Published on March 16th, 2015 | by Duke Of Havoc0
Zombie 15′ Review
Average time per game: 15 minutes per level – 15 levels in total
Suitable for ages: 14+
Number of players: 2-4
“Your house is no longer safe; they are on the verge of breaking down the door to your bedroom. It’s time to improvise and find our survivors so you can make it alive. But the zombie horde haunts the streets…and where would you go anyway? Better hurry: You’ve got 15 minutes before the horde gets here.”
Welcome to Zombie 15′, a squad based game set across various levels of increasing difficulty as you and your friends (an interchangeable ragtag group of 15 year olds) get from A to B undertaking specific tasks like clearing your neighbourhood or find specific items.
The unique mechanic for this game is that each level has a 15 minute time limit set to a soundtrack. Yes, a soundtrack! There is a CD in the box which has 3 songs which are 15 minutes in length. They all start with a creepy air-raid siren and then continue to get creepier. There is an instant tension added to the game as you and up to 3 other friends work as quickly as you can to complete the task at hand. What I really enjoyed about this game is the fact that they really ease you in gently. The tutorial doesn’t use any the extra features cards and whittles the enemy cards down to a very select few, so not to overwhelm new players and put them off going through the myriad of levels that have been expertly designed. Anyway, I’m waffling, let’s go through the game.
Zombie 15′ Box Contents
In the very colour box you get a ton of equipment including:
32 double-sided terrain tiles – really gorgeous artwork on them too!
8 hero figures – This is you on the board in figure form! Stick together and
8 hero cards – 4 boys, 4 girls – nice diverse bunch too!
99 zombie figures + 1 “Alpha” zombie – yeah, shit gets real. Fast.
1 CD – with 3 creepy as fuck songs that are essential your egg timer
1 horde box – this is where you put zombie based on certain things that happen in game. Then they can suddenly appear!
25 Ammo/Durability tokens – Unlike some games, there is VERY limited ammo and if you smack a zombie repeatedly with your baseball bat, eventually it breaks!
15 life points – counters that you use on your card to show how badly the zombies have roughed you up.
56 search cards – you get to ransack all the empty houses and find new weapons and equipment!
48 zombie cards – Yeah. Whilst searching, you might “discover” zombies (by drawing cards) and these bastards interrupt your search and try to chomp on your tasty brains!
18 special item cards – Did you know some people keep defibrillators or smoke grenades? Well apparently these items can be found during searches. Along with cats, dogs, hamburgers, ammo and more!
33 scenario cards – These include your character’s default weapons (ranging from cestus gloves to a chain with spanners attached), along with other weapons and items to aid you and team’s quest!
Various tokens – These include exit points, vehicles (car and choppers), padlocks and keys. Basically things which can aid or balls up your escape!
See, I told you it was a lot!
How To Play Zombie 15′
Firstly you need to build your map or neighbourhood. I would recommend that if you buy this game (and I’m going to say now, you bloody well should), keep the tiles in numerical order. They are have little numbers from 1A/1B to 33A/33B on them and you will save you and your fellow players a lot of time if you keep them sorted. The campaign book makes it very easy to build the map and upon that you will be expected to put a certain amount of zombies, the exit title (very important if you want to progress to the next level) and as you go through the game, you will add more items like search tokens etc.
You pick your character, choose a starting point depicted on the campaign map, sort the weapons and then it’s go time! You hit play on your Cd player and all hell breaks loose! You can do 4 actions per turn from the following list: move, search (if you are in a relevant area), use an object (could be to replenish health or reload a gun), pick up/drop a heavy object, fight and get up (yeah, you can get knocked on your arse by the dead gits). You need to keep track of your moves and with only 15 minutes, you will not want to dally. The game is incredibly fast paced and your colleagues will very quickly remind you that you are delaying them from killing some zombies and getting to the safe point for the next level.
I highly recommend you try and stick together. Some asshole will want to go off and be all Darryl Dixon. Trust me, they will die. The game will bite them in the ass and when they are busy going all gung-ho, it might overwhelm them with a horde and it’s down to you to go save them. It happened during a recent play through for us and two people decided to go ahead and as a result, your truly and another had to deal with an onslaught of walkers and it cost us the game.
There is much more to this game but I think it’s best that you get it asap from your local shop or online and just play through the levels. It’s probably the closest video game type experience I’ve had in tabletop form. The game eases you in and you could “pick up and play” for 15 to 30 mins or you could sink hours into it and play through the entire game. Seriously, get this game. It’s a frenetically paced, enjoyable and well designed game.