Yes, indeed, it does deserve three exclamation points. What I am referring to is the board game Zombies!!! by Twilight Creations. And no this isn't Dungeons & Dragons.
A friend of mine at work suggested we get some people together for a bi-monthly game night. No, still not D&D. We've mostly played party games like Cranium or Apples to Apples, but eventually that got a little stale and repetitive. So I thought it might be a good idea to introduce something new to the mix. I stumbled upon Zombies!!! awhile back on Amazon.com looking for some new types of board games. The reviews seemed good, and it didn't seem overly complicated (translation: nerdy) for the ladies so I picked it up.
The object of the game is to get through the horde or zombies and to the helipad to win. It doesn't have a predefined game board so it's a new game every time. On every turn a player lays down a new tile (piece of the gameboard) so it starts out as one tile, then quickly grows after that. You'll need a large playing area for this game. You have event cards which you use to try to hinder other players' movement or actions, hopefully keeping them from reaching the helipad before you do. The catch is, the helipad is randomly shuffled the in the deck, so you never know when it will come up or where it will be placed until that player draws it from the deck.
Combat is relatively simple. A roll of a 4-6 on a 6-sided die kills a zombie, which you keep for the remainder of the game unless you die. I forgot to mention, killing 25 zombies also allows you to win the game. You have life tokens and bullets which can aid you in combat as well. You lose a life token when a zombie kills you (don't roll a 4-6) and you can use your bullets to add to your die roll, in case you don't hit 4-6.
That said, it's pretty simple and a different flavor than most typical party games. Just keep in mind, this game can run long, usually a minimum of 2 hours depending on how many players you have. There are around 9 expansion packs last time I checked, so this isn't a game you'll stop playing anytime soon.