This is the King of Tokyo vs Ticket To Ride game comparison showdown. These two games are not at all alike and probably have no reason to be compared but we will give it a shot. King of Tokyo is a dice combat king of the hill game with cartoonish characters and a quick runtime. Ticket To Ride is a longer play based in a network building and set collection strategy game. We dive deep into both. Learn a little about the games then check out our King of Tokyo vs Ticket To Ride notes and final verdict.
ABOUT THE GAMES
About King Of Tokyo (2011): You are an iconic Godzilla like monster and you are crammed into Japan with others, all vying for control of Tokyo. You win the game by either being the first to 20 victory points or the last monster standing. You get big points by being in Tokyo but you take big damage. The dice reveal a combination of attacks, health and points. You need to go big or go home in this fun and east game.
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About Ticket To Ride (2004): You are a train tycoon with your sites set on building a great rail system across the United States. Players sit around a board of the US, with many empty possible routes connecting cities across the country. Each game everyone has a secret route they need to complete and only you know what you need to do. Each turn you can either take different colored train cards or build routes using them. Complete more goals and build more impressive routes for victory.
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KING OF TOKYO VS TICKET TO RIDE ANALYSIS
Theme: King of Tokyo wins the theme showdown race in King of Tokyo vs Ticket To Ride. While Ticket To Ride is modern day in a variety of different maps, King of Tokyo has this whole cartoonish Godzilla vibe with all these bigger than life creatures trying to take Tokyo. All the larger than life monsters wreaking havoc on the city is reminiscent of the old Rampage video games.
Gameplay: These games are not even close to similar. King of Tokyo is all about in the moment rolling dice to see if you can make a big move. Things change too much to plan ahead, you just need to survive while being as aggressive as possible. Ticket to Ride is a longer-term thinking game. You only have a few actions to take but many paths to victory.
Mechanics: King of Tokyo is a king of the hill game where you win by either being the first to 20 points or the last person standing. This is done almost exclusively done with dice and there are different reasons to enter and leave Tokyo when possible. Ticket to Ride has none of that. There are no dice and you either take train cards or spend them. This is a route building and set collection game.
Time Commitment: In King of Tokyo vs Ticket To Ride, the winner here is everyone. Both of these games are very efficient in the amount of fun that they pack into their runtimes. Tokyo is much quicker, about 50 – 60%, because it is built to happen quickly and play a few rounds.
Player Count: Both games have great options. Ticket to Ride is for 2 – 5 and King of Tokyo is for 3 – 6. Both scale slightly at different counts which is always a good sign that your game will be properly calibrated.
Cost: In all honesty, the prices on both these games are not super great. If you ever find these on sale, it is probably a good bet to grab them.
Verdict For the Shelf: In the battle of King of Tokyo vs Ticket To Ride, the verdict is King of Tokyo (25% of the time) and Ticket To Ride (75% of the time). Both games are very different and very amazing, you could go buy both right now and be ahead of the pack. That being said, Ticket To Ride is going to give you an overall more satisfying experience. It is one of the rare strategy games out there that is so simple to play but is so enriching in strategy. When you find these gems, you need to hold on to them tight. King of Tokyo is no slouch either, it is very high energy and in the moment, it satisfies a different need.
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