Iello | King of Monster Island | Board Game | Ages 10+ | 1 to 5 Players | 45-60 mins Minutes Playing Time
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In the end, you’ll notice I ended up playing with the rulebook up on the table (see above) taking up tons of space! Cardboard Monster Figures with 6 Plastic Stands (Alienoid, Cyber Kitty, Gigazaur, The King, Meca Dragon, and Space Penguin) Great online store for board games. They always arrive perfectly and undamaged which is important to me.
King of Monster Island squarely lives in the King of Tokyo universe. The production, the dice, the graphic design, the characters, all make that clear. See King of Tokyo above and below. They are NOT compatible … just so you know. Experience is a new concept for King of Monster Island. You don’t just control a monster, but also an ‘ally’, such as the Media or the Military. Your ally doesn’t have a direct board presence; rather, like the boss, you can activate them for useful support abilities that get more powerful as your stars accumulate. This split in your upgrade path between cubes (to buy cards) and stars (to improve your allies) offers some interesting decision-making as you look for synergies between the two. In Godzilla: Unleashed, the island is the first location to be bombarded with the crystals. The resulting chaos lets the Earth Defenders successfully deactivate the forcefield barriers and escape. In Godzilla Unleashed: Double Smash, the monsters are released as in Unleashed, but end up returning there for the final battle against Destoroyah and SpaceGodzilla.King of Monster Island fails The Chair Test! It droops over the side of the chair, and it’s way too big to see everything! It’s a pain to look stuff up: I can’t usually just glance at it! Cardboard Monster Figures with 6 Plastic Stands (Alienoid, Cyber Bunny, Gigazaur, The King, Kraken, and Meka Dragon) Guerra, Avery (March 23, 2019). "First Look At New Kaiju Film MONSTER ISLAND". SciFi Japan . Retrieved July 29, 2022.
A team of geologists collaborate with the New Zealand Coast Guard in fighting against two kaiju in battle with one another: a giant starfish dubbed Tengu that spawns dragon-like offspring, and the golem-like Walking Mountain. There are lot of punch outs: minions (left), crystals (upper right) , and Support tiles (lower right).Those of you paying attention might remember that we should have loved Shadow of the Bat ( see review here) because of the Batman theme, but the “roll dice for actions” really took it down a notch so that we just liked the game.
To win, the players must cooperatively take out the main Boss: see above for the Boss powers and the Boss Hit Points/Fame Counter. I am not sure why, but it took me three times to play this game to get the rules right. The first time I played solo, I thought that all Minions did their thing on the Boss’s turn: Nope! Just the Minion IN THE ZONE with the Boss! It even says that at the start of step 4 (see below). If you’re only interested in receiving the newest games this is the box for you; guaranteeing only the latest games! Buy New Releases Box »Although King of Monster Island can play 1-5 players, I can’t imagine playing this with 4 or 5 players. The game seemed to be great solo, and flowed pretty well at 2, and slightly less better at 3. The problem was that there’s not a lot of to do when it’s not your turn! At 4 and 5 players: the downtime between turns is much more pronounced and not fun. Granted, players can talk and offer a little bit of advice (since it’s a co-op), but generally each player is very focused on the dice and ignoring everything else.