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Aquarius is a fun, simple card game for 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up. It features three types of cards: Elements, Goals, and Actions. Element cards are played kind of like dominos, with each player trying to win by connecting seven panels of one particular element. Goal cards determine which element each player is going after, and Action cards allow players to shake up the action in five different ways. The game is fast, fun, colorful, and easy to learn.
Average Rating: 3.6 in 8 reviews
Pretty, Multi-Player Dominos with *strategy*!
The bluffing elements are incredibly interesting. There are luck elements, but not huge ones.
One of my favorite card games, and one of the few American card games I've heard of that have had success in Germany. (We're always importing their winners, but few games are able to 'swim upstream.')
This game flows smoothly, has great artwork, VW Buses, a concept that anyone can understand, and fits in your back pocket. Aquarius is great because it is fun, but doesn't require a lot of time or re-reading of the rules, and anyone can play. Overall, this game makes a great gift--just make sure to get one for yourself.
I have no regrets about getting it. Just not quite as exciting as some of my others... but I do like having lighter games in my collection as well, and this game fills that need.
Finally, the game works better with 3 players than only 2. Two isn't aweful, but when you trade goals, suddenly every player knows what all the goals are. My wife suggested we alter the rules a bit to say you had to change goals with one of them in the pile, rather than the other player. We haven't tried that variant yet though. Anyway, with 3 or more players, only two of the players know what each other has after that card is played.
Once again, a good and fun game that's easy to learn, and fun. Just not THAT great. Yet, I am glad I have it. I recommend it if you're looking for something lighter.
I first played this game at gaming con, where people had renamed it 'arbitrary victory'. It didn't stop them playing or enjoying the game though. I think it becomes a lot less arbitrary and a lot more tactical if you simply remove 'shuffle goals' from the deck.
It has the advantage of having very simple rules, so that even a severely inebriated friend of mine picked it up quickly.
Basically, it's dominoes meets Fluxx. Each person has an element and they're trying to connect seven tiles of that element. Ok, so it's not Icehouse, there's really only one game to play. And luck is a major factor. But, there is a lot of strategy involved here, and games are typically short enough to play over lunch or between classes. Not Looney Labs' best, but definitely worth a look. Try Javaquarius first, though, since it's there.
This is a game that falls into my 'games that I can carry on a conversation and still play' category, like Fluxx and [page scan/se=0478/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Button Men. Luck plays a great part in this game, so you might want to pass on this one if you're looking for a test of your strategic skills. Also, I have found that the young (and young at heart) seem to enjoy this game more than older players.
If you're looking for something light and entertaining this is a good bet. If you are looking for a deep game of strategy, well... perhaps you should just go get El Grande or something....
I just don't see the value in this one. Yes, the deck 'looks' nice, although the card quality doesn't nearly rank high enough in my book. The artwork is fantastic and the deck box is easily portable. Thats where the 'fun' ends.
The gameplay here just doesn't do it for me - I see no skill or strategy in it - definately not one of the Lab's better games - even Fluxx has more merit and I have issues there as well.
Another pretty but dumb game from Looney Labs. Aquarius has a very 'hippie-do' feeling--the player with the longest hair goes first. The art on the cards is beautiful, but the game is a big snooze. Imagine dominos with any sense of strategy or skill sucked out of the game. That's Aquarius.