You can now relive George Romero’s 1968 horror classic as a board game in Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game.
A standalone co-operative title for one to six players that aims to recreate one of the most recognised zombie movies in Hollywood history, Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide game will feature many of the film’s characters attempting to survive the onslaught of undead and fight back against the many horrors therein.
As with the previous entries in the Zombicide series (such as Zombicide: Black Plague), players will adopt the roles of brave survivors hoping to complete a mission that’ll ensure their eventual escape from the hordes of re-animated monsters. Whilst killing a ton of zombies in the process, of course. The twist in this particular formula comes with the introduction of characters from Night of the Living Dead, including church-goer Barbara, level-headed Ben, family-man Harry, local teenager Tom, protective mother Helen and country-girl Judy.
These characters will find themselves encountering several key scenes taken from the movie and players will have to decide how they choose to react, with options to deviate from the original events of the film. Despite being a co-operative experience players will be able to abandon their fellow survivors and go it alone, in the hopes that they can hide and ride the whole thing out.
However, going it alone may not be the best course of action because the game’s characters are far from invulnerable. At any time, player characters can be in one of two modes; either Romero Mode, where they are appropriately weak and unskilled, and Zombicide mode, where they suddenly embrace their inner undead killer. Depending on the scenario, most characters will begin the game in Romero mode, with the chance of switching to Zombicide mode if certain requirements are fulfilled.
Even if their character is in Zombicide mode players will still need to be cautious, as potentially facing off against a once-loved relative now shuffling brainlessly towards them, can cause characters to lose their cool and sink back into Romero mode. The game’s various ghouls come in many different shapes and sizes with strength and abilities to match, and shouldn’t ever be underestimated, especially when encountered in large quantities.
Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game is currently up on Kickstarter until December 18th, with a base pledge of around £61 getting you a core copy of the game, which is estimated to arrive around October 2020 (depending on where it’s shipping to).
There is currently no confirmed retail version of the board game, with retailers able to pledge to the Kickstarter separately.