Math Fluxx Review
Quick Glance - Math Fluxx
Game Type: Card Game
Number of Players: 2-6
Mechanics: Set Collection, Hand Management
Introduction/Overview: Math Fluxx is another game in the series which includes versions such as Cthulhu, Batman, Nature and Fairy Tale Fluxx. These are simple and unique games that play quickly and are perfect for family game night.
Gameplay: Fluxx games are built upon gameplay that is ever changing and Math Fluxx is no different. At it’s most basic Math Fluxx requires players to draw a number of cards and play a number of cards. You may play any of the various card types. Rules cards changes certain rules like the number of cards to draw or play. Keeper cards are played in front of the player and serve as the set being collected. Goal cards determine the win conditions. Rule and Goal cards can change at any time which adds a level of uncertainty to the game and require constant adjustments.
Rulebook: The rules are laid out simply and are easy to read. There is an FAQ that is a nice addition especially since this is not a traditional card game.
Theme: With the word Math in the title you might expect math is an important aspect of this game but it only plays a small role and players are not required to solve math problems every turn. With the large number of Fluxx games you have your choice of themes and even a few licensed properties.
Final Thoughts: In my first game of Math Fluxx my son beat me in the first round. He had a Rule card that allowed him to win if he was the only player with no Keeper cards in front of him. Since I played one Keeper on my first turn he was able to win. This may seem crazy and unfair but this is how Fluxx games work: anyone can win at any time. Our second game went as bit longer and were allowed to draw a bunch of cards but only play one at a time. Another game saw us playing every card from our hand each turn. Most games mix all of these possibilities into a single game. This means games of Fluxx need to be played with a balance of short term tactics, ridiculous gambles and smart hand management. My only quibble is that more times that not a player wins by a random draw or change in rules or goal. This makes for an unexciting end to a game that is often exciting throughout. But this is minor, my family and I enjoyed this game for its unique and drastic shifts and its quick, fun and light hearted gameplay. I’d recommend this to any family or group looking for a filler or light party game.