Zombies have destroyed the King’s armies, and now roam the land, spreading chaos and death. Is it the end? Are we cursed to die, huddled in our homes? It’s a dark time, but not for those with a will. Draw your sword, span your crossbow, and ready your spells! For the few, the brave, it’s time for… ZOMBICIDE!
Zombicide is a game about that uses dice rolling, so anyone that grew up playing the likes of Hero Quest or Space Hulk will be very familiar with the crippiling pain that comes from rolling 6 1's. And while this can lead to devastating outcomes, this is one of the things that adds to the challenge and longevity of the game.
While this game can often end up out of your control (Due to the randomness that is the Zombie deck), there does have to be some well planned moves amongst the whole party. While many cooperative games suffer from the 'Alpha Gamer' problem, Black Plague really needs the envolvement of the whole party to make sure you aren't leaving your friends in the lurch.
There is quite a bit to learn in Black Plague (Especially for those only just jumping into the Zombicide series), so it is highly suggested that someone play through the introductory quest on there own and really get to know the mechanics. One of the main confusions can come from the spawning of zombies and how necromancers can effect the gameplay. The game does have everything clearly laid out in the rulebook so all the information is available, its just that there is quite a bit of it.
I have played the first quest many times. I mean alot, I have solo played it; Tried with numerous different groups and have both failed and won. This game is MADE to be played, and played. Then played again. Of course if you do eventually get bored of lopping the heads off of zombies in the available scenarios, the Zombicide series are constantly releasing expansions to the base game!
Never bought into Zombicide? Go with Black Plague. Here are some of its benifits over the others 1) Fantasy setting (Chainsaws are cool, but I have a freaking Great Sword), 2) Change to rules, the addition of the Necromancers and the alteration to range combat is great, 3) The dashboard, Seriously if for nothing else get it for these amazing dashboards! Full disclosure, that was the only thing I needed to see before buying this game... Don't judge.
While this game looks scary from a distance (Haha see what I di.... anyway), It's actually quite intuitive and almost everyone I have introduced this to has been able to pick up the concept of what to do in a matter of minutes. As I mentioned earlier in the review, it really helps to have someone on top of the mechanics so you don't have to keep breaking away to review the rules.
While this game has no issue scaling at all, as all you need to do is evenly distribute characters amongst those playing, this game is at its best when 6 players come together with each having there own, singular character to worry about. In a way it takes it from a strategy game into what is essentially an RPG in a box.
Zombies? Check. Fantasy? Check. Need anything else? Nope! This game is just oozing with theme, the characters are well designed and the models beautifully crafted (As is to be expected now from CMON). If you really want to experience the utter horror of the zombie apocolaypse, just wait until you lose. Being overrun by a hoard of the undead really does come through in this game.
Is this the best game ever made? Probably not, but bloody hell... It sure does come close. There is one issue and this is necisarrily at the fault of the game, but rather the nature of the design, Zombicide is expensive. You need to be ready to fork out a good $140 AUD at least for this latest entry to the series. That being said it is most certainly worth it, so do yourself a favour. Turn the lights out, light some candles and get ready to kill some freaking zombies!