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Posted: 10 weeks ago, last updated yesterday.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


King of Tokyo is a push-your-luck game where you are a giant monster on a rampage. You play by rolling and re-rolling dice like Yahtzee to carefully pick either offensive or defensive actions. It twists this idea with a territorial element that doubles down on the pressured prioritisation.

You are fighting to stay alive and be the first monster to collect twenty victory points. You roll and re-roll dice, choosing between combinations that earn points, attack monsters or heal yourself. Get these decisions right and you satisfyingly destroy the other monsters.

Unlike Yahtzee there's also a territorial dimension. Being in or out of Tokyo changes who can attack who. Fight your way into Tokyo to get bonus points and be able to damage all other monsters at the same time. However, being in the city makes you vulnerable to attack from other players on their turn.

As you progress, you earn Energy tokens to buy Special ability cards. For example, Burrowing deals extra damage on your attacks. You need to balance these attacks with defence, staying out of Tokyo if you need to use healing dice rolls. If you lose all your ten lives, then you are out of the game.

It's a game of prioritisation balanced on carefully selecting which dice to keep or re-roll. Get this right, with a bit of luck, and you assert your monstrous dominance leaving your friends cowering for survival.

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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2011

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 2-6

Genres: Battle, Collecting and Push-Your-Luck

Pieces: Board, Dice, Figures, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: Iello USA (@IelloUSA)



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Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. The first time you play it's worth knowing the following:
  • The dice are key to learning this game, so take time to learn what each face means and remember you can re-roll twice.
  • The Special cards are divided into keep and discard - the discard cards are used straight away.
  • You only use the Tokyo Bay area with 5-6 players.

Play Time: This game will take between 25 minutes and 40 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room. It is best played with 4-5.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to deal with being knocked out of the game and losing life points due to the actions of others.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds. The game imagery contains cartoon monsters and play involves fighting and death, however none of this is depicted graphically.


There are a number of versions and expansions, which include:
  • Power Up! (2012) adds a new monster and Evolution cards.
  • Halloween Collector Park (2013) adds two new monsters, orange dice and additional cards.
  • King of New York (2014) is a standalone game with six new monsters
  • Monster Pack 1 and 2 (2017) add a new monster and extra cards.
  • King of Tokyo 2nd Edition (2017) is a standalone game with two new monsters.
  • Monster Pack 3 (2018) adds a new monster, extra cards and an additional dice.
  • Monster Pack 4 (2019) adds a new monster, extra cards and an additional dice.
  • King of Tokyo Dark Edition (2020) is a re-print of the 1st version with updated artwork.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our King of Tokyo Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@IelloUSA) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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