King of Tokyo – Written Board Game Review

In “King of Tokyo” players take on the roles of giant monsters rampaging through Tokyo trying to cause destruction as they go. The overall plan, destroy all the other monsters getting in their way of you becoming the “King of Tokyo”.

Setup, Gameplay of King of Tokyo
Players choose a “King of Tokyo” monster and a matching monster board. The city board goes in the centre and the deck and three cards face up go above the board. Players all set health to ten and victory points to zero on their player boards. It should be noted, all the monsters are essentially the same, they just look different, so just choose based on what one you think looks coolest.

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On a players turn they roll the dice, which have faces of numbers, hearts, attack, energy. They can keep dice aside they want to use and reroll remaining dice twice more (for three rolls in total). Numbers are victory points and you need at least three of something to gain points (example rolling three 3’s gets you 3 points, rolling and keeping additional 3’s garners you additional points (example rolling four 3’s gets you 4 points. 3×3 gets 3 points +1 additional point for the additional 3).

Next up hearts, they are healing powers, one heart, one healing point. Attack rolls (claw / paw dice) are fairly self explanatory, but if you roll a claw you move into Tokyo if no one is there. If you’re in Tokyo you get a victory point. Problem of being in the city is, hearts no longer count and whilst you’re in Tokyo other players attack rolls affect you. If you’re damaged you can choose to leave and the monster that inflicted the damage steps into the city.

So why would you want to stay in Tokyo? Well any damage you deal whilst in Tokyo is inflicted upon the other monsters. Energy are used to purchase cards. You can purchase from the 3 cards face up, as soon as a card is purchased, it is replaced from the draw pile. If there are no cards you like, you can also spend two energy to discard the face up cards and draw three new cards from the deck. Cards have various bonuses or single effects.

The winner in “King of Tokyo” is the one who is first to 20 victory points, or the one monster left alive after the battle.

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Game Build Quality
“King of Tokyo” is an IELLO game, so needless to say it’s a nice quality build. Good box, nice insert, nice little player cards and board. The only thing we’d suggest is sleeving the cards if you’re playing it a lot.

2-6 Players

Ages: 8+

Setup Time: A few minutes
Play time: Approx 25-40 minutes (dependent on play number).

“King of Tokyo” is a dice-chucker and push your luck game. A lot of people also refer to it as a party game, though we feel that is doing it a slight disservice because it’s a bit more clever than that (we consider Cards Against Humanity to be a party game). Sure “King of Tokyo” is an easy game, simple to play and teach, but it does actually have some depth. There’s a lot of fun in choosing the right cards, at the right time and nipping in and out of Tokyo to ensure you’re taking minimal damage whilst inflicting as much as you can to everyone else.

We really enjoy playing “King of Tokyo”. It’s not a game we bring out all the time, but a few in the team own it and we generally will get a laugh out of it. It is also a neat little game to introduce non gamers to the hobby. Oh and lastly, we think it plays better with 4-6 players than 2-3.

Gameapalooza House Rules
None to speak of, though there is a handy little fan-made companion App named “Monster Board” if you like that sort of thing.

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You can purchase “King of Tokyo” from our sponsor, Aussie game store Gameology.


Disclosure: Gameology furnished us with a copy of the game for review. This does not affect the review in any way, other than we were able to bring it to our readers. We thank them for their support.