Last Night on Earth: The ultimate zombie survival board game

Image Credit: Flying Frog Productions.

Image Credit: Flying Frog Productions.

A while ago I was introduced to an amazing Zombie Survival board game by my good friends, Dave Davis and Molly Harrington. This survival game is called “Last Night on Earth.”

Created by Flying Frog Productions, Last Night on Earth is a scenario-based board game where each player tries to survive a night in a town overrun by the undead. By developing a strategy and using a number of different tools and weapons, it’s kill or be killed in this apocalyptic survival game. However, there is a catch: While most of the players will control different human survivors, one player will be in control of the zombies.

Image Credit: Flying Frog Productions.

Image Credit: Flying Frog Productions.

In Last Night on Earth, you are not developing strategies to beat a set of rules or mindless zombies, but are strategizing against an actual human opponent who in return is strategizing against you. The Zombies are given a few general restrictions; they can only move one space at a time, they cannot spawn anywhere on the board but rather at specific spawning points, you have to roll to spawn more zombies etc… The Zombies are also given their own set of cards that influence all of the set rules.

Example: Shamble will allow you to roll for the amount of spaces your Zombie will move.

The player who controls the Zombies will move each individual Zombie at a time, eventually moving all of his/her Zombies within their turn. This gives the player a great advantage to use a combination of Zombie Cards to surround the Human Survivors or plan for a future attack.

The Human Survivor team has their own specific Hero Cards and set of general rules. The Survivors will roll a dice to move a certain number of spaces or take the opportunity to search for items within a building if already inside. There are multiple survivor cards, each with their own special traits.

Example: Johnny wins fights on ties and can fight a zombie and continue to move. Johnny is a student character so he can only get hurt once before he is dead, but can give up a movement turn to heal himself.

Combining your characters specific traits with a variety of Hero Cards will allow you to create a successful survival strategy. But it is difficult to face the zombies alone, so it will take teamwork between the survivor players to overcome the endless horde of zombies.

Image Credit: Flying Frog Productions.

Image Credit: Flying Frog Productions.

So much is provided to you that you may never end up using all of the pieces. Last Night on Earth gives you multiple Survivors and Zombies, each with their own miniature plastic game piece, multiple board game layouts, and even multiple objectives. (It even gives you a creepy CD soundtrack to set the mood.) One objective you might get is to kill a certain number of zombies before the Sun Tracker goes down to 0. Another might have you defending the inside of a Mansion or finding the Keys and Gasoline to escape on a Tractor. There are multiple versions of this game all provided within the same box. There is even a feature that allows you and your friends to create your own game and set of rules with the provided pieces. No two games are alike!

Last Night on Earth is for 2 or more players, age 12+ and has a play time of around 90 minutes. You can buy this game for around $40 online or at your local game store. I highly recommend this game for anyone who enjoys strategic and competitive board games.

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