In space, no one can hear you scream. When you’re sitting at a table with your friends and family, though? Yeah, they can definitely hear you yelling. And they soon might, when you experience one of Hollywood’s most iconic sci-fi horror films in a whole new way. Alien is getting its very own board game.
Ravensburger is launching Alien: Fate of the Nostromo (first announced by BoardGameGeek). The co-op tabletop game, designed by Scott Rogers and developed by Steve Warner, will put players right in the middle of the chaos that struck the ship in the 1979 classic. From Ravensburger:
“Executive Officer Kane is dead and the Alien stalks the halls of the Nostromo. Players must work together in this cooperative strategy game to craft items, fulfill objectives and complete one of five final missions. Choose your next move carefully; the Alien could be just around the corner.”
You can either play the game solo, or with up to five people. You can also add Science Officer Ash to the proceedings for “a true challenge.” Which hopefully does not mean the Ash figure will lose its head and spill white liquid all over the board.
The game comes with illustrated cards and six sculpted miniatures. That includes a great Xenomorph. The board also features a “rendered isometric view” of the Nostromo.
As for gameplay, crew members will creep around the ship’s halls to “collect scrap, craft items, and fulfill different objectives.” That will involve trading with other players. But the crew will also “lose and gain morale as they encounter the Alien and other situations.” If morale hits zero, everyone loses. That stinks, but at least no alien babies will burst out of your chest. We hope.
To win, players have to complete initial objectives. They will then be tasked with “one of five final missions, each with a unique set of requirements.” Players must complete their last mission to win. Never forget though: the Xenomorph could be anywhere.
Designed for ages 10 and up, the game ($29.99) is now available to pre-order at Target. It will be in stores startin August 1. Before you play though, practice not yelling when you’re scared by something unexpected or terrifying. In space, no one can hear you scream. But you’ll be playing this game on Earth.
Originally published on February 24, 2021.