Loony Quest is a board game with a difference. There is no dice needed in this video game styled board game. When we were sent to review this game initially, I wondered if it would be Miss A’s cup of tea, however as we delved into the rules and how to play, stumbling along a little bit to start with I’ll admit, we found we ended up really enjoying the game.
The aim of the game is to collect points as you strategise against your opponents and win the crown at the end of a series of levels. Playing an adventurer it’s up to you to decide which is the quickest way from the start to the end of each level by drawing the quickest route. Will you succeed in collecting the points and achieving the goals set out in the levels?
There are seven different worlds to play, each with six levels apart from the last world where you meet the boss of the game. Think Pokemon or Sonic the Hedgehog but in a board game not in front of a screen.
The game can be played between 2-5 players aged 8 plus. I do think you need to be 8 and over to understand the rules of the game as like I mentioned we struggled to understand how to play it to begin with, but once we got the hang of it we saw how fun it was.
The game box acts as your base to set your level up. Each player is given a base board, a wipe clean perspex sheet, wipe clean pen and a character token.
The level board is selected and placed in the centre of the game board. Each car has different layouts, obstacles, and areas to start from and get to.
You must look at the board and then each take no more than thirty seconds to draw what you think will be the quickest route from start to finish. You can then place your clear sheet over the game board and see how you did.
Points are given for drawing over different goals or obstacles, depending on what the level board is asking you to do.
By touching bonus tokens on the board with your drawing, you can collect the relevant tokens which may help you further in the game against your opponents. This reminded me of something similar to top trumps.
If you are sitting around the board game, you may not always be looking at the level boards straight on. Each time a new level card is added to the board, the base is turned a quarter turn to make it fair for each player to get a good look at the board before having to draw. As the levels get more difficult, your drawings may start to be more difficult to achieve the maximum bonuses available to you.
If you find yourself struggling with the rules of Loony Quest persevere with it, or watch a video explanation of the game as I promise once you understand it, it’ll be fun. Loony Quest retails for £29.99 from Amazon. I have a copy to giveaway to a reader if you’d like to add to your present list this year.
Disclosure – we received the game free of charge but all opinions are our own