About Yokai Hunters…
Publisher: DPH Games
Design: Dan Hundycz
Development: Stephan Bonzo, Carl Schopfer, Emily Hafler, Alex White, Patrick Perl, & Michael Steffens
Art: Samantha Hollasch
Age: 8 and up
Playing Time: 20 – 30 Minutes
Release Date: 2019
In Yokai Hunters, you use the five Chinese elements (wood, water, earth, metal, and fire) to capture Yokai. Players take turns swapping tokens on a 5×5 grid in an attempt to match patterns of three available Yokai. Yokai have various point values based on the number of matching elements required to complete the pattern. Take care not to set up a capture for your opponent. However, you can also use the capture of a smaller Yokai to set up the capture of a more valuable one.
When a Yokai is captured, a magical event occurs, with you perhaps turning the game board or flipping tokens to reveal voids or wilds. This is a puzzle-style game with a different twist.
Three levels of Yokai cards are placed next to the game board, and when one of the decks has been depleted, the game ends. Whoever ends up with the most points wins.
23 Yokai cards
2 Player cards (Sun and Moon)
2 Reference cards
25 Element Tokens
1 Game Board
1 Rules Sheet
Swap 2 tokens
The Green player may swap any 2 tokens on the board (with the exception of Voids and Wilds).
This player chooses to swap the Wood token with the Metal token.
Declare the matching pattern
The Green player has created a match with Dodomeki (top card in this illustration).
Collect card and Cast Magic
The player collects the card. Since it was matched with the Source Element (in this case Metal), the card is placed on the left side of the scoring card and is worth 2 points.
Also, this player must perform the Magic listed at the bottom of the card. In this case, the Green player flips a Wood token. It is now a Void.
The Yellow player takes a turn and uses the same board but from the opposite perspective.