Thursday, May 19, 2016

From Door to Brain with Love (Loonacy)

Two images stare you down, two pictures that have little to do with each other.  Still, you hold out, hoping to find the match.  Every attempt to find one of their partners has been met with so much opposition, it's driving you mad.  No, you don't care how cute that dog is.  You wait, and wait, holding onto that last card, dog and chocolate.
This game is pure Loonacy.

GAME DESCRIPTION:  Loonacy is a fast paced card game designed by Looney Labs for 2 to 5 players.  The objective is to get rid of your hand faster than any other player by matching one of the two pictures to any of the piles.

PILES:  Depending on the number of players, a select number of piles are created, with one card drawn from the deck at the starting card of that particular pile.  The more players there are, the less piles you start with.

TURNS:  Everyone plays at the same time, with the goal to match a card from your hand onto the current card in that pile.  If no one can play a card, each player must draw one more card to their hand.  Play than continues until any player ends their hand.

CONCLUSION:  This game is quick, easy to learn, and doesn't restrict players with text or reading.  If you're looking for a fast paced, simple game to play, this is definitely one to consider.  If there was any weakness to it, it's that you are not really challenged by it outside of speed, and if you're noticeably slower than all your opponents, you're relying heavily on luck to make it.  Still, there is a forced balance with slower players in the form of luck.

AFTERTHOUGHTS:  It's hard not to just think "Hey, I could make this for cheaper."  And you may be right.  The simplicity of the rules comes the problem of not supporting the creators and all their hard work making their game.  But the way I see it, as long as you are willing to buy it, that might just be even more fun as well.  There are tons of ways to re-make and re-theme it to your personal desires, or match it to your groups tastes.  From sports logos to video game icons to anime characters, it's amazing how big the scope of this game truly is.

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