Flirt is a party game that presents enough hugot and humor for a memorable time. The player succeeds by “courting” other players for their hearts. The first one to capture three hearts of the same pattern wins.
Each player must wield Court Cards to win the battle of love. Court Cards showcase humorous pick-up lines and comebacks, which could either spark or burn the feelings. Flirting in this game is a funny risk with a competitive gameplay.
“[The game is] irreverent, fun, and teasing.” Ms. Ria Lu, the creator of the Flirt, said in an interview. “It pokes fun at how we do relationships, and it’s a game that requires you to commit to saying the lines for it to turn out funny.”
Aside from its humorous approach to flirting, another unique feature of the game is its Character Cards. Each player starts the game as a character whose relationship skills are limited based on how rich, intelligent, or charming they are. As the game progresses, the player may acquire power up cards. When they level up, they can boost their capacity to deliver more daring lines.
“The idea really just popped up one day,” Ms. Ria Lu said. “I wanted to put people in situations that didn’t feel very safe, but funny.”
The game has a way with relating to real life hugot as well. To avoid losing, players must never give all of their hearts away, but to have fun, some hearts must surrender in the name of love.
“Heartbreak always has an effect on future relationships. And so guarding one’s heart is always necessary.” Ms. Ria Lu said. “[But ] it’s also not good to go the extreme and not give in to anyone at all too. In the game, if you don’t yield, the game will not progress.”
The game proves to be entertaining when players commit to saying the lines with impact. They could mutter it in a deadpan manner. They could declare it in a dramatic way. Flirt offers the chance to “win” a heart without fear of falling flat.
Perhaps winning hearts in real life is the same way. “Just like in the game, just say it.” Ms. Ria Lu said, “Sometimes people play it safe all the time that they don’t say anything.”
The game is ideal for anyone wanting to have a little fun with friends, although it may still not be the best guide for real-life relationship goals. As Ms. Ria Lu admitted, all the pick-up lines are still too cheesy to use, and are best said for humor than for collecting actual hearts.
Flirt is just one of the games created by Ms. Ria Lu and her company, Komikasi Games and Entertainment. The company is a Philippine-based creative business that has sold other best-selling card games and apps, while supporting the comic and literary scene in the country. Creating Flirt was an effort made with help from friends who inspired the witty and comical lines. Flirt can be purchased from National Bookstore, PowerBooks, and Fully Booked. It can also be purchased online at www.flirt.komikasi.com.
Text- Nicole Gusto
Photography – M Espeña