Loony Quest, designed by Laurent Escoffier and David Franck and published by Libellud, is a 2-5 player, real time, dexterity game inspired by platform video games.
Players view a series of up to six pictures or “levels” and draw on their personal plastic sheet a route through the various hazards to the objective for each level. Once a level is completed, the plastic is overlain on the picture and points scored based on how successfully or otherwise the route has been drawn. The highest score after all levels have been completed wins.
Completing each level requires drawing lines, circles and dots, in, through and around busy landscapes. Avoiding rocket propelled penguins, sharp toothed tribal teddy bears and spiked rocks using your own sense of spatial awareness and hand-eye co-ordination.
If your marker pen strays off the path and into one of the many obstacles you will lose points. Some obstacles also result in bonuses and penalties. Bonuses that help you mainly by hindering others; penalties that increase your challenge.
Your spatial awareness and hand-eye co-ordination are up to the challenge – well, why not try again? Only this time close one eye, keep your arm locked rigid with the pen held between your thumb and little finger. Oh, and if you could just balance a token on top of the pen while you draw…
It’s this mix of self-inflicted penalties and playful ‘take that’ that provides the highlight of a game of Loony Quest. They turn a reasonably challenging solo activity into a very funny exercise in group silliness.
Replay-ability may, however, be an issue. Players with good hand-eye co-ordination and spatial awareness have definite advantage over those without. Perhaps not a problem if you don’t mind losing to the kids. Every. Single. Time.
It may not see regular table time, however, the time it does see will be fast, fun and light-hearted. Loony Quest is a good giggle at Christmas rather than a family game night staple.
Overall, the short play time, colourful art and zany theme make it a great game to introduce the board game hobby to kids and non-gamers.
This Loony Quest Snapshot is derived from a review first published on the Zatu Games blog.