Zombies!!! is a tile-based
Tile-based game
A tile-based game is a game that uses tiles as one of the fundamental elements of play. Traditional tile-based games use small tiles as playing pieces for gambling or entertainment games...

 strategy board game
Board game
A board game is a game which involves counters or pieces being moved on a pre-marked surface or "board", according to a set of rules. Games may be based on pure strategy, chance or a mixture of the two, and usually have a goal which a player aims to achieve...

 for two to six players. Zombies!!! won the 2001 Origins Award
Origins Award
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 for Best Graphic Presentation of a Board Game, and Zombies!!! 3: Mall Walkers won 2003's Origins Award for Best Board Game Expansion.

Game interest

Zombies!!! is an homage to zombies in fiction, particularly the zombie films of George A. Romero
George A. Romero
George Andrew Romero is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter and editor, best known for his gruesome and satirical horror films about a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. He is nicknamed "Godfather of all Zombies." -Life and career:...

 and Sam Raimi
Sam Raimi
Samuel Marshall "Sam" Raimi is an American film director, producer, actor and writer. He is best known for directing cult horror films like the Evil Dead series, Darkman and Drag Me to Hell, as well as the blockbuster Spider-Man films and the producer of the successful TV series Hercules: The...

. The shambling movement of the zombies as compared to the players and the relative ease with which they are dispatched makes them weak enemies individually, but (as in the films) they are strong in large numbers.

Players must decide whether to avoid combat and allow the other players to dispose of the zombies for them, or to strike out and collect the various items that the board and event cards provide. Once the Helipad tile is placed, the players can choose between racing to the helicopter (which will often result in death); holding back and hoping to rush in when another player dies; or ignoring the helipad entirely and trying to kill 25 zombies.

The event cards and the zombie movement phase also provide opportunities to hinder the progress of other players, and there is scope for diplomacy.

The game can take up to three hours to complete, which was a complaint of some reviewers -- for shorter games, the publishers recommend that the Helipad tile be shuffled in amongst the other town tiles.


Zombies!!! 2: Zombie Corps(e): This expansion adds a military base
Military base
A military base is a facility directly owned and operated by or for the military or one of its branches that shelters military equipment and personnel, and facilitates training and operations. In general, a military base provides accommodations for one or more units, but it may also be used as a...

 with 15 new tiles and 30 event cards, as well as government-enhanced "super zombies" (represented by six glow-in-the-dark zombie figures). A number of additional rule variations are introduced into the base Zombies game through the use of this expansion and the insertion of special tiles. For example, when the “Top Secret Lab” tile is drawn glow-in-the-dark zombies are placed instead of the normal zombies. These new zombies are considered to be “Government Enhanced” zombies and as such require the defending player to roll a 5 or 6 to kill them. In addition to this, these new zombies can also move 2 spaces during the zombie movement stage instead of the standard 1 space. The “Motor Pool” also introduces a rule which means that as soon as a player moves beyond a certain point on that tile then they get a jeep. Players with this jeep are effectively allowed to move up to double their movement dice roll while on a road. However, as soon as a player enters a building they lose their jeep and the ability it affords. A second edition was released in 2007.

Zombies!!! 3: Mall Walkers: This expansion adds a mall
Shopping mall
A shopping mall, shopping centre, shopping arcade, shopping precinct or simply mall is one or more buildings forming a complex of shops representing merchandisers, with interconnecting walkways enabling visitors to easily walk from unit to unit, along with a parking area — a modern, indoor version...

 containing 16 new tiles and 32 event cards and air vent movement rules while in the mall. A second edition was released in 2007.

Zombies!!! 3.5: Not Dead Yet: An all event card expansion. Features 50 new event cards and optional deck construction rules for building customized community or individual player decks.

Zombies!!! 4: The End: You've escaped the zombie ravaged streets of the city, but now, the real terror begins. Up in the mountains lies a cabin, and in the cabin and the surrounding forests, lie the pages of the Book of the Dead. If you can gather enough pages together, you could end this entire zombie mess for good. Includes 30 map tiles, 50 event cards, 100 zombie-dogs, 6 human figures and life & ammunition tokens. A second edition was released March 2008.

Zombies!!! 5: School's Out Forever!: This expansion adds a school containing 16 map tiles, 32 new event cards and "Guts" tokens. A second edition was released January 2009.

Zombies!!! 6: Six Feet Under: This expansion takes players into the sewers and subways. It offers 16 new map tiles, 32 event cards, 24 sewer tokens, and new sewer rules that can be played with any set. Unlike the other expansions, all of the new map tiles are shuffled into the main tile deck.

