The end of the world comes not with a bang, but with a hex-based strategy board game in Space Games' Zombie Tactics, where it turns out the local prison has been conducting illegal experiments on its population in pursuit of eternal life. Do you want zombies? Because that's how you get zombies. The game is turn-based, and each of your characters can move around the map and attack enemies or support one another. Actions, including movement, take stamina, which regenerates slowly each turn, or more significantly if you choose to have a character "rest" instead of act. Killing zombies nets you not only experience, granting you skill points for each character and their abilities when you level up, but cash that can be spent on buying new items or upgrading the ones you have. Items can be equipped by any character and can bestow bonuses like increased evasion or health, or even passive abilities. After a while, you'll have the option to send party members off to scavenge... they won't take part in the next battle, but they'll return after it with coins or items. Initially the only party members you'll have are the Hunter, the Lumberjack, and the Nurse, but more will come to join your group. Of course, the same is true for the zombie forces, so you can expect to fight stronger, more varied foes as the game goes on.
I've always felt the apocalypse is best approached with a sense of humour, and Zombie Tactics definitely has that. Despite repetition brought on by lengthy levels that throw the same enemies at you for too long before introducing other types, its simple control scheme and roster of helpful, well thought out character classes makes it fun to play and easy to pick up regardless of your familiarity with the genre. The items are also helpful, with the ability to upgrade them to make them more useful or swap them around your party to balance out weaker characters a nice touch. It still feels like its beefy host of levels with their essentially identical progression could have used something a bit more, such as civilians to rescue for a bonus, or destructible scenery you could use to your advantage, but if what you want is a strategy game that's just deep enough to keep you engaged without requiring you to haul out a manual every other turn, Zombie Tactics is a colourful, surprisingly cheerful game about unethical prison practices that's well worth your time.