If your answer is no, you should immediately go to your nearest hobby, game or comic shop and pick it up.
A couple of nights ago some friends came by for a game night, which we do very semi-regularly, and they brought a recent purchase, King of Tokyo.
Nick (my man) and I were very surprised to find the board was a small square with two circles on it, one named Tokyo City and the other Tokyo Bay. It turns out the game board does not play any part in deciding the winner of a game. We keep score using our own character “sheets” and the honour system.
The purpose of the game is to become King of Tokyo. King of Tokyo being the name of the monster who destroys the city.
photo from official site
Each player chooses a character from a number of classic B-Movie giant monsters, including The King (Kong to be presumed), Meka Dragon, and the truly terrifying Cyber Bunny.
The monsters compete against each other to take the city of Tokyo, hold the city of Tokyo and ultimately to destroy the city or be the last monster standing.
King of Tokyo is in essence a dice game. Each turn a player rolls 6 dice, trying to make 3 of a kind or more to gain Stars (reach 20 Stars to win the game i.e. destroy Tokyo), Lightning Bolts to gain energy cubes (used to buy power ups), Hearts to up your life or hit points (if you drop down to 0 points you die), and Claws to attack the other monsters.
It’s a very simple game, quick to learn and to explain to new players. But there seems to be an almost infinite number of ways the game can be won or lost.
We played three games. The first was won by killing all of the other monsters. One player went down early, but the killing blow at the end took out every one else at once.
The second game was won by achieving 20 stars. No monster was killed, and three players were very close to achieving a win by stars.
The third game came down to a head to head show down between two players as one by one the rest of us were felled.
Our first game lasted roughly 30 minutes which is probably at the higher time limit, and in two games one player was killed relatively quickly, though one of the games ended with all players still alive and well.
I definitely recommend playing this game. Though if you have small players with small hands, you might want to source a dice cup of some sort. I could barely fit all 6 dices in my hand, they are quite a bit bigger than your average 6 sided die.
*** While looking for a photo of the game, since I took none while playing (what is wrong with me?), I discovered that this game was created by the same person who made Robo Rally, another simple, but very fun game.