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Horrified Two Player Review

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Want to team up and fight the monsters from some of the classic horror films of the past century? Horrified might be the perfect game to pull out on a spooky stormy night.

Horrified Review

6.5 out of 10
Horrified Two Player Board Game Review

Is it Good For Two Players? : Yes

Overall, Horrified is a great cooperative game with a spookier but much more lighthearted theme than Pandemic. It’s simple enough to teach to new players but can still be a good challenge for experienced players due to the unique monster combinations. If it weren’t for the unique monsters, I don’t think we would praise the game as much as we do. They truly make the game

Theme: 9/10
Replayability: 7/10
Components: 7/10
Conflict: 0/10
Fun: 7/10

Husband’s Rating
7 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
6 out of 10

Pros

The theme is great and widely appealing.

Good replayability because of unique monsters

Easy to learn and teach, even for new gamers

The difficulty is very scalable

Good and consistent tension

Cons

The unique heroes don't seem all that unique, memorable, or interesting.

The luck factor might be a little high for some. Players can sometimes experience an impossibly difficult game or have to wait for a certain colored item they need.

The actions you take eventually feel a little repetitive.

Gameplay Experience:

Horrified was on our radar quite early into our board game journey because it was compared to a more lighthearted and fun version of Pandemic. If you have been reading our reviews for a while now, you know that Pandemic holds a special place on our shelves, so Horrified was an easy buy for us.

It didn’t take long for us to get it to the table, and it was pretty easy to learn, especially if you have played Pandemic before since it shares many of the same game mechanisms while introducing a few new ones. After going through the rulebook and set up, it became clear why others were comparing these two games.

Horrified is definitely a more streamlined and simpler version of the so-called “Pandemic Game System.” Even though the similarities are abundant, the unique monster win conditions, challenges, and the need to pick up resources and save villagers make the game feel fresh and unique.

Each individual monster feels different to play against because of their unique characteristics, making the game quite thematic. Being chased down by The Creature from the Black Lagoon, who can use water spaces that only he can access, or having Dracula draw a Hero towards him, really brings the game and its monsters to life.

Not only are the monsters coming after the Heroes in Horrified, but they will also attack any villagers in their way. The villagers in this game are not working together or carrying pitchforks and torches like in the movies. If a monster gets to them and you’re not there to save them, they’re goners. Each time this happens, you get closer and closer to defeat.

Horrified Villagers and Heros

In Pandemic, the spread of disease is very chaotic, especially when outbreaks occur, whereas in Horrified, the threat is more constant, linear, and direct. In all honesty, the tension and chaos in Pandemic sneak up on you and thus feels much different than the tension of the ever-looming monsters in Horrified, especially as more and more villagers start appearing on the board.

Horrified is a pretty good game, especially if you’re a fan of the theme. Given the past events of the world, many would probably prefer to reach for this game over Pandemic.

Rules Summary:

Horrified Monster Figurines

There are six different monsters that players can face in Horrified, and they can choose to face as many or as few of them as they want. The six monsters in Horrified are:

  • Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Bride
  • Dracula
  • The Wolf Man
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • The Mummy

Each monster has its own unique board that details its attributes, starting position on the board, and how to defeat them.

Horrified Monster Board
Horrified Monster Board 2

There is only one way to win in Horrified: defeat all the monsters. Players will lose if the terror track reaches its limit or if the monster deck runs out of cards (both of these loss conditions are very similar to those in Pandemic).

Horrified Terror Track

After setting up the game’s monsters, players select their unique heroes, and items are scattered across the board. Each hero has a specific number of actions they can take and a unique ability they can use once per turn. Actions can include moving the hero, escorting a villager, collecting items, and attacking or defeating a monster.

The items are essential to the team’s success as they are required to move most monsters closer to defeat. They can also save heroes from being attacked and prevent the terror level from increasing.

Horrified Items

After each player has taken their turn, it’s then the monsters’ turn. Players draw a monster card which decides which monsters activate, move, and attack. Monsters always move towards the nearest targets. Whether they attack is decided by the roll of the dice. If a villager is successfully attacked, the terror level increases, but heroes can discard items to avoid being attacked.

Horrified Monster Cards and Dice

Conclusion:

Horrified is a great gateway game and feels quite similar to Pandemic, but with a theme that is probably more appealing to most people now. Even in real life, some of us would probably rather have Universal Monsters chasing us down than go through another pandemic.

Horrified Monster Deck

While the theme of Horrified likely appeals to a broader audience, at the same time, it somehow makes it a little harder to get to the table, at least for us. In other words, I guess we’re trying to say that Horrified doesn’t fit the vibes of a hot sunny summer day in July, but it’s perfect to pull out on any stormy night. I don’t know if there are many other games that I feel are weather-dependent, but for some reason, this one is.

