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2009 edition

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Ages Play Time Players
6+ 20-30 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Andrew Looney

Manufacturer(s): Looney Labs

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Product Description

Aquarius, the Looney Labs game of elemental connections, is celebrating 10 Awesome Years!

Looney Labs has updated the design and added some new features and new ways to play. Kids love the colorful design, fast play, and familiar matching strategy. Adults love the game's competitive edge. It's the perfect first family card game. The player with the longest hair goes first connecting element cards to complete a secret goal. Deal the cards and plan your move, but don't get too comfortable -- you may get zapped!

Get set for great family fun with this exciting take anywhere game.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Andrew Looney

  • Manufacturer(s): Looney Labs

  • Year: 2009

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 20 - 30 minutes

  • Ages: 6 and up

  • Weight: 179 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is a domestic item.


  • 76 cards
  • instructions

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.6 in 8 reviews

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multi-player dominos with strategy and poker-style bluffing
June 20, 2002

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.')

BTW, there are other games that use these cards, too--among them a pretty good solitare game (by Kristin and an Icehouse game by Kory.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Awesome artwork, fun game.
December 10, 2000

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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Simple, Light, and Fun
January 20, 2006
I would give this game about 3.5 stars. It's a good, but not great, game. I would say for the price, it's a good game to add to your collection if you're wanting an easy-to-learn, light game with bluffing elements.

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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Fun game. Easy to learn.
March 14, 2004

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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Pretty good
December 06, 2000

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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Simple, fun, pretty
December 05, 2000

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....

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Ummm... why don't I like this game?
June 30, 2003

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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Pretty but not very interesting
December 02, 2000

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.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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