Zombicide: Invader is the second re-theming of the Zombicide board game system from CMON. The original Zombicide, set in the modern world, did well but not nearly as well as the re-themed Zombicide: Black Plague version. The latest iteration has our survivors out in space fighting Xenos (aliens) instead of zombies. Zombicide: Invader is designed by Raphaël Guiton, Jean-Baptiste Lullien, and Nicolas Raoult with art by Henning Ludvigsen.
This is a standalone, cooperative board game for 1-6 players set in space on a remote, Xenium mining outpost infected with a swarm of aliens controlled by the game itself. As the survivors get stronger the Xenos waves become deadlier. There are civilian and soldier survivors who each have unique strengths in the game. The Xenos are split across Hunters (deadly, fast predators), Workers (numerous but less deadly), Tanks which can take a beating and dish out worse, and the massive Spoiler Abomination which is a walking nightmare.
Zombicide: Invader comes with:
- 9 Double-sided Game Tiles
- 72 Miniatures
- 6 Survivor Plastic Dashboards, Color Bases, and ID Cards
- 48 Plastic Trackers
- 6 Dice
- 125 Mini Cards
- 15 Mold Cards
- 50 Tokens
- 1 Rulebook
The game includes a cool looking Peacekeeper Bot and Falchion Sentry Gun which can mow down hordes of Xenos. The longer the survivors stay alive the tougher they get through the experience they obtain killing Xenos and picking up better gear. The survivor plastic dashboard (based on the ones from Zombicide: Black Plague) makes it easier to track character and associated gear stats.
For an upgraded pledge you can get the Zombicide: Black Ops expansion which includes an elite group of survivors such as the Soldiers of Black Squad and expands the player count from a maximum of 6 to a maximum of 12. The expansion also adds 10 new missions which uses 3 new tiles which contain mold and spawn extra Xenos. This part of the base also contains a new type of abomination called a Juggernaut. To deal with these extra nasties the elite Survivors have access to a Meteor Sentry Gun and XN35 “Crawley” Bot.
For a base pledge of $100 (excluding shipping) you can get the core game while a pledge of $150 includes the base game and expansion. There are some Kickstarter exclusive miniatures at both pledge levels and quite a number of them in the stretch goals. The project has already surpassed it’s funding goal by 250% and there are still 23 days to go until the project ends on Thursday, May 3rd 2018. You can back this project by going to the Kickstarter project page.