Published by: IELLO
# of players: 2-6
King of New York(KoNY) is the sequel to the hit game King of Tokyo(KoT) by Richard Garfield. King of Tokyo had monsters battling it out to be the last monster standing or be the most victorious by having 20 Victory Points(VP). This time the monsters have taken their destruction to the next level and where else but New York New York. They would have it no other way but battle it out with the likes of Drakonis, Kong, and my personal favorite Captain Fish. New York will not take this laying down though, as King of New York introduces building/military unit tiles that will fight back. Will you be the King of New Yorkor will you be nursing your wounds in Jersey?
King of New York brings you 6 new monsters to fight it out on medium size game board. (note: it is at least double the size of Tokyo board) Same big quality dice with some new sides that have replaced the 1,2,and 3 on the King of Tokyo dice. King of New York adds 45 building/unit tiles which will be explained later in the review. 64 power cards are provided to give your monster a needed boost as long as he can afford the cost. The monsters in King of New York are interchangeable with the monsters from King of Tokyo. This means Captain Fish can bring the pain to Tokyo or Cyberbunny can wreck havoc in New York city. This is a nice little bonus if you own both games and have a favorite character or a promo from winning a tournament. (Space Penguin represent!)
King of New York brings the same fun, dice chucking action from King of Tokyo with some changes to bring it to the next level of destruction. The goal is the same as King of Tokyo, which means 20 VP or last monster standing and you will be the King of New York! You will be rolling 6 to 8 dice (see picture above) which have 3 new sides. The new sides are star(3 stars = 1VP & Superstar card), Building splitting in two(Each die represents 1 durability of a building or unit destroyed), and skull
( 1= unit tile in borough each attack you, 2-they attack all monsters in that borough you are in, 3- All Units attack the monsters in their boroughs & you gain statue of liberty card (3VP)). Your turn consists of rolling dice up to 3 times, resolving ALL dice, move (change borough or move into Manhattan/advance higher in Manhattan). The superstar card I mentioned earlier has the effect of 1VP for every star rolled while you are in possession of that card. New York is split into 5 boroughs (see above picture) and each contains 3 stacks of building/unit tiles. These tiles will provide health, energy or VP when destroyed, but if you destroy a building it will flip over and reveal a military unit. These units are the ones that will attack you on the skull roll. In King of Tokyo when you enter Tokyo you get 1VP and 1 Energy and another of each for each round you stay in Tokyo. King of New york the monsters are fighting to be in the Manhattan borough which is split into 3 parts (Lower,Midtown,and Upper). Monsters will receive 1 VP and 1 Energy when they enter Manhattan and on the following turn if they stayed, but after that turn during your move phase you will go up to the next level. Midtown provides 2VP and 2Energy when it is your next turn and then will move up to Upper Manhattan which provides 3VP and 3 Energy. This adds a benefit to holding onto your position in Manhattan but you still can't heal while in Manhattan and everyone attacks you. Stay too long and you become T Rex tenders. Can you survive and become the King of New York?
I came into King of New York skeptical that it would be too much like King of Tokyo without anything notable to stand on its own. While it took a few plays, this game has grown on me and does indeed stand out as different. I enjoyed King of Tokyo as a easy, light, dice chucking game. King of New York brings that same fun but adds strategy and a different feeling. You feel like you are fighting the other players but also have to watch out for New Yorkers bringing the pain as well. Yes your turn is still dependent on the luck of the dice, but I feel you get more quality out of your rolls and less waste in turns compared to King of Tokyo. Now you can try and take down buildings and units to gain VP, health and energy, but also use those military units to hurt other monsters (and unfortunately yourself as well). Staying in Manhattan seems more beneficial and may make you take risks to stay longer that you would have in KoT. Iello brings their usual funny and sometimes "not copy-write but hint hint its this guy" monsters to King of New York. Yeah I am looking at you Kong, go away your last movie was terrible. I enjoy King of New York a little more than King of Tokyo. In my opinion you start new people out with King of Tokyo and then move them up to King of New York. If you own King of Tokyo do you need to get King of New York? Yes and No, depends if you are satisfied with the fun and simplicity of King of Tokyo or if you enjoy King of Tokyo but also want a step up in difficulty and added strategy. If you did not enjoy King of Tokyo because you hate dice or theme then this game is not for you. If you haven't played either then i would recommend both of them. If I personally had to choose only one between KoT and KoNY, I would choose King of New York. I like the extra strategy and building destruction that adds to the theme and enjoyment of the game. I hope Iello plans to release a "power up" expansion to King of New York to give each monster its own feel. To sum up the review, King of New York is a keeper for me personally, as I enjoy the theme and always enjoy chucking some big dice.
+Building/unit tiles add theme & strategy
+Advanced King of Tokyo
+Monsters can be used in KoT and vice versa
+Dice Rolling fun with lots of interaction
+Some will find it to close to KoT and want more strategy then KoNY brings.
+Win by the Dice, Die by the Dice. If you are not a fan of Dice then this is not for you.
+Could really use a "Power Up" expansion to give monsters a unique feel.
Note: After review was written Iello hinted at a Power Up type Expansion coming in 2016