Do you like monsters, smashing things, bunnies in giant robot suits, making noises like giant manga monsters?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then King of Tokyo may be a game for you. It’s playable by everyone in our house, it has easy to follow rules and allows us all to have a good laugh.
I was recently at Spellbound, looking for something to buy one of my sons for his birthday, when I was introduced to King of Tokyo.
The conversation went something like this:
“ So I’m looking for something to play with the boys”
“Ah, try this it’s just great fun, and I can explain the rules in about two minutes”
The store owner had me at ‘fun‘, but simple rules… yes please! With my two boys, the simpler the rules are, the better.
Kings of Tokyo can be played by 2-6 people and takes between 30 -40 minutes to play. As a parent, it’s a great before bed game.
The premise of the board game is to take control of Tokyo as a one of a cadre of Manga style monsters: The King, (a large hairy gorilla) Meka Dragon, (a purple robot dragon) Alieonoid, (a three eyed green slightly confused alien in a suit) and Cyber Bunny… well I’ll let you fill in the gaps.
There are other monsters for you to control, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise! All the monsters start the same but, with careful card choice they can become different, and win in differing ways.
The non-complicated set of rules allows for the players to focus on rolling their dice. You roll five die and have three goes, were you can re-roll all or any combination to get the results you want: to get Paws which cause damage to the other monsters, gain powers, victory points to win the game and health regeneration from rolling a heart. (but not while in Tokyo)
While in Tokyo, you swat all the monsters outside of the city, but a rather large downside is that they all swat back at you. When you are low on health, you can give up Toyko to any monster that has damaged you. This is a real fun part of the game as both of my sons spent many attempts trying not to roll a paw, as it means “get in Tokyo”, and by default get clobbered!
Expansions for King of Tokyo are already available (but not needed to play) and add a bit more flavour to the game. Current releases give players new monsters to use as well as a new set of cards with the ability to add mutations.
It’s a simple fun game that allows players of all ages to part. There aren’t many games available on the market that cater to a 41, 37, 9, and 5 year-old which is a definite bonus.
Now for the real reviews of the game from number one and two sons:
Number one son:
“I like just squishing people”
Number two son:
“Killing you (me)”
If you have blood thirsty kids with an ever so worrying penchant for patricide, then this is game for you!