This is one of those games that doesn’t pay that too much attention to these things in favor of a good driving story. This is a good example of how an indie publisher can make a quality product that can challenge the larger market.
This game has a unique system called the SPEW-AI (Strength Perception Empathy Willpower Assessment Inventory) which allows you to create yourself accurately as a character, giving players the ability to participate in the zombie apocalypse as themselves. The publishers swear by its effectiveness, and is specifically constructed to minimize bias and ego to create your true self.
You can make a completely new character if you want to, but if you're curious whether you would live through a real disaster scenario, this game is the perfect way to find out. All kinds of items can be used as weapons, it factors in realism including pain, panic, and emotional stress, and templates for common survivor archetypes for ease of transition, all while giving you different kinds of scenarios and zombie lore.
If you wanted to add horror to your typical RPG settings, Unhallowed Metropolis is a great place to start. But if you don't have someone very experienced running the game, the very dense setting could easily ruin the fun instead of enhancing it.
If your play group expects a game closer to The Walking Dead, then stay far away from Unhallowed Metropolis. In this game, while a viral zombie plague did threaten humanity, in the end, it was man's own failings that destroyed society.
The chance of throwing in too many game elements or spending too long on developing your perfect setting is very real when you have a system that can accommodate it. But grab a fire axe, a heavy wrench, or a shotgun from beneath a bar’s countertop and so are you.
The material, the writing style, and the layout of the game feel more like a product someone wrote in their mother’s basement, rather than a polished publication. Last but far from least, Fate Core by Evil Hat is another award-winning RPG, staying true to its claim that no matter what the setting or foundation, this game can make it happen.
A group that wants to use Fate to play the undead end of the world scenario will need to do some work to fill in all the extra details, but once it's done, the setting will truly be something to call your own. If you don't trust the GM to make correct judgment calls, if players exhibit open antagonism toward each other during dramatic moments, then a zombie campaign using this will fall apart faster than a makeshift barricade being battered by the undead horde.
Numerous supplements exist, including one devoted entirely to teaching you how to make those game changes and tweaks I mentioned. We've already given hints on how to determine compatibility, but one thing you should never ignore what kind of zombie setting you want to play with.
The crisis spreads exponentially; law enforcement and the military are overwhelmed by the hordes of undead. Society collapses, with small bands of survivors spread across desolate land.
That brutal atmosphere makes a perfect setting for tabletop games, though! The 13 custom dice display footsteps, brains, and shotgun blasts.
Players roll three dice at a time and whoever collects thirteen brains first will win, but it's not as easy as it sounds. If a player rolls three shotgun blasts while trying to collect brains, the turn is over and no points are accrued.
A roguelike adventure game where one to six play cooperatively, Maximum Apocalypse asks players to survive. A randomly-generated map diversifies the play, and players choose four of the following actions each turn: drawing cards, playing cards, exploring the map, searching for resources, equipping weapons, and fighting off monsters.
A cohesive strategy is important, so figuring out survivors' strengths and weaknesses will be essential. You'll be able to play this game again and again with different combinations of heroes, scenarios, and board configurations.
The game art makes it feel like a movie and a soundtrack of original thematic music draws in listeners to the scary world of flesh-eating zombies. The outbreak has escalated and nowhere in a City of Horror humanity faces extinction at the undead hands of a zombie invasion.
Players will need to navigate the dangerous world devoid of law and order. Make sure your characters are vaccinated, or you won't be able to escape on the helicopter at the end of the game.
Until Daylight is a new adventure from Los Games that maximizes tension and doesn't hold back from the players. Frantically searching for useful items in the rubble and fighting the waves of infected and raiders will be very hard.
A companion app helps to guide players through the game, but it will be a challenging test of nerves and skill. You must protect the citizens and the villages around Farming dale before the zombies overwhelm the people.
Go head-to-head in this tactical zombie outbreak game set in the world of The Walking Dead. Hungry walkers are everywhere in Georgia, but this survival adventure from Manic Games reminds you that anything can kill you.
The Walking Dead: All Out War forces players to fight as opposing bands of survivors. Essential supplies are precious, and popular characters from the graphic novel and television series will face off in a deadly struggle.
The walkers are controlled by the game, and they will react to everything that players do, so don't narrow your focus too much! Homicide may be fully cooperative, but Dead of Winter laughs in the face of such teamwork.