Escape From The Aliens In Outer Space

“This game is a diamond. Pure, hard and glorious.”
SHUT UP & SIT DOWN, review

“This game is absolutely fantastically fun to play.”
TOM VASEL, board game guru, video review

“I swear I’ve never played anything so nerve-racking and exciting.”
THE FINAL WORD ON … , review

“Tremendous atmosphere. Maybe the best of this genre I’ve tried.”
3rd classified at the Special Eindhoven Gamers Post-Essen 2010 Gaming Blowout

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Escape From the Aliens In Outer Space is a card game of strategy and bluff set on a badly damaged deep space research ship. On-board systems have failed, plunging the ship into darkness. But even worse: a mysterious alien plague has crept aboard and is transforming the human crew into horrendous monsters! The remaining crewmen desperately try to save their lives by escaping from the derelict spaceship, but in the darkness the aliens are lurking… hungry for human flesh.

In Escape From the Aliens In Outer Space, each player assumes the role of either a Human or an Alien. The Humans are trying to save themselves by reaching the Escape Hatches. The Aliens seek to hunt down all the Humans. Each player’s identity and position is kept secret: you will need to interpret the movements and behaviors of the other players to learn who and where they really are.

OFFICIAL WEB SITE

EFTAIOS is the first commercial game I curated from concept to publishing. It was released in autumn 2010 at Essen Spieltage where was voted 10th best new game of the fair, out of more than four hundred. The game, published by Santa Ragione in collaboration with Cranio Creations, is now distributed in more than fifteen countries and five languages in regular and limited editions (see photos). EFTAIOS was one of the five titles shortlisted for the 2011 Diana Jones Award, the most prestigious award in boardgames.

For the official website I developed two digital tools for creating and printing maps and alternative scenarios for the game that can be accessed for free.

The game was designed together with

Mario Porpora
Pietro Righi Riva
Nicolò Tedeschi

 

Escape from Aliens in Outer Space Review – with Tom Vasel

A selection of other reviews:

The Final Word On:
“Turn by turn the tension creeps up and up, it almost becomes unbearable at times. It really does end up feeling like you are in the film Aliens. Sometimes you can almost hear the scuttle of claws behind you, then you realize it’s just the cat […] The degree of tension and the edge-of-seat excitement are incredible for such a simple game” and later “it is just as joyful when things go disastrously wrong as it is exciting when you win”.

Shut Up and Sit Down:
“Escape from the Aliens’ simple rules act like an onion. Each layer you peel away reveals another layer of tactics.” Later in the same review, “and then you get into double bluffs, where the humans act like humans, and, and, and all this is before we’ve gotten into the territory of mind games, where you might act scared or fall silent at the table to fool others into thinking that they’re zeroing in on your tender little takeaway of a character.”

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“Actually there is one problem and it’s a biggie. This can be an absolute pig to get hold of! It’s absolutely worth it though as I consider this a hidden and criminally overlooked gem of gaming and a title you should definitely consider adding to your collection if you ever spot it.”

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Some more reviews:

“From out of these simple rules comes a tangible, choking, paralysing terror. This game is a diamond. Pure, hard and glorious . . . a triumph of design.” ―Shut Up and Sit Down

“Absolutely, fantastically fun to play.” ―Tom Vasel, The Dice Tower

“This is a great game when the power goes out!” – Jorge Garcia, from Lost and Hawaii Five-O

“This game is a blast! . . . Great game! So much so that I’m keeping it in my gaming library.” – Game Boy Geek

“I believe it can turn into a very intense game where you might just out think yourself.” – Through Gamers’ Goggles

“So engaging all the way along . . . a great, thematic, interesting game.” – Toucan Play that Game

“I love the box design, the use of the dry-erase map pads, and the card illustrations. And I like the way they tried to engineer a mechanic that would generate feelings of fear and claustrophobia . . . an entertaining game with lovely artwork, high production values, and a fun and unique hidden movement mechanic.” – Gareth Branwyn, Boing Boing

“I definitely highly recommend this.” – Drive Thru Review

“This game is something special.” – The Board Game Review

“It’s a lot of fun! I really enjoyed this game.” – Discriminating Game (TDG)

“Very cool and super fun game with a group and an excellent gateway game for non-gamer’s.” – theMCGuiRE review

“A cracking hidden role and hidden movement that is a staple to any shelf. . . . Every time it’s brought to the table every single player will have fun and it’s a great strategy game for both veterans and first timers.” – n3rdabl3

“This is a great example of what a game can be in 2016.” – Ghettoblaster

“A map, markers, and a few cards are able to create a tension filled game of bluffing and logic. The game is truly greater than the sum of its parts. The easy to learn rules and meaningful decisions will keep players engaged and tense as they try to escape or attack.” – BoardGameGeek News

“The website scenario tool and map editor are really nice. Customers have commented to us about it, and I have also checked them out and like the many options to create countless maps.” – Gamers World

“It’s a great, great game!” – No Rules Review

“I thought this game was a lot of fun. The production is stellar. I think it’s just amazingly pretty.” – The Secret Cabal

“If you are a fan of either of the gaming mechanics, Hidden Traitor, or Hidden Movement, then you will enjoy adding this game to your shelf! We think that the easy set-up and the lack of tokens, counters, figures, and a board also makes a great ‘Gateway Game’ to bring people into the wonderful world of horror tabletop games!” – Two-Gun Pixie

“If you like hidden movement and, err, eating humans–well, this is the game for you.” – Ars Technica, “Game on! The best board games of 2016”

“If you like game that incorporate imaginative play, you’ll want to have Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space in your collection.” – Sahm Reviews

“It’s always an experience, and it’s completely unlike any game out there.” – Actualol

“My recommendation is that if your group loves Letters from Whitechapel, lives and breathes Battlestar Galactica, and washes it down with The Resistance, then you have a winner here. Escape from the Aliens of Outer Space sits nicely in the realm of hidden movement and hidden role games, providing a large depth of immersion for a game that is so very easy to learn that exceeds at higher player counts for a true experience game.” – Troll in the Corner

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