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Marines versus Zombies $3.95 $3.16
Publisher: FJ Gaming
by B. G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/26/2004 00:00:00

Yep, it's another fun little game for a fun little price from FJGaming. It's billed as a Microgame, but you'd better have a lot of floor or table space for this one! You'll need the space for the randomly-placed upside-down tiles that make up the large playing area. Marines wander the playing field, flipping tiles to expose the features (and random Zombies suddenly appearing on those tiles), in an effort to find and escape to the helicopter landing pad before they get eaten. Sort of the same general idea as (what a surprise!) ZOMBIES!!! by Twilight Creations.

For your money, you get the PDF of the rulebook, twenty-five map tiles (they are ALL used each game to create a 32.5" by 32.5" playing field), and quite a few sheets of fold-up paper miniatures of Zombies, Marines and doors (to be blown up or broken down). Kind-of no-frills, but a nice package.

In addition to needing a large space, you should probably set aside an evening to cut out and glue together the mass of playing pieces. Tip: don't plan for it to be the same evening you expect to play the game.

It's not necessarily as quickly played as FJG's other games (especially if you have a large force of Marines, which necessitates a larger force of Zombies), but it's a fun, fast-moving game without a ton of rules. Perfect, as they say, for the night your group finishes your "serious" game early and wants to keep playing, or when you just want a light, "Beer-n-pretzels" game to occupy you while you drink Mountain Dew and each Doritos with your pals.

Those are the positives. The negatives (which do not greatly detract from my enjoying this game): slightly fuzzy writing, editing and proofreading. I think a good cold reading of the rules by gamers who haven't been in on the development could help FJG quite a lot. There are several areas in the rules where what FJG wrote appears not to mean what they intended it to.

That being said, I like this tiny company a lot. No frills. No huge rulebooks. No huge prices. Just the simple, straightforward gaming style of gamers who are making games they like. You'll like them, too. And you'll look forward to each new game, as I do.

Buy it. Kill Zombies. Or Marines. Your choice.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thanks Brian, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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