In Tokyo Highway, players compete to place all of their cars on the road — but to do that they will first have to build the roadways!
Over the course of the game, players will construct columns of varying heights by using the 66 squat cylinders in the box, then connect those columns with sticks that serve as roadways, with the columns not necessarily being the same height when connected. Once you have a highway, you can possibly place one of your ten cars on it.
Goal of the Game
You must construct a highway and place all your cars on the highway by crossing your opponent’s roads. The first player to place all 10 cars is the winner.
Playing the Game
You have three things to do during your turn.
Game goes on repeating 1 to 3 alternately. You may no longer adjust the position of your pillar, road or car once your opponent constructs a new pillar.
Conditions for Car Placement
The chance to place a car on the highway occurs only to the newest road you construct. To place a car, your newest road must cross your opponent’s road. There are two ways to cross your opponent’s road: crossing over or crossing under it.
When crossing over : there exist no other roads over opponent’s road
When crossing under : there exist no other roads under opponent’s road
When either of the conditions is met, you may place a car on the highway. If not, you may not place a car but may still connect the road to the next pillar.
If the road crosses multiple roads, you may place multiple cars depending on the number of roads crossed.
crossing over two roads at the same time
crossing over and crossing under two roads at the same time
You may not place a car when crossing over/under your own road.
You may not place a car on already constructed roads later on in the game.
Keep the traffic rules and enjoy driving!
Constructing a Junction
The yellow pillar is called the junction. Using a junction, you may do the following.
Constructing Exit to Highway
If you can ground a road safely to the table, you have created an exit to your highway. You may place an additional car as a bonus point on the exit road. If the road crosses your opponent’s road(s) while grounding, you may place multiple cars on the road. You can not start a new road from the exit.
If you drop your opponent’s car or road during construction, you must hand over your pillars to your opponent as penalty. You must offer a number of pieces equivalent to the materials you dropped. Game proceeds only after the parts are fixed by the player responsible. There is no penalty for dropping your own pieces.
End of the Game
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I’m always on the hunt for more games. One such game is Tokyo Highway, a game coming from itten in Japan and tasking players with a bit of un-civil engineering (hah! I made a pun) and highway construction in the Tokyo metropolitan area. You want to get cars on the road, but...