might think the zombies are about to win, but a good draw from the hero deck might give them the advantage they need to survive and steal the win. Combat is resolved using an easy-to-understand six-sided dice system where the hero has a chance to kill a zombie and a zombie has a chance to deal damage to a hero.
Included in the box is a CD (that’s right, I said CD) soundtrack of original thematic music to pop into your CD player (that’s right, I said CD player) while playing. This enhanced the cinematic feel even further. With photographic game art and all the zombie movie tropes you could ask for, you’re bound to have a great time at your next board game night.
Find this game at Central Gaming Corps or at https://shop.centralgamingcorps.com!