Last Night on Earth is a zombie-themed modular Adventure Board Game created by Flying Frog Productions in which players are split into two groups: Heroes and Zombies. The game objective changes based on which of several different given scenarios has been selected for play. The game takes great care in its thematic elements to achieve the look and feel of a zombie movie, causing the game to exhibit some of the most classic horror movie tropes.
This board game contains examples of:
- Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The original three female heroes: Sally, Becky, and Jenny
- Breakable Weapons: Most weapons are either one-shot deals, or need a dice roll to see if it breaks (the ones that don't need to take these challenges often give little benefit compared to the breakable weapons). Guns can't break, but can run out of ammo... which functions exactly like the "breaking" mechanic of the other weapons.
- Chainsaw Good: A staple of zombie horror stories, and one of the most effective hand weapons in the game - provided it doesn't break or run out of gas...
- The Drifter: Jake Cartwright is called this by name.
- Five-Man Band:
- The original adult heroes plus Sam from the first big-box expansion:
- The Student Heroes, from both the main-game and expansions:
- The initial heroes from the Timber Peak standalone expansion:
- Mook Maker: Zombie Spawning Pits
- Must Not Die a Virgin: The Zombie player(s) can play a card (called "Last Night on Earth") with this effect. It keeps a pair of male and female heroes from doing anything that turn. Oddly, it also means they don't have to fight any zombies on their space as well. Perhaps even the living dead can be Distracted by the Sexy?
- Revolvers Are Just Better: Sheriff Anderson and Detective Winters seem to think so, and though they aren't the most powerful guns in the game, they certainly win for reliability.
- Stylistic Suck: Is deliberately designed to feel like a B-Movie Zombie Apocalypse Slasher Movie, with all the gloriously cheesy tropes therein.
- Too Awesome to Use: Dynamite and Gasoline. Subverted in some scenarios like "Burn Em Out", where they're explicitly needed to blow Spawning Pits sky-high, and when one can reliably take out a group of zombies without fragging other Heroes or mission objectives. Gasoline can also be used as, well, gas, for objectives requiring fuel, or for items like the Chainsaw.
- Town with a Dark Secret:
- Some of the background material seems to indicate that Woodinvale is this, but this is taken further in Survival of the Fittest, where the "Record" Cards reveal that at least one major zombie outbreak occurred in 1956... and zombies have been spotted over the past four generations of the Anderson family.
- Another dirty secret of Woodinvale is Sally's mother apparently being sent to the Widowcrest Asylum, and apparently having to get a full-fledged exorcism performed on her. This is mentioned in Timber Peak, where Sally is considerably shaken by not just Billy dying, but also discovering the dark secret of her mother.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Well, duh.