The Humans Are Dead

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3.8/5 (58 votes)

It is the year 2000... wait, no, wrong The Humans are Dead reference. This strategic board game by Lethe Games puts you in the metal boots of one of four robot factions who move across the grid to claim resources, spawn units, create defensive structures and more in a clashing of tactical minds.

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Hey Mike, I'm really glad you like the game and a BIG Thank You for the awesome review :D

waycooler October 7, 2010 4:56 PM

The humans are dead...
The humans are deaaad...
We used poisonous gases...


waycooler - first thing I thought of!


Robots will never enslave humanity: There is no reason to do so, because it does nothing but help them survive and live on, which they would not be programmed to care about.


Hmm, it doesn't work on Chrome/Win7 here. I'm told to choose a starting tile, but all I can see is the background screen.

[I'm playing on Chrome/Win7 without issue. Try updating your Flash Player. We have seen so many compatibility issues with the Flash Player lately. My guess is there are a lot of buggy Flash Player versions out there right now. -Jay]


I think I've come up against a bug. I have 25 of the green resource, but my home base won't let me buy my 3rd activator (the menu option to buy it remains disabled).

Also an actual instruction page would be nice since the "learn as you play" doesn't let you go forward or backward through the instructions, and it also doesn't explain some crucial game elements (combat, various stat bonuses based on position, evolution cards, defending robots can't walk, etc.) until later through the hints. Unless I've missed an instruction screen somewhere...

BuenoCabra October 7, 2010 7:05 PM

Binary solo


Robo Boogie!

Anonymous October 7, 2010 8:06 PM

It won't load here, it always stops at less than 10%. Linux, Firefox, Flash 10,1,85,3

Anonymous October 7, 2010 8:49 PM

Not bad concept, but needs more balance.

As you mentioned in your review, it is much easier to go offensively than try and activate all your resources.

Having your activated resources only giving you 1 per turn feels not only slow, but likely means that much of your gain will be coming from the dice.

This is also due in part from the rather expensive cost for activation and increased combat. I would feel a scaled increase in costs for those two would give rise to much more strategy.

However, none of this can parallel to the advantage a lucky evolution gives you. There are some that give you super bonuses such as +2 combat and +1 speed, or the increased per turn resource (which in effect DOUBLES your production). One time playing as scibots, my initial evo card gave me +2 speed which allowed me to reach their resource and win the game first turn.


The game mechanics need serious polishing:

The benefits of scavenging overshadow the other mechanics so much they hardly matter. In one turn of scavenging, it's almost certain that I'll get enough resources for a robot or two. With an electricity resource activated, I'll get a robot every *6* turns. That's a decent pace, but it's hardly a war machine. And Resource Activators are so expensive I hardly ever get to play one (with one Chernobylium resource, you'll get another resource every *15* turns), and there's not much point anyway since even the least valuable scavenging will provide at least 2 resources per turn. You only need enough activators to stay alive.

Also, The Sci-Bots are definitely overpowered. The cheap Evolution cards alone are powerful, since an Evolution card will almost always get you something that costs 10 or more research, and some give multiple bonuses!

By the way, those weird robots that show up every few turns to attack me from behind can just go to hell.

One thing that might make gameplay much more interesting is the ability to destroy walls (maybe sacrifice a robot to do it, like with resources?). That would prevent turtling, because it would allow people to attack defenders from behind instead of being forced to take them head-on.

SkfyS Day October 7, 2010 10:48 PM

Since resource generation rates are sooooooo slow, in most turns you end up doing nothing. The dice roll before each turn is the only hope of getting something done. Relying too much on luck renders strategies useless and unnecessary. Overall, the scarcity of resources makes the game extremely slow-paced and dull.

Humans are dead, no wonder, from the boredom of waiting for resources to grow. Only beings that have eternity to waste, i.e. robots, could survive one round of this game or even find a thread of fun in it.



I see. Some jerk plants a virus into these bots sky-rocketing their ego's until they annihilate the world!


Okay, after waiting around in the tutorial for a while, it finally explained that the Reavers attack whoever has the most resources, and that Defenders will get less of a bonus when you activate more resources. That explains why the Reavers only attack me, and why the enemy defenders seem to always outgun me by an order of magnitude.

Going after your own resources would be a great way to break an enemy out of their shell by forcing them to attack you, but you get penalized for taking this route, which is already pretty difficult. This game is designed to create stalemates!

Randomname October 8, 2010 1:52 AM

Can anyone explain combat mechanics? I don't understand what exactly makes you win or lose a fight.

Still giving this game a chance, because it is pretty entertaining.


Seems like the dice rolls come up in favour of the ai most of the time. Gets kinda annoying after you see one enemy attacker go through 4 of your clustered defensive bots in a row.


The dice rolls are not explained at all.
More than half the time I thought I won the attack or defense because I had a higher roll and I would still die.

Needs to be better explained that way a person playing knows why they keep loosing their robots even if they roll higher


Oh noes! Now I need flash help. I downloaded and installed the latest version of flash in order to play this game. No change. Except, now I can't get ANY game to open. HELP! Can I go back to my old version?

[Sounds like the install didn't work. Try installing it again. Make sure your browsers are all closed. -Jay]


The confusing thing about the combat is that the attacker is always red (the left dice roll). Two dice are rolled for each side, and then your combat bonus is added. Whoever got the highest number wins, though in the case of a tie, the defender wins.


The combat is seriously flawed, or it needs to be explained better. I had 4 clustered robots, which gave me a combat bonus of +6, the attacker had a bonus of +2. I had a 15 (dice roll + combat bonus), the attacker only got 11 (or even lower) and the attacker still won. And this happened three times in a row, the attacker crushed FOUR of my defending robots in ONE TURN! This is annoying...


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