King of Tokyo

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Ages: 8 & Up
Players: 2-6
Play Time: 35 minutes
Designer: Richard Garfield
Publisher: IELLO

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From the Box:

With KING OF TOKYO, Richard Garfield offers us a crazy game for 2 to 6 players in which you will be able to play mutant monsters, gigantic robots and other monstrous creatures, all of whom are happily whacking each other in a joyous atmosphere in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo.

Initial Thoughts

I waited forever to buy this game. I saw so many people talking about it but it just looked too simple and too kid like that I kept passing it up. Finally while visiting a friendly local game store the guy behind the counter talked me into it. I am so glad I picked it up.

This game is easy to learn. Most people have played Yahtzee and this game is somewhat the same. You get three rolls of the dice to get your best possible combination of hits, energy, healing, and victory points. If you are inside Tokyo your hits affect everyone outside but you can’t heal wounds. If you are outside you are only attacking whoever is inside Tokyo. Read through the rules and start playing. It is pretty easy to pick up.

My favorite part of the game is the struggle to stay in Tokyo. You want victory points and you want to kill everyone else but if you stay in too long you could be dead. It has a great balance.

Pros

I love the components. It has 6 huge custom black dice, 2 extra green dice, tons of plastic energy cubes, nice cards with lots of different art, and some good board pieces. The artwork is perfect and really fits the theme.

In the game if you roll energy you get these energy cubes that are used to purchase cards that give you a special power. This was a brilliant idea to take the game to the next level. You don’t have to purchase cards to win but they do help and sometimes they make all the difference. I love this part of the game.

Cons

I guess my only negative would be the cardboard cut out characters. I really wish they would have made miniatures. It’s not that big of a deal but this game would have been just that much more awesome with some really cool miniatures.

Final thoughts

I was scared to buy this one. Although I loved the theme I was scared it was going to be a kids game. It is light and it plays fast. I am a big fan of these types of games because I have some people that I play games with that only like these fast paced games that don’t take long to explain. Two Thumbs Up here.