We are finding it harder to coax the boys away from screens; games are so immersive and exciting these days that sadly they get rather hooked. But King of Tokyo is as engaging as any computer game and gives them a much-needed break from staring at a screen.
It’s easy enough to get the hang off; it combines elements of luck and strategy, which works well. You have dice to roll and depending on what you roll on your turn you can do a combination of attacking your opponent (the claw icon), healing (a heart), collecting “shopping points” as we call them (the electric symbol) or trying to get extra points to win that way (by getting three one’s, two’s or three’s to gain that particular score).
You can spend the energy cubes (our “shopping points”) for some powerful bonuses; three special cards are dealt out but only replaced with new ones when they are sold. My favourite ones are the two that allow you to have an extra dice, if you managed to get both you have a big advantage over everyone else. But there are lots of different ones to choose from, my eldest in particular gets quite excited spending his energy cubes. I am less about the cubes and more about the points, whereas hubbie is all about taking us down as fast as possible, so he tries to roll as many claws as possible.
You can play the slow game and try and be the first to get to twenty points or just go all out ATTACK on everyone like hubbie prefers. You have to make sure your not over confident once I stayed in the Tokyo City too long trying to tot up some extra Victory Points (you receive one when you go into Tokyo City and another 2 when its your next turn) and as you cannot heal in there I soon got annihilated. The game looks impressive, the monster boards, little green energy cubes and special cards keep everyone intrigued.
King of Tokyo has an RRP of £29.99 but is currently available to buy from Amazon cheaper. I also have a copy to giveaway here, if you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 6th of February.
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