In King of Tokyo, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and other aliens – all of whom are happily whacking each other in a joyous atmosphere in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo.
At the start of each turn, you roll six dice. The dice show the following six symbols: 1, 2 or 3 Points of Destruction, Energy, Healing and Whack. Over three successive throws, choose whether to keep or discard each die in order to win destruction points, hoard energy, restore health, or whack other players into understanding that Tokyo is YOUR territory.
The fiercest player will be crowned King of Tokyo... and will end up facing all the other monsters alone!
Top this off with special cards purchased with energy that have a permanent or temporary effect, such as the growing of a second head which grants you an additional die, body armor, nova death ray, and more.... and it's one of the most explosive games of the year!
In order to win the game, one must either destroy Tokyo by accumulating 20 destruction points, or be the only surviving monster once the fighting has ended.
Tokyo smashing goodness! Review by Tom
In King of Tokyo, players get to be giant monsters rampaging through Tokyo, causing as much chaos and mayhem as possible. It is fast, fun and fantastic for families and casual gamers.
Essentially, it is Yahtzee with giant monsters and super powers.
Fun and light, with different strategies depending on what others are doing, and the cards that are available. Shall I rush Tokyo and smash down my opponents? Shall I sit in the background and go for point victory? Shall I power up my character with various abilities?
King of Tokyo is incredibly easy to learn and teach. The amount of luck involved means that brand new players have plenty of opportunity to win against seasoned veterans.
Sometimes the interaction between particular power-up cards isn’t clear. Fortunately this is a rare occurrence, and if players can’t agree then there is a fist full of monster dice to help settle any argument.
Players who have difficulty with being eliminated may need some assistance and coaxing to play (adults or children). However given the short play time and the amount of luck involved in this game, players shouldn’t take elimination too personally.
While this game does play with 2 players, doing so loses much of the interaction that comes with 3 plus players. (Posted on 31/05/15)
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