Prospero Hall are rapidly becoming one of the best developers of games suitable for families and game group. Horrified takes the Universal Monsters from the old movies and pits you and the other players against a group of monsters.
Horrified is cooperative game and scales well for all player counts. You start the game by choosing which out of the provided monsters you will take on. Each monster has a difficulty level and you can raise the difficulty more by including more monsters. 2 is easy, 3 normal and 4 hard. Each monster represents a different mini game for you to beat before you can directly put an end to that monster for good.
Most things in the game revolve around items. Items come in three different colours, red, blue and yellow. Each item also has a strength between 1 and 6. These colours and numbers directly link into the way you use each item. Sometimes you will need a high number, sometimes low.
On your turn you will use the amount of actions allocated to your character to move around the map, pick up items, use them to defeat monsters or set them back and also rescue villagers. Rescuing villagers gets you a powerful card that can help turn the tide.
At the end of your turn you will draw a monster card which will potentially activate the monsters allowing them to move and attack you and the villagers. This is bad because villagers dying is always bad. Too many successful attacks on you or the villagers and it’s game over.
Horrified is a perfect blend of easy to learn but compelling to play. Even on easy there are moments where you are truly pushed to work as a team to beat the challenge!
Player count: 1-5
Time: 60 minutes
Age rating: 10+