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King of Tokyo Board Game Review

Updated on August 21, 2015
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King of Tokyo Review

Basically if you are a fan of bad monster movies or similarly enjoyed the old arcade game of rampage then consequently chances are that you are truly going to find a level of enjoyment for King of Tokyo. Will you be brave enough to stand firm in the city or will you run with your tails between your legs?

King of Tokyo

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of King of Tokyo

King of Tokyo Page Summary:

  • What is King of Tokyo?
  • How to Play King of Tokyo?
  • Game Components of King of Tokyo
  • Final Thoughts

What is King of Tokyo?

King of Tokyo is a dice rolling game who's theme can be closely compared to bad monster movies in which creatures come in and destroy city's for no apparent reasons. In this case, the city in question is Tokyo. It is for this reason King of Tokyo is so wildly popular, the game's similarities to the old movies in which one monster is rampaging the city and must defend itself from would be invaders. As a result of this you may be the target of several volleys of damage, accordingly only will know if your creature can stand one more assault or must retire from the city and come back stronger at a later date.

Game Contents:

  • Game board
  • 66 cards
  • 6 monster boards
  • 6 monster tokens with plastic stand
  • 8 six-sided dice
  • 50 energy tokens
  • 28 tokens (cards effects)
  • Color Rulebook

Learn How to Play

How to Play King of Tokyo?

The game play for King of Tokyo is relatively easy to learn and also to teach. Basically you roll dice similarly to the Yatzee style game, keep the symbols you wish to keep, battle against other players, and gain or collect special abilities and victory points during game playing.

The Turn Round:

The turn round comprises of four simple actions, rolling the dice, resolving dice effects, buying cards, and ending the turn. The game continues until one of the victory conditions are met. ( see below for winning conditions)

Rolling Dice:

Each player will have the option of rolling and, or keeping any amount of dice symbols per round. Similarly to Yatzee you are allowed to roll up to three times per round. The object here to maximize your rolls in accordance to what desired effect you wish to attain, for example if you are trying to deal heavy damage to your opponents you will be more inclined to keep the claw symbols and re roll the other dice.

Resolving the Effects of the Dice:

Once you have completed your three dice rolls or have attained the desired symbols, comes the time to resolve all the effect of the dice rolls. All damage, health points, victory points, and energy cubes are dealt or dispensed with immediately unless special rules apply. For example health points cannot be restored while your creatures is inside the city.

Buying Cards (Optional):

During the game round you will have the option of purchasing special cards. These have either special effects or abilities for your monsters. Most special abilities for your monsters will last all game, but beware that some can be stolen or lost under certain conditions. Special effects on the other hand will usually be a one time effect.

The End of the Turn:

The game round ends and the turn is then passed on to the next available player.

Winning Conditions:

In order to win King of Tokyo one of the two winning conditions most be met. Firstly be the first player to reach 20 victory points, or secondly be the only creature left standing, in order words completely eliminate the other players.

King of Tokyo Board
King of Tokyo Board | Source

Game Components of King of Tokyo.

The Board:

The board, although it is not completely necessary to play King of Tokyo with its game board, it is However, still nice to see displayed the beautifully illustrated cartoonist style game board. The game board reserves a spot for the one who is currently attacking the city and also has a secondary spot reserved called Tokyo Bay. This secondary spot is only used when playing with five or six players.

The Creatures:

Players have the option of controlling one of six cartoon style illustrated monster cut out. You can play such monsters as The King, or Gigazaur both of which closely resemble King Kong and Godzilla respectfully but for legal reasons will pretend we didn't know that.

The Deck:

The deck contains a multitude of special cards, some of these cards contains special abilities for your monster, some grant you a special one time effect such as healing or dealing extra damage. The special abilities cards are not essentially necessary to the game, but they do add some extra flavor to this already colorful game play.

The Dice:

Up to eight dice are provided in King of Tokyo, but for the most part you will only be using six, the other two are solely used with special abilities cards. Through rolling dice players will try to obtain energy cubes, deal damage, heal or gain victory points.

The Dice Symbols Explained:

Numbers 1,2 and 3:

Numbers 1,2 and represents victory points. Three of a kind are necessarily to score points equal to the number rolled. You also score one additional point for having any more of the same dice symbols.

Lightning Bolt Symbol:

The Lightning bolt symbol represents energy cubes. One energy cube is gained with every symbol kept. Energy cube serve a dual purposes of currency for purchasing special ability cards and also to activate certain special effects.

Heart Symbol:

The Heart Symbol represents healing. Each heart symbol kept allows you to heal you creature on health. Unless special rules apply, such as when your currently attacking Tokyo or its Bay.

The Claw Symbol:

The Claw Symbol represents attack or damage. There are special rules with how damage is applied, if you are in the city then all damage rolled by you is dealt to all opposing players. Otherwise all opposing player's damage is dealt to the current monsters in the city. Other rules may apply for dealing out damage from special effect cards as well.

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king of Tokyo fight | Source

Final Thoughts.

The King of Tokyo Game can be firstly used as an introductory tool for new players are not accustomed to the board gaming world, also is great to play with kids of the age eight and over, and lastly it is also a great filler game to play while you are waiting for more players to arrive.

Although King of Tokyo does contain player elimination built into the game play, its short game play length will assuredly not leave to many players bored and sitting there to long.

King of Tokyo can easily be played with anywhere between two to six players, with this in mind I would strongly recommend playing King of Tokyo with at the very least four or more players. This I feel will give you the ultimum challenge for this game.

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      Tim 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Thank for sharing this! It's a great introduction for me.