KING OF TOKYO
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on August 16, 2014
King of Tokyo is like Yathzee, but with monsters. At the start of the game you choose a monster. You then receive a card with your monster depicted on it, on which you can keep track of your health and victory points. The first player to reach 20 victory points, or defeat all the other monsters, wins.
There is also a board, which is a 2D stand in for Tokyo (which is just as well, because you’d need one gigantic table to fit the real Tokyo on…) Depending on how many people are playing, you place one or two monsters on the board. When a monster is residing in Tokyo (ie. on the board) it can earn victory points faster than it would if it would be placed next to Tokyo. You get 2 points for each round you survive. But there’s a catch, because you can’t heal yourself while wreaking havoc on Tokyo.
Whether you’re on the board or not, each turn involves a series of actions the player can take. First, you roll the dice. You can earn victory points, health, deal damage to others or collect energy. With energy, you can purchase upgrade cards to give your monster extra abilities and, in doing so, gain an advantage over your foes. And that’s the fun part. At a certain point in the game it may look like you’re going to be defeated in no time. But with a little bit of cunning and just a smidge of luck, you might just be able to quickly turn the odds back in your favor.
Attacking is another action. You can deal damage to others, depending on how many of the dice you just rolled show the damage icon. The higher the number of rolled damage icons, the more damage you can inflict. If your monster is inside Tokyo, you deal damage to the other players. If your monster is outside of Tokyo (ie. not on the board) the damage you deal goes straight to the monster or monsters inside of Tokyo at that point in time.
This game looks terrific, has some cool powers to add to your monster and is easy to learn, but extended enough to play it more than once. And if the standard edition is not enough for you, you can continue your game with the Power Up Expansion and/or the Halloween Expansion.
KING OF TOKYO
A game by Richard Garfield
Players: 2 - 6 players, ages 8+
Playtime: approx. 30 minutes