When comparing Space Alert vs Zombicide, the Slant community recommends Zombicide for most people. In the question“What are the best board games?” Zombicide is ranked 24th while Space Alert is ranked 41st. The most important reason people chose Zombicide is:
There are additional sets available ranging from new survivor cards to different enemy miniatures, more game tiles, etc. There is also a medieval version - Black Plague - which offers an alternate settings and slight rule/weapon changes.
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Pro Varying difficulty
Various options can be selected to alter the difficulty level of the game.
Space Alert is a cooperative based game, something that is not always the case for board games and can be a refreshing change.
Pro Each game is unique
The combination of several CD tracks along with variant card combos and action options ensures that no two games will be the same.
Pro Ranked highly on board game geek
With an average score of 7.6 out of 10 and a rank of 70, Space Alert is positively a positively reviewed board game.
Pro No analysis paralysis
Turn speed is dictated by the CD, avoiding some players procrastinating on their turns / keeping the gameplay flowing.
Pro Fast gameplay
Around 30 minutes per game.
Pro Simple rules
The rules of the game are simple, where the player must take 12 turns in 10 minutes while listening to a soundtrack that explains all incoming threats.
Pro 1 - 5 players
Can be played as a single player game, or with up to 4 friends, dividing roles accordingly.
Pro Good humour
While slightly morbid the humor contained in the game is amusing.
Pro Sci-Fi theme
Space Alert has a sci-fi theme to it, so for those that are into more of a science fiction game, Space Alert could fit that bill.
Pro Lots of expansions
There are additional sets available ranging from new survivor cards to different enemy miniatures, more game tiles, etc.
There is also a medieval version - Black Plague - which offers an alternate settings and slight rule/weapon changes.
Prison Outbreak, Toxic City Mall, and Angry Neighbors are all expansion packs you can add to the base game. Extras such as Dog Companions, Zombie Dogz, and VIP (very infected people) add new figures, figures, and equipment. There is also a new version: Black Plague which takes place in a medieval setting (expansion coming in June)
Pro Quality components
The game comes with a bunch of miniatures, all molded out of plastic and have nice detailing as well as individual looks. The cardboard game cards, etc also have a solid think feel to them as well as colorful and illustrative art printed on them with the cards even being double sided. The amount of pieces and the quality of there craftsmanship definitely give a feeling of robustness that earns the game its high price ($89 retail).
Pro Co-op play
Teamwork is essential to completing your objectives - some players will level up towards ranged combat, while others move about quickly. Not all players will be able to open the required doors, and you level up individually but don't let one player level up much faster than the others - zombies seem to thrive off success.
Con Requires CD player with speakers
Space Alert is only playable with the included audio CD or downloadable MP3's, without them the game is impossible to play.
Con Error filled rulebook
The packaged rulebook is not only filled with errors and typos but is also missing a lot of pertinent information to the gameplay. Luckily there is an updated version as a PDF download on the publishers site that has the extra content the printed version is missing.