The Short Story: Like It.
Zombie Doctor is a fun and frantic card-turning game. Amputate, reattach and swap limbs in a desperate bid to stay alive. It’s your turn not to turn! The game is designed for 2–4 players (preferably 4), lasts for around 60 minutes and is suitable for ages 15+, due to the comic zombie gore. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket and is suitable to play at parties or if you have a spare hour with friends and family. The game is easy to learn but the elements of luck and strategy will keep avid board gamers entertained and challenged.
BoardGameGeek Rating: 6.9 MSRP: $ — — Players: 2–4 Ages: 15+ Playtime: 30–90 Min Designers: Colin Hutton Year: 2017
Players choose one of four hospital staff while playing Zombie Doctor. The end goal is to not turn into a member of the walking dead. Each of the players takes turns selecting a card from their hand, performs the action, returns the card, and then pick up a new card. The ‘Pain and Gain’ cards do things like amputating infecting limbs, getting new limbs, swapping limbs with others, or looking at other players cards. The last player to keep infection away from their head is deemed the winner. If you want to keep playing after you become a zombie, grab dice and read over the Bonus game mode rules.
These cards are fantastic! They didn’t spare any cost when designing Zombie Doctor. The cards are made from a linen material. Linen materials help make cards more durable to sliding around on tables. The cards shuffle and bridge very easily.
The artwork for Zombie Doctor is slightly gory — but expected being a zombie game. The artwork is modern with very neat lines.
Zombie Doctor is not hard. It can be taught and/or learned in roughly 10–15 minutes. BONUS: the rulebook is very straight forward and only seven pages!
“It was easy to learn and teach to new players, which makes it a great “Gateway” game for new gamers. Zombie Doctor managed to keep everyone at our table interactive...” — Hacked Tabletop
In the Box
28 “pain or gain” cards, 24 body parts, blank cards to “create your own”, one rulebook, and a tuckbox.
Our rating: 4.2
I really enjoyed Zombie Doctor. It is a solid, card flipping, game with a solid rulebook. The rulebook is short and sweet at seven pages. I found that it was a rather quick game, it could be played in roughly 30 minutes, and didn’t take up a lot of space. It was easy to learn and teach to new players, which makes it a great “Gateway” game for new gamers.
Zombie Doctor managed to keep everyone at our table interactive — which means less phones were looked at while playing. It definitely falls into the strategic game play category. You really have to be on your toes. There are “pain or gain” cards that can be played on (your) character as well as your friends characters. They can be combined for more powerful outcomes. I couldn’t really find any complaints about Zombie Doctor. It could, perhaps, use some more “pain or gain” cards as there weren’t many. There are roughly 28 “pain or gain” cards — however, they are repetitive with only a limited number of these cards available. There are a few blanks which will allow you to create a few of your own cards. Never fear, if you missed it the first time around you can back it this time. Check it out on Kickstarter, here!
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