King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo is a game from Richard Garfield for 2 to 6 players in which you will be able to 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. When it is your turn to play you throw six dice. Each die bears the following six symbols: 1 2 or 3 Points of Destruction Energy Healing and Whack. In three successive throws you are going to choose whether to keep or discard each die in order to come up with combinations that will enable you to win destruction points hoard energy restore your health or whack other players into understanding 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 that you can purchase with energy and 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 you hold 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. – From Creators

 

So, here we have a fun family friendly game that can be played in just 30 minutes. It’s simple and suitable for those 8 and older which makes it one of our tabletop staples. It has received awards for being the best party board game as well as the best family board game. While simple is not always better, we find that it’s a nice change of pace from many of the rules-heavy games that we often play and it’s a great way to introduce people to the world of tabletop games. They’ve released a few expansions for the game to keep it fresh for those who get bored easily, but the base game itself provides many hours of enjoyment for most and I personally plan to bring it with me to a family gathering or two. 

 

Watch this video to see it in action-

Corbin
GM

 

Comments

  1. My wife and me got introduced to boardgames with Catan. 2 years of plaything with friends I never won a game, its on my ban lists now lol

  2. Demoed it last year at GTS’s Annual Events, then eventually got one for the Old Bluffton Shop.

    Fun Game, just hard to get copies considering how rarely they do production runs of it.

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