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The card game with ever changing rules! It starts out simple, with just the Basic Rule card: draw one card and play one card during each player's turn. But New Rule cards quickly make things chaotic.

Even the object of the game will often change as you play, as players swap out one Goal card for another. Can you get the Rocket to the Moon before someone changes the goal to Death by Chocolate?

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30 of 48 gamers found this helpful
“A Random Way to Spend Some Time”

Fluxx is a good downtime game. The sort of game you play between two serious games or while you wait for another group to finish what they are playing. Fluxx begins with each player getting three cards and on their turn drawing one card, and playing one card. There is no way to win until a goal card is played. Most goal cards require a pair of keepers, cards that are played in front of you. Other cards modify the rules, such as how many cards to draw or play. Many give bonuses for possessing specific keepers. The remainder of the cards are one time uses that do various things.
Fluxx can be very random, especially if players are required to play more cards than they draw. If this happens you may be waiting for a rule reset card to come out. These situations can make the game very long. Otherwise there can be some strategy, such as holding onto keepers and goals until you play them all at once.

 
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Indie Board & Cards fan
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24 of 41 gamers found this helpful
“Silly Pandemonium”

After watching an episode of ‘Table Top’ (where they played ‘Star Fluxx’), I decided to give the original game a shot. The whole ‘created by a NASA scientist’ thing, really peaked my curiosity.

Last night, I decided I needed to get out and have a brew at the pub with a buddy. I brought the game along with me in case there was an opportunity to break it out. We found a table in the back and sat down to give this game a try. Not only was it easy to learn in the first play through, but it threw you into the madness almost immediately. As the evening progressed, various patrons at the bar came up to the table to try a hand. It was the strangest thing. I wound up staying much later than I’d intended and played game after game. We had 2 player games, 3 player games, and a few 4 player games. I made a few new friends and promised to bring the game with me the next time I came to this pub.

It’s a game that can be won on any given hand…even the first round. It’s clever…without being obtuse. We can attest that the game even holds up after a few beverages.

The charm of the game is not only in its simplicity, but it’s sheer unpredictability.

 
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USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
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41 of 72 gamers found this helpful
“My Problem with Fluxx”

Fluxx is an interesting game that seems like a fantastic idea at first. Then, you have the two hour marathon . Finally, you have the game that never ends… so you just quit. It can be fun, and I recommend Pirate Fluxx (or Zombie), but it’s not a game to take seriously, and it does wear after awhile. I find there are just better alternatives, as it’s not a predictable filler game, and there are much better two hour games if you end up in one. I suggest a game like Coloretto for a filler or Lifeboats if you want to have fun playing a dumb game.

 
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22 of 42 gamers found this helpful
“Fun, but you've got to concentrate”

I like Fluxx, but I’ve found that it’s one of those games which really split–some people will love it, some will hate it. My son loves it, my wife hates it. I think it’s great, and it’s a permanent part of my favourites shelf.

The nature of the game is its changeability, due to the core mechanic of the rules constantly being in flux–hence, the name. It is this very changeability that causes gamers to either love it or hate it. That kind of chaos can be either a rollicking good time, or a nightmare of concentration and frustration, depending on one’s personality. With a table of those who love this aspect of the game, Fluxx can be fantastically fun. But with those who dislike the chaos that Fluxx brings, it quickly becomes frustrating and problematic. This can lead to trouble at a table of gamers whose prediliction you don’t know, but could just as easily lead to a surprisingly good time. Give it a chance.

 
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Scotland
I play black
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23 of 44 gamers found this helpful
“Non-strategic, casual fun”

This is game is great for casual gamers and friends…IF they can keep up with the myriad of rule changes. Some of my friends quickly become overtaxed with all of the new rule cards that pop up in between their turns.

This is a great filler between longer games. An average game can go between 5-15 minutes. If you’re in the mood for a lot of strategy, look somewhere else. This is a light, humorous game that is best played with friends after a couple of beers. After playing Fluxx once or twice, everyone has had their fill and is ready to play something with a little more depth.

 
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Watcher
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Count / Countess
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24 of 47 gamers found this helpful
“On the Same Level as Phase 10 or Uno”

This is a card game that’s sort of hard to explain because the rules change as you play. Everyone starts out with three cards and one rule on the tabs: “Draw One, Play One.” In your hand you may have goal cards, keeper cards, single use cards, or new rule cards. Obeying the starting rule, players draw one, then play one.

Players may play new rules, which do things such as allow players to draw 4 cards or play all but one of their cards. They may also play goal cards, which change the winning conditions of the game. Each goal card has pictures that correlate to two keeper cards. Any player that has the two keepers designated by the goal card in front of them wins the game. One time use cards do stuff like switch hands with other players.

There’s very little skill involved with this game, with many games ending with someone winning almost by accident. It’s about as fun as Uno or Phase 10, neither of which I would play several games of in one sitting. Overall, it’s a cheap game with little replay value and I only might recommend it to parents with kids ages 7-10.

 
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Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
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8 of 15 gamers found this helpful
“Quick ,Easy,Fluxx”

Ok I don’t know where to really know where to begin other than to say I kind of love this game for several reasons and I know I am supposed to be giving you a review but I just had to state how simple yet wonderful a device this game is.
Let me start by saying the only components in the whole game is your basic rules card and your deck. Game-play follows as the title states it is in a constant Fluxx your basic rules card tells you to pick up a card then play a card sounds simple right? Well it is but it also isn’t. The games objective is to be the first to complete a goal which can be changed just by playing a new one the games rules also constantly change as players place down new rules card to change aspects of the game . I found this game to be a fast paced fun mildly strategic party game that only gets better with beer. Enjoy the Fluxx

 
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USA
Knight
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21 of 42 gamers found this helpful
“Fluxx, the father of the franchise.”

The variey of Fluxx card games all have one thing in common. Ease of play.

The game begins with each player drawing one card, then playing one card. the cards come in 7 forms, rules, goals, ungoals, actions, Keepers, and Creepers. The game slowly evolves as each player plays new rules which immediately take effect, changing everything from how many cards are drawn and played to hands sizes to how to win.

Offering a wide variety of actions, Fluxx shows the good, the bad and the ugly of card game design.

 
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I'm Completely Obsessed
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21 of 43 gamers found this helpful
“Fun, but unpredictable”

This is a crazy game. The rules are changing continuously because you make them on the spot by playing cards. This is really fun, but it is to often that the game ends abruptly because clever players can exploit their possibilities or just because a player got a lucky combination of powerful cards. If you like a game that is fun, but that has a huge amount of luck involves that cuts almost any chance of playing strategically, this is the game for you! More fun when played with more players!

 
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24 of 50 gamers found this helpful
“Not really fun for any type of player”

As my friends and I often discuss, Fluxx isn’t very fun for anyone, while being mildly fun for many groups.

I don’t really love playing Fluxx because as an avid gamer I have very few strategic decisions, although the tactical decisions I get to make are alright.

My brothers and my girlfriend hate playing Fluxx because it does several things casual gamers don’t really like: (1) every turn you must make a (or multiple) decision to progress, and they better be good ones or else you might lose, and (2) you have to read every card and they all do different things. Although this latter element is great in games like magic, it makes it less accessible to casual gamers. In addition, the crazy abstraction isn’t doing it any favors.

 
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Rated 100 Games
Stone of the Sun
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20 of 43 gamers found this helpful
“Very, very funny!”

Usually I don’t go for randomness in games. But Fluxx is the exception. This game is so completely random that is becomes hilarious. So don’t plan ahead, don’t try to anticipate the moves of your opponents and above all don’t focus too much on winning, because the winning condition changes constantly.

In the end the absurd changes to the rules (yes, the change *during* the game), winning conditions and game state (the cards on the table, mostly things like toasters of concepts like love or war) is there to make you laugh. I have enjoyed playing this game a lot. Especially at the end of a gaming session or just for fun during a party. As there is no need for real thinking anyone can play it at anytime. Fun guaranteed!

 
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Sentinels of the Multiverse fan
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18 of 40 gamers found this helpful
“A fun and strategic game”

I get accused of making up rules, whereas in this game I don’t make them up. The cards do.
I enjoy this game, and I enjoy playing this with new people and new gamers. I think that it begins to develop complexity to games. You have to pay attention to what is going on, who has what, and what cards to play. Some would say that this game relies too much on luck, and I would say that there is luck involved in any game, but it is not the core essential. There can be tons of strategy by which you play cards.
I wouldn’t be quick to discredit this game. It is easy, fun, and great for new gamers.

 
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22 of 50 gamers found this helpful
“Can be confusing”

Flux is a card game with ever-changing rules and win conditions. The game begins with one basic rule, which the players add to from their hand over the course of the game. Sometimes the rules make the game-play boring, and tedious, and sometimes the turns become so long and complex, that you can sit for five minutes waiting for your opponent to complete a turn. I like to play Flux as a mindless way to kill time, usually when I’m too tired to play something else. As a game, it’s just OK to me.

 
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8 of 18 gamers found this helpful
“Great opener and/or filler”

This is one of those games that is easy to teach, easy to grasp, easy to play, and can go anywhere. The whole catch with Fluxx is that the rules are always (as they say) in fluxx, which is to say that the cards one plays can change how the game is played (from changing how many cards a person draws to how many cards one plays per turn). But more importantly one can also change the victory condition to either spoil an opponents chance to win or further proceed on your own path to victory. This can easily be blown off as a light game, and it can be played that way with much fanfare, but once you look deeper at the various styles of game play one can easily find much more depth and enjoyment hidden within. There is a reason this game has been awarded a MENSA select game as with a bit of thought one can find much more inside.

 
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17 of 40 gamers found this helpful
“Play it for fun, not to win.”

FLUXX is a social game to play when you aren’t looking to “win” a game.

It’s something to do while chatting with friends, because the game doesn’t need you to watch others closely to keep them honest. Since the rules change from turn to turn, you’re really not needed when it’s not your turn.

So, spend that time being friendly and chat with the people at the table. If you’re happen to win, bonus!

 
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Greater Than Games fan
Cooperative Game Explorer
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18 of 43 gamers found this helpful
“Chaotic and Fun!”

I was introduced to this game by a friend, and I have fallen in love with this game.

When I explain this game to newcomers, I make sure to show an example of each card type, and then explain that there is only one rule to this game, and that is that the rule is that the rules are always changing.

I have found that everyone I’ve played with, loves this game. I recently bought Star Fluxx (a version of Fluxx in space) and it seems to be an even bigger hit than regular Fluxx.

This game is easy for gamers of all ages. I brought this game to a family reunion and played this game with a niece and nephew whose ages were between 5-8, and they both enjoyed the game. I had to read the card text to the five year old, but he understood what was going on, and even managed to win the game.

 
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Knight
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18 of 46 gamers found this helpful
“The most simple complex game”

The basic rules couldn’t be simpler, but as the game goes on the rules get more complex. Sometimes they get to the level of completely absurd and a single players turn can take 20 minutes. Sometimes the whole game is over in three minutes, before some players have had the chance to play.

Because of random and ever changing nature of the Goal and Rules, long term strategy is non-existent and strategic decisions come down to “What can I do this turn?”

 
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11 of 30 gamers found this helpful
“Better pay attention!”

The game can change so quickly that you may not notice you’ve won!

Fluxx is a good game for explaining game mechanics to people who are new to the gaming world. The ever-changing set of rules means you have to pay attention though, so it isn’t what I would call a game you can play casually.

Some people find the changing rules very frustrating, so I wouldn’t bother showing this to inattentive players or you’ll spend a lot of time responding to questions like, “What, so what’s going on now?”

 
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I'm a Real Person
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13 of 41 gamers found this helpful
“A constant state of chaos.”

Fluxx is a great card game for those who can grasp it. The game’s basic premise is that the rules, the game flow and the end goal of the game can (and does) change at any given time. With a relatively bright crowd, one practice game is enough to hook ’em and get ’em going. I’ve found that for some people, the entire premise of the game is a little too abstract and takes longer to figure out. The learning curve is well worth the reward of a fun, unpredictable game.

 
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The Gold Heart
I Am What I Am
Strategist
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16 of 68 gamers found this helpful
“If invited to "play" Fluxx quickly find the nearest EXIT!”

Those that invite others to experience the random, chaotic, frustrating “game” called Fluxx may be relegated to either the 6th or the 8th Circle of Dante’s Inferno.

This is a “game” (I hesitate to use the word to describe Fluxx) that is pointless, banal and probably created by stoners while on a munchie binge.

When my experience with Fluxx finally, mercifully came to it’s whimpering conclusion I was asked to play again. Given that choice I would prefer to either:
a) poke my eyes out with a dull stick
b) super glue all my fingers to my scalp
c) run head-long into a quickly approaching Mack Truck!

Any of the above choices would be preferable to a second Fluxx experience.

 

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