Monster Mash King of New York Board Game Review

Release of the 2014 King of New York board game is not only for King of Tokyo game fans but for diehard city stomping monster movie fans and board gamers.

The city that never sleeps is known for its restaurants, Broadway shows, its never-ending energy…the lights and now for the monsters that are trying to demolish it!

In this new release, Manhattan is besieged by monsters ready to destroy familiar landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island’s St. George Theater.

As in King of Tokyo, you play the role of one of six (6) monsters are intent on destroying the city. NEW monsters are introduced in this game version such as Captain Fish, Kong, and the giant T-Rex, Sheriff — and, depending on which monster you are, you don’t play well with the others!

King of New York Board Game Play

Similar to the game play in King of Tokyo, the ultimate goal is to be the last monster standing OR to collect twenty (20) victory points.

When it’s your turn, and similar to Yahtzee, you roll six (6) dice up to three times. The images on the dice dictate the actions you need to carry out.

As examples, rolling hearts can heal damage and make you stronger, rolling claws can cause damage to other monsters and energy symbols allow you to purchase power cards with special effects that are unique to you.

King of New York Game Board

What’s Different in the King of New York?

This King of New York is a standalone board game with the same core principles as the King of Tokyo. This New York City version has a larger game board because it is based on the five (5) Boroughs of New York — Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Monsters in this game will occupy Boroughs with conquering Manhattan being the ultimate goal. Players can move between Boroughs adding another layer of strategy not found in King of Tokyo. When moving between Boroughs, you can displace another monster occupying that Borough.

Monsters attack buildings and landmarks in the Boroughs and each time a monster destroys a building, the military will come and try to protect the it.

King of New York Captain FishEach building or landmark has a destruction level from 1 to 3 and that’s how many destruction symbols you need to destroy it — but know that the more destruction you cause comes with the penalty of a more intense military response.

Monsters can destroy the military the same way they destroy a building but the military will be harder to wipe out. Monsters attack with the “Ouch” symbol on the dice but if you only roll one “Ouch” symbol, the military will attack you.

If you roll two “Ouch” symbols, the military will still attack you but they will also attack any other monsters in the same Borough as you.

Rolling three “Ouch” symbols or more activates the military in all the Boroughs so a player can do damage to a competing monster located in another Borough that has a lot of military presence.

As soon as you destroy a building you get the reward on the front face of the building card and on the back of the card is number of military units sent to protect the building. The military units also offer a reward when you destroy them.

Monsters and Humans

Monsters in this game also have the ability to interact with humans when competing for celebrity status and trying to become a Superstar. Fame and celebrity status, in this King of New York game, is played by utilizing the “stars” on the dice.

The more stars you roll, the more points you get. You need to roll a minimum of 3 stars to get points and gain favor with the celebrities. All the players can compete to become the celebrity Superstar.

What’s in the Board Game Box?

  • 1 – Game Board
  • 8 – Dice
  • 66 – Cards
  • 46 – Effect Tokens
  • 6 – Monster Boards
  • 6 – Monster Board Cardboard Characters with stands
  • 45 – Building Tiles
  • 50 – Energy Cubes
  • 1 – Rule Book

King of New York Game Conclusion

King of New York Game Long FishThis King of New York is a much anticipated board game release and was a hit at the August 2014 Gen Con. This game offers a lot of interaction between players addressing some of the issues players had with King of Tokyo.

The larger game board, with the monsters staying on the board and having the ability to move between Boroughs, adds another level of strategy to the game play.

There are a lot more ways to gain energy, restore life and get victory points in this game but as in King of Tokyo the end is the same but with a celebrity Superstar twist.

This game is recommended for Ages 8 and older and can be played with 2 to 6 players. Play duration is about 40 minutes based on the number of players.

Pricing for this game is determined by the supplier and not our review site.

King of New York Board Game

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  • For 2-6 players
  • 60 minute playing time
  • Incredible Artwork By Regis Torres
  • Simple, Fast-Paced And Lively As King Of Tokyo, With More Depth And Decisions To Be Made
  • Takes about an hour to play

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  • Players: 2 - 6
  • Play Time: 30 - 45 minutes
  • Created by Richard Garfield!