Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Board Game
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- Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Board Game is a beautiful exploration of the movie for 1-5 players in which Sarah, Ludo, Sir Didymus and Hoggle must adventure through the labyrinth and make their way to the goblin city to save Toby from Jareth, the goblin king!
- 5 highly collectable figurine renditions of the main characters
- 2' x 2' game board – lavishly illustrated with inspiring new artwork featuring all the legendary places from the movie, including the Oubliette, the Bog of Eternal Stench, the Goblin City and Jareth’s Castle.
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Will Sarah manage to defeat Jareth and his Labyrinth, or will the Goblin King turn little Toby into a goblin babe? You have thirteen hours to find out! Play with up to four friends in this fun family board game based on the classic Labyrinth movie by Jim Henson.
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The game starts at the scene where Sarah has gotten lost in the labyrinth and falls into the Oubliette. Hoggle, Didymus and Ludo each start at the other three corners of the board. From here, it's a bit like a cooperative version of Talisman, where everyone is moving around an outer circle taking on challenges, until a card flips that allows access to the inner board (Goblin City), and finally to Jareth himself. All players in a shared space get to roll dice for skill tests and keep the highest result, or if it fails, any player in a shared space can discard a willpower token and roll the mighty d20. Essentially, players spend most of the game trying to get into a shared space, and have enough combined willpower to be able to defeat the goblins when the gate opens. This all requires some light strategy, with some risk and a little luck.
Note that if you have fewer than 4 players, all 4 characters are still on the board taking actions, so someone will be playing as 2 of them. A 5th player can play against the group as Jareth by drawing 2 event cards on everyone's turn and choosing the ones the players will face. It's best with exactly 4 players, which will limit the appeal for some people.
The endgame is the real downer here. I realize that thematically, Sarah has to ultimately face the Goblin King alone, but the way this mechanically plays out leaves winning or losing the game up to a die roll, and the other players can only watch. It parallels the climax of the movie, but it is terrible game design to have everyone strategically cooperating for an hour, only to make it to an ending where one player alone wins or loses for the entire group based on nothing but luck. At the end, everyone NOT playing as Sarah was just sort of like, "Oh, really? So how can we help you? We can't? Um...that's weird, but okay, go for it I guess." Normally I would prefer to play a board game with 3 or 4 friends instead of watch a movie, but in this case I'd rather just watch Labyrinth.
In contrast to many board games, you are not playing against your fellow players, but rather as a team trying to defeat the evil Jareth. Each player controls one of the four characters (Sarah, Hoggle, Didymus, and Ludo), and you navigate the labyrinth avoiding dangers while trying to find the way on. Since we only had two players, we each controlled two of the characters. The hazards are very thematic to the movie and it is a real pleasure if you're familiar with the film. One of the challenges involved reciting lines from the movie ("You remind me of a babe...").
My one complaint is that the final confrontation with Jareth is performed by Sarah alone, meaning only one player participates. This was only a minor problem, and overall, the game was very fun.
The 5 character miniatures (four playable characters plus Jareth) are supplied unpainted, which may be a let down for some, but I enjoy painting miniatures, so it doesn't bother me.
Gameplay: We weren't very impressed. It's fairly fast paced, but It really needs 4 players to make it shine. The penalty cards can really hurt you which does add a bit of strategy and choosing when to fight and run can really make the difference for winning.
This is a board game that is all about the players vs the game. You MUST work together to take down the goblin king