by MJ Willow
(Columbus, Ohio, USA)
Teach reading skills and following directions, as well as strategy with this great card game, Fluxx (by Looney Labs). Every game is different. The instructions on the cards played make the game. There are no rules to memorize because the rules will change as the game is played. The object of the game is to put together a set of "keepers"- cards that create a theme, i.e., milk and cookies, love and peace, time is money, etc.
There are several different versions of Fluxx. The original game, Eco-Flux (green theme), and Family Fluxx. Newer versions of the game are Zombie Fluxx (for horror fans) and Monty Python Fluxx. There are expansion packs available and the original game comes in Spanish, Japanese, German, and Dutch. You can even purchase blank cards and add your own rules, keepers, creepers, and such.
I have personally played every version except for Family and the new Monty Python versions. I would have to say Zombie Fluxx is my favorite, though it isn't suitable for younger players.