Board games are a great way to bond and have fun with family and friends without staring into our electronic screens. While there’s tons of board games out there, have you ever played Asian themed board games? Get ready to be transported to different parts of Asia with beautiful illustrations and interesting game play with these top 6 Asian themed board games not to miss out!
Tokaido brings its players down the ancient road Tokaido which stretches from Kyoto to Tokyo and down the coastline. The board game starts with players picking their travelling character and starts competing by collecting interesting knick knacks, meeting strangers, stopping at inns for meals, capturing scenic pictures, and taking relaxing breaks in hot springs. As Zen as it may seem, this game underlies an enjoyable passive-aggressive nature for players. There’s no dice rolling for movement which means players can go at their own pace. However, go too fast and you’ll miss out points, go too slow and all the good stuff may be gone!
2) King of Tokyo
King of Tokyo reenacts the TV shows of grown men in unrealistic monster suits destroying the Japanese cities! Talk about a blast from the past. Players choose one of the six monsters and roll 6 dice to accumulate points. They are able to act either by healing or attacking other monsters. Ultimately, the winner wins by scoring 20 points first, or maintaining any health.
3) Yashima: Legend of the Kami Masters
Yashima tells the story of powerful fighters and their bonds with Kami (spirit protectors of the world) who battle each other for honour and domination. It is a miniature card game where players customize their chosen Kami master while focusing on speed, combat, and tactical movement. What’s great about it is its various style in playing such as, two-player duel, team-based combat, or a free-for-all showdown. Another plus point is it comes with highly detailed miniatures!
Who loves pandas? This is your chance to play with them! The game centrals itself on players as courtesans to the emperor of Nippon and are assigned to feed a baby panda while growing three different types of bamboo fields. The player wins by successfully finishing the tasks given by the emperor. It’s a combination of dice and card movements. However, players win by reading their opponent’s strategies and use it to their advantage.
Yedo covers themes such as bribing, kidnapping, espionage, and acts of war, which isn’t the most kid friendly game to start with. Players take on the roles as Japanese clan who tries to impress the ruling Shogun. If you like a good game of treachery and would love to be the bad guy for a change, Yedo is a game not to be missed!
Yomi is a card fighting inspired by the combat game Super Street Fighter. ‘Yomi’ means ‘reading’ in Japanese, which suggests reading of the opponent’s mind. It was designed to distill high-level mind games from fighting tournaments into a simplified card-driven combat game. Each deck tailors to each character’s personality and fighting abilities. Somewhat similar to poker, players compete by obtaining the best hand in cards. The player wins by defeating their opponent to 0 HP.