Second Look - Boardgame reviews in depth. Check out that cat.A trio of games from Looney Labs!

Well…kind of a trio. There’s 3 games, but two of them are Fluxx, which is basically just one game.

So let’s start there, shall we? Cartoon Network Fluxx and Regular Show Fluxx are the latest editions in the line of themed Fluxx. Most of you already know what Fluxx is, and for those who don’t, it’s a card game where the rules and goals of the game game change as cards are played. It’s a game everyone should at least play once, and most people either love it or hate it.

These two editions of the game are full of their respective theme, and fans of The Regular Show, or older Cartoon Network cartoons, will eat them up. The only real disappointment here for me was that Regular Show characters show up in Cartoon Network Fluxx, even though the show has it’s own Fluxx. They could have removed those cards to fit in a different Cartoon Network show, say, Kids Next Door. It’s a minor complaint, and really doesn’t detract much from the experience.

Keepers are characters or items from the shows you know and love. Goals go from the obvious sets, to hilarious combinations like “Hey, Foxy Mama” that requires Johnny Bravo and Princess Bubblegum to be in your possession. New rules have been added, such as getting to draw extra cards if you speak in the voice of a cartoon character, or possible losing a Keeper you just put down if you forget to say “Yeahuh!”

These editions are fun, and kid friendly, even if the shows push the boundary of the latter a bit.

Loonacy.Box-SNext let’s move on to Loonancy, a super simple, fast-paced game that reminds me of a card game I can’t remember the name of, but used to play a ton at camp with a 52 card Bicycle deck. The goal in Loonacy is to get rid of all your cards. You do this by placing them on top of one of several piles that has a card on top with a symbol that matches one of the two on your card. Play is simultaneous, and only pauses when no one can make a move. If this happens, all players draw a card and keep on playing until someone wins. It’s a pretty good time, especially with kids. It’s already hit our table more than the previous versions of Fluxx I was just writing about, and that’s saying a lot.

These three games have become staple games during my kids’ summer vacation. They now live in my oldest son’s room, and are whipped out on a whim, played who knows how many times, and put back until mood strikes them again, which usually isn’t too long.

Looney Labs is known for these types of games, and the player’s who play them know what to expect. Nothing deep here, just quick, clean fun.

Copies of all three games were provided free for review by Looney Labs.