Halloween, just a day away, doesn’t have to be all about creepy or scary stuff. No. Sometimes Halloween is just a good excuse to dress up in a costume and have fun… with maybe a little bit of chaos and destruction (watch where your tail swings! It ain’t easy dressing up as Godzilla).
King of Tokyo features giant creatures invading Tokyo. You can win by either gaining enough victory points or by defeating all your other fellow kaijus. There isn’t enough room for all of you to rule Tokyo. This fun and family-friendly game is like Yahtzee on steroids. Similar to Yahtzee, on each turn you roll 6 dice with 2 re-rolls available if you are unhappy with the outcomes. How it differs is these are special icons included in the dice: the energy bolt gains you energy cubes (currency), the monster fist attacks, lowering the health of foe(s), and the heart icon is for self-healing. The cubes are used to buy cards which can give you one-time use advantages, or game-changing one. A single use card could be dropping a bomb that injures all, and a persisting ability card could be if the player successfully attacks another player, they become poisoned and slowly deplete health until they can heal themselves.
When you’re in Tokyo, rolling a fist means you punch everybody else, however their fists means they all hit only you (unless there’s a card modifier in play). Hearts are only usable when outside of Tokyo as well. That’s the sacrifice: stay in Tokyo for the victory points but no chance to heal until you leave. Monsters rotate in when the current monster in the city has had enough, voluntarily leaving and forcing a swap between themselves and the player that gave the current monster a beating.
There a couple more rules but all of it is just as easy to pick up. It’s a fast paced game that anybody can learn. Throw the dice and your fists to claim victory over Tokyo.