Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space is exactly what it says on the box. You are a team of humans working onboard a space station which has been overrun with a horrific alien plague that is slowly but steadily transforming the crew into pesky human eating aliens. In the game you will take the role of either a human or alien and attempt to work out the identities of your fellow players. If you’re a human, you’ll need to be making your way to an escape pod to escape the deadly creatures once and for all. If you’re an alien, you need to work out who the humans are and hunt them down.
Escape is probably best described as Battleships meets The Thing - in space.
Each player is given a whiteboard layout of the ship and uses their marker pens to make notes and track the locations of other players. While traversing across the ship, players may choose to take the risk of stepping onto a dangerous sector tile which forces them to draw a dangerous sector card. This card will secretly inform them if they can lie about their location, if they must announce their current location or if they don’t need to declare anything at all.
So, if a player declares they have just stepped onto G06 the other players are likely to make a note of this on their pads and attempt to work out if it’s a lie or the truth which they can determine based on the previous moves - aliens and humans move at different speeds and have differing starting positions.
If an alien thinks they’ve tracked down a human they can declare that they are attacking a nearby zone which immediately reveals them as an alien since humans can’t attack without the aid of additional power cards or abilities. This will either eliminate the human (which in-turns spawns them now on the alien team), be a miss which reveals the location of an alien or accidentally count as an attack against an alien eliminating said alien from the game.