Unspeakable – King of Tokyo Review

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The Story So Far…

Tokyo city has a long interesting history, stories of love, stories of war, stories of ghosts and 12-story high monsters are fighting over it.

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Name: King of Tokyo

Players: 2-4

Ages: 6 and up

Playing Time: ~30 minutes

Type: Card Drafting / Dice Rolling

Theme: Monsters / Kaiju

Giga Zaur – a giant dino-lizard, a cyborg ape called The King, a scheming Cyber Bunny, Kraken – an aquatic eldrich abomination, Aleinoid – the space invader and Meka Dragon… Now pick one and let’s wreck this city!

The Game:

King of Tokyo is a cool little tabletop game about giant monsters – using custom dice, cards, and a small board, you battle and evolve to claim the right of King Of The Monsters! Designed by Richard Garfield – of Magic: The Gathering fame and released in 2011 – KoT has become a popular choice for family game nights and hardcore gamers alike.

Using 6 custom dice (plus any number of extra heads you might have grown), monsters battle, heal, gather energy or score points in what feels like a game of Monster Yhatzee!

The custom dice – with attack, power, health, and 1, 2, or 3 point values. Attack hurts other monsters, health heals you, and the point values let you gather victory points.

Destroy All Monsters!

The lighting-bolt power dice however give the monster power tokens, which can be collected and traded for power cards! The Power cards range from buildings you destroy for points and one-off attacks to humongous jetpacks and horrific mutations!

As for the victory points on the dice – a set of three of any one number score that many points – so that three 1s score 1 point, three 2s score 2 points and three 3s score 3 points. If a players ends with more than 3 of the same numbered dice, they score one additional point per same numbered die – so four 3s score 4 points etc…

Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!

The monster-footprint attack dice, let players outside Tokyo attack the player in Tokyo, but the current King of Tokyo can attack all players outside, making it a high risk/high reward situation…

As soon as a all other monsters have their health dropped to zero, or one monster gathers 20 victory points the game is over and the winner is declared King of Tokyo!
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Content:

The monsters are represented by sturdy two-sided card stock standies, and the box also contains 8 custom dice, power marker tokens, character trackers for each monster and a deck of power cards.

The Tokyo board is small and used only for marking who the current king is… the art is kid-friendly but not pandering, and the production values are pretty high.

The Verdict

King of Tokyo is a simple, fun game that offers a good variety of powers. Ideal for younger or less experienced gamers who want a way into the board game community. If you stand on either side of the Godzilla vs Pacific Rim argument – this is a game for you!

Hits:

  • Fun and easy to play for anyone.
  • Captures that B-Movie Kaiju feel
  • Good variety of powers to chose from.

Misses:

  • Lack of variety in monster powers – fixed by Power Up! Expansion set.
  • Power tokens are small and easily lost.

Score

5/5 – Excellent Game!

About the Blogger:
Michele Pace Bonello is a board game, horror movie and comic book fan, form Malta – Europe. If you want your comic or game reviewed – send him an e-mail on mpacebonello@gmail.com. Kot_BOX

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