This week we’re doing a special on board game fillers. All of these games are quick, fun and easy to learn and play; so we figured we’d do a single large review rather than multiple small reviews. The games are: Zombie Dice, Martian Dice, Cthulhu Dice, Spot It! and We Didn’t Playtest this at All.
Eat brains. Don’t get shotgunned.
You are a zombie. You want braaains. More brains than any of your zombie buddies.
Zombie Dice is fast and easy for any zombie fan to learn, even non-gamers. The 13 custom dice are your victims. Push your luck to eat their brains, but stop rolling before the shotgun blasts end your turn!
Two or more can play. Each game takes 10 to 20 minutes, and can be taught in a single round.
~ Steve Jackson Games
Your mission, Martians, is to swoop down on the pathetic denizens of the primitive planet Earth and scoop up as many of the inhabitants as you can manage. We are interested in samples of the Chicken, Cow, and Human populations so that we can determine which of them is actually in charge. The Earthlings might manage to put up a feeble defense, but surely nothing that a small taste of your Death Rays can’t handle. Make Mars proud – be the first Martian to fill your abduction quota!
In Martian Dice you will roll 13 custom dice in an effort to set aside (“abduct”) Humans, Chickens, and Cows. With each roll you must first set aside any Tanks, representing the human military coming to fend off your alien invasion. Then you may choose one type of die to set aside as well – one of the earthlings to abduct, or Death Rays to combat the military. At the end of your turn, if you have at least as many Death Rays as Tanks, then you may abduct the earthlings you’ve been setting aside. You can’t pick any type of Earthling twice in one turn, but if you manage to abduct at least one of each you’ll score a bonus!
With each roll you will ask yourself, do you feel lucky?
~ Tasty Minstrel Games
Serving Cthulhu is fun… except for all those other cultists out to get you. So get them first!
Cthulhu Dice lets you drive your rivals mad… very, very quickly. Players take turns rolling the big, beautiful, custom 12-sided die, embossed with tentacles, Elder Signs, and more. Destroy your opponents’ sanity! Better yet, steal it. But watch out for Cthulhu — when he comes up, he takes sanity from everyone! 18 glass Sanity marbles are included. Lose all your marbles and you’re mad. The last sane cultist wins… unless everyone goes mad together. Then Cthulhu wins!
Cthulhu Dice is a “retribution” style game. You steal Sanity points from your rivals, and they do the same back to you. Of course, if someone is in the lead, he’s the obvious target. Unless you’re just carrying a grudge. Keep stealing Sanity (or losing it to Cthulhu) until someone — hopefully you! — is the last player with marbles. If everyone loses their marbles, Cthulhu wins! This one can play in five minutes. In fact, it can play twice in five minutes if Cthulhu gets lucky
Cthulhu Dice plays in 5 to 10 minutes, and is fun for 2 to 6 players.
~ Steve Jackson Games
Spot It! is a simple pattern recognition game in which players try to find an image shown on two cards.
Each card in Spot It! features eight different symbols, with the symbols varying in size from one card to the next. Any two cards have exactly one animal in common. For the basic Spot It! game, reveal one card, then another. Whoever spots the symbol in common on both cards claims the first card, then another card is revealed for players to search, and so on. Whoever has collected the most cards when the 55-card deck runs out wins!
Rules for five different games – each an observation game with a speed element – are included with Spot It!, with the first player to find a match either gaining or getting rid of a card.
We Didn’t Playtest this at All
“The most aptly named game ever!
In this exceptionally silly and awesome game, your objective is to win! Simple enough. Sadly, all of your opponents have the same simple goal, and they’re trying to make you lose. Between Rock Paper Scissors battles, being eaten by a random Dragon, or saved by a Kitten Ambush, there are many hazards to avoid.”
~ Asmadi Games