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New Horrified: American Monsters board game lets you hunt down Bigfoot and the Mothman

New Horrified: American Monsters board game lets you hunt down Bigfoot and the Mothman
(Image credit: Ravensburger)

Following the success of the original Horrified board game, Ravensburger is unleashing a sequel in the form of Horrified: American Monsters this October. Featuring classic cryptids like the Mothman, it'll cost $34.99 and can be played by one to five players.

While its predecessor focused on Universal Monsters such as Dracula, this version of Horrified is delving into American folklore; you'll be defending the town of Cross Creek from Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, the Chupacabra, Mothman, the Ozark Howler, and the Banshee of the Badlands. Because it's set in the definition of small-town USA during the 1950s or 1960s, Horrified: American Monsters has a very different feel as well. Rather than braving the gothic castles of some nameless European village, you'll have to survive assaults on everything from high school to remote farms.

The same mechanics that made the 2019 version one of the best cooperative board games are coming back, though. Requiring unique tactics for beating each creature (with puzzles designed by Gaby Weidling and Gal Klapfer), teamwork is essential and trolley problem scenarios where you're put between a proverbial rock and hard place are all but guaranteed for Horrified: American Monsters. 

Ravensburger's attention to detail is as impressive as usual, too. Each monster gets a detailed miniature for use during games, while the color-rich cards are evocative of old case files from pulp adventures.

Horrified: American Monsters

(Image credit: Ravensburger)

Horrified: American Monsters isn't the only announcement from publisher Ravensburger, either - fall 2021 also sees the release of echoes: An Audio Mystery Game. This is an app-assisted card adventure for up to six players aged 14 and over. Two stories will mark echoes' launch, tasking players with unravelling the mystery of a haunted Scottish manor and the truth about a mobster in a smoky New York speakeasy. 

Try the original Horrified and save almost 40% 

If you haven't tried the first Horrified or want to grab it as a gift for someone else, it's worth noting that the game currently has a 39% saving at Amazon (it's available for $21.49 instead of $35). Seeing as it's a strong contender on our list of the best board games overall, that's an opportunity worth taking advantage of.

You can pick it up for slightly less than usual in the UK, but unfortunately it only has a few quid off the price tag.

Want some horror board game recommendations? It's definitely worth checking out Betrayal at House on the Hill thanks to its focus on atmosphere and desperate last stands. Arkham Horror: Final Hour is also a great choice if you're hunting down good board games for 2 players. As for younger gamers, we'd always suggest trying Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits.

Benjamin Abbott

As one of the site's Hardware Editors, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I've been writing about games in one form or another for almost a decade (with bylines ranging from Metro.co.uk and PC Gamer to TechRadar), and have worked at GamesRadar+ since 2018. I can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.