Put your Zombie Apocalypse team to the test with this cooperative board game. Choose a Character and make your stand together in a remote Cabin, in the center of the board, against waves of the undead that close in from the edges of the board. Ranged weapons let you attack from a distance, but if the Zombies break through the walls, you will have to fight them hand-to-hand. Items scavenged from the Cabin can give you an advantage, but supplies are limited. If you can survive long enough, Survivors will bring the pieces of the radio needed to call for rescue. Once rescue arrives, it’s up to each Character to leave the Cabin and make it out alive!
Designed by: Justin De Witt
- Number of Players: 2–6
- Player Ages: 13 and up
- Time to Play: 90 minutes
- Game board
- Rule book
- Cabin Deck
- Event Deck
- 24 Zombie tokens
- 8 Character tokens
- 8 Character boards
- 8 Character Zombie tokens
- 3 Survivor tokens
- 12 Injury tokens
- 6 Cabin Walls
- 6 Crack tokens
- 3 Radio pieces
- 1 Rescuer (Van) token
- 1 Bait token
- 2 Fortify Tokens
- 1 Zombie Draw Bag
- 2 6-sided Dice
- 20 cardboard stands
About the Game
The board’s Rings and numbered Arcs help players determine which cards to play against the Zombies.
The Cabin Walls protect you from the Zombies, for a time.
Cabin Cards include weapons and other useful items.
Zombies vary in strength and speed.
Event cards affect Zombie movement and how many Zombies enter the game each round.
Each player chooses a Character and uses that Character’s special ability.
If your Character gets injured, you can become a Zombie and turn on your friends.
Survivors bring pieces of the Radio, which can be used to call for Rescuers.
How to Play
Download the RULES.
Winning too often or not often enough? Check out our guide to make sure you are getting all the rules right. (Remember, Dead Panic is NOT just "Castle Panic with zombies".)
Watch the How to Play Overview video to get a feel for how the game plays (and differs from Castle Panic)
Need some clarification on Zombie Movement? We've got you covered in this video.
The all important Fight Zombies phase can get tricky when you have multiple players in fighting range. Watch this video to get some tips for effective battles.
Visit the Dead Panic Page on BoardGameGeek.com to read what other gamers think of Dead Panic.
Glitchcat.com says, "Dead Panic is a solid game full of chills and thrills. It’s fast-paced, the mechanics of the game work very well, and you have to carefully work with your friends if you want to win this game."
Nerds Domain says, "This game is tough on the nerves. You have to fight to survive and when you or your friends die, you come back to attack the party as a zombie." 4/5
Mike Beardsall of Rue Morgue Magazine's Play Dead feature (Issue 144) says, "... quite fast-paced and fun ... the sense of panic you feel when an army of zombie tokens closes in around you certainly makes the learning curve worthwhile."
Dread Central says "Dead Panic is a wonderful co-op game. It captures the mood of the classic Night of the Living Dead setup." 4/5
Ain't It Cool News says "In case you can't tell, I love this game."
Troll in the Corner says "This is another good addition to the Fireside Games line-up which will see plenty of play at my table."
Dad's Gaming Addiction says Dead Panic is "Profoundly fast-paced and a heck of a lot of fun, ‘Dead Panic’ should be a part of any serious gamer’s collection." 8/10
Let's Level Up gives Dead Panic a 9/10 and says "You should definitely try to get it on your shelf as soon as possible, because this game is awesome!"
Father Geek gives Dead Panic 5/5 and awards it the Seal of Approval for pleasing Child Geeks, Parent Geeks and Gamer Geeks alike!
Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower says "I'm not a huge fan of the zombie genre, but this is one of the best ones I've played."
Initiative: Tabletop says "The components are great in this, the rulebook is great in this, the whole gameplay is so much fun. It’s so immersive and you really have to work together."
Obsessive Mommy created a list of 10 Awesome Features of Dead Panic. "I never thought anxiety could be instilled from a board game, but it is!"
Elliott Miller from Voice of E says, "It's very thematic and fun, even if you all get killed, which does happen a lot."
Want to sleeve your cards? We recommend Mayday Games "USA Chimera" Orange sleeves.