Bitten The Micro Survival Horror Game

 Game: Bitten Time: 5 minutes
 Publisher: Play Grim Games Players: 2- 4
 Age: 13+ Replayability: 9/ 10

bittenBitten The Micro Survival Horror Game

One of the first developers/publishers to have worked with us was PlayGrimGames. They were the ones to introduce us to the dice rolling mechanic with their game Grim which really kicked off the variety of analog games my group and I experienced. Bitten is a brand new micro card game by this team which places the zombie apocalypse theme in the no more than 25 cards. With low supplies, tension amongst the group (you and your opponents), and the restless undead caving in–what would you do to survive? The objective in bitten is to either survive for five minutes (real time) with enough supplies to leave the group or kill the player who is bitten.

Within five minutes players will attempt to collect one card featuring a food ration, a water ration, a weapon, and a vehicle in order to leave. If this is not the case the team must discover which player was bitten before they infect us all! Bitten is a very quick hidden identity card game that is fully functional and played in no more than 5 minutes.

My Experience

I absolutely adore micro games and found this to be a delight to bring along to game nights. We began by setting up the center station full of all the rations available (that is two of everything and one vehicle). Shuffle the deck and remove one card from the deck to create uncertainty from the deck. Each player will get two cards to begin. These cards can be accusations, resource collection, or the worst of them all–the bitten card. I was given a raid card (steal a ration) and a backstab card (if stolen from you, they are eliminated)–both of which could not be used at the time. So I drew a card–it was ‘accuse’ (lets me draw a card from another players hand). The player to my left played his weapon card and took a weapon from the supply. The third player also drew a card. I began my next turn by accusing the third player; I took a raid card from her. The player to my left drew a card. The third player drew a card. I drew a card. While the game progressed it came to an end when the player to my left used the accuse card and drew the bitten card out of the third players hand. The game ended with less than a minute to go (meaning the bitten player almost won) and with me only needing a food ration and a water ration to win. Congratulations the player to my left.

Final Thoughts

This is a very sufficient and functional micro card game that colored me impressed. Every point of interest was covered including when to reshuffle the deck and what happens when the deck runs out. The game is very interactive being we are consistently stealing or playing cards that could affect the opponents. I love how eerie the bitten card looks, you must have a great poker face to conceal what you have in your hand. The pacing is great and the game is quick. The time limit adds a very nice amount of stress that I think adds a lot to the game. I couldn’t think of another game this could compare to–so I’d say this is a unique title.

You will like this game if you want a very quick hidden identity card game.

You will not like this game if you don’t like playing under a time limit or don’t enjoy hidden identity.


Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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