Whether you’re looking for a deep thematic experience or just trying to satiate your appetite for zombie killing action, there’s a zombie board game on the market for everyone. But with so many games and so little time, where should you start?
With so many options, it can be hard to figure out which one will be best for your group of players. For a more casual experience, player’s might lean towards games like Zombies!!! or Zombie Dice. Player’s looking for a deeper dive might look towards thematic driven games like Dead of Winter or Zombicide. Some of them are co-operative, while others are free-for-alls. So picking the right game can be the difference between killing time or having an exciting game night.
1. Dead of Winter – Best All Around Zombie Board Game
- Players: 2-5
- Time: 60-120 Minutes
- Designer: Jonathan Gilmour, Isaac Vega
- Publisher: Plaid Hat Games
- Type of Game: Survival, Co-operative and Competitive
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If you’re looking for a zombie game with lots of replayability then Dead of Winter: a Crossroads Game is a great choice. In this game players champion a small group of survivors each with their own strengths and motives. As flesh eating monsters begin to threaten their last hopes of survival, players must make difficult decisions that could be the difference between life and death.
This survival game is both co-operative and competitive, which means while everyone is working together towards a common goal, they also have their own secret objectives that might get in the way. Will you fight together for the greater good, or will greed get the best of you?
- Players: 2-5
- Time: 60-90 Minutes
- Designer: Todd Breitenstein, Kerry Breitenstein
- Publisher: Twilight Creations
- Type of Game: Competitive, Zombie Escape
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Zombies!!! by Twilight Creations is one of the simpler board games on this list. The objective is simple; survive and escape at all costs. In this tile placement game players act as survivors during a massive zombie outbreak, running around collecting items and decimating hordes of the undead.
There’s two ways to in the game, escaping on the helicopter or killing enough zombies. So it’s crucial to keep an eye on your opponents and make sure they aren’t close to winning the game before you do. Each turn tiles are placed and the zombie figurines are moved around the board. Zombies!!! is a game of zombie slaughtering madness where conserving your ammunition can be the difference between life and death.
- Players: 1-6
- Time: 60 Minutes
- Designer: Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, Nicolas Raoult
- Publisher: CMON Limited
- Type of Game: Co-Operative Survival
CMON’s Zombicide is often considered one of the best board games with zombies on the market. In fact it’s success sparked a few of the most successful kickstarter campaigns of all time for Zombicide: Black Plague and Zombicide: Invader. This co-op modular adventure has players holding off hordes of predictable zombies while trying to conserve their ammunition and keep their team alive.
Players work together with their unique character abilities to try and manage the looming threat of the undead. Due to the modular board, many scenarios and expansions, Zombicide offers a ton of replayability. But if somehow you’re still itching for more zombie slaying action there’s also a huge list of free scenarios online.
4. Last Night on Earth – Best Thematic Experience
- Players: 2-6
- Time: 60-90 Minutes
- Designer: Jason C. Hill
- Publisher: Flying Frog Productions
- Type of Game: All vs One
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If you’re looking for a game that will really draw you in, then Flying Frog’s Last Night on Earth is the way to go. Last Night on Earth is a game that isn’t shy about using classic horror movie tropes. With heroes drawn from horror movies and items you might recognize from your favorite slasher flick, this game will draw you into the world of zombie slaying.
As for the gameplay, this is a modular board game where players work together to get through different scenarios. Hero and zombie decks are used to alter the playing field. All together adding to the replayability of the game. Plus there’s a soundtrack included to draw players into the thematic nature of the game.
5. Zombie Dice – Best for Large Groups
- Players: 1-99
- Time: 10-20 Minutes
- Designer: Steve Jackson
- Publisher: Steve Jackson Games
- Type of Game: Dice Rolling
If you’re looking for a game that’s easy to understand and play with a larger group of players, then Zombie Dice is a great choice. This simple dice game is where players control zombies who are trying to munch as many brains as possible before they catch a shotgun blast to the face.
Reminiscent of classic dice games, Zombie Dice is all about getting as many Brain rolls as possible and avoid the dreaded Shotgun rolls. Will you push your luck for as many brains as possible, or play it safe and avoid certain death? First player to 13 brains wins the game, so getting a lucky roll or two could be the key to victory.
6. Tiny Epic Zombies
- Players: 1-5
- Time: 30-45 Minutes
- Designer: Scott Almes
- Publisher: Gamelyn Games
- Type of Game: Trapped in a Mall
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From Gamelyn Game’s “Tiny Epic” series of games comes the stand-alone Tiny Epic Zombies game. Each player uses their well-armed Meeple to complete a set of objectives before the zombies completely take over the Echo Ridge Mall.
