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?
Gunshots crackle and pop in the distance. The night air is filled with the slow, gut-churning sound of a siren running out of power. The acrid smell of smoke fills the air, when suddenly a bright light shines on your bunker! Over a megaphone you hear, “This is the National Guard. We have a handle on the situation. We can provide safe haven for you, just make it to our tanks and you’ll be home free.” No problem! Except, of course, for the hordes of undead zombies waiting to feast on your flesh (and your fellow survivors who would kill you in a second if it meant their freedom).
In the board game Zombie Dash by Inner Kingdom Games, you play as one of six runners trying to get away from a zombie chasing you. The goal of the game is simple: make it to the end of the street before your zombie catches up to you. But bad luck and the machinations of your fellow players could turn you into zombie dinner before the end of the game.
Each player has a human token and a zombie token. The two tokens are color coordinated to match. Players start with their human pieces on a starting circle on the map. Five spaces back from that their corresponding zombie piece is placed. Each player is dealt two cards. Some of those cards have values for humans on them, and some of them have values for zombies on them. These cards correspond to the number of circles either a human or zombie can move.
Each player plays one card in front of any player. It could be in front of them (if it helps them), or in front of an opponent (if it hinders). Each player can have only two cards in front of them at once. The first player to the end of the board without getting caught by their zombie wins!
This is a very simple, very quick and fun game of tricking and clever play. There’s not a ton of depth to the game, but it makes for the perfect party game. Games usually last no longer than twenty minutes, and in our playtest of this game we ended up playing three times before we put it away. It may not become a weekly game for you and your friends, but it is definitely a quick and fun race to the finish.
This game gets a bad rap on websites that review games for their depth and breadth. I say, why not play a fun and easy game sometimes!? I grew up on games like Sorry and Life. I love playing the horror versions of those games. Imagine if, in Sorry, instead of bumping your opponents pawn back to the start you could feast on their brains! That’s essentially what Zombie Dash is offering you: good, clean (well, not really clean, I suppose), horror-fun!