Zombies Board Game 101

Whether you’re a fan of zombie TV shows and movies or simply looking for a board game with a unique twist, a zombies board game is for you. Ever since the zombie craze hit the airwaves, there’s been a ton of zombie board games released. But, what kind of zombie board games can you find?

The short answer? A lot! Zombie board games range from basic strategy games to complex cooperatives. If you’re looking for something simple, dice games like Zombie Dice will fit the bill. Want to channel your inner zombie movie or TV show? Check out World War Z, a strategy based game based on the blockbuser movie of the same name.

I’ll be breaking down some of my tips for choosing the perfect zombie board game along with some of my favorite zombie themed games. But, rest assured that no matter what type of zombie game you choose, you’ll find yourself fighting off hordes of brain eating zombies soon enough.

Zombie Dice

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Choosing the Perfect Zombies Board Game

Now that you’re ready to brave the zombie apocalypse, it’s time to consider what zombie board game is best for you. Here are some important things to consider when choosing the perfect zombies board game. You’ll be amazed at the amount of diversity in the zombie board game world, so taking some of these points into consideration will definitely help choose the best game for you.

What kind of game do you want to play?

Leaning towards a game that requires cooperative effort? Or do you want to go it alone? Deciding this early on will help you pick the best zombie themed game to fit your gaming style.

How many people are playing?

Some games require a lot of people. And some work better with a small group. How many people you have playing can definitely affect what board game you might want to choose.

How old are the players?

This is a big decision. If you’re playing with kiddos, a zombie themed game might not be the best bet. But, there are some games that are pre-teen to teen appropriate with a walking dead theme.

How long or quick do you want the gameplay to be?

If you’re not up for long gameplay, avoid those games that require a lot of effort.

Best Selling Zombies Board Games

When it comes to choosing the perfect zombie board game to play, there’s a lot of choices out there. Even a quick search online for zombie board games brings up over 1,000 games. That’s a lot! So, how do you know what games are the best? And which ones should you choose. Of course, you’ll want to consider some of the tips I  mentioned already in choosing the perfect zombies board game. Then, check out some of the popular choices. There are so many to choose from that you may want to stick with the popular options, since some of the games out there may not be the greatest quality or gameplay experience.

Here are a few of my favorites that are not only fun but consistently rank high on zombie board game lists.


One of the top ranked zombie games, Zombicide offers a lot of flexibility. This strategy game can be played by 1-6 players and can be played in 20 minutes or 3 hours depending on the type of board you use. This means, you can get a ton of gameplay out of it. In the game, players will become survivors of a zombie-infested town. Sounds fun, right? This cooperative game brings the survivors together to wipe out the zombies. If you’re not into playing the walking dead, this game is perfect.

Zombicide Game is a zombies board game

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Last Night on Earth

It’s survivors versus zombies in the Last Night on Earth. This is another strategy and cooperative game for 2-6 players. It’s a relatively short game taking only 60-90 minutes to complete. Fast paced and fun, players will get to take on specific roles that can greatly affect gameplay every time the game is played. The game also has a 12 years and up age level, so younger players may enjoy it too.

The Walking Dead: Best Defense Board Game

If you are a fan of the TV show, you simply must play The Walking Dead: Best Defense Board Game. Play your favorite TV characters, like Rick, Glen, Daryl, and Michonne. Like the other games on this list, The Walking Dead: Best Defense Board Game is a cooperative game. Geared for ages 15 and up, the game is designed for 1-4 players and 45 minutes of gameplay. This makes it super fast paced and great for a small group.

Honorable Mentions

Of course, it’s hard to narrow down just a few zombies board games that are great to play. Here are a few more games that you’ll want to check out if you’re ready to take on the zombie hordes.

Zombie Fluxx

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Attack…of the Zombies Board Game!

You’re on your way to finding a cure for the zombie virus and wiping out the walking dead. Now that you’ve got the perfect zombies board game, why not pick some great gaming snacks. Check out our Choosing the Best Game Night Snacks article. It’s great for some delicious food inspiration. Plus, you’ll be fueled on all sorts of delicious game night friendly treats, that don’t involve brains! If you’re looking for completely zombie themed foods, check out some of these fun recipes on Pinterest and other sites to create a walking dead theme with your food and gaming.

Though you’re bound to have a ton of fun playing all these zombie themed board games. You may be looking for some variety for your gaming night. Looking for some non-zombie themed games? Why not check out our Best Board Games for Adults Guide and Reviews to look for other board games perfect for an adult gaming night.

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