Zombie Dice is a fast paced, push your luck, dice game which can be played with 2 or more players. In this game, players will have 2 objectives – eat brains and don’t get shotgunned. With easy rules, a quick setup and simple mechanics anyone can play this game. The Horde edition includes all the expansions to make this the best Zombie rolling experience.
Over the course of the game, players will want to eat the most brains. The first player to 13 or more brains will trigger the final turn. After, players will count their brains and the person with the most will win!
To collect brains, players will select 3 dice from the bag and roll them. They can roll brains, footprints or shotgun blasts. Once a player has rolled 3 dice, they can then continue rolling. Any shotgun blasts or brains are put to one side and footprints are rerolled. Players always roll 3 dice per turn so will draw the amount needed from the bag.
With 3 survivor types; green, yellow and red, eating brains isn’t always easy. Green survivors are the easiest to track down as they have more brains, yellow are balanced and red survivors have more shotgun blasts. Even though dice rolling is random, players may want to stop their turn if only red dice remain in the bag. Because the odds won’t be in their favour if they continue.
The base game is simple and after a few runs it can become a bit samey. Luckily, the Horde edition won’t put you in a samey slump.
Making An Action Movie
The Zombie Dice Horde edition includes both expansions. The first one, is the Double Feature. This expansion adds 3 new dice; the Hottie, the Hunk and Santa. These dice are interactable and mix up gameplay. The Hunk die is equipped with double brains but also double shotgun blasts which makes rolling him quite the gamble. The Hottie has more footprints than any other die so you may find she sticks around for a couple of rerolls. What makes these 2 unique is how they interact. If one of these dice has already been rolled and you’ve got a tasty brain, this can be taken away. This is taken away if you draw out the other dice and roll a shotgun. The Hunk or Hottie therefore rescue each other, and you lose a brain! Although, not disastrous, these dice do make you reconsider pushing your luck.
The best die in this Zombie Dice expansion is, Santa. This die delivers double brains and 2 new abilities. Santa can gift you an energy drink or the football helmet. The energy drink will convert all green footprints you roll into brains. Whereas the football helmet will protect you from an additional shotgun blast.
However, the Santa die does include a side with 1 brain. If you roll this, you are eating Santa’s brains! This does mean, if you draw the Hunk or Hottie and roll a shotgun, they will save Santa. This expansion adds depth to the base game and makes it more interesting after multiple plays.
Getting On The School Bus
The final expansion, the School Bus, is my favourite. This epic 12-sided dice is fun to roll and includes new actions which you can take during the game. After a player has rolled 3 dice, they can get on the school bus. Instead of rolling 3 more dice from the bag, they will roll the school bus die and then 2 more from the bag. The School Bus die, includes lots of different choices and chances to grab more brains. The new actions include the stop sign, yield, tyre tracks and dead end.
These add much more replayability and tension into the game. The theming of the die is also great and adds to the games table presence. Afterall, what is a zombie movie without a yellow American bus! It really turns this push your luck dice game into something special and into a game you will want to keep in your collection.
Zombie Dice Horde edition is the best version of Zombie Dice to buy. It has all the fun of the original and contains both expansions. On its own, the base game can become samey but the introduction of the Feature dice and the School Bus die give it a new lease of life. Nothing beats, picking up the massive 12-sided School Bus die and waiting in anticipation to see what you get!
I admit the theming isn’t everyone's cup of tea, but if you enjoy zombie movies, this game has all the tropes and feel of a classic 80’s zombie flic. If you have been eyeing up the game, this version is the one to get. The expansions aren’t easy to pick up on their own and I wouldn’t play this without them.