‘Alien’ Board Game Promises Summer Fun For Horror Fans

You’ve marveled at the incredible action and suspense splashed across the big screen in the iconic Alien film–now it’s time to play it.

Ravensburger is preparing to roll out AlienFate of the Nostromo–a board game that allows players to immerse themselves in the familiar horror-s/f narrative–as reported by comicbook.com. Images of the game–scheduled to hit store shelves Aug. 1–may be seen on this page.

Designer Scott Rogers explained the thinking behind the game in a recent interview. “The goal,” he said, “is to play the movie. I wanted to make sure that the thrills and tension that are so amazing in the film were represented and given justice in the game.”

The game, Rogers added, tries to “create those moments of tension as you are hustling through the Nostromo to get the heck out of there as this murderous creature is wandering the halls.”

The true horror of the Xenomorph in the classic film and in this new game, according to Rogers, is “the unpredictability of it. You never know where it’s going to show up. It’s always going to be a surprise.”

The game, as explained, is a “collaborative, strategy-based experience”  for one to five players who act as various Nostromo crew members, “each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses.” But one character not in the mix is the android Ash, “who serves as an added threat to the completion of the mission.”

Ash, Rogers explained, is essentially “a second bad guy that roams the board. He does what he does in the movie. He’s actively working against everybody else.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on all things Alien.

Image Credit: 20th Century Studios/Ravensburger/io9

Image Credit: 20th Century Studios/Ravensburger/io9

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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