We are a board game and card game family. We play games together whenever we have the chance. Trevor loves games so much that he founded the Games Club at his middle school! If you go my gift guide tab and scroll down to Family Fun, you'll find several dozen of our family's very favorite games, including Fluxx. (Affiliate link here and throughout the post.)
I first discovered Fluxx sometime around 1998. I love that it is easy to learn (yet ever-changing!) and accommodates any number of players. It's portable and inexpensive. It requires reading, but otherwise is fun for all ages. I introduced Trevor to Fluxx when he was around 5 and he loved it. Since then, he has collected many different versions of Fluxx, including Star Fluxx, Nature Fluxx, and the Fluxx board game. Recently, the folks at Looney Labs have been introducing educational versions of Fluxx. I jumped on the chance to review the latest, Astronomy Fluxx, which was provided to me by Looney Labs.
Astronomy Fluxx basically plays like all the other versions of Fluxx. You collect Keepers...
.... and use Actions in order to achieve a Goal. If you have the correct Keepers to meet the Goal, you win!
However, the New Rules (and the Goals) change constantly... sometimes in your favor and sometimes not! It's a lot of fun.
Astronomy Fluxx has some neat features that distinguish it from other versions of Fluxx. The first thing I noticed was the gorgeous photography. The Keepers and Goals feature NASA's photographs of planets and the other astronomical objects. Many of the Goals list dates that mark major accomplishments in space exploration; the Quiz Me Action card asks players to name those dates. The Name a Constellation New Rule rewards players for mentioning a constellation that has not yet come up in the game. Simply by playing Astronomy Fluxx, kids (and adults!) will learn so much more about space.
My favorite card is the stunning Galaxy Keeper. In fact, it inspired me to create some artwork that is out of this world. (Ha ha!) I'll teach you how to make it tomorrow.