Time to take a look at something a bit different to the normal games I have tried before with Loony Quest.
In the wonderful land of Arkadia, a very old king has no heir. He organizes a tournament to offer his throne to the bravest adventurer of the kingdom. Up to five finalists will wander seven worlds full of surprises...
In the drawing game Loony Quest, players study challenging level cards, then try to replicate the outline to meet targets and avoid obstacles on their tracing sheets. Once finished, players place their sheets on top of the level card to see whether the drawings line up with the targets they meant to hit — or avoid. Largely inspired by video games, Loony Quest players discover various worlds, play with 3D and 2D levels, run into loony monsters — Loonies — and big bosses, trigger special stages, collect bonuses, use penalties on opponents, and gather as many Xperience points as possible to win.
Its recommends 2-5 players, and ages 8 and up, though I played it with Olivia who is 7 and she did very well at it.
Lets just touch on the box art for a minute, its very "video game", which I really like, and it suits the theme of the game, as you play it you will feel like playing an old school platformer game, or a mobile game, and it keeps this theme really well through out, so it has the visual appeal of the older gamer like me who remembers the joy of 8 bit games, and also the modern mobile device gamer like Olivia, so you are already in a game that does not really have an age restriction.
Lets see what comes in this rather nice box........
On the back it gives you a run down of the worlds, and levels in each world included. As you can see there is a huge variety to play with.
The instructions are full colour, nice and glossy and have plenty of examples of the rules and how to play, I did have to refer to it a few times, just to refresh myself what the symbols meant, but otherwise its not a hard game at all to learn.
You also get 5 markers designed to be wipe clean for the clear sheets you use to draw on. a timer, as the game is timed, a pack of cloths for cleaning your clear sheet.
You then get 21 of these double sided level cards, all with different themes traps, and powerups and enemies on them.
There are also bonus levels, where you use your player token and must flick them to gain points.
And Really I did not do too bad, scoring 5 points, 3 for the start to finish, and 2 more for 2 XPs I went though. Believe me its not as easy as it looks!
On this level you can use 4 dots to "shoot" the baddies, which makes it feel like a shoot em up. The variety of different tasks you can do with in a level are great and all culminate towards the boss fight!
The levels get progressively harder as you go through them, and the worlds then increase in difficulty, so you can always find a world to match the skill set of your players, or play them all through as you wish for one longer mega gamer.
If you go over the bombs, you have to draw one of the trap tokens, as discussed earlier, this could make you draw with the wrong hand, a weird position, or an eye closed. You can also get power ups, like extra XP, or a shield which lets you ignore the first baddie or wall you hit.
Everything then packs up nicely under the board and is away when you are finished. Notice the scores in the box which make things nice and easy to keep track of.
So what did we think?....
Olivia said "I like the pictures, but the drawing can be a bit hard, but with practice I will always win. Its fun and I like the choice of levels there is lots to play and they look cool. It feels like I am playing a game on my phone and I want to play all the levels and win on the game"
My thoughts on the matter.....
Its nice quality, and there is plenty to do. For a VERY reasonable price RRP of £19.99 you will get plenty of entertainment out of this, and some nice high quality components with excellent art. It also is a system that I can see lending itself really well to future expansions of extra level sheets, or you could try making your own as well.
The game is fun, I really enjoyed playing it, it appealed to the inner gamer in me quite a lot, so would be a perfect crossover for those people always playing phone mini-games as it has that feel, and works really well as a family game, or as an adult party game, and once you are in the swing, there is plenty of laughter to be had either way as certain baddies become your arch rivals always spoiling your score, or you are so far away from where you thought you would be you can not help but laugh, or watching your opponents try to do a challenge with a mosquito token balanced on top of their pen that if it falls off they have to stop until they put it back, and all against the clock still.
The fact you can tailor game length by playing certain levels, or worlds, or making a random draw of them to create some kind of odd hybrid world.
With a very good value RRP of £19.99 take a look here to find your local store and grab a copy, you will have a great time with family and friends.
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