LEGO Minotaurus Game (3841)
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- 1 buildable LEGO® Dice & 12 LEGO microfigures
- 1 rule booklet
- Building instructions
- 2 to 4 players
- 224 pieces
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
LEGO Minotaurus Game (3841)
From the Manufacturer
The mighty Minotaur, a mythical creