Horrified

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Get ready to take on some of the most iconic monsters from classic Universal Studios films as you struggle to protect the innocent and save your town from certain doom. Horrified is a light co-operative game for up to 5 players (Including solo) ages 10 and up, and features a mix of strategic movement and pick-up and delivery mechanics, whilst the threat of several monsters continuou…
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Get ready to take on some of the most iconic monsters from classic Universal Studios films as you struggle to protect the innocent and save your town from certain doom. Horrified is a light co-operative game for up to 5 players (Including solo) ages 10 and up, and features a mix of strategic movement and pick-up and delivery mechanics, whilst the threat of several monsters continuously lurk towards you and the innocent victims of the town.  

The objective of Horrified is simple, figure all active monsters weaknesses and defeat them. You can play against 2, 3 or 4 monsters simultaneously, allowing for an adaptable difficulty for every match. Defeating the monsters is no easy feat however, with the 4-monster mode being suitable for only the toughest of monster hunters. Once the active monsters have been confirmed (The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Werewolf, Mr & Mrs Frankenstein’s monster), your team will set off around a simple map of the town, collecting various tokens that will help you defeat the monsters.  

Players can choose between several different characters to play as. Each one plays slightly different from each other, and may provide a special ability, such as teleporting directly to another player, or having more actions to use. Use each action point well, because after every single player turn, it’s the monsters’ turn to wreck havok.  

A single card is flipped from an enemy event deck after every turn, and these will all have different consequences. Each card will allow specific villains to move one or more steps closer to a player, or an innocent bystander. Should the creatures be close enough however, they may attack anything on the same space as them. Whilst players will have some small defence, these event cards may also spawn bystanders within the village, who require escorting to different locations by a player piece.  Should you not reach them in time, monsters will move in and strike, instantly killing them. Should more than 7 bystanders or players die, then its game over and the monsters win! 

Each villain has a specific set of instructions that players must follow in order to defeat them. Going up against Dracula? You must search the board and destroy four coffins before plunging a stake in his heart. Fighting The Mummy? Spend tokens to attempt to life the curse before making him vulnerable to attack. Mix up each playthrough with different combinations of monsters to keep a good variety in every game you play. The game carries on until all monsters are defeated, or the event deck runs out. It’s a true test of speed and wits against Universals most beloved villains.  

Players: 1-5 

Time: 45 – 60 minutes 

Age: 10+ 

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Rating

  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You Might Like

  • Theme, Theme and More Theme
  • Rulebook and Setup
  • Time to play
  • Player to Player Interaction

Might Not Like

  • Play can feel repetitive
  • Monster Components
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Get ready to take on some of the most iconic monsters from classic Universal Studios films as you struggle to protect the innocent and save your town from certain doom. Horrified is a light co-operative game for up to 5 players (Including solo) ages 10 and up, and features a mix of strategic movement and pick-up and delivery mechanics, whilst the threat of several monsters continuously lurk towards you and the innocent victims of the town.  

The objective of Horrified is simple, figure all active monsters weaknesses and defeat them. You can play against 2, 3 or 4 monsters simultaneously, allowing for an adaptable difficulty for every match. Defeating the monsters is no easy feat however, with the 4-monster mode being suitable for only the toughest of monster hunters. Once the active monsters have been confirmed (The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Werewolf, Mr & Mrs Frankenstein's monster), your team will set off around a simple map of the town, collecting various tokens that will help you defeat the monsters.  

Players can choose between several different characters to play as. Each one plays slightly different from each other, and may provide a special ability, such as teleporting directly to another player, or having more actions to use. Use each action point well, because after every single player turn, it’s the monsters’ turn to wreck havok.  

A single card is flipped from an enemy event deck after every turn, and these will all have different consequences. Each card will allow specific villains to move one or more steps closer to a player, or an innocent bystander. Should the creatures be close enough however, they may attack anything on the same space as them. Whilst players will have some small defence, these event cards may also spawn bystanders within the village, who require escorting to different locations by a player piece.  Should you not reach them in time, monsters will move in and strike, instantly killing them. Should more than 7 bystanders or players die, then its game over and the monsters win! 

Each villain has a specific set of instructions that players must follow in order to defeat them. Going up against Dracula? You must search the board and destroy four coffins before plunging a stake in his heart. Fighting The Mummy? Spend tokens to attempt to life the curse before making him vulnerable to attack. Mix up each playthrough with different combinations of monsters to keep a good variety in every game you play. The game carries on until all monsters are defeated, or the event deck runs out. It’s a true test of speed and wits against Universals most beloved villains.  