Okay, weird weather requirements aside, let’s get back to the actual gameplay. It’s a bit more complex than some other gateway games but still quite easy to teach to new gamers, especially if you’re already familiar with the Pandemic games. The extra complexity comes from the unique monster rules, which, in our opinion, are definitely worth it.

It’s the unique monster attributes and win conditions that really differentiate this game from another Pandemic-style game. The feeling of fighting different monsters is there, and as a result, the game feels very thematic (probably why we start to think the weather should match the game too).

It’s pretty fun to play, and all the different combinations of monsters you can face make each game feel different and new. The difficulty in Horrified scales quite well, and you can make the game as easy or as hard as you want by using different combinations and numbers of monsters.

Even though each monster and game does feel different from each other, the actions you take do become a little repetitive after some time. Move here, pick up these items, go there, pick up more items, then head there to use the items. Sprinkle in some villager movements and that’s how most games go. It’s actually a little crazy how the monsters can add so much variety but the core gameplay itself feels so samey from game to game.

In terms of difficulty, Horrified does fall victim to a problem that Pandemic also has: the occasional impossibly hard game. This is due to the random nature of the villagers. You could do everything right, but if a villager pops up at the wrong time and gets obliterated by a monster, and this keeps happening repeatedly, you and your team might not have a chance. In a similar since players can sometimes experience super easy games.

The occasional unwinnable game isn’t a dealbreaker for us, though because the random nature of the villagers is what makes the tension in Horrified great. Your heroes can usually escape the clutches of the monsters, but the villagers, on the other hand, are entirely at their mercy. This creates constant tension and is a positive for Horrified.

Overall, Horrified is a great cooperative game with a spookier but much more lighthearted theme than Pandemic. It’s simple enough to teach to new players but can still be a good challenge for experienced players due to the unique monster combinations. If it weren’t for these unique monsters, I don’t think we would praise the game as much as we do, they truly make the game.

Is Horrified Good for 2 Players?

Horrified scales well with player count and plays just as well with two players as it does with more. It might be slightly easier with two players, but it’s easy enough to add more monsters if you want more of a challenge.

This reduced difficulty is due to a much less crowded board. If you play with two heroes and only a few monsters, it’s fairly easy to distance yourself from the monsters. If adding more monsters isn’t enough, it’s simple enough to play two-handed once you’re familiar with the game to increase the difficulty even more.

Horrified is a great coop game for two, and if you’re a fan of the theme, all the better. With the ability to use as many monsters as you want, you can easily find a difficulty level that works well for you and your gaming partner and have fun working your way through different combinations of monsters.

So, if you’re okay with experimenting to find a difficulty level that is enjoyable for you, Horrified is a great cooperative game for two.

Pros:

  • The theme is great and widely appealing. The color scheme, unique monsters, and actions all align and add to the overall feel of the game.
  • Each game feels unique and different due to the different monsters. The replayability is pretty good because of this.
  • Pretty easy to learn and teach, even for new gamers, making it a decent gateway game.
  • The difficulty is very scalable, so players can find what works for their group and what number of monsters is most enjoyable to play with.
  • Good and consistent tension throughout the game.

Cons:

  • The unique heroes don’t seem all that unique, memorable, or interesting.
  • The luck factor might be a little high for some. Players can sometimes experience an impossibly difficult game or have to wait for a certain colored item they need.
  • The actions you take feel a little repetitive after a while.

Ravensburger Horrified: Universal Monsters Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up
Ravensburger Horrified: Universal Monsters Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up
Ravensburger Horrified: Universal Monsters Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up

We hope this Horrified two player review has helped you.

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Horrified Game Expansions

There are no official expansions for Horrified yet but there are some pretty good unofficial expansions users have created here: Horrified | Board Game | BoardGameGeek. You’ll find an unofficial story mode with its own new monsters and many other unofficial monsters you can add to your games.

Instead of releasing an official expansion for the original game Ravensburger has instead release a spin off stand alone game title Horrified: American Monsters, and now Horrified: Greek Monsters too.

Ravensburger Horrified: American Monsters Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up
Ravensburger Horrified: American Monsters Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up
Ravensburger Horrified: American Monsters Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up

Horrified American Monsters

The gameplay in this standalone game is quite similar to the original but features a much grungier and dark theme and color scheme. 

The monsters you can face in this version of the game include Bigfoot, Mothman, the Jersey Devil, the Chupacabra, the Banshee of the Badlands, and the Ozark Howler with some changing up the gameplay quite drastically.

Ravensburger Horrified: Greek Monsters Cooperative Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up
Ravensburger Horrified: Greek Monsters Cooperative Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up
Ravensburger Horrified: Greek Monsters Cooperative Strategy Board Game for Ages 10 & Up

Horrified Greek Monsters

This is the newest version of Horrified to be released and the gameplay in this standalone game is also quite similar to the original. 

The monsters you can face in this version of the game include Medusa, Cerberus, Minotaur, Chimera, Siren, and Basilisk with some changing up the gameplay quite drastically.


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