Friends, back in 2019 there was a game released by Ravensburger that had me stalking the aisles of my local Target and Walmart, the game in question was Horrified and just so happened to be a wonderful Universal Monsters themed board game. While I made plenty of Twitter as well as Instagram posts about playing the game, I failed to write an article about it for the site. I suppose I was too busy trying to save the likes of Abbott and Costello, at least their characters of Chick Young and Wilbur Grey from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, from the clutches of Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon among others.
If you consider yourself a fan of the classic Universal Monsters films, then I can assure you that you need to head out and pick up Horrified today – it is an absolute blast. I bring all of this up as it was announced a couple of days ago on the BoardGameGeek site that Ravensburger is planning on releasing a brand new board game on August 1st of this year. A game that is about a whole different type of horror, as this upcoming board game entitled Alien: Fate of the Nostromo is based on Ridley Scott’s 1979 science fiction/horror masterpiece – Alien.
Alien: Fate of the Nostromo is a co-op game that will task one to five players with attempting to successfully guide the crew members of the iconic starfreighter in completing certain objectives on their turns. Obviously the goal is also to avoid crossing paths with the dreaded Xenomorph, the movement of which sounds like is directed by the drawing of cards. If all of the objectives are completed the Players will then begin a random final mission to bring the game session to an end, although everyone in the game will have to be wary of the morale of the Nostromo’s crew bottoming out as that will grant a victory to the Xenomorph.
The Players understandably can choose Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Brett (Harry Dean Stanton), Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), Parker (Yaphet Kotto), and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in Alien: Fate of the Nostromo as Kane is already dead when the game begins. However it appears if you want to make the game session even harder you can let Ash (Ian Holm) lose on the doomed starfreighter, if I understand it correctly he will steal items and help to lower the morale of the crew members.
In closing out this article, unlike with the excellent Horrified I will be absolutely sure to write up a review of Alien: Fate of the Nostromo when it hits store shelves on August 1st. Until then to pass the time you might be kind enough to listen to the Saturday Frights podcast where the Projectionist and myself tackle 1979’s Alien?