You USED to be a cheerleader, lawyer, doctor, etc., but NOW you are a zombie and these pesky humans keep trying to kill you. But why? All you want is some nice, delicious brains. They have plenty. Perhaps if you infected more humans, it wouldn’t be such a problem…
In Humans!!! you CHOOSE to be a zombie. You have some abilities due to your new found “state of being.” Other abilities are determined based on your “pre-zombie” occupation. Now your job is to wander around town trying to infect as many people as you can. You know, to help with your cause!
I’m a huge fan of the Zombies!!! games so when I heard Twilight Creations was coming out with a new game where you actually get to play as the zombies I was pretty geeked. I contacted Twilight creations about the game and they were awesome enough to send me a copy of Humans!!! to play and review.
Humans!!! has the same style of play as Zombies!!! but with different rules on movement and combat and new winning conditions. Each character zombie has a point value on their corresponding character card which is the target number to reach in order to win the game. In order to score points you must “capture” human victims by either infecting or eating them.
Just like Zombies!!! the game changes as you go and has a great replay value due to the fact of the tile map system. You start with a central map tile and each player draws a random tile card at the beginning of each turn and you build off the central tile. The more sets and expansions you have the bigger the map gets and the longer play time can last. I’ve even seen a couple guys take numerous sets and fill up the entire floor of a room with a map tiles. They said their game lasted for days.
Each player starts the game by taking a character card and the zombie figures for their corresponding card. There are six different zombie characters; musician, cheerleader, lawyer, wrestler, doctor and miner. Each character has their own strengths, weaknesses and special ability. Each character comes with ten figures, all of which can wind up entering play at the same time. Players also get 3 event cards and their corresponding number of do over tokens. Do over tokens allow you to reroll the die during game play.
The game play is similar to Zombies!!! You start the game by placing one of your zombies on the Town Square center tile and drawing a tile from the deck to start building the map. There are two types of tiles, road tiles and named building tiles. If you get a road tile you simply place a human in the center square of the tile. If you pick a named building tile you have to place the correct number of human and do over tokens in the building marked on the tile. After you place your tile you can move your zombies according to their movement number on their card. You can split up your movement among all your zombies which is cool. For instance if you have the musician who has a movement of 4 you can move one figure 4 spaces or you can move 2 figures 1 space an another 2 spaces. You can move past and share squares with other zombies but not humans. If you land on a square with a human you must stop moving and enter combat with the human.
If you wish to enter one of the named buildings you must do so by breaking the barricade on the entrance to the building. Each building tile has a set number on the card for the barricade number, you must roll a die and match or beat this number in order to break the barricade and enter the building. A cool rule they added is for every other zombie that’s on the tile with you subtract one from the barricade number. This is cool for a couple reasons, 1 if you manage to get a couple of your zombies on the tile you’ll wind up getting in faster and easier and getting the humans a little easier, and 2, since it doesn’t matter what zombies are on the tile if one of your opponents has zombies on the tile and wasn’t able to break into the building it just makes it that much easier for you to get into the building before them.
Combat differs a little between non controlled humans and controlled humans (shotgun guys from the Zombies!!! game). In order to win combat and capture a non player human you have to roll a die and match or beat the corresponding number on your zombie’s card. If you do this you draw the number of capture cards labeled on your zombie’s card. There are three cards, escape, eat and infected. If you draw an escape card you roll one die and the player to the right of you moves the human that has escaped that number of squares. If you don’t pull and escape card the majority of the other types of cards wins. For eat you eat the human and remove the figure from the board and keep the card, it’s worth 1 point. For infected you replace the human with one of your zombies. Each zombie you have on the board is also worth one point. You win the game by gaining the required number of points on your zombie’s card.
During combat another player can play one of their weapon cards. The person who played the card rolls a die and if the number rolled equals 4, including any bonus numbers on the cards, the zombie takes a wound. If this happens the zombie player draws a number of wound cards labeled on their zombie’s card. There are 4 wound cards, leg, arm, torso and head. If there aren’t more than one of any one particular card you get to choose which one to take. If there are multiples of the same card drawn you must take that one. Throughout game play if you get two of the same wound card then the zombie that is currently in combat is removed from the game. If you wind up getting a head shot card then the zombie is automatically removed from the game. Also if you take a wound during combat you have to roll a die and the player to your right gets to move the human because it’s considered an escape.
Aside from the weapons cards players also have event cards. Weapon and event cards are the three random cards that each player is given at the beginning of the game. At any time during the game you may use one of your event cards but you may only use a weapon card during combat. Also you can only use one card between the beginning of your turn until the start of your next turn.
In addition to being a great stand alone game, Humans!!! can be combined with Zombies!!! where you get to choose to play as a human or a zombie and try to win based on your character’s winning conditions. I find this is more fun because when you’re playing against a person controlling a human piece you never know what’s going to happen because of their movement, cards, etc. Also it basically turns the two existing games into it’s own game in the fact that some of the rules change and combat is different when you mix the two. Full rules for mixing the games can be found in the Humans!!! rule book.
There are revisions to some of the cards from the Zombies!!! game and expansions if you’re going to use them with Humans!!!, those can be found in the rule book and on the Twilight Creations website.
I can’t recommend these games highly enough. They’re extremely fun and you usually can’t play just one round. I’ve even gotten friends of mine who don’t play these types of games to play Zombies!!! and Humans!!! and they really enjoy them.
Be sure to check out this game and all the other great titles from Twilight Creations by visiting their website www.TwilightCreationsInc.com.
Below is an image of the 6 different zombie character figures and the human victim figure. The set I received differed in color from the image below. Each zombie character had it’s own unique color and the human victim was white.
Review By Shaun May