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- For up to 4 players
- Unique theme
- Not for the weak-willed
- Game is mean
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A normal game lasts just a few minutes (two player games are exceedingly short and often one-sided, so play with a group), so it is good as a time-filler or to play a series of games with.
In play, each player can pick on anyone at the table, so one person will often be victimised for a few turns until they are ousted or a the cards make someone else a better victim. "Going with the flow" and petty revenge often dictate victims, rather than a solid strategy, so the greatest fun is had when describing the exact circumstances that lead up to your friend recieving a boot in the unmentionables.
Coupled with a group of active imaginations, this game is hilarious (if violent). Check out the expansion set also.
The basic premise: you're schoolkids fighting over lunch money. Eveybody has 15 points, and you have to get your opponents down to 0 ("unconscious") before they do the same to you. Half the game is trash talk, which is not only encouraged but often mandatory.
The good: Pretty simple to learn (with a few exceptions -- see "the bad") and games are really quick. Unlike Magic The Gathering and such, there's a finite number of card titles, all of which come in the box, so you won't blow a small fortune on cards trying to get the choice ones. Since there are maybe 20 card (titles) total, it makes it relatively easy to get the hang of. A key element of the game is trash talking, so if you and your friends enjoy good-natured ribbing each other, you'll definately get into it.
The bad: if you're not used to this type of game, it can be a moderately steep learning curve. A lot of the cards have exceptions-to-the-rules status, so most beginning players will probably spend some time consulting the rules each turn to verify their understanding, and that slows things down. If a card has a special bonus to it, it's not listed on the card itself but in the rules. It took my friends and I about 10 to 15 hands for all the stuff to sink in. Even then, there's some ambiguity in the rules on certain situations. Perhaps the biggest problem is that, with a finite number of card titles, the game has the potential to get stale after a while (as in a month or two.)
Over-all, this is a fun game, but its violent premise and inherent trash talking mean it definately isn't for everyone.
Though I don't recommend it for younger players--the fantastic artwork and trash talking aren't best for small kids--I think that families with teen-aged kids would have a good time with Lunch Money's playground free-for-all scenario. It's a great alternative to the traditional trash talking of a good spades game.
Even better, once you get your friends hooked, everyone wants to get in on the fun. The dynamics of the game change everytime you play it. My friends and I have even gone so far as deciding to set up teams and poker-style tournaments. What could be better than strategically and pyschologically dominating your opponent AND walking away with all of her lunch money?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great card game for friends to play - for Teens and older - I would suggest buying something to use as health for this game ( we have used popcycle sticks, glass beads etc) it... Read morePublished 19 days ago by kai
fun simple stupid game. I wish the cards would say things like when you "Dodge" the "Roundhouse" goes to the player next to you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stuart Gould
Beat up your friends with the help of your other friends. Lots of fun.Published 5 months ago by DFan
Delivered exactly on time,packaged brilliantly, just as advertised. I higly recommend! This game is awesome,mean fun!Published 6 months ago by Thomas
Had to replace this gem due to airport TSA... It is worth the ten dollar hike in price *compared to the one I had 5 years ago* defiantly more of an adult game as it requires a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Blau Sonja
Very Addicting! Might take a while to learn the rules, but wayyyy worth it!!!Published 15 months ago by William D. Wright III
Easy to learn the rules, hard to master the game. One of those party games where it just gets more fun the more you've had to drink. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephen Denoms
Have loved Lunch Money ever since it released. I continually buy extra copies of this great game to use as giveaways on my gaming podcast and to get more friends interested in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by SSmith0911