Aliens vs. Zombies

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Quick Overview

As the Aliens or the Zombie forces, siege revenge in an all-out war to determine who will be the last standing (or shambling) in this two-player sci-fi combat game, Aliens vs. Zombies

Aliens vs. Zombies

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Gold Banner product Aliens vs. Zombies ("AvZ"), by designer Chris Taylor, is a two-player game about the life and death (mostly death) battle between two natural enemies: Aliens and Zombies. The aliens attacked the Earth and destroyed 99% of humanity using orbital death rays. However, the weapon interacted strangely with human DNA and caused an unforeseen mutation! Within 24 hours of death, the recently dead arose and slowly shambled in the general direction of the alien attackers to take their revenge.

Aliens vs. Zombies is a small, low-complexity wargame for beginners, children, and light-hearted fans of aliens and/or zombies. The alien player has fewer units but has the advantage of superior weaponry and armor. Zombies are plentiful and are divided into different types: rotting, tough, and fast. Both sides can move or attack during their turn. Each side has one unique action: aliens can blast away with exploding dice and zombies can chomp their opponents to create new allies.

Each turn a tile is revealed with a number of zombie spawns and special events. After the 8th turn, the zombie dead (those deader than usual) are counted to determine the victor.

Which side will you choose? Choose wisely and conquer in Aliens vs. Zombies!

Polybag Game Components:

•   One 8-page, full-color Rules booklet
•   One 8½" x 11" cardstock game map
•   96 thick, multi-shaped game pieces

What's In The Box?:

•   One 8-page, full-color Rules booklet
•   One 8½" x 11" cardstock game map
•   96 thick, multi-shaped game pieces
•   Six 6-sided 12mm dice
•   One 8½" x 11" mounted, jigsaw-cut game map
•   One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
•   One beautiful box cover sleeve
•   One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
•   One charcoal desiccant packet


Game Design and Documentation: Chris Taylor
Development: Chris Taylor
Map and Cover Art: Vinh Ha
Character Illustrations: Nick Hayes
Playtesting: Brad Bernstein, Robert Choi, Hayden Decker, Tom Decker, Alan Emrich, Scott Everts, Joshua Gottesman, Chad Krizan, Lenz Poh, Mary Taylor, Nathaniel Taylor, Ko Travis, Ian Wakeham, Sean Young
Proofreading: Chad Krizan, Rick Partin, Leigh Toms, Ian Wakeham

Game Resources

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Game Data

Number of Players 2
Age 10+
Playing Time Approximately 45 minutes
Difficulty 2
Solitaire Suitability 6
Designer Chris Taylor
Developer Chris Taylor


Aliens vs. Zombies by Boardgames in Blighty
The good stuff here include the refreshing approach of not taking itself seriously and having a sense of humour, and this works nicely with the look and feel of a cheesey 1950's SciFi film, comic setting which is generally very silly. Rather than the usual pretentious stuff, Chris Taylor has opted for words like “Blast em” and Chomp em” which I think stamp the sense of fun here. If you accept this, as I do, you will definitely enjoy this game. It's light and silly and not meant to be anything more than this.

At that level, it works. I actually think the audience for this game is kids of say age 10 or a parent/child enjoying silly fun together. I enjoyed playing Aliens vs. Zombies.
Dueling Memes by David Hinojosa (The Gaming Gang)
Overall, Aliens vs. Zombies ... is an interesting concept and not difficult to play once I thoroughly read through the rules. The game is probably a good one to take and play on a summer trip, or overnight business. (7/10)