Tiny Epic Zombies is a game that can be played in multiple ways. Co-operative, Competitive, Free-for-all or even Solo. Allowing players to play the game how they want. In some modes players get to control the zombies who try to stop the players from reaching their goals, in others players work together to defeat the non-player controller zombies.
7. Resident Evil 2 – Best for Video Game Nerds
- Players: 1-4
- Time: 90-120 Minutes
- Designer: Mat Hart, Richard Loxam, Sherwin Matthews
- Publisher: Steamforged Games
- Type of Game: Escaping the Iconic Raccoon City
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Fans of this iconic horror survival video game from 1998 would be sore to miss out on this great board game adaptation. Play as iconic characters from the overrun Raccoon City as you slowly discover the nefarious dealings of the Umbrella Corporation.
This campaign driven game has players taking on the protagonists of the original video game Leon or Claire (Or Tofu, the large piece of tofu that was an easter egg in the original game). You’ll need to work together to through familiar scenarios and escape Raccoon City alive.
8. After the Virus
- Players: 1-3
- Time: 30-90 Minutes
- Designer: Jacob Fryxelius
- Publisher: FryxGames
- Type of Game: Deck Building
Jacob Fryxelius’ After The Virus is a unique deck building game where players try to stack their decks with the most useful items for fighting off the zombies. Through the course of 15 story missions, more and more zombies begin to invade the player decks and make it harder to survive.
Careful deck management and sharing useful items is key to fighting off the hordes. Unlike most games in the genre, in After The Virus players take their turns at the same time which means you aren’t stuck waiting for the player to your left to make decisions all night. This game also functions as a single player game for any solo gamers out there
9. Zombie 15 – Best for Short Sessions
- Players: 2-4
- Time: 15 Minutes
- Designer: Guillaume Lémery, Nicolas Schlewitz
- Publisher: IELLO
- Type of Game: Teens Vs Zombies
Designed to be a 15 minute long game for shorter play sessions, Zombie 15 has players take on the roles of teens trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. In a world where everyone over the age of 18 has turned into a brain munching creature, it’s up to a teens to figure out how to survive.
Zombie 15 is a scenario based game where time is of the essence. The rules are simple and choices need to be made as quickly as possible, which makes for a fun frantic co-operative experience. In an age of long deep-dive board games, a short 15 minute game is a great way to unwind and kill a bit of time.
10. The Walking Dead: All Out War
- Players: 1-2
- Time: 30-120 Minutes
- Designer: Mark Latham
- Publisher: 2Tomatoes
- Type of Game: Tactical War Game
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Since it’s adaptation into a TV series in 2010, the Walking Dead has produced a number of great zombie survival board games. This one however based on the iconic comic series. Each player controls a group of survivors with a common goal; stay alive.
Set in Atlanta with popular characters like Rick, Shane, Michonne and many more, each group of survivors is living in a world where they can’t trust anybody but themselves. Due to successful kickstarter funding, this game also comes with a number of well crafted miniatures and play pieces to add to the immersive experience.
11. Dawn of the Zeds – Best for Solo Play Sessions
- Players: 1
- Time: 45 Minutes
- Designer: Hermann Luttmann
- Publisher: Victory Point Games
- Setting: Solo Campaign, Survival
In Hermann Luttmann’s Dawn of the Zeds, one to five players join forces to combat the spread of a sinister disease that’s turning everyone into brainless zombies. As the epidemic approaches the small town of Farmington, players must work to establish a perimeter and defend the once peaceful town.
In this co-operative adventure, players work together to mobilize the citizens of Farmingdale and establish a defense against the Zeds while working towards a cure. This game also comes with solitaire rules for solo play and was rated one of the best solo board gaming experiences of 2016.
12. Munchkin Zombies – Best for Kids
- Players: 3-6
- Time: 90 Minutes
- Designer: Steve Jackson
- Publisher: Black Monk
- Setting: Zombie Vs Humans
Looking for a zombie board game that has something the whole family can enjoy? The family-friendly tone of Munchkin makes this zombie version a great choice for all ages. In Munchkin Zombies, the roles are reversed as the players play as zombies looking to destroy any humans that stand in their way.
Munchkin Zombies can work as a stand-alone game or an expansion to any other Munkins game (of which there are plenty). Bust down doors, encounter humans, loot them, repeat. It’s a race to level 10, and the first player to enough humans to get there wins.
Did We Leave Out Any Of The Best Zombie Board Games?
Regardless of which of these great zombie board games make it to the table next game night, it’s always important to consider your group and what style of game they’d prefer. Did we miss your favorite board game with zombies? Feel free to let us know in the comments below, because we’re always updating and improving our game lists with new recommendations for you to check out. If none of the best zombie board games have caught your interest, what about some horror board games instead?