Hey, gang! This week’s Kickstarter Game of the Week is Tiny Epic Zombies by Gamelyn Games!
Now, it’s no secret that I love the Tiny Epic games (Check out my previous Kickstarter Game of the Week for Tiny Epic Defenders). The Tiny Epic series started as “Euro microgames” – a new concept that meant all the fun and fiddliness of a Eurogame, but contained in a very streamlined product: minimal components, efficient gameplay, and super adorable meeples. Actually, one of the newer hallmarks of the Tiny Epic games is the customizable ITEMeeples – meeples that you can pop different bits onto to represent the gear they’ve accumulated over the course of the game. It’s a simple concept, but it’s something that a lot of game designers wouldn’t bother with because of the enormous amount of work to design custom product pieces. Tiny Epic Zombies makes great use of the ITEMeeples by tossing in all of the archetypal zombie survival-horror weapons!
It’s got everything… including a katana and a bazooka in the deluxe edition. And… yes… that’s a police car and a motorcyle that your meeples can ride while they fight off the endless horde of undead!
Of course, Tiny Epic Zombies isn’t just about arming your meeples with sweet gear (although that is a big part of it! Haha)! It’s got phenomenal gameplay, and… get this… FIVE different play modes! Not only does this make TEZ insanely replayable, but it means there’s something for everyone. There’s a co-operative mode with AI zombies, co-operative mode with the zombies controlled by a player, competitive free-for-all with AI zombies, competitive free-for-all with the zombies controlled by a player, AND a solo play mode. Got a group of players who want the full co-op experience? Perfect! Got someone who wants to be the bad guy and control the hordes of undead? Also perfect! Playing solo? No problemo! And I have all the confidence in the world that all five play modes are going to be epic.
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the gameplay, directly from the Kickstarter page itself:
Based on the mode of play, you will either play as one of the Survivors or as the Zombies.
Note: If your ammo and wound tokens ever meet, you’re dead meat! So, keep your wounds low and your ammo high.
If you die, that character will turn into a Zombie and you’ll have to draw a new character to play. If that happens too many times, you lose the game.
As a Survivor, your turn will consist of moving 3 times. Then based on where you move, you’ll be able to do additional things. For instance, if you move into a room with a Zombie, you’ll have to fight it by rolling the Zombie die. Or if you move into a room adjacent to a Zombie, you can spend ammo to shoot it. Killing a Zombie is actually pretty easy… but they just keep coming. Keeping them from overrunning the entire mall, while trying to accomplish your objectives, that is hard!
After you’ve taken your 3 moves, you’ll search the room. This is done by revealing the Search Card you are holding. Most of the time, you find something useful, like awesome items you can later pickup and equip to your ITEMeeples. Sometimes though, you may find a Zombie lurking in the corner. So be prepared.
After you search the room, more Zombies flood into the Mall. Then it’s the next player’s turn. Simple as that.
This is one of many Scenarios in the game. Each Scenario presents an objective. You’ll have 3 Scenario in each game. Complete all 3 and you win!
As a Zombie player, not only will you control unique Zombies with special abilities, you will control ALL the Zombies! With your help, the Zombies will have a brain in addition to eating brains. Your game will be to overwhelm the players with clever placement and movement of the Zombies. Smother them with your Zombie horde and prevent them from completing their objectives. If you kill enough players or overrun the mall courtyard, you win.
If Tiny Epic Zombies sounds epic to you, be sure to swing over to the Kickstarter page for even more great pics and info! As of writing this post, there’s just 11 days left in the campaign!
Until next time, gang. Keep it plucky,