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Richard Garfield strikes again with this first expansion for King of Tokyo! New Monster Powers and fear the slap of the terrible Pandakaï!
With King of Tokyo: Power Up! – an expansion for the King of Tokyo base game – after choosing a monster, each player takes the eight Evolution cards associated with that monster, shuffles those cards, and creates a personal deck. At the end of a player's turn, if she has three hearts, she draws one Evolution card and adds it to her hand; this is possible even in Tokyo (when hearts are normally useless) and even if the hearts are used for some other action, such as healing.
A player can reveal and play an Evolution card at any time. Some Evolutions are temporary, allowing a one-time bonus, while others are Permanent, such as Gigazaur's "Tail Sweep", which allows him to change one die to a 1 or 2 each turn. Each Evolution card also identifies whether a monster is a Mutant, Invader or Robot, and while not relevant for Power Up!, this species identification could come into play in future expansions.
The rules for King of Tokyo: Power Up! contain a few variants: Players start with a random Evolution in play, or draw two cards and choose the one they want, or draft a set of Evolutions prior to the start of play. However you play, the goal of the game remains the same: Score 20 points or be the last monster standing amid the rubble of what was once Tokyo.
Really good expansion. Adds more to an already great game.
King of Tokyo Power Up
The core game is such a blast I felt this expansion pack a 'must buy'. Our gaming group love KoT but we all feel the power up pack changes the dynamics of the core game too drastically, our games tend to last an awful lot shorter using this pack. We have played most of our games with 4-6 players.
Now, it certainly does what it says on the box, 'Power Up', all characters have a bundle of unique power cards that are akin to the base set. These cards are, on the whole, very powerful and there's often an amount of luck as to who gets what and when, knocking other players out very quickly. We've since not used this additional set for our last couple of sessions, with the whole group voting to just use the core set (5 players in both sessions).
To add an extra dimension to the core set, this is a fine purchase, we, as a group, don't feel it's a necessary purchase though.
Happy gaming! C
The evolution cards are really good.
The Power Up! addon is a really nice addition to King of Tokyo making each monster feel unique. Before all the monsters were exactly the same and who you picked really didn't change too much.
Now though each monster has different powerups, The King for example has alot of buffs to get him into Tokyo and power him up while he's there. While the Kraken is all about taking less damage.
It makes rolling hearts to get stronger a much better option. What was usually everyone trying to get as much energy as possible turned into trying to get a nice mix of things both to power up and to get the bonus effects of other rolls.
If you've got King of Tokyo it's well worth the money for this expansion.
Great expansion that makes both your monster and dice choices matter much much more. I would almost label this expansion as essential for full enjoyment of the game.
My ONLY qualm with this set is the new panda component doesn't quite fit in the stand, it's maybe 1 mm to thin so it falls over which is very annoying. I fixed this by adding a little tape, but this shouldn't be needed since the rest of the game is such good quality.