Are You a Werewolf?
If I mention the game company Looney Labs, undoubtedly you’ll think of the Fluxx line of card games. That’s quite OK, it is their most popular line and has more variations than I can count. We told you about the latest iteration, Holiday Fluxx, late last year. But Looney Labs has more than just Fluxx in their arsenal. They also have another great party game that will have you scared of your friends and family – Are You a Werewolf?
We enjoy finding games that are unique and will accommodate more than the typical 2-4 players found in most offerings. Are You a WereWolf? is unique in that you need AT LEAST seven players to play the game, and it will support up to sixteen!
You first might be alarmed at the size of the game. I’m not referring to the box size, which conveniently matches the size of Fluxx and Loonacy (another great Looney Labs title). I’m referring to the fact that the game is composed of twenty cards. Yes, twenty. And to top it off there are only four DIFFERENT cards in the deck. One optional “Moderator” card, a Seer card and the rest being Werewolves and Villagers. Would this skimpy deck be enough to keep a party of 7+ occupied? Let’s see.
Each player is dealt one card face down. That is their assigned role for the game which they do not disclose to each other under any circumstances. The object is to rid the town of all werewolves before they kill all of the villagers. One player is the Moderator and that person takes on the role of the judge. He will know who is who and helps keep the game moving forward. Each round is divided into nights and days (can you guess which is more dangerous?).
Night falls and everyone closes their eyes. The Moderator will announce:
It is the night. The moon is full
Everyone, close your eyes.
Werewolves, open your eyes.
Werewolves, choose a victim.
At that point, the werewolves know who their teammates are and agree on a victim. The moderator confirms their selection and says:
Werewolves, close your eyes.
Seer, open your eyes.
Seer, point at someone.
The point of this is to give the Seer (who is technically also a friendly villager) some insight into who might be a werewolf. If they point to a werewolf, the moderator gives a thumbs-up. Otherwise they display a thumbs-down.
Seer, close your eyes.
The sun is rising. The night is over.
Everyone, open your eyes and see that this person has been torn apart by werewolves.
The moderator points at the victim who reveals his or her card and says nothing for the remainder of the game.
Daytime arrives and everyone (even the werewolves) discuss who might be a werewolf. The mob wants justice and votes to lynch someone. The lynched player shows his or her card and also says nothing for rest of the game.
This cycle of night and day repeats until either the werewolves are eliminated or the villager population is equal to that of the werewolves. At that point it is assumed the village is overrun and any werewolves still alive win.
Are You a Werewolf? is rated for ages 12+. We’re assuming this is for the content, which can easily be softened if younger players wish to partake. It also has a wide range of time needed (20-60 minutes) which will obviously vary quite a bit depending on the number of players you have.
With a MSRP of under $8, if you don’t have a similar game in your collection this would be a good choice. You can find it at your local game store, on Amazon and in most major bookstores. Check out Looney Labs on Facebook and Twitter – they’re always talking about upcoming products, giving away promo cards and even full games! They even have a new game line using plastic pyramids that we hope to tell you about in the future!
29 thoughts on “Are You a Werewolf?”
I really like how you described this game. I am into Halloween and the supernatural. This game will fit good in my family. I am pretty sure this is a game my teens will play.
Oh I need this! This sounds like a super fun game, we love family game nights!
It’s amazing how you find these bizarre games! Love the photos, too (family?)
Yep, family – test subjects as I like to call them.
I’m not sure about this game. I like the idea of it, but I don’t know if the payoff is worth the effort.
What a fun game- I would have loved this when I was a kid!
What an interesting game! Sounds perfect for getting teenagers to participant in family time.
Hey guys, I’m a HUGE fan of werewolf. Been playing for 6 years. I came up with this idea to use wood chips because my cards kept getting damaged. Thought I’d share it with you. I make them all myself, if you are interested, check them out! thanks!
I love looney Labs games
I have never played a Werewolf game.
I’ve played a few werewolf games, but my favorite is Ultimate Werewolf.
I have not, but I have played similar games.
What a fun game, I love the werewolf theme! This would be a blast to play with my kids.
I dont have anything like this in my games so it is def something I am going to look into
I’ve played one-night ultimate werewolf, but I really like just classic Mafia.
I haven’t played these games but I’d liked to try.
I’ve never played a werewolf game
I didn’t know that there were even Werewolf games out there. So I know I haven’t played them I wonder if my grandkids have?
Does wolf among us count? I’ve played mafia also
I have werewords but haven’t gotten it to the table yet.
This game looks really interesting. I’ve never played any of these games yet but would love too
I am new to werewolf games!
Only game I have played is WolfQuest.
My daughter would love this game for when her friends are here or vice versa!
Sounds like a great game! I’ve never played any of the werewolf games.
I haven’t ever played any of the werewolf games, but they look like fun!