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King of New York – Monster Mayhem Fun

King of New York board game

This time the monster battle is in New York City!

Last week we reviewed a great family board game all about building up New York City in New York 1901.

And now it’s time to tear it all down…with monsters in King of New York!

That’s right, King of New York is a game about playing “king of the hill” in the boroughs of New York City. It’s a followup game to the very successful and super fun monster battle: King of Tokyo.

But in King of New York, players don’t just battle each other for supremacy. Now they also get to destroy buildings and fight back against the military onslaught.

Check out Trevor’s video review of King of New York and see how it stacks up against its predecessor!

 

Can the whole family enjoy King of New York?

King of New York board game

The battles are on!!

If your family likes rolling dice, attacking each other, and using special powers then, Yes, your whole family will enjoy King of New York.

The publisher-recommended age for King of New York is actually 10+. But we know kids younger than 10 that love playing the game as well.

But age isn’t the only consideration. In our family, we’re pretty split on who enjoys the game – the boys!

While mom has played King of New York, she isn’t keen to play again any time soon. And Brooke hasn’t even wanted to play. She played King of Tokyo when we first got that game and didn’t like attacking or being attacked – so she just went straight for points every time. The funny thing is that she won that game on points. But she’s steered clear of this monster mayhem ever since.

King of New York board game

First difference: Boroughs with buildings and military.

However, we also know there are plenty of gals that enjoy the monster battles in King of Tokyo and King of New York.

 

King of Tokyo vs. King of New York

Since King of New York is a followup game to King of Tokyo, the first 2 questions out of everyone’s mouth are sure to be, “which game is better?”, and “do we need both games?”

First of all, we’ll make it clear that King of New York is NOT an expansion to King of Tokyo. There have been some expansions published for King of Tokyo, but this isn’t one of them.

King of New York is a game that stands on its own.

So you don’t HAVE to have King of Tokyo to play King of New York.

King of New York board game

6 new monsters to choose from.

If you do have a copy of King of Tokyo, feel free to use the monsters from either game interchangeably. After all, the monsters themselves don’t have unique characteristics (unless using the Power Up expansion) so it really a personal preference for which monster character you want to use when playing.

Now on to the question of which of the 2 games we think is better.

King of New York board game

Another difference: The dice and actions.

And it may not surprise you that our answer to this question is the same as our answer when asked about which are the BEST board games – “it depends”. Because it totally depends on who is playing and what type of game you want to play.

If you’re looking for a simple dice-rolling, attack each other king-of-the-hill battle, then King of Tokyo is the better one to choose.

If you’re looking for something with more options and more things happening during the game, then King of New York is the way to go.

And depending on who we’re playing with, we’ll pick one over the other.

King of New York board game

Different ways to earn points.

For example, if it’s Guys Game Night and we have guys over that prefer light games or games without too many rules to think about, yet we still want to have some attacking fun, then we’ll pull out King of Tokyo.

But if the gang of guys that show up are the ones that enjoy games with a bit more meat or more options to think through, then we’ll pull out King of New York.

Now, that’s not to say that King of New York is a meaty strategy game. As you can see from our video review, it’s still a game full of lucky dice rolls. But because players aren’t just choosing between attacking or going for points (like they do in King of Tokyo), there’s more to consider.

King of New York board game

And more wonderful, special power cards.

In King of New York, in addition to the battle choices, players also need to choose when to destroy buildings and which borough to move to at the end of their turn.

So for us, if we had to choose only one of the games to keep, then we’d pick King of New York. And that’s mainly because we like the additional elements that are now a part of the battlefront (buildings to destroy, military fighting back, moving around the boroughs, additional benefits of staying Manhattan longer, etc).

We’re just glad we don’t have to make that cut so both games can remain on our game shelves.

 

How does King of New York score on our “Let’s Play Again” game meter?

King of New York board gameKing of New York scores high on the “let’s play again” game meter for the boys in our family. The overall game play is so familiar and welcoming to keep the battles going.

While there’s a bit more set up to King of New York over King of Tokyo, it’s still very simple – making it easy to start another game on the heels of one finishing.

