My son and I were the last two alive in an epic, back-and-forth battle which included sniper head shots, perfect grenade lobs, armor-piercing assault rifle retaliations, and throwing knife kill shots. I climbed up into a tower to increase my range, ready for the final, pre-explosion kill shot when he pulled out a rocket launcher and took me out with the tower for the win. Little did I know then that rocket launchers gain two extra hit points when targeting a player in a tower. =-)
If you’ve played Fortnite, PUBG, or Apex Legends, this is a phenomenal, battle royale board game version of each, especially Fortnite. Skydive onto an island with up to 8 players ready to scramble for loot in the form of weapons, armor, backpacks, health packs, grenades, and many other nefarious supplies. Use that loot to take each other out! Each round features a large exploding section of the island, a crate drop full of goodies, or both. Be the last to survive for the coveted victory!
“Exciting” and “intense” are the two adjectives I’d use to describe Last One Standing. There is truly not a single moment of rest or relaxation. From start to finish, you shoot, you run, you gather, you shoot, you sneak, you get shot, you barely escape explosion…it doesn’t stop until you die or win when you can breath a sigh of relief that it’s all over.
The standard battle royale mode is an absolute riot, but there are other modes that can be just as fun. The squad mode allows for co-op, AED player revivals which are challenging and fun. The respawn mode is awesome: the highest kill count wins. These expansion modes are simple and a natural extension to the base gameplay. They don’t feel at all forced like many other game variances.
The characters each have a full-blown story behind them. They invoke sentiment and connection to the point of really wanting your character to survive on a deeply personal level. =-) Yes, one is even a cyborg with a very…interesting backstory. While not required, pre-game reading, I’d recommend it!
The items and actions all make perfect real-world sense. Hit someone with a sniper? Roll for a headshot to give extra damage. Lobbing a grenade? The direct target gets more damage, but you still hurt players nearby. Hit someone in a tower with a rocket launcher? Add extra damage for the subsequent fall. Everything you do with the resulting consequences invokes a, “Yeah! That would totally happen in real life.”
Tips & Tricks
- Don’t forget that you can immediately equip a weapon or item if the slot is empty!
- Distance is a major factor in this game. Keep a close eye on how far you are from other players, both offensively and defensively.
- Just stay away from the rocket launcher altogether…and snipers…and close-range shotguns. Ugh.
Scoring & Wrap-up
- Start to finish edge-of-your-seat gameplay
- Good balance of luck and skill
- Colorful and engaging artwork on everything (e.g., board, cards, characters, tokens, instructions, all of it.)
- Solid supplemental game modes
- Deep and humorous character backstories
- It seems like the gameplay would flow better with one or two more actions per round. Two can be very limiting, especially when you’re caught in the explosion zone and need to use an entire action to get out.
- With only 10 health points (and up to 8 characters!), you can get taken out really quickly if others decide to gang up on you (e.g., kids against Dad, cough, cough).
If you or a loved one like Fortnite, fast-paced board games, or exciting battle games, you’ll love Last One Standing. It’s a solid, clean game with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a board game replica of the most popular video game on the planet right now.
Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for my review, but believe me, I post authentic reviews every time and will be brazenly blunt if needs be.