Last week I was stuck in Portland for most of the week as my kids were at the Oregon Zoo’s summer camp. That left my wife and I with time to wander around Portland and the Oregon Coast as our kids were at Zoo Camp from 9 to 4. One of the advantages was we had time to kill so we were able to go to several game and hobby stores in the Portland area. One place we stopped at was Rainy Day Games in Aloha (Oregon). It was a great store all around. The service was great and it was a professional store (meaning clean and safe to take the wife to, unlike another game store we stopped at). There were bought a puzzle for our daughter, a few dice, and I picked up a copy of Zombies!!! to try out.
Zombies has 3d figures, about 1/72nd scale (22mm) so I guess it qualifies as a miniature game. The game cost $29.99 and comes with 100 zombie and 6 human figures as well as 30 map tiles, 50 event cards, and 2 six sided dice. Up to six players can play at a time, but in our first game it was just myself and my eleven year old son. The rules are simple, like four pages, and we were able to quickly learn the game (although I think we did a few things wrong, but that always happens in the first game). As the game goes on, players lay out more map tiles (a city map), fight zombies and try to get to the helipad to win (or kill 25 zombies). My son won by killing 25 zombies. All in all we both really enjoyed the game. It is simple to learn but has some real strategies to win. I’ll be buying more zombies soon as well as one or two of the game expansions (new settings). I may even paint up the figures for the hell of it. All in all, Zombies!!! is an excellent game and I’ll try to get Mark to give it a try in the near future.