Zombies!!! 6.66: Fill in the ____: Players can create their own map tiles and event cards using the blanks provided by this set.

Zombies!!! 7: Send in the Clowns: Now players must deal with zombified clowns
Evil clown
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 in a circus. Adds 15 new map tiles, 32 new event cards, 25 zombie clown figures and is one of two expansions designed as an alternate starting location opposed to the base set's "Town Square" (usage of the base set tiles or as a starting location are optional).

Zombies!!! 8: Jailbreak: Set in a penitentiary
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. Players must face the hardships of prison-rules zombie combat and dropping the soap. Adds 16 new map tiles, 32 new event cards, introduces new universal "Dodge" rules and is one of two expansions designed as an alternate starting location opposed to the base set's "Town Square" (usage of the base set tiles or as a starting location are optional).

Zombies!!! 9: Ashes to Ashes: This expansion adds a cemetery
A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies and cremated remains are buried. The term "cemetery" implies that the land is specifically designated as a burying ground. Cemeteries in the Western world are where the final ceremonies of death are observed...

 to be explored by the players, including a crematory
A crematory is a machine in which cremation takes place. Crematories are usually found in funeral homes, cemeteries, or in stand-alone facilities. A facility which houses the actual cremator units is referred to as a crematorium.-History:Prior to the Industrial Revolution, any cremation which took...

. It can be played as part of the original game or on its own. If played on its own the goal is to kill the last zombie on the board.

Zombies!!! X: Feeding the Addiction: This expansion came out in 2011. It can be played with the first game. It comes with new city tiles, and new event cards. The newest add-on, is the "addiction cards" which when played, give the player better abilities, but also limit some.


The following are all fully stand-alone games spin off from the original game. Core game play elements are shared, so they can be integrated with Zombies!!!.

Zombies!!! 4: The End: A stand-alone game, though also backwards compatible with any (and all) of the previous games, in which the players must battle zombie dogs through woodland while collecting pages from the Book of the Undead
The Necronomicon is a fictional grimoire appearing in the stories by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and his followers. It was first mentioned in Lovecraft's 1924 short story "The Hound", written in 1922, though its purported author, the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred, had been quoted a year earlier in...

 to undo the spell that is making the dead rise. A second edition was released March 2008.

Humans!!!. This game is playable by itself but also allow you to incorporate it into a game of Zombies!!!. The game is played from the perspective of the zombies where your goal is to eat humans. These humans can also be other players.

MidEvil: Another stand-alone game in which the players must battle skeletons in medieval times (see Army of Darkness
Army of Darkness
Army of Darkness, also known as Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness or simply Evil Dead III, is a 1992 horror comedy fantasy action film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third and final installment in The Evil Dead trilogy. The film was written by Raimi and his brother Ivan, produced by Robert Tapert,...

). This game also has an expansion (Castle Chaos), with another (Subterranean Homesick Blues) released in December 2007. The tiles are marked as in other expansions of Zombies!!!, but there are no listed rules on how to combine it into the original game

Zombies!!! 9: Ashes to Ashes: Can be played by itself or integrated with the original Zombies!!!. The object is to kill the last zombie of the board.

Second edition

The Zombies!!! core set and expansions 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been refreshed with second editions. Typical changes found in all of these second editions include improved tile and event card artwork & graphics and refined wording for both event cards & rules. The core set received the most drastic update and has been appropriately denoted as the "Director's Cut" in box cover art. In addition to the general second edition updates, the heart tokens now have a red background opposed to the black background that both heart and bullet tokens shared in the original edition; female zombie figures have been added among the original male zombie figures; and the entire set is supplied in a deeper box designed to hold additional components from expansions. The core set second edition was released June 2006. A second edition for Zombies!!! 3.5: Not Dead Yet has never been released likely due to it being an "event card" only expansion. All expansions and spinoffs released after Zombies!!! 5: School's Out Forever! contain artwork and graphics in the "second edition" style.


Bag O: A line of figurine expansions that includes the Bag O' Zombies, Babes and Dogs. Glow-in-the-dark
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 versions for each aforementioned Bag O' are also available. Bag O' sets contain 100 figures each.

Video game

Twilight Creations will be publishing a video game adaptation of the board game with developer Babaroga (game company)
Babaroga (game company)
babaroga is a Chicago, Illinois-based video game developer specializing in mobile games. They have created licensed games for publishers such as Electronic Arts, and Disney Interactive. They are also known to work with Jamdat, Gameloft, and Microsoft among others.Babaroga, LLC., provides...

 for the Xbox Live Arcade
Xbox Live Arcade
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 and Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7
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