And for sure it’s a game with a prominent spot on our game shelf so it’s readily accessible. Because we know when Guys Game Night rolls around, it needs to be an easy game to grab.

Thanks iello for making yet another fun family game in King of New York!

The Board Game Family Game Ratings
Caleb: 4.5 Meeples Caleb
   Has not played Brooke
Jaden: 4.0 Meeples Jaden
Trevor: 4.5 Meeples Trevor
Mom: 2.5 Meeples Mom
Dad: 4.2 Meeples Dad
Average: 4.0 Meeples Average
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New York 1901 board game review

New York 1901 board game

Let’s get building New York City!

It’s time to travel back in time and build up New York City.

The year is 1901 and we’ve been commissioned to start building skyscrapers throughout New York City.

Welcome to New York 1901 – an awesome family board game from Blue Orange Games releasing this month!

In New York 1901 players compete to build the throughout the city and score the most points along the way.

While that may not sound like the most engaging theme, when you think about it, neither does building train routes. Yet, Ticket to Ride has skyrocketed to amazing success as one of the best family board games around.

And we’re happy to report that New York 1901 hits that same sweet spot as a fantastic family game!

See for yourself in our video review:

 

Can the whole family enjoy New York 1901?

New York 1901 board game

Players compete for the right land to build their buildings.

Like most family board games, New York 1901 is recommended for ages 8+. It has easy to understand rules, simple game play, great components, and a good balance of strategy and luck. All elements that make a great family board game.

Since players only have to choose between 2 options on their turn (Acquire Land/Build or Demolish/Rebuild), the game doesn’t overwhelm players with lengthy game turns. So it’s easy for kids to pick up as well. And gameplay moves along pretty quickly from player to player and there isn’t much downtime between turns.

New York 1901 board game

The Tetris-like building shapes are fun to work with.

Having said that, there is still plenty of strategy and depth to consider while playing the game. For example, if a player chooses the option of Acquire Land/Build on their turn, that opens up another realm of choices:

  • Which district (color of lots) do I want to build in?
  • Which street do I want to build next to?
  • Which shape buildings do I have left to use?
  • How can I cluster my buildings now in order to make way for bigger, upgraded building shapes later?
  • Where can I block my opponents?
  • When should I use my extra action cards?

And it’s that series of thoughtful choices that makes New York 1901 an engaging game to play.

 

Developing Minds

New York 1901 board game

Acquired a Lot and ready to build.

As we’ve written about before, one of the benefits of playing board games is the mental challenge and development. New York 1901 does a fantastic job in setting the stages for that development.

New York 1901 is full of elements that engage the brain while being fun to play.

The board itself is colorful and engaging. The goal of the game is clear. The scoring bonuses add strategic variety each time you play. The playing pieces are attractive and of high quality. And the building tiles are Tetris-like pieces that players must try to puzzle together.

New York 1901 board game

When should I use my extra Actions?

So in addition to all the choices that we described previously, players must also utilize spatial awareness to make the most of those choices.

For example, one of the reasons we think Blokus and City Square Off are such wonderful family board games is because of the spatial reasoning that works different parts of the brain.

New York 1901 fantastically delivers on bringing that same mental function into the middle of a game with additional strategic choices.

 

How does New York 1901 score on our “Let’s Play Again” game meter?

New York 1901 board gameJust as we mentioned in the beginning, New York 1901 is a fantastic family board game. It hits on all cylinders with engaging play, great components, and the right mix of luck and strategy for a family game.

It’s also a game that will get a lot of replays. With simple rules that are easy to remember, minimal set up, and variable bonus point goals, New York 1901 has a lot of replayability.

Blue Orange Games has been creating great kids games for many years (Spot It, Doodle Quest, Brave Rats, Yamslam, Battle Sheep, Gobblet). And now they’ve created a fantastic light strategy game that the whole family can enjoy together.

We highly recommend New York 1901 for families all over the world.

Thanks Blue Orange Games for such a great family board game.

