Cthulhu Fluxx is a game by Keith Baker and Andrew Looney, published by Looney Labs. It is for 2-6 players. There are currently several different versions of Fluxx available. This is one of the many offerings that Looney Labs has made available. The game plays mainly the same in all of them with a few minor differences. For more information about the myriad of Fluxx games available, follow the link at the bottom. Now, to discuss this particular version. In this game, players will be drawing cards and playing cards from their hand. Whoever is able to fulfill the current win conditions, wins.
To start, all the cards are shuffled together and each player is dealt 3 cards. On their turn a player will draw one card and play one card. That’s pretty much it. However, there are wrinkles to this that will change that dynamic up. There are rules cards that you can play that will change up how the game is played, from drawing more cards to playing more cards. There are also rules that will allow you to do things like tell your greatest fear and then receive benefits like drawing and playing more cards. There are also action cards that will allow a player to do things like exchange keepers or search the discard pile for an action or investigator keeper and play it. There are keeper cards that will help you win the game by fulfilling goals. Some keeper cards have special icons on them that denote them as investigators. This is really important if the goal or ungoal is looking for a certain amount of investigators at one time. Some keepers have anti-doom icons that calm the forces of doom and negate a doom icon, which we will talk about in a moment. Goal cards will provide the players with the references to win the game. There are Ungoals that make it where the game wins and all the players lose if the prerequisites are met such as having too many doom icons and having Cthulhu on the table. There are also Creeper cards that can keep you from winning, even if you have the correct keepers on your side. If a Creeper is ever drawn, it is played face up in front of you and does not count as a drawn card. Creeper cards have a special icon on them called a doom icon that can cause everyone to lose if there are too many of them at the time there is a particular ungoal on the table. SOme creepers have an attachable creeper icon that allow them to attach themselves to a keeper. There are also Surprise cards that can be played at the right moment to do different things like snatching victory out of the jaws of defeat. Also in this game is a special Meta Rule that can change up the game at the start of play if all players agree. The first person to be able to fulfill the current goal will be considered the winner.
This game contains 100 cards. As in previous versions of Fluxx. The artwork is amazing. This one really captures the H.P. Lovecraft theme. The design is phenomenal and there are references to the Cthulhu mythos all over the cards. I can truly say that like every other Fluxx game that I’ve played, this has some of the best looking cards. VERY well done.
10 out of 10
The rulebook for this is actually more of a rules sheet. One large folded sheet of double sided paper is all that it takes to learn how to play this game. There are explanations of all the icons and card types. There are pictures of setup. It all works really well and will get you into the game quickly.
9 out of 10
I have to say, this is the BEST version of Fluxx that I’ve played. The theme flows from the game very well. At times I felt as if I were fighting against the forces of darkness themselves. Playing with my son, I managed to snatch victory from the slimy tentacles of Cthulhu. At times the game can be very thought provoking and tense, unlike other versions. I love the addition of the different icons as they bring even more chaos to the game. There’s a lot to keep track of with the rules changing, actions and surprises being played and the threat of Cthulhu driving you mad always present. Even with all of this, I had the time of my life playing it. I look forward to playing this one MANY more times.
10 out of 10
Cthulhu Fluxx is a light fun game of hand management and set collection. Everyone will enjoy playing it, especially those that love H.P. Lovecraft or the Cthulhu mythos. The theme is very thick in this game. You never know when a misplayed rule might cause all the players to lose not only the game but their sanity as well. I HIGHLY recommend buying this game. It doesn’t matter if you’ve played Fluxx before. If you haven’t played THIS version, you’re truly missing out on a new Classic in my opinion. Looney Labs has truly raised the bar for future Fluxx versions. BUY THIS GAME!!! You WILL love it.
10 out of 10
For more information about this and other great Fluxx games, please check out Looney Labs at their site.