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Boardgames - King of Tokyo

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Family Board Game Quest continues. I borrowed this off a mate at work - we'd played a single game a few years back, and I thought it may fit the bill.

Rules are basic. Think Yahtzee, rolling your dice up to 3 times to get get a combination you want to work with. You battle Japanese style monsters, the dice rolls either dealing damage, healing, collecting Energy (which you can then spend on upgrade cards) or trying to amass victory points. Defeat all opponents you win, or get 20 Victory Points to win. Simple.

Only one monster can be inside Tokyo at once. You gain 2 Victory Points at the start of your turn for being in Tokyo, but you can't heal in Tokyo. Every monster outside Tokyo can only cause damage to you, but you cause damage to every one outside.

Yep, nice and simple. A new player has the basics down within half a game, and after that you can knock out a game in 15 minutes if things go well, or 30 minutes at most in my limited experience.

I've got to give the game back soon. It's one I'm definitely considering for my boardgame shelf. There's a few expansions out that add "Evolved monsters" or something, which I think means all monsters start with powers - at the moment they're all the same, nothing unique. There's also a sequel, King of New York, that adds more depth which looks like fun.

I think £25 for the base game is steep given the monsters are just cardboard cutouts on a plastic stand. You don't get a lot of stuff for your money, but it's a fun game. One I'll consider getting at some point.