I don’t post any where near enough game reviews and with one recent Halloween inspired post, why not another? So here is a game that would be suitable to play on Halloween. It is the Funky Phantom.
Now, me, I cannot every say the title of this game without grunting it like James Brown intoning “it’s the funky drummer, the funky drummer”. All of which goes to show I really do like music too much.
But who is The Funky Phantom? He is the titular character from an early 1970’s cartoon from Hanna-Barbera. However, this was one cartoon that I had never heard of until I came across this game in an op-shop. Turning to Wikipedia reveals that the show was produced by an Australian company. The premise had overtones of Scooby-Doo with teenage characters solving mysteries, aided by the Funky Phantom and his ghost cat Boo. They even had a green coloured vehicle with a name painted on the side; theirs was the Looney Duney. Significantly, for the game that I am about to talk about, the kids originally unleashed the Funky Phantom when they set an old clock to midnight.
The copy of the game that I found for $2 at an op-shop is in very good condition. It had all the cards and playing pieces and was only missing the dice.
The action is pretty straightforward; you go round the board clockwise hoping to land on ghost squares. When you do you can pick up a card. The objective is to be the first player to get enough cards with numbers that add up to 12. This is in reference to the Funky Phantom being released from his clock when the hands were set to midnight. Adding to the game play is the condition that other players can steal your cards if they land on the same square as you. Also, amongst the cards are cards of Boo the cat, which allow you to change direction. So say it was 6 spaces back to a ghost square and you just threw a 6, play a Boo card and you can go back and pick up a card. The cards themselves only have numbers ranging from 1 to 4 so you need to have collected at least 3 cards before you can claim victory. A word on the cards however; they are little squares and when piled up are very hard to pick up.
The game is designed for the younger player but that is no detriment to enjoying this simple and effective game which is fun and quick to play. Bigger cards which are easier to pick up would have been good.
Rating 3 Dice