Tokyo Highway is a clever game of cat and mouse by itten, wrapped up in a wonderful dexterity package. Have you heard of the infamous ‘Spaghetti Junction’ near Birmingham? It might look like a tangled mess of roads on top of roads, but it’s a structural work of genius. That’s the aim in Tokyo Highway – can you replicate your own intertwining highways?
Each player has their own supply of highways (which remind you of lollypop sticks). You’ve also got a series of chunky cylinders, which you can stack to make columns. Last of all, you each have your own collection of ten wooden cars, in your colour. You’re competing to build your own rival, continuous roads and to be the first to place out all your vehicles. This is like network and route-building like you’ve never seen before!
The game starts with players building a car on their own ‘on-ramp’. One end of your highway starts on the tabletop and the other end raised, the tip supported by a cylinder. You balance your car along this incline. The player’s starting cylinders have to be at least one highway apart from each other. There’s also a series of abstract, blocky wooden ‘skyscrapers’. You place these at random in the middle of the table to act as obstacles.
The first player extends their highway by placing another highway from their supply. It balances on the cylinder from their previous road. This highway has to either incline by a height of one additional cylinder, or one fewer cylinder. You can build over or under other players’ highways. In fact, you’re encouraged to do so! Is your highway is the first to travel over/under another highway? You get to place one of your cars on your newly placed road. The trick is to try and sneak over your opponents networks… without giving them an easy ride in the process!
You have some flexibility up your sleeve in the form of yellow cylinders. You can place these to create columns at identical heights to predecessors. You can also fork highways out of yellow cylinders, offering further options. And of course, if things get really delicate, you can use the game’s tweezers to place your cars…
Player Count: 2-4 Players
Time: 30-50 minutes