Dice games can often be dry, boring affairs that lack the imagination of classic board games. With King of Tokyo, you get all of the thrill and tension of the dice roll with the entertaining story of battling monsters. King of Tokyo is like Yahtzee meets Godzilla, forcing you to rely on the luck of the dice to see who will be the first to destroy the city and rule over the ashes. If you’re a fan of old monster movies and you’re looking for a board game that’s full of imagination, you’ll love King of Tokyo.
Monsters, Robots, & Aliens, Oh My!
In the game King of Tokyo, players will become vicious mutant monsters, enormous robots, and malevolent aliens fighting each other to see who can be crowned King of Tokyo. These fierce monsters will roll dice to gain energy, attack the other players, and earn victory points in their quest to be King. King of Tokyo comes with six large, custom dice that players will roll each round.
The dice each come with six sides, three of which have values of one, two, or three points. The other three sides have symbols on them that denote attacking, healing, and restoring energy. Once a player has rolled the dice, they can choose whichever dice they would like to reroll and leave the others the way they are. They then have one more opportunity to reroll before they have to accept the results of the dice.
Rolling three of the same point values earns you that amount of victory points to add towards your goal of 20 victory points. If you roll an energy side for one of the dice, then you earn an energy cube that you can use to buy a card. These cards will give you victory points, one time bonuses, or long term abilities to use throughout the game.
Becoming The King of Tokyo
To win the game, you have to either destroy the city of Tokyo by earning 20 victory points or you have to be the last player standing. One way that you can earn victory points is by occupying the city of Tokyo, which earns you fame among the residents as you tear your way through the city. However, if you’re in Tokyo, you’re unable to heal yourself, which can leave you vulnerable to attack from the other players.
You’ll have to balance your efforts to earn victory points and attack the other players in order to survive long enough to be crowned the winner. Special cards such as being able to grow a second head or use a deadly nova death ray can be game-changers that keep you on your toes at all times.
King of Tokyo Spinoffs
There are a few spinoffs to King of Tokyo that make the fight even darker and fiercer than before. King of New York is a standalone game that transports our ferocious monsters to the Big Apple, pitting them against each other as they tear through the town. You’ll fight to achieve Fame, which can earn you victory points but, like actual fame, is elusive and fleeting. King of New York comes with a larger game board and new power cards.
King of Tokyo: Dark edition is a collector’s edition that transports our game to an alternative, darker world. This edition of the board game comes with a new mechanism that changes gameplay as well as deluxe components and new art that add to the game’s aesthetic.
King Of Tokyo: Battle Royale for Monsters
King of Tokyo is playable by 2-6 players, so it’s just as fitting for some one-on-one monster action as it is for the whole family. It’s also suitable for ages 8 and up, so you don’t have to worry about leaving the younger kids out. Playing time lasts around 30 minutes, which should be short enough to keep younger players’ attention without overwhelming them.
King of Tokyo shines in the setup of the game, as the diabolical monsters are entertaining and creative. The special cards also add a bit of complexity to the game that make it more entertaining for older players. Uncage your inner monster and buy this game today!