It’s almost Halloween, and if you are a gamer like me then one of the best ways to spend a spooky night is with family, friends, and some great horror board games. Here are some of my best Horror Board Game reviews, so that you can see if any of these games deserve a spot in your gaming crypt. Even if you don’t want the games, my spooky intros should put you in the Halloween “Spirit” (Insert sinister laugh here)
Growing Hunger is an expansion to Last Night on Earth from Flying Frog Productions. A classic thematic zombie game for players ages 12 and up.
The Phantom Society from Iello is a ghost-hunting game in which you play as sly spirits seeking to ruin a manor hotel. It’s lighter fair and suitable for ages 8 and up.
For a version of Werewolf with no player elimination, why not check out Ultimate Werewolf Inquisition from Bezier Games? Allows you to play with a larger number of players (3-12) and is fairly inexpensive. For ages 8 and up.
A game of true horror, Eldritch Horror from Fantasy Flight Games takes you into the Cthulhu Mythos, and has been called Arkham Horror lite, since it is much smaller and takes less time to play, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. For 1-8 players, ages 14+
Cthulhu!!! Hastur la Vista, Baby! features an ever-changing map of downtown Kingsport, a 1920’s Lovecraft Country city besieged by deranged cultists, frightening creatures from beyond the stars, and an endless supply of mythos mayhem. It’s lighter fair, a fair game for 2-6 players with a small footprint and a low price.
The undead hordes are back! But this time they’re not miniatures shambling around a modular board – the zombies are coming straight for you! As in most zombie games, you represent a unique character with your own character traits, except in Run, Fight, or Die! you will also have your own individual board with zombies you alone will encounter. Run, Fight, or Die! from 8th Summit is a frantic first person experience for 1 to 4 players ages 13 and up.
A Touch of Evil: Dark Gothic from Flying Frog Productions is a deck-building game.Each player represents a particular monster-hunting hero in the game, and that hero determines the player’s starting deck and grants a special ability. The heroes work together to some degree to defeat villains and monsters as they collectively lose the game if ten cards land in the shadows during play. For 2-6 players ages 12 and up.
Elder Sign is a fast-paced, cooperative dice game of supernatural intrigue for one to eight players ages 12 and up. Here you can see the game along with the Gates of Arkham Expansion, a must have for Elder Sign players. It’s an even easier thematic Lovecraftian game from Fantasy Flight Games.
This one is getting hard to find. X-Files the Board Game from IDW Games brings you into the world of Mulder and Scully. X-Files: The Board Game is a tense cooperative board game where 1-4 players will take on the roles of FBI agents trying to uncover the truth of the conspiracy covered up by The Syndicate.
If you are partial to the slasher flick genre, then you light enjoy Last Friday from Ares Games. Last Friday is a game for 2 to 6 players, divided into four chapters full of horror and suspense, which you can play individually or together in a long night of terror!