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Dangerous Games: 'Zombie Dice' 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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Zombie Dice
 
You feel that pang of hunger. It’s time to shuffle out of your house and get some grub. In a grocery store, hiding beneath some moldy produce you see a particularly delicious morsel. You close in to take a bite when suddenly - BLAM! Your food shoots you with a shotgun blast! BLAM! That’s a second hit, and as you sink your teeth into the brains of your quarry you’re finally sated. But your friend and fellow zombie to your right has just eaten three brains! No fair! Such is the struggle of Zombie Dice, the game where you and your friends play as zombies trying to roll (I mean “eat”) the most brains before you’re blasted into oblivion.
 
Game Mechanics
 
Zombie Dice is a fun, light-weight party game for two players and up. Zombie Dice was Produced by Steve Jackson Games (the makers of horror hit games like Illuminati, Munchkin Zombies, and Munchkin Apocalypse) in 2010. In the game you and your friends each play the role of zombies trying to eat the most brains. First shambling mound of rotten flesh to collect thirteen brains wins.
 

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Zombie Dice is a “press your luck” kind of game. Each time you roll three of the thirteen custom die, you could end up with three results. One face of the die shows brains. You want that. Another side of the die shows footsteps. That means your quarry got away and you re-roll that die. A third face of the die shows a shotgun blast. That’s bad. 
 

Each time you roll the dice, you set aside (or keep track of, on paper) all of the brains you collected. You also set aside any shotgun blasts. If you get shot by your intended victims too many times you lose the brains you’ve accumulated on that roll. So if I rolled a few times and ended up with five brains and two shotgun blasts, I could either choose to keep rolling (and possibly lose all of my brains), or bank my brains and pass the turn to the next player. It’s simple fun that’s easy to teach and quick to play.

 
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Replay Value
 
This is not a game that requires hours of studious research to play. It also doesn’t ask a lot of commitment post-game. Some games expect you to rethink your strategy and plot out your lines of play. Not so with this Yahtzee-meets-Return of the Living Dead dice roller. Because it’s so easy to pick up and put down, and because games usually run about ten minutes long, this game gets replayed a lot. We either snatch it up in between rounds of a longer, more intense game, or find ourselves having just played ten games of it in a night. 
 
Overall Impressions
 
This is the perfect horror party game. If I ranked all games into categories, there could be no other game that could beat Zombie Dice in the casual/party category. Check this game out, roll those bones, and fight your friends to be the first to gorge yourself on those sweet, sweet braaaaiiiiinnnnsssss.
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