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William Bekking
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A coworker of mine is looking to buy a Zombie game for his girlfriend. Either Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game or Zombicide are the two he's looking at. My question is, are there any (better) ones that involve Zombie.

Co-op is okay
They'll likely be more than two, probably at least 4
Must have Zombies
He's what we'd refer to as a casual gamer, I don't know her, but she brought the two games to his attention. Which he then asked my opinion about. I know nothing about Zombie games. Not my thing.

Thanks for your time
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I'm not a huge zombie aficionado myself, but of the games I have played, and given your friend's co-op preference, I would go for Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game. I played Zombies!!! which plays an amount of people that is similar to what you are looking for, but is more competitive than co-op. The only other game that I have played of that nature is ZombieTown which played up to 6, but wasn't co-op by nature. There can be a tenuous truce, and if I remember correctly, a shared win condition.
 
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I think that those are the two best zombie games out there right now.

I feel like LNoE gives more bang for your buck. You can get the base game and the growing hunger expansion for less than just the base game of Zombicide.

Zombicide does have minis that are easier to tell apart because each hero is cast in a different color. The LNoE heroes benefit greatly from a little painting to help tell them apart. Zombicide also seems to have a much more customizable board.

If I were giving a friend one zombie game of at least light-medium weight I would go with LNoE. I think it is a lot more thematic and has more fun objectives and scenarios. The only reason I would go with Zombicide over LNoE is if I thought that co-op would be a lot better for my friend.

Hope this helps at least a little.
 
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My favorite zombie game is Zombie State: Diplomacy of the Dead. It plays a lot like Pandemic, with a smattering of Risk thrown in. I like it because you can battle the zombies using technology or military might and you can play it multi-player or solitaire (although, the multi-player version is very much like each person playing solitaire against the zombies - - everyone controls a continent and tries to drive the zombies out).
 
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+1 Last Night ON Earth... It is a very fun game for casual gamers and gamers a like.

I heard decent things about Zombicide...except that there are a lot of little things to manage in that game.

ZIMP (Zombie in my Pocket)- PnP you can find on here solo play though...


Lighter party filler style games.

Zombie Fluxx

Zombie Dice

 
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Aiken Drum wrote:

Co-op is okay
They'll likely be more than two, probably at least 4
Must have Zombies
He's what we'd refer to as a casual gamer, I don't know her, but she brought the two games to his attention.


Those two games are the best zombie-themed titles out now. Your coworker really can't go wrong with either, but to address the criteria you mention:

Last Night on Earth is a competitive game, but if you play with more than two players, you can form co-op teams. Zombicide is strictly co-op.

LNOE plays best with either two or four players, IMO. You can add more, but the competitive aspect is what makes the game work. Zombicide works fine with only a few players, but its sweet spot is with 4-6.

The zombies in LNOE's starter set are generic, slow-moving types. Expansions and some scenarios add zombies with additional abilities. Zombicide comes with slow zombies, fast-moving "28 Days Later" types, and two types of large and hard to kill zombies.

Either one is fine for casual gamers. They're a step up in difficulty from mass-market and party games, but each really has only a handful of basic rules to know, with everything else printed on the cards.

 
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I can't help too much here, as I've only played a total of three zombie games. But here's my take on those three:

Zombies!!! is a slogging drag that goes on much, much too long for what's a very random game. Skip it.

Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game does a very good job of generating a movie-like experience with lots of cool events that occur. The gameplay is fairly shallow; you'll occasionally come up with clever tactics and good card play combos, but not usually. It's probably a game that casual gamers could play fine with an experienced player to teach them, but they might not do so well learning it for themselves. Overall I'd say it's your best pick of the bunch.

Zombicide requires a bit more tactics than LNoE. It's a co-op rather than a team game, so everyone works together - YMMV on whether that's a good thing or not. It's more of a shoot-em-up; lots of easy to kill zombies, lots of firepower. The rules are a mess and the tactics are confusing, which could be a problem for casual players. And some of the scenarios really don't work well. If they can get into it, I think it might be good, but overall I think LNoE is a much better bet.
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I get pretty much any zombie game that comes out and Last Night On Earth and Zombicide are indeed the two best available right now although Zpocalypse may very well mix that up.

Mall of Horror is interesting as well but at the end of the day has very little to do with zombies. They're basically just a reason to screw each other over.
 
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+1 for Last Night On Earth
I have both Zombicide and LNOE and I like them both,but as mentioned I think the rules is what brings the game down for me. But if your a person who doesnt mind house ruling the hell out of a game,then Zombicide might be more of a game for you with giant maps and lots of zombies.
LNOE,is a better game once you find the scenarios that work best for you.
 
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Thanks all for your very good and thoughtful input. I will suggest Last Night On Earth...
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