Board Game Battle: Dice Throne vs King of Tokyo

Board Game Battle: Dice Throne vs King of Tokyo

Ladiiiesss and Gentlemen… boys and girls, the following contest is a first to three pinfalls of submissions. Introducing our first in the team from Dice Throne, with a combined total of sixteen different characters. In the other corner, the monstrous team from Tokyo, the King of Tokyo monsters!

This is a grudge match between the two, both groups were trained by the same master, Yahtzee, and are dice chucking battling games. In one you are trying to take out a single opponent while with the other it’s about punching big or getting the points locked in you need to submit your opponents. Let’s take a deeper dive.

Dice Throne

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In Dice Throne, you are taking a character, could be someone like a Huntress with her pet tiger, a vampire, a barbarian, or a paladin, plus way more, and pit them against another character. This is a primarily two player game where you are rolling dice to get certain matching sets for combat. But it’s not just chucking dice, keeping some, and repeating the process up to 2 more times, like Yahtzee, there are things you can do to manipulate the dice or your attacks, you can upgrade those. While it certainly is a game of luck as you’re rolling dice, there is more to that, and with a simple main mechanic like Yahtzee, they’ve done a great job of making the other characters feel different.

King of Tokyo

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King of Tokyo also uses the roll, keep, repeat up to 2 more times. You’re also trying to hit your opponents and do damage, but you’re trying to be the king of Tokyo. So this can be a 5 player game where everyone is for themselves. The dice allow you to punch or heal, but they can also give you victory points, and if you get high of enough you can win from victory points not from knocking out your opponents. You can also roll energy, that can help you buy new abilities on cards that can get your more victory points or help you punch more often and harder. So the choice in play styles is up to you in this simple game.

The Fight

The battle is fast and furious with the monsters of King of Tokyo rotating in and out quickly. However, their strategy appears to be simple, punch several times, and not worry about who all you hit, and then tag someone else in. Dice Throne is able to use more complex strategies to get the first pinfall as they take out one of the monsters, and then it’s madness as everyone is in there brawling. There’s a submission from King of Tokyo onto Dice Throne and in response, Mecha Dragon is rolled up quickly. In the end, the variety in the styles of offense is just too much and the winner is…

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Dice Throne

Why did I pick Dice Throne out of the two, I think that Dice Throne just offers more variety. The upgrading of what you can roll for an attack is a lot of fun, there’s a lot of dice manipulation, and overall, I think it’s a better game. With that said, I have room for both on my shelf. If we have an odd number of players or want to play a simpler dice game, King of Tokyo is great. I will say, I haven’t played with the power-up cards for King of Tokyo, mainly because I have the first printing. I’ve heard that adds some to the strategy of the game so I’d be interested in it. But Dice Throne, and the theme of the game is just fun for me.

Also, I like the upgrades better in Dice Throne, not only is how the dice are used more thematic, the upgrades are more thematic as well. All of the monsters can feel like the same monster in King of Tokyo, but each character you use is different for Dice Throne. The Pyromancer is a glass cannon but they can hit hard, the Shadow Thief steals combat points and can use that to improve their attack. The Tactician puts plans into motion while the Huntress and her tiger deal more damage when the tiger is around. That’s just really fun for me, and from what I’ve played, probably 15 or so games, it feels well balanced. Not perfectly balanced but not bad, and there is luck that determines some of that balancing when it comes to card draw and dice rolls, but they do a good job of letting you be able to manipulate the dice.

Which do you prefer?

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