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Kahuna board game review

Kahuna board game

Fight for control of the islands in Kahuna.

Let’s take a trip to a tropical island.

Better yet, let’s journey to many tropical islands.
Or better still; let’s vie for control over all those islands and be the big Kahuna!

That’s what you can do while playing the board game Kahuna by Kosmos.

In Kahuna, 2 players compete over control of 12 islands in the Pacific.

But control may not last.

During the game, control of the islands may swing from one player to the other.

Do you have what it takes to become and remain the big Kahuna?

We recommend you find out.

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Board Games Help Your Educational Career

board game learning

Not all learning is done in the classroom.

Pre-college, I spent my elementary years wandering around Candy Land, my junior high years journeying through The Game of Life, and my high school years collecting green apples in Apples to Apples. During my youth, board games were a fun family activity to pass the time. When college hit, a friend dragged me to a board game night. Over the next four years, I was introduced to dozens of new games.

The more time I spent playing these off-the-beaten track games, the more I began to realize that some of the games I regularly played helped me build skills to aid my educational career. Deborah Henderson, a professor and the director of Ohio University’s School of Nursing, confirms my realization that certain board games can be utilized as a method to encourage more effective learning. “Gaming,” Henderson explains in Designing An Educational Game for the Fun of Learning “can be used to reinforce facts, acquire knowledge and skills, practice problem–solving and decision making, and promote team building.”

How would you prefer to learn new knowledge and hone new skills?

If you had the ability to trade dry lectures, long book passages, and painful group projects for hours of playing a board game, would you? If games as a learning experience is the path you wish to take, here are three games that combine a fun experience with a valuable learning experience.

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Meat or Veggies? Battle it out in Foodfighters!

Foodfighters game

It’s time for a Food Fight!

Meat or Veggies?

If your kids are anything like our kids, they’re going to side with the meat.

It’s not to say they don’t eat their veggies. But given a choice, they’ll take the meat first every time.

And with bacon in the mix, it’s not even close. Bacon all the way!

Which would win the battle in your home?

Well, it’s time to take that battle from the dinner table to the game table in Foodfighters.

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Best Games of 2014! – The Dice Tower Awards

The Dice Tower AwardsThe best board games, card games, dice games, family games, and party games of 2014 have now been awarded!

With more than 3,000+ new games published in 2014, there’s never a shortage to choose from.

But don’t you fear! The 50+ top board game reviewers and podcasters around the world were up to the challenge.

And once again, we were happy to be a part of the selection and judging group.

Every year, The Dice Tower gathers recommendations from around the globe. Those games lists are then whittled down to the nominees.  After that, the judges try to play as many of those nominations as they can (if they haven’t yet done so).

Then the final votes are cast and The Dice Tower Awards are announced!

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1775: Rebellion – Control the Colonies

1775 Rebellion board game

It’s time to fight for the colonies!

This coming weekend is the 4th of July, when we’ll celebrate Independence Day in the US.

So it’s the perfect time to review a board game centered on the American Revolution – 1775: Rebellion.

As you’d expect, 1775: Rebellion is about battling for control of the original British colonies on the American continent.

We seen a lot of history-based games that provide a historical learning experience without delivering any fun. It’s as if their sole purpose is to teach history rather than provide a fun game experience. They’re just lessons masquerading as a game.

But this isn’t the case with 1775: Rebellion.

Because 1775: Rebellion is actually a very fun game!

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Rhino Hero – Silly Fun Stacking game

Rhino Hero children's game

This rhinoceros scales tall buildings.

Have you ever wondered how high a rhinoceros could climb?

Well, neither have we.

Until we got a copy of Rhino Hero.

Now we try to push the limits to see how high that little Rhino can get.

 

How to Play Rhino Hero

Rhino Hero is a card stacking game – like building a house of cards – but with special challenges.

In Rhino Hero, players compete to be the first to get rid of their roof cards. The first player to do so will win the game.

That is, if he/she has a chance to play all their cards. Because the game may also end with a building collapse. If it does, then the person with the fewest roof cards left wins the game.
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