Friday, October 10, 2014

Frights & Dice: Last Night on Earth

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Last Night on Earth
Nowadays, zombie games are a dime a dozen. Walk into almost any game store and you're likely to find at least one game that features zombies or zombie-like creatures. Some of these games are good, but a large percentage are either mediocre or awful. Luckily, Last Night on Earth belongs to the former group. 

Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game is a survival horror board game designed by Jason C. Hill and published by Flying Frog Productions. As the name implies, Last Night on Earth focuses on a group of survivors attempting to escape a small town overrun by the living dead. However, instead of being a purely cooperative game, Last Night on Earth divides the players into two teams: The Heroes and The Zombies. One side will attempt to do whatever they can to stay alive, while the other tries to eat them for dinner. 

Last Night on Earth feels like a B movie in a box. Its filled to the brim with cheesy horror cliches, the heroes are based on familiar horror archetypes, and the photographic illustrations depict this perfectly. You feel like you're living through a bad zombie flick and its incredibly entertaining. 

The game's also highly replayable. Like Betrayal at House on the Hill, Last Night on Earth is packaged with several scenarios to determine the Heroes objective in the game. For example, one game might have the players recovering explosives to blow up the zombie spawning point, but the next might have them searching for keys and gasoline so they can escape the town in a nearby truck. You'll definitely be getting your money's worth with this game. 

If you're looking for a cool zombie game that embraces the fun of cheesy zombie movie with a high level of replayability, check out Last Night on Earth. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.