Do you think you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? There is only one way to find out.
That opportunity is Northwestern College’s annual Humans vs. Zombies game. Over 100 people rose to the challenge of this intense five-day game that began Monday, April 4, and lasted until Friday, April 8.
This game takes tag to a whole new level with one zombie trying to infect every single human before the clock runs out. This year, Ryan Mitchell, a NW freshman, started out as the zombie and took out 13 people within the first few hours of the game. The time is not on the humans’ side as they have to plan various routes to class, travel in packs to the cafeteria and complete random missions sent to them via email all while trying to avoid being infected by a zombie.
Inside buildings, there is time to breathe. However, there is no avoiding the zombies when walking outside. You will have to take a few zombies out with a nerf gun or socks if you hope to survive. Forming alliances amongst fellow humans is the best chance of survival because once tagged, there is no going back.
The game gets even more intense with the final hour of the game being “Apocalypse Hour,” where no one and nowhere is safe. The only goal is survival. Even the buildings are no longer off-limits when it comes to tagging and infecting humans.
When asked if she had some tips to give future players of Humans vs. Zombies, Clare Struck said, “Communication is key, whether you’re a zombie or a human. It’s all about strategic movement and being observant of your surroundings.”
Humans vs. Zombies is a NW favorite amongst students whether they are a zombie or human in the game.
Freshman Sam Brandt, when asked what his favorite part of being a zombie in the games was, he said, “I enjoy that I can actually walk outside and not be stressed about getting killed. Also, it is satisfying to get a kill when you are at a disadvantage.”
Jose Sanchez, a sophomore, and one of the last survivors in the previous Humans vs. Zombies games said, “I think my favorite part is the teamwork and communication that happens. It challenges you to think differently to make better decisions and it makes you believe in yourself knowing there will be like 30 or 40 zombies out there.”
Humans vs. Zombies is a well-loved and exhilarating game that keeps students on their feet and builds connections.