Fluxx is a very popular, simple card game that has been re-skinned into many different formats to appeal to many different kinds of players.
My oldest daughter loves Fluxx games and got a pile of them for Christmas. I’ll review each of them as they get played and will start off with Monty Python Fluxx.
Obviously, this game is designed with the Monty Python fan in mind, but let me start off with a brief description of what Fluxx is in general. It was designed in 1996 by Andrew Looney and first published by Looney Labs. They licensed the game to Iron Crown Enterprises for wider distribution, but when ICE went out of business in 1998, Looney Labs picked up the torch and has been running with it ever since. Monty Python was added to the line in 2008.
Fluxx is a card game where the cards allow the players to break the rules of the game in creative and interesting ways. The basic rule of the game is “draw one, play one”, but the players can have cards in their hands that change the number of cards drawn, the number of cards played per turn, the maximum number of cards permitted in your hand, etc. They can also play “goal” cards which set up victory conditions for the game and all of these are constantly changing as each new “goal” overwrites the previous one, each New Rule card eliminates the one of the same type already on the table. Players will put down Keepers that count toward goals and may get Creepers, which keep a player from winning unless the goal card specifically says they can. It’s a fast game that keeps everyone guessing and everyone thinking about who has what and who can do what.
Monty Python Fluxx, as you might have guessed, is Fluxx with a Monty Python touch. It includes cards from the TV series and Holy Grail and some of the cards make the players do odd things like talk in outrageous accents to get additional benefits. As you might guess, it does take a certain type of player who is not afraid to make a fool of themselves to have a fun gaming experience, those who take games or themselves too seriously really need not apply.
To be honest, it’s really not that different of an experience from many of the other mainline Fluxx variants. If you’ve played Star Fluxx, for instance, you can pick up Monty Python Fluxx with no problem. It plays relatively quickly, a game lasts between 30-45 minutes and it plays great with 2-6 players.
If you like to have a lot of fun at the table with a game that isn’t hard to learn but requires a moderate amount of brainpower, you could do worse than pick up Monty Python Fluxx.