Aliens vs. Zombies ("AvZ"), by designer Chris Taylor, is a two-player game about the life and death (mostly death) battle between two natural enemies: Aliens and Zombies. The aliens attacked the Earth and destroyed 99% of humanity using orbital death rays. However, the weapon interacted strangely with human DNA and caused an unforeseen mutation! Within 24 hours of death, the recently dead arose and slowly shambled in the general direction of the alien attackers to take their revenge.
Aliens vs. Zombies is a small, low-complexity wargame for beginners, children, and light-hearted fans of aliens and/or zombies. The alien player has fewer units but has the advantage of superior weaponry and armor. Zombies are plentiful and are divided into different types: rotting, tough, and fast. Both sides can move or attack during their turn. Each side has one unique action: aliens can blast away with exploding dice and zombies can chomp their opponents to create new allies.
Each turn a tile is revealed with a number of zombie spawns and special events. After the 8th turn, the zombie dead (those deader than usual) are counted to determine the victor.
Which side will you choose? Choose wisely and conquer in Aliens vs. Zombies!
Number of Players: 2
Ages: 10 and up
Playing Time: Approximately 45 minutes
Complexity: 2 on a 9 scale
Solitaire Suitability: 6 on a 9 scale
What's In The Box?:
One 8-page full-color Rules booklet
One 8.5 x 11 game map
96 thick, multi-shaped game pieces
Six 6-sided 12mm dice
One 8.5" x 11" mounted, two-sided, jigsaw-cut game map
One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
One beautiful box cover sleeve
One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
One charcoal desiccant packet
Game Design and Documentation: Chris Taylor
Development: Chris Taylor
Character Illustrations: Nick Hayes
Map and Cover Art: Vinh Ha
Playtesting: Brad Bernstein, Robert Choi, Hayden Decker, Tom Decker, Alan Emrich, Scott Everts, Joshua Gottesman, Chad Krizan, Lenz Poh, Mary Taylor, Nathaniel Taylor, Ko Travis, Ian Wakeham, Sean Young
Proofreading: Chad Krizan, Rick Partin, Leigh Toms, Ian Wakeham