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Dangerous Games: 'Eaten By Zombies' Game Review

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The chair creaks as you settle onto it. The candlelight flickers. All around you the ravenous faces of your so-called friends twist in delight as you slowly open the box laid out on the table. Welcome to Dangerous Games! Each week, we'll feature a horror/thriller/monster tabletop game you should be playing. Don't be scared… roll the dice… what's the worst that could happen?
 
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Eaten By Zombies
 
You never wanted to be known as the last living person in town. Sure, you may have wanted to be the fastest football player at your high school, or the best police officer, or have the best children. But last one to stay alive? That seems like a pretty crappy claim to fame! But such is life in this world torn apart by zombies, and the best you can do is scavenge some good weapons, throw zombies in the way of your fellow survivors, and live for as many precious moments as you can before you join the undying hordes. Every time you come across one of those wandering zombies you have to make a decision: fight or flee? Choose carefully, you don't want to join their ranks too soon.
 
Eaten By Zombies is a deck building game for two to four players released by Mayday Games in 2011. The game pits players against in each other and a horde of zombies as they attempt to fight, run away, and scavenge materials. The last player left alive is the winner, the rest, as they die, become more opposition for the remaining survivors.
 
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Gameplay Mechanics
 
The goal of the game is to beat or run away from zombie cards that get flipped face-up from a deck. Each zombie has a combat number that players have to beat and a speed number that players have to beat. Players can choose to either fight or run against a zombie. Each player starts with a deck of twelve cards. These cards include; "Heavy Stick" cards that have a combat value, "Hide" cards that have a flee value, and "Sandwich" cards that have a flee value and let you draw a card.
 
Players shuffle their decks and draw six cards. If they defeat a zombie by playing some or all of those cards, they can then scavenge the area to find other items that they add to their deck. This form of game, known as deck building, is very popular right now. It involves constantly growing and upgrading a small deck of cards that will continually get shuffled and drawn from. Maybe one hand you draw is all flee cards, or all fight cards, or an unfortunate mixture of the two. As players die, they become zombies, and can hinder the players left playing. So even though one player will win in the end, everyone is still a part of the game. 
 
In essence, you want to draw the right cards and find the right items to outlast your friends.
 
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Replay Value
 
This is a fun game with tons of different items to scavenge. There aren't a lot of different types of zombies, and the challenge is stale sometimes, but the game is fun with four players and usually feels pretty different from play to play. There are some expansions to help with replay value, but overall the game itself doesn't replay as well as other games. So keep that in mind if checking it out.
 
Overall Impressions
 
This is a great take on the deck building genre. A lot of games are all about finding the better cards and upgrading your deck. Eaten By Zombies has some of that, but it also has a great combat aspect to it as well. It's kind of like a mix between classic deck building games like Dominion and the monster fighting mechanics of Munchkin. If you're a zombie fan (which you probably are) this game is definitely worth digging up.
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