Holiday Fluxx is a game by Andrew Looney, published by Looney Labs. It is for 2-6 players. There are lots of different versions of Fluxx available. This is one of the two newest versions that are currently available. For more information about all the different versions of Fluxx games available, please follow the link at the bottom. In this particular version of the game, players will be attempting to achieve the current goal before any other player can. The only problem is that the goal, like the rules are always changing. They are in a constant state of flux. See what I did there? The player that is best able to manage the chaos will be declared the winner.
To begin, all the cards are shuffled together and each player is dealt a hand of 3 cards. That’s pretty much all the set up their is to this game. I guess you could turn on the holiday music, put some Christmas cookies in to bake and put your Santa Claus hat on if you really want to get festive.
On a player’s turn, they will start off by drawing one card and then playing one card. Of course the longer that the game goes, the more things will change, thus the name of the game, Fluxx. The main objective of the game is to place keepers on the table so that you can fulfill a goal. The first player that is able to get their keepers to match the current goal is the winner.
During the course of play, you’ll see several different types of cards. There are new rules, goals, keepers, action and surprise cards. New rules are cards that once played will alter the basic rules of play, such as a Draw 3 or a Play All card. Goal cards are the conditional cards that if you’re able to meet all the requirements, you win the game. Keepers are the cards that you will play face up in front of you. Having the right ones of these for the current goal will allow you to win the game. Action cards are used once and then discarded. These cards allow you to do different things like draw cards or look through the discard pile for a card. Each action card is different. Surprise cards can be played any time unlike action cards which must be played on your turn. These cards allow you to possibly cancel other player’s plans and sometimes even help you win the game if played at the right time. As I said earlier, once someone is able to fulfill the current goal, they win.
The game consists of a set of cards. The artwork is really nice and the holiday theme definitely comes through. The cards are really good quality and are easily shuffled. I’m not as thrilled with the art on this version of Fluxx as I’ve been with many of the others. It’s a little more simple and flat looking than other versions. Still, the quality of the game is really great and it’s a sugary sweet looking game.
8 out of 10
The rule book for this game is a large oversized sheet that folds up to fit nicely inside the box. Everything is explained really well and is simple to read. There are a few pictures included, mostly of how to set up the game. All of this information is contained on the front side of the paper. On the back side, there’s a huge list of frequently asked questions. If something comes up that you’re unsure about, you will almost assuredly find it in that section. All in all, it’s really quick to read and you’ll be up in playing in a matter of minutes.
9 out of 10
This is a really fun game. I really enjoy Fluxx and am a big fan of the many different versions of the game. That said, I didn’t like this version as well as the others that I’ve played. That is mostly due to the decision to remove the Creeper cards from the game. I really enjoyed the Creepers and I felt like the holiday version could have had some really fun Creepers. How about a Samhain, the Spirit of Halloween creeper or a Grinch that stole Christmas one? Those would have been lots of fun. As it is, the game feels a little less joyful than it could have been for me. That is not to say that the game is in any way a bad game. It is, after all, Fluxx. I just wish that the creepers had been kept. As I said, the theme of the holidays is very present on every card. I still like the game, just not as much as I could have.
8 out of 10
Holiday Fluxx is a light and fun game of controlled chaos. It’s a really fun game that would be a great stocking stuffer for those gamers in your life. As I stated earlier, the theme of the holidays is very prevalent throughout the game. This is a game that can be played with family or friends almost anywhere. It’s simple enough that grandma and the kids can play it together. The game is not one that will last a really long time. Most games usually last about 20 minutes or so. It’s really simple and easy. It’s a really good intro into the world of Fluxx for those unfamiliar with the game. Veteran Fluxx player’s might not like it as well as previous versions though. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a light fun card game.
8 out of 10
For more information about Fluxx and other great games, please check out Looney Labs at their site.