Mc·Guf·fin – məˈɡəfin
- an object or device in a movie or a book that serves merely as a trigger for the plot.
1930s: a Scottish surname, said to have been borrowed by the English film director Alfred Hitchcock, from a humorous story involving such a pivotal factor.
The latest game from Looney Labs, Andres Looney’s Get the MacGuffin, is a light and silly game of oneupsmanship and deduction where players are trying to be the last person in the game with cards left either in their hand or on the table.
Get the MacGuffin’s setup and rules couldn’t be easier. Deal cards to each player until every player as 5 cards, or there are no more cards in the deck. Each turn a player must take one of the following 4 actions:
- Play an Action from their hand, discarding the Action Card
- Play an Object on the table
- Use a played Object’s ability
- Discard one of their played Objects
Play continues until only 1 player has cards left in their hand or on the table and is declared the winner.
Get the MacGuffin is made up of only 23 sturdy, oversized cards and a rulebook inside a slim tuck box. Each card contains colorful, almost neon, artwork with clear iconography and text.
Get the MacGuffin is super short, ultra light, often unbalanced, and full of a lot of laughs. It’s just the type of silly game Looney Labs is well known for. The entire game revolves around using the limited amount of cards to keep yourself in the game while making sure other players don’t have powerful cards like the MacGuffin or Crown. The short playtime of the game makes it so a loss isn’t much of a big deal as the game can easily be set up and played again in no time at all. I’ve found myself easily getting 3-5 games in one sitting and I’ve generally got a big, goofy grin on my face the entire time.
Perfect for non-gamers, or as a quick and easy filler, Get the MacGuffin is best with more players where every card is in the game. That’s not to say the game doesn’t work well with less. Sometimes having cards left out is part of the fun. Is the MacGuffin in the game? Has it been left out?
Get the MacGuffin certainly isn’t for everyone, but it certainly doesn’t need to be. People who are familiar with Looney Labs generally know what they’re getting into when buying the company’s games. At $10 Get the MacGuffin is one of their cheaper titles and one that any casual gamer will certainly get their money’s worth out of.
A copy of Get the MacGuffin was provided free for review by Looney Labs
Media personality Rob “Devar-TTY” Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of Devar-TTY’s Pawns Perspective, Dev now focuses mostly on video games and TTRPGs. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.