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Subject: Is King of Tokyo fun for family play? The Board Game Family review rss

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Trent Howell
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Are you ready for a battle for supremacy in Tokyo? Not the kind of supremacy that takes a lot of strategic thinking and maneuvering. But a battle of supremacy with monsters storming Tokyo and knocking each other out.

Then you’ll love King of Tokyo.

King of Tokyo is a light-hearted, fun board game where you get to play “king of the hill” using dice, special abilities, and cool monsters.

If you want to see how to play King of Tokyo - you can watch the video review by our 16 year old.

This review will focus on what we think of King of Tokyo.

Can the whole family enjoy King of Tokyo?
We love that King of Tokyo plays up to 6 players because that means our whole family can play the game together. While the recommended age for the game is 8+, we think younger kids may still enjoy the game as well. Kids love rolling dice and the basic game play and symbols on the dice is easy to understand.

But because King of Tokyo has a lot of attacking each other with dice rolls, younger kids may not enjoy the game as much. If they’re sensitive to being targeted or eliminated, King of Tokyo won’t be so much fun. But if they don’t mind that, they can have a great time with everyone else.

For the older kids (like teenage boys) and adults, King of Tokyo can be a blast. At the core it’s a simple dice rolling game. But the theme, monster characters, and abilities make it fun. When you’re trying to knock out your opponent to move your monster into Tokyo, then dice rolling takes on a whole new feel.

Of course, the lower ratings in our family come from our 10 yr old daughter and Mom. Our daughter likes to play the game going for points rather than attacking (and she’s had winning success that way). So even though they’ll enjoy playing it, our experience shows King of Tokyo to be a bigger hit with the male crowd.

(It should be noted that our daughter doesn't shy away from dice rolling or fantasy because she loves Defenders of the Realm.)

What about player elimination?
In today’s world of board gaming, player elimination is not held in very high esteem. Most games being made now strive to keep all players in the game and engaged throughout so everyone can have a fun time. Having players knocked out with nothing to do isn’t much fun.

Sometimes though, eliminating players can be a lot of fun.

And that’s mostly what King of Tokyo is about – and it’s a lot of fun. However, because the game doesn’t take too long to play, eliminated players won’t have to wait very long for another game to start up. And even though they’re out of the game, they’ll be just as interested in the game to see who ends up being the ultimate King of Tokyo.

What’s the best number of players for King of Tokyo?
King of Tokyo can also be played with less than 6 players – all the way down to 2. But we’ve found that playing with 2 players isn’t as fun. With 2 players it’s just a straight attack fest. Sure that’s a fun part of the game. But when you just have 2 players the game doesn’t last long enough to make use of the cards and special abilities they can add. So rather than building up energy and buying cards it’s just a quick game to see who can roll the most attacks.

With 4 or more players however, the game is great. Even though it’s not a deep thinking game, with more players, going into Tokyo and when to leave Tokyo are tougher decisions. Deciding which dice to keep and whether to roll for victory points also become more important. And building up special powers through buying cards adds a lot of flavor to the game. So with more players you get to experience more of the game elements which make it more enjoyable overall.

How does King of Tokyo score on the “Let’s Play Again” game meter?
King of Tokyo scores high on our “let’s play again” game meter. I don’t think we’ve played a game of King of Tokyo without playing it at least a second time right after. Since the only thing required to set up the game is shuffling the deck of cards, it’s easy to get rolling right away. And the light-hearted fun of the game will keep it near the front of our game shelves for easy access to play many times.

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Bill Kunes
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Nice family review.

My oldest daughter and I played a demo at Origins at which time I was eliminated very early on by most everyone at the table and was forced to watch more than play. However, the game was a lot of fun. I passed on purchasing it feeling the price was a bit high for what you got in the box. However, I couldn't stop thinking about how fun it was.

This was our first purchase at Gen Con within 3 mins of the doors opening. We have had a blast and I highly second your recommendation of this game for its fun factor!

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Phil Thron
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Nice to see some family-oriented reviews in the mix. Glad your family is enjoying the game. Right now, this is the single most requested game in my family. It's fun, quick, and has that tasty just-once-more flavor.

In fact, tomorrow we're doing a semi-horror-themed day, suggested by my son. It includes some time at Monster Golf, a viewing of ParaNorman, a home viewing of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and...wait for it...many games of King of Tokyo. Tomorrow can't come quickly enough.
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Robert Carroll
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Nice review. I agree and my family loves the game, as well.
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