In no particular order: our suggested board games for the ultimate Halloween board gaming adventure!
Ultimate Werewolf and its variations are definitely a go-to for any Halloween Party. Supporting up to 75 players, this game can accommodate any group of people. Easy to learn and fast-paced, Ultimate Werewolf plays in about 30 minutes, so even those with the shortest attention span can enjoy it. Players pit against each other as Villagers vs. Werewolves. The villagers must attempt to figure out who the werewolves are and vote players out of the game, whilst werewolves take out the villagers one at time. The game ends when either the werewolves or villagers have all been eliminated. A moderator helps run the game to keep it in check.
Betrayal at House on the Hill is a fan favorite. This game has an innovative layout in which all players start out as heroes exploring a haunted house and at a certain point a trigger mechanic flips one player to become the betrayer. This tile-laying game has a move-explore mechanic so the house reveals itself as you play. With 50 different scenarios, not including the newest expansion to be released, and a different house layout every time, this game is different every time you play it. The game is for 3-6 players and usually lasts approximately one hour.
Panic Station may be the ultimate paranoia game. Short and sweet, this game is about one infected “Host” player attempting to infect the rest while keeping their identity secret. All players are a suspect, but you must work together to attempt to destroy the parasite hive and thwart the infected player(s). This game plays in about 30-45 minutes for 4-6 players.
Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition is a fully cooperative Lovecraft thriller! Second edition sports an app for iphone and android devices. The app plays as the keeper, while the players get to work together to find clues, defeat monsters, and solve the objective. With two expansions out already and several different scenarios, this game is definitely one of the top horror games currently. This is for 1-5 players and plays in 2+ hours. Not for the faint of heart!
Last Night on Earth is probably one of the most iconic zombie survival board games. Play out zombies versus humans for 2-6 players in about 90 minutes. This game even comes with a horror-themed CD to enhance the atmosphere–a must-have for any zombie fanatic. Several expansions available and different scenarios available provides replayability.
Zombicide, one of the newer zombie survival games, has exploded in the gaming universe. The ultimate hack, slash, and shoot your way through all the zombies. This game comes with several different themes, including Zombicide: Black Plague and Zombicide: Prison Outbreak. This game comes with beautifully sculpted miniatures and quality tiles. This game is for 1-6 players and varies in playtime depending on difficulty (that’s right–a one player game, AND it has a variety of difficulties).
Dead of Winter is a Game Cafe favorite. With all of the elements of zombie survival, story-telling, and secret objectives, this game is one of a kind. Players work together to achieve a main objective while having their own hidden objectives. Beware: among hidden objectives can be a traitor card! Each round players must work together to maintain colony morale, solve a crisis, and find supplies.
Level 7 [Escape] is a semi-cooperative survival game for 1-4 players. You awake in what seems to be a scientific military base. Trying to find your way around during a lockdown, you must avoid human and inhuman denizens! Will you work together with your fellow captives? Or secure your own escape and leave the rest to live their short lives in turmoil?
Have the ultimate ghostly encounter with Mysterium! As one player takes on the role of the ghost of Mr. MacDowell, prominent astrologist, the others play as mediums performing a seance attempting to communicate with him. Unfortunately, Mr. MacDowell cannot talk, but can only share information through clues and visions to help the mediums figure out who murdered him. Played over a series of seven rounds, the mediums must use the clues to identify the murderer, weapon, and location before time is up. Plays in approximately 45 minutes for 2-7 players!
The most noted vampire arises once again in Fury of Dracula! Play as Dracula crossing the vast countries of Europe, spreading vampirism as you go. Or, play as Mina Harker and her fellow companions determined to catch Dracula and destroy him once and for all. A game of suspense and detective-work, Fury of Dracula is for 2-5 players and plays in approximately 2-3 hours. If you enjoy this game, also check out Letters from Whitechapel, a similar game of cat and mouse with Jack the Ripper!
Honorable mentions include Zombies!!!, a run for your life to find the helicopter pad to escape game; Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, the newest installment of Pandemic by Z-Man Games; and Potion Explosion, the candy crush board game! Check all of these games out and more at your local game shop, or stop in at Game Cafe to have a look around! Happy Halloween!