Mad Libs: The Game

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  • Mad Libs: The Game
  • Publisher: Looney Labs
  • Plays 3-8
  • Ages 10+ (realistically, 6+)
  • Playing Time: 20-40 minutes
  • Initial Release: 2016
  • Elevator Pitch: The Mad Libs you know and love crossed with Apples to Apples style gameplay.
  • Roar Score: 4/5

My kids recently discovered Mad Libs, and they instantly fell in love. I mean, can you blame them? The format is timeless and endlessly fun. Yes, they’re still making new Mad Libs (including some licensed ones, such as Star Wars), but we’ve found all of the original, classic ones from the 80s are still a lot of fun. Sure, some of the references are dated, but kids really just want an opportunity to make a story with poop and pee jokes. And Mad Libs always delivers on that front.

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Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. He's the founder and owner of The Roarbots and also a contributor to Syfy Wire, StarWars.com, and GeekDad. On top of that, he hosts The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, which celebrates creativity in popular culture, science, and technology by talking to a wide variety of people who contribute to it.

Holiday Fluxx

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  • Holiday Fluxx
  • Designer: Andrew Looney
  • Publisher: Looney Labs
  • Plays 2–6
  • Ages 8+
  • Playing Time: 10–40 minutes
  • Initial Release: 2014
  • Elevator Pitch: It’s Fluxx with a holiday theme.
  • Roar Score: 3/5

Let’s get this out of the way from the start: I’d only played Fluxx once before trying out this new Holiday Fluxx. And I didn’t really like it. I think there are two kinds of people in this world: those who really like Fluxx and those who…don’t. There is no middle. No one’s ambivalent about Fluxx. At least no one I’ve ever met.

The group that played this game had one person who is firmly in the “dislike” camp, but there were three others who had never played the game before. Blank slates, if you will.

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Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. He's the founder and owner of The Roarbots and also a contributor to Syfy Wire, StarWars.com, and GeekDad. On top of that, he hosts The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, which celebrates creativity in popular culture, science, and technology by talking to a wide variety of people who contribute to it.

Loonacy

  • Designer: Andrew Looney
  • Publisher: Looney Labs
  • Plays 25
  • Ages 8+ (in reality, more like 4+)
  • Playing Time: 510 minutes
  • Initial Release: 2014
  • Elevator Pitch: simple, high-speed game of matching pictures
  • Roar Score: 5/5

From the folks who brought your Fluxx and its many variations. Loonacy is a new, fast-paced, quick-playing card game that’s aimed at the younger set but is great fun for everyone. Games take 5–10 minutes, and the rules can be learned in about 30 seconds. This is my kind of game to explain!

From the publisher: “Loonacy is a rapid fire game where players race to be the first to empty their hand of 7 cards by matching one of two images with the images on the open piles in front of them. Speed of the hand and luck of the draw determine the winner in this frenzied free-for-all!”

In layman’s terms, it’s a spin on Uno but much more frenetic.

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Jamie is a publishing/book nerd who makes a living by wrangling words together into some sense of coherence. He's the founder and owner of The Roarbots and also a contributor to Syfy Wire, StarWars.com, and GeekDad. On top of that, he hosts The Great Big Beautiful Podcast, which celebrates creativity in popular culture, science, and technology by talking to a wide variety of people who contribute to it.