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King of Tokyo Review

Updated on December 28, 2014

I am absolutely 'in love' with the fabulous board game King of Tokyo! As the 'Game Night Contributor' on Squidoo, I am always on the look out for the best family board games. We hold a weekly 'Game Night' at my flat on Wednesday evenings, and this Wednesday, our game of choice was King of Tokyo. I hope that you enjoy this King of Tokyo review.

King of Tokyo - The Theme

The theme of King of Tokyo is that you are all monsters fighting against each other in Tokyo and Tokyo Bay. The aim of the game is to either gain 20 strategy points before your opponents or kill them off and be the last monster standing and become the King of Tokyo! An exciting and entertaining theme. My monster of choice was 'Kracken'.

How to Play King of Tokyo

Each person has a character or monster. They get the stand up monster and a card with dials to record how many lives you have and how many victory points you have earned. On each go, you roll the dice to see if you can attack, buy something or gain a life.

Lightening gives you money, and money allows you to buy special cards which give you extra powers - nice! I liked my poison spit! You need to buy stuff at the start or end of your go, unless, of course, you have a card that allows you to buy stuff anytime! Some cards are 'discard' cards which means that you can use them only once. Other cards are 'keep' cards which can be reused.

When you are in the city of Tokyo, you can gain points for staying in, but you are also more vulnerable to attack as you cannot gain lives during your time in the city. So the trick is to move in and out of the city or the bay accordingly. If you are attached and want to run away, get out of the city quick on that turn!

Tabletop with Wil Weaton on King of Tokyo

Wil Weaton is my favourite reviewer, and in my opinion has the best online King of Tokyo Review.

King of Tokyo Review

King of Tokyo Review

Here's what I love, love, love about King of Tokyo...

  1. Fabulous theme - choose your own Monster!
  2. Easy to plan dice game.
  3. Fun for all the family - children can get involved.
  4. Strategic, but not too lengthy.
  5. Some brilliant expansions to add variation to game play.

How to Play King of Tokyo

An excellent explanation of the rules of King of Tokyo.

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The King of Tokyo in action - monsters in the city and the bay!King of Tokyo Dice - the claw means fight! Great for attacking opponents :-)My monster of choice - the Kracken!My favourite card - purchase for 4 money or lightening - Poison spit!My Kracken's poison!
The King of Tokyo in action - monsters in the city and the bay!
The King of Tokyo in action - monsters in the city and the bay!
King of Tokyo Dice - the claw means fight! Great for attacking opponents :-)
King of Tokyo Dice - the claw means fight! Great for attacking opponents :-)
My monster of choice - the Kracken!
My monster of choice - the Kracken!
My favourite card - purchase for 4 money or lightening - Poison spit!
My favourite card - purchase for 4 money or lightening - Poison spit!
My Kracken's poison!
My Kracken's poison!

I love being the Kracken and my weapon of choice is poison spit!

Lello King of Tokyo Power Up Expansion Game
Lello King of Tokyo Power Up Expansion Game

This 'Power Up' expansion means extra characters - including my favourite moster Pandakai! Players start with an evolution card, or they can draw two and choose one. Despite a few rule variants, the goal is still the same - to get 20 points and be the last monster standing in Tokyo!

 
IELLO King of Tokyo Halloween Expansion Board Game
IELLO King of Tokyo Halloween Expansion Board Game

The Halloween expansion is my favorite King of Tokyo expansion set. This includes two new monsters in addition to the original ones - Boogey Woogey and Pumpkin Jack. The Halloween expansion includes orange and black dice to fit in with the Halloween theme, and twelve new power cards.

 

Halloween King of Tokyo Review by Tom Vasel

Smash Up!

AEG Smash Up Game
AEG Smash Up Game

If you like King of Tokyo, you will also love Smash Up! You take two twenty card decks (two different factions) and smash more bases than your opponents. You attempt to have more power on your minions to stop opponents smashing your own bases. Because of the different factions such as zombies, pirates and dinosaurs, this means that game play is never the same. There are also some excellent expansions for Smash Up including Science Fiction, Monster Smash and Cthulhu. If you want to go all out, go for the big geeky box!

 

Future Smash Up Factions

From fanbase discussions, there is talk of a Werewolf and Vampire faction for Smash up in the future.

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