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Loony Quest Review

November 23rd, 2018 by

Loony Quest 001When I first started looking into analogue gaming I was interested in one aspect – Games that could bridge the gap between analogue and video gaming. The obvious choices here were Descent, Mansions of Madness and Alchemists due to their app integration. However, there are a few games that uniquely borrow aspects from video games and create something wonderful. Loony Quest is one of those games.

Loony Quest is presented as a hybrid of both analogue and a video game platformer. Each player takes on the role of a “champion” whose aim is to win experience points by tavelling through areas of the in-game world: Arkadia. Players move around these areas by drawing on Perspex sheets which are then overlaid onto the games cardboard levels to determine success, points and bonuses.

Unlike traditional analogue games, Loony Quest comes with a huge number of game tiles which are continually changed through the course of the game. Each tile represents a gaming level and fits perfectly into the games box which doubles up as many things during the game, least of all the games “console”- more on this later on.

Like most games, Loony Quest is broken down into phases, three in this case, Level Resolution, Next Level, End of Game.

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During Level Resolution, players are first allowed to play “pranks” on other players. Pranks are earned or in fact collected during level playthrough so none are available on the very first level. These pranks range from a banana token which has to be drawn around to a broom token which allows you to pass a penalty onto the next player.

Next up players take stock of penalties they earned in the previous level. These are automatic and if you are really unlucky stack on top of each other. These range from “Cramp” where the victim has to draw with their elbow locked in a single position to “the Claw” where players have to hold their pen between thumb and pinky finger. The pranks are fun but the penalties is what causes most amusement, especially for the other players.

Once the pranks and penalties have been ascertained then the sand timer is flipped over once again and players draw the next level. Each level has missions in the bottom right of the tile which advises what you need to do, what XP you can earn and what you need to avoid.

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Players then place their tile over the game level and tally up their points. Gaining points for hitting their objective whilst losing points for hitting walls or bad guys. Pranks, Penalties and Power-ups are then dished out and it’s onto the next level.

Remember that I mentioned that the games box is the games “console”? Obviously the box keeps everything neat and tidy on your gaming shelf but Loony Quest’s box is also utilised during the game. The centre tray is specially designed to hold the game level tiles as well as ensuring that the Perspex tiles are overlaid correctly and no shenanigans can take place. The edge of the box also has the numbers 1 to 60 printed on it which allows each player to place their character tags in between the box and the insert to easily keep track of their score and allow everyone to see who is in the lead and who needs to draw that little bit better.

One of the best aspects of Loony Quest is the length of time it completes a game. It’s as long or as short as you want it to be. Want to complete just the tiles from a single world with the kids, then that’s fine. Want to complete the game from start to finish on a gaming night with your friends, not a problem. Want to make up your own little story and pick the tiles that correspond with that sroty than Loony Quest lets you do this as well.

The design of every part of Loony Quest has been very well thought out, from the box to the insert, to the Perspex and game boards. A small but not insignificant detail to me is that every single item within the box has a clear finish to it making it easy to erase any stray pen marks – perfect if you are playing with the younger members of the family (or indeed just the drunk ones).

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A competitive game at heart, Loony Quest is above all super fun, even if you are the receiving end of a prank or two. Everything is colourful and looks amazing. In fact looks very much like a cartoony videogame platformer in every way. Each level is something different and the youngest player is more than capable of beating the oldest with very little relaxation of the rules. A game for all the family and one that will pulled out first during both family and grown up gaming nights.

Midlife Gamer Rating: 8.5/10     Year of Release: 2015
Designer: Libellud     Manufacturer: Libellud
RRP:  £18.99

Disclosure: Midlife Gamer reviewed Loony Quest over the course of  10 days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.

 

 

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