Players: 1-5 

Time: 45 – 60 minutes 

Age: 10+ 

I have been into the board game hobby for around 10 years now. This is all thanks to my brother-in-law and a certain little card game with a big impact called Citadels! Both, as a result, have cost me a small fortune.

I like all types of board gaming, particular favourites include the co-op mechanism. I am a Halloween fanatic, so when I first heard about Horrified back in late 2019, of course, my first port of call was Zatu Games’ friends Tom and Zee the “Dice Tower Boys” on YouTube. Before I purchase any new game, I always find their reviews honest and helpful. They liked it which helped. Ravensburger the publisher has also had a previous hit available on the Zatu website, which is JAWS. Having played and enjoyed this, it was now a must that I get my hands on Horrified.

So, to the Zatu Website with my debit card ready. However, this game was like gold dust. Not only not available on Zatu, but not available in the UK as a whole. Now I had a problem. A co-op game with many of my favourite classic monsters (Dracula, The Wolfman and Frankenstein to name a few), a game that looked great and I was dying to play. I bit the bullet and ordered internationally.

After a couple of weeks, the game arrived.  Finally… Let’s play! A lot of you may have this next problem (a nice Problem to have… most of the time). My wife and I have 2 children, a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter, which obviously puts board gaming on hold a lot of the time!

So after that long intro (thank you for staying with me!), I am going to review the game, having played it with my wife, and then follow up with a small paragraph to review having played it with both my wife and 5-year-old son.

Grown-Up Review

First off, what I will say, is this game is on the light side. So if you are into your heavy co-ops, take this into account.  However if like me, you like all types of co-ops, this game is a win-win.  The main mechanism is a pickup and delivery approach to winning the game.

The artwork is awesome and immerses you in the atmosphere of the game itself. This is notable straight away when opening the game box and being greeted with a monstrous message. Key to note, it’s not as dark as games such as Arkham Horror and Elder Sign. Let’s not kid ourselves, by modern standards the classic monsters will always seem a little tame and goofy. But overall, they are still fun and likeable.

Setup and the rulebook make sense, which is a must. Within 5-10 minutes we were ready to play. For your first game, it is recommended you pick just two monsters out of a choice of six.

Each of the six monsters in the game has unique conditions that players must complete in order to defeat them and win the game. In a standard game, you’ll face off against three monsters. Two for easy, as mentioned. It is recommended you do this for your first go at the game. Finally four for hard. Each player chooses a hero to control and the board is then added with a dozen items that will need acquiring throughout the game to defeat the monsters. More items are added throughout the game.

The heroes have a number of actions depending on their abilities. Some have more than others but there are also special actions that differ for each hero. It’s key to note here that the choice in heroes and monsters give this game great replayability. Multiple games, even with the same monsters in play, never feel the same.

After you have taken all your actions, you then draw a monster card. These show how many items are added to the board, an event that may need to be resolved, and which monsters move and attack heroes or villagers. This is achieved through dice rolling (1-3 dice depending on the monster card). If a villager is hit, they die and the terror track increases. If a hero is hit, they may discard any item (if available) to avoid further damage to the terror track, which if hits zero/the skull, you lose the game.

To conclude, I cannot express the fun we have had with this game from both an adult and family game perspective. Play-time is around 40-60 minutes depending on the number of monsters you are playing with.

The game is fun and engaging, even when it is not your turn. Being a fun co-op, you are engaged throughout.

The Kid-Friendly Review

The thing I love about modern board gaming, and co-ops, in particular, is that it really allows kids to get into the hobby whilst learning key skills, such as organising and preparing actions.

Horrified really gets a child’s brain ticking, mainly because it’s fun. The theme is great, not scary for kids but cool. The artwork really adds to this experience.

With a little help throughout, our son had no issues playing this game and towards the end was actually telling me and my wife what the best options were on our turns!

Let’s be honest, adults are just big kids. And what’s more fun than hunting down classic monsters?

Editors note: This blog was originally published on January 23rd, 2020. Updated on October 13th, 2021 to improve the information available.

Zatu Score

Rating

  • Artwork
  • Complexity
  • Replayability
  • Player Interaction
  • Component Quality

You might like

  • Theme, Theme and More Theme
  • Rulebook and Setup
  • Time to play
  • Player to Player Interaction

Might not like

  • Play can feel repetitive
  • Monster Components