Happy Birthday Godzilla !
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Here's a list of games that have the irradiated lizard we call Godzilla to thank for their inspiration.

The scaly lug turns 50 this week.

From his humble beginnings as an allegory for nuclear holocaust, Godzilla, or Gojira as he's known in Japan, grew into a Saturday matinee idol. A reptile that touched us in a way few reptiles ever have; Godzilla made us laugh, cheer, and even managed to teach us about urban planning, friendship and acceptance along the way.

There's a myriad of games inspired by Godzilla, which are the best? Add your vote.

Happy birthday Godzilla !
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1. Board Game: The Creature That Ate Sheboygan [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3581]
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This gem in the rough is a personal favorite. Though in fairness I haven't played any of the other games on this list. Feel free to suggest others. See my full review for my views, variants, and Pulitzer nominated prose.
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2. Board Game: Monstret som slukade Stockholm [Average Rating:4.59 Unranked]
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Hey Hans, Niclas . . . how do you say "copyright infringement" in Swedish?
 
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3. Board Game: Monsters! [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
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I don't know if this game is any good, but dude is Godzilla pissed off or what ?
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4. Board Game: Slime Monster Game [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
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This might be the oddest "game" that I believe is inspired by Godzilla. Hey maybe the big guy had the flu or something. You've got to love the children portrayed on the box. Proof that there are appropriate times to show gamers in photos.
 
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5. Board Game: Monsters Ravage America [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:7302]
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The first time I saw this game, I thought it was an English translation of Die Macher. It's one of the few here that have an officially licensed reference to Godzilla.
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6. Board Game: Monster Island [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:7928]
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Godzilla vs a giant squid - finally Jules Verne can rest in peace !
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7. Board Game: Giant Monster Rampage [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:8641]
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Godzilla vs the Transformers . . . go Zilla! But why are these soldiers wearing life preservers?
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8. Board Game: Giant Monster Rampage 2: World War [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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Looks like that evil monkey from the Power Puff girls has gotten a bit out of hand . . .
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9. Board Game: Kaiju: Giant Monster Boardgame [Average Rating:2.40 Unranked]
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An "Alternate History Game" ! What crossroads in time resulted in this alternate history? My guess is that "trickle down economics" worked in this alternate universe.
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10. Board Game: Super Giant Monster Showdown [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:9167]
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I love how this game's title sounds like a Japanese game show. (and expansions)
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11. Board Game: Godzilla Electronic Wargame [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
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Good to see the old school Godzilla on a cover. But the term "electronic wargame" has me a little worried.
 
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12. Board Game: Godzilla [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:11886]
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A game about Squishing ! But I've a suspicion that this one is a dud like the movie?
 
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13. Board Game: Godzilla Street Stomping Game [Average Rating:2.29 Unranked]
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Survive the Stomp? I want to be the one Stomping! Sounds like a great theme, but how's it play?
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14. Board Game: Mothra vs. Godzilla [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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It's great to see Mothra's back on the marquee, but how's the game play?
 
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15. Board Game: Escape from Monster Island [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
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Is Kurt Russell in this one? It'd be great to see Snake Plissken square off against the 'Zilla.
 
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16. Board Game: Arabian Nightmare: The Kuwait War [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:14398]
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If memory serves, there's a joke scenario in Arabian Nightmare where the anti-Hussein coalition awakens a slumbering Godzilla-like monster.
 
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17. Board Game: Air War: Modern Tactical Air Combat [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:14838]
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Another unlikely appearance of giant monsters, Air War has a scenario featuring an aerial duel between fighter jets and a Rodan or Mothra clone (can't remember which).
 
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18. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1667]
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Starships vs. space monsters, including a Godzilla-esque "space dragon."
 
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3 demo games in 1! From the BGG description:

"The Creature that Ate New York is a lightweight takeoff on The Creature that Ate Sheboygan. Up to seven players may play. Each player has a secret objective, which could involve destroying a certain Manhattan location or just beating up on the other monsters."
 
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20. Board Game: Gammarauders [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:8436]
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This is the TSR game. It featured big cybermonsters that you cold accessorize with specific weapons, as well as some vehicles and "popcorn" (infantry).

Pretty light, but I enjoyed it at the time.
 
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21. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:991]
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I have the US edition by Mayfair which includes, in the official rules, a variant in which a non-specific Monster ravages the tower blocks, destroying all in its path. It's not identified as a giant lizard though, but what else could it be?
 
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22. Board Game: Oh No, There Goes Tokyo! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:8114]
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My own tribute to the Big Guy - I've loved Godzilla since I was a little kid. Had a Godzilla poster on my wall when I was 7, and I've got one on the wall now that I'm 37! Different posters, though.
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