Time Breaker Review

Rob Kalajian review, tabletop Leave a Comment

Time Breaker - Looney Labs - $25.00
Time Breaker Review - Cover

Game title: Time Breaker

Game description: It’s a chase across time to catch a chrono-criminal! The Time Breaker is running amok in time, jumping from one tile to another, each representing a different year. In this fast-paced card game, you must carefully navigate the time-stream to find and arrest the Time Breaker. Then, return with them to Time Repair HQ before your opponents catch up or the Time Breaker slips away. Good luck, Agents!

Overall
2.2
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Looney Labs latest game is a race across time to catch a notorious Chrono-Criminal that has players jumping all along the timeline to bring the Time Breaker to justice. It’s a simple game revolving around a 5×5 grid of randomly placed tiles that has players using their cards, the actual time stream, and wormholes to maneuver and hopefully bring the criminal to back to Time Repair HQ.

Pros

Simple

Easy to Learn

Cons

Missing that certain “Looney Labs” quality

Cheap components

Full Time Breaker Review

Looney Labs latest game is a race across time to catch a notorious Chrono-Criminal that has players jumping all along the timeline to bring the Time Breaker to justice. It’s a simple game revolving around a 5×5 grid of randomly placed tiles that has players using their cards, the actual time stream, and wormholes to maneuver and hopefully bring the criminal to back to Time Repair HQ. 

Time Breaker is very simple. Place the Time Repair HQ tile at the center and randomly place the rest of the tiles in a 5×5 grid. The players start at the HQ and the Time Breaker starts at the upper left hand corner of the grid. The cards are shuffled and everyone gets 3. Each turn players can play a card, follow the green arrow on their current tile to another tile, or flip a card from the deck and play it. The first player to apprehend the Time Breaker and bring them back to Time Repair HQ wins.

Time Breaker Review - Components
Everything in the box

As with most Looney Labs games, Time Breaker is pretty simple to play. It only takes moments to learn, set up, and in most cases, play. That’s all well and good. It’s what I expect from a Looney game. What kinda bummed me out was that is was missing that Looney Labs charm. No humorous flavor text, wacky illustrations, or educational tidbits. The components are rather flimsy, too, including tiles that were cut a bit off, losing a bit of the top text.

I’ve played the game quite bit with my 8-year-old son, and he loves it. There’s something about jumping from time to time and planning the best course of action with the cards in his hand combined, with how best to use the time jumps available to him from whatever tile he’s on that really gets his excitement up. Unfortunately the game just doesn’t do the same for me.

As far as Looney Labs games go, there are much better ways to spend $25. My suggestion would be to play this one before you buy it. You may find yourself enjoying it as much as my son did, or being disappointed with it as I was.

A copy of Time Breaker was provided free for review by Looney Labs

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