Players: 2-5 Players
Time: 5-8 minutes
Times Played: 15+
I have already taken a look at Loonacy, a real-time pattern recognition matching card game so the basis of the game has already been covered. I will refer you to the original review here for explanations on how to play the game as that version and the Retro version are identical.
With the knowledge that the rules are the same between versions, the question is begging to be asked: what does Retro Loonacy bring to the table that makes it different than the base game?
In short, aesthetics. The difference between the two games is color schemes and images used on the cards. The mechanics, strategies, play styles, etc. are all the same as regular ole Loonacy.
However, we believe that Retro Loonacy feels more like an advanced version of the regular edition as the colors blend together more easily and the images (and the colors of those images) do the same.
Retro Loonacy uses rotary phones, wall clocks, wind-up robots, record players, and more as the item depictions. The color scheme of the items so easily aligns with that of the background of other cards helps trick the brain into thinking a match is available when it really isn’t.
In the original version, the objects you were matching all had their own distinctive look and were rarely if ever confused with other items. Retro Loonacy looks like it was created with the goal to make everything appear as if it matched everything else.
The theme of the game is retro-age images and this makes Retro Loonacy really interesting to play with younger generations. The images they’re looking at are familiar but unfamiliar at the same time. The box TV with legs, the Polaroid style camera, and the VHS are all items that kids are aware of but seeing them always sends them for a loop (at least when I’ve played with them).
Retro Loonacy is perfect for us as while we still love the original, it felt like we could play it in our sleep. The new colors and images add a new challenge to the game and reignited our love for the original game as we bounce between the two. If I could only own one, I would probably side with this version as I like the artwork and color scheme a little more and feel the slight additional challenge makes the game more fun for us but there’s no reason a household couldn’t own two (or more, as Retro Loonacy is not the last version).