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Go to the King of Tokyo: Power Up! page

This expansion is absolutely a critical part of King of Tokyo. In fact, recommend buying them together. Once you play it this way, you will not want to play the game without it again.

With Power Up!, each character gets its own personalized evolution cards. This actually differentiates the characters and gives them their own special abilities. For example, the Kraken becomes great at healing, the King gets even better when in Tokyo (of course!) and Cyber Bunny loves to get energy and therefore buy more cards. Make sure to read through all the evolution cards before choosing a character next time you play.

Have fun storming Tokyo!

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Go to the Sea of Clouds page

Sea of Clouds

Sea of Clouds is an interesting deck-building style game in which you get to collect “loot” of rum, crew, and artifacts that will add up to victory points in the end of the game.

This is a fairly good filler game because it doesn’t take very long, especially if everyone knows how to play. The mechanics are relatively simple- pick up a pile, if you don’t like it or want the contents, move onto a different pile, leaving another card so the next person might get more out of it.

There are also “battles” in which you might get to steal cards or dubloons from other players or the “bank”. This makes the game more interesting because it is the only real interaction you have with other players. Otherwise you are just building your piles loot around your personal board.

There is quite a bit of chance in this game. For example, you might get a treasure box card that lets you get lots of victory points for having a certain amount of rum or doubloons or artifacts by the end of the game, but then you don’t have an opportunity to get those things later on. If you do get them, they can really make or break your score.

Overall, this game is okay. It is nice that it is so simple and you only have one deck of cards to keep track of. However, I feel like something is missing. There is no way to differentiate the characters, for example. Also, I don’t much care for having to tally up all the points in the end.

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Go to the Bananagrams page

Bananagrams

5 out of 6 gamers thought this was helpful

Do you ever find yourself looking for fun games to play with just a few (2 or 3) people? This is a good one for that. It goes quickly, but not too quickly. The more people you have to play, the faster the game becomes. Bananagrams is basically scrabble without a board. The scoring is a bit easier, though, and it is much more quickly paced.

One of my favorite things about this game is how portable it is- it’s great to take on trips, and can be stuffed into almost any space. Another thing that is nice about bananagrams is that since you have your own grid, no one else’s moves can mess you up!

I highly recommend this game for anyone who enjoys word games, but know that it can be challenging for those who struggle with spelling or are dyslexic.

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Go to the Morphology page

Morphology

4 out of 6 gamers thought this was helpful

I played this with my kids at the Boys and Girls Club. It was one of the few games I would allow them to play during power hour because it got their creative problem solving and critical thinking skills going. One of the best parts about bringing this game to a place where pieces get lost easily is that the pieces can really be anything! If a pom pom got lost, I could replace it with a tile, or a block, or a marble! It was fun to watch what the kids would come up with. I definitely recommend it in either a family or education setting.

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Go to the Tokaido page

Tokaido

5 out of 8 gamers thought this was helpful

Much like Candyland, Tokaido involves very little skill. Due to the many different cards and little pieces, it can be hard to explain, but is pretty easy to pick up once you play it once.

I find this game best to play with a few friends in the middle of the day with some tea. It’s definitely not a game for a raucous party night.

Tokaido is very relaxing and has beautiful artistry. It is perfect if you want to chill out and have something to do while having a nice conversation. If you are looking for a competitive game you might lose a few friends over, this is not the game for you!

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Go to the Anomia page

Anomia

4 out of 6 gamers thought this was helpful

I have played this game several times with friends at game nights and it is a great game to start out the night with! You have a stack of cards with words and symbols on them. The stack is upside-down and on your turn, you flip over one. If your symbol matches the symbol of someone else’s card, you shout out something that THEIR card describes. For instance, for “astronaut”, you would said “Buzz Aldrin!” or “Sally Ride!” And then you get that card. The object is to get the biggest pile of cards. It gets fun and difficult, though, when a card gets picked up and then the symbol and word underneath is revealed, which is then in play, and can trigger a domino effect of shouting and card grabbing!

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Go to the Love Letter page

Love Letter

4 out of 6 gamers thought this was helpful

I played this game with my cousin for the first time a few years ago and was skeptical at first, but then found myself on the fourth or fifth round and getting really into it. It is fun and very easy to learn-I got it after only a round or two. It’s one of those games you have to learn by playing.

Love letter serves as a great “warm-up” games at game nights, or filler game when waiting for your food at a restaurant, etc.

It’s important with love letter to get the right amount of players. You technically can play with 2 players, but four is the best amount in my opinion. The price point is also just right. Who doesn’t love a good game for under 10 bucks?!

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Go to the Scrabble page

Scrabble

I have played this game since I was a kid. It is a favorite at family reunions, dinner parties, and other get-togethers. Scrabble takes a fair amount of time to play, but does not dominate the entire evening by taking hours and hours.

This game is easy to learn (hence playing as a kid), although somewhat hard to score. Fun for the whole family, especially the wordsmith know-it-alls. Very good social game until someone gets all consonants or makes up a word.

Scrabble would make a great present for a relative who is a librarian, english teacher, or just likes word games. The pieces also make great crafting materials if you don’t like the game!

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