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November Game of the Month – Kaiju Crush

November Game of the Month – Kaiju Crush


Giant monsters from across the globe have gathered to determine which Kaiju will ultimately reign supreme! The Giant Kaiju will need to smash buildings, and each other, to gain points. When another monster is nearby, you will have to use all of your brains and brawn to claw your way to victory.

Prepare to smash the competition and claim the title of Supreme Kaiju!

Kaiju Crush is a monstrously clever city-smashing game from our friends at Fireside Games! Though the game just released, Fireside was kind enough to leave a preview copy with us when they last visited The Malted Meeple in August, so our guests have been able to enjoy this smash hit a bit early!

In Kaiju Crush, players take on the role of a fearsome giant monster known as a Kaiju, each with its own special power, and face off against other deadly Kaiju. Each player will also have a one-time use special ability card that will allow them to power up their monsters for a turn. At the beginning of the game, objective cards are revealed and the city is created by making a grid from available city tiles. This grid will vary in size and shape depending on the number of players. On a player’s turn they will move about the board using their movement card or the communal movement card. Once they have landed on a space, they will collect the city tile and place their monster token to claim that space. If their monster lands or adjacent to a space with another player’s monster, they may battle them.

Battles in Kaiju Crush are fast, fun, and tactical. Each player draws five monster tokens of their color and chooses one to play. The combat resolves much like rock, paper, scissors, but with two more “trump cards.” Claws beats tail, tail beats kick, kick beats claws, fire-breath beats everything except spikes, and spikes loses to everything except fire-breath. After five rounds of combat, the winner is decided and earns a combat victory token of random value. If the players were on the same space, and the attacker wins, they get to replace their opponent’s monster token with their own. It is important to note that each player’s deck of monster tokens also doubles as their battle cards. So as you destroy more and more buildings, your options become more and more limited.

The game ends when none of the monsters are able to move and are forced to pass. The players then tally up their points for each city tile they claimed, each objective card they achieved, and each combat victory token they claimed. Once the totals have been calculated, the player with the most victory points is crowned Kaiju Supreme!

We hope you enjoy this unique Giant Monster Royal Rumble game from our friends at Fireside Games! Next time you visit The Malted Meeple or Ravenwood Castle ask your Game master for Kaiju Crush. It’s sure to be a SMASH!!

Karington Hess is a lifelong gamer whose passions for hospitality and all things game-related led him to Ravenwood Castle, where he served as an Innkeeper before joining The Malted Meeple. When not pouring beers, crafting milkshakes, or teaching boardgames, Karington can be found behind the DM’s screen, weaving intricate stories for his fellow gamers.