Have you ever fancied fending off a dive-bombing Dick Dastardly-style character? Probably not, but you will when we tell you how incredibly hilarious Loopin' Louie is. And no, you won't have to join Vulture Squadron, find medals for Muttley or go anywhere near one of Clunk's contraptions. What you will have to do, however, is stop Loopin' Louie scaring chickens off your barn by furiously walloping a plastic lever.
Confused? You should be because this mindless masterpiece is even sillier than fast-paced classics such as Hungry Hippos and Mr Mouth. And that's saying something! The idea is to protect your chickens (well okay, plastic discs) from an insane Terry Thomas-esque aviator. Allow us to elaborate: a battery-powered motor rotates a boom arm with a little plastic plane on the end. So far, so surreal. Each player controls a lever, which is used to bash the out-of-control plane away from the chickens balancing on their barn roof. The last player with any chips (sorry, chickens) remaining wins. Simple as that.
We know it sounds childish and inane - and it is. But believe us, once you've had a go you'll be unable to stop playing because Loopin' Louie is seriously addictive, especially if you and your mates have downed a few pre-flight shandies.
Granted, frantically bashing a lever doesn't require much skill but a well-timed hit will send Louie into manic spins and loops (and hopefully into someone else's barn). And if you whap the plane really hard, it sometimes stands vertically for a few agonizing seconds before swooping into an opponent's farmyard. But beware: slamming your lever too hard can actually knock off your own chickens. And there's nothing worse than losing a game of Loopin' Louie. Well there is, but right now we can't think of it. So chocks away and get ordering before this brilliant little game flies off the shelves and crashes into the barn marked 'Out of Stock'.
Not suitable for children 3 years because of small parts.
2 - 4 Players.
Gameplay 10 mins.
1 x Loopin' Louie in plane
1 x Base unit
4 x Paddle arms
1 x Aeroplane arm
12 x Counters
2 x Sticker sheets
1 x Instructions
All players start with 3 chickens
Louie is started and players play until only one player has chickens remaining. (ie, play 1 game by the standard rules)
Louie is stopped. The player with one or more chickens remaining removes one of their chickens from play altogether. If this is their last chicken, that player is the winner.
All players put all of their chickens that have not been removed from play
onto their barn. Return to step 2.
As a result, for each round a player wins, it becomes more difficult for them to win the next round.
I've lost two children to the needle and a husband to the drink. But even now, 20 years on, what pains me the most is that narrow defeat on Loopin' Louie. Donna North, Humberside - 2nd March 2012
I used to have this game as a kid, and it is seriously the bomb.
Get it now. G, Sunny England - 25th October 2008
This game I think is just as much if not moreso for adults than children. It is terribly addictive for me and my friends. I bring it out at parties and people can't get enough. One of the best games out there! Conrad, Fresno, Ohio - 6th January 2007
Bought this as a stocking filler for my almost 10 year old and he's had more fun with this than the PS2 this Christmas! So simple but great fun and guaranteed whoops and hollers from all players. There's a definite skill too - whack Louis at just the right moment and pulverise the opposition who think it's just a game. Brill. Sheila, Merseyside - 30th December 2006
Wow, am I thrilled to see this?!! If you want to add a bit of a competitive edge to this try it as a drinking game with schnapps forfeits, it's surprisingly hard with hampered-reactions! (fond memories...!). Sal, Lincoln, U.K. - 30th November 2006
I got one of these for my 9th birthday (I'm 19 now) and I remember being able to hit the plane JUST right so that it hits the person next to you. Every time. You had to hit the back end or something. Still great though. Robert Baker, London - 27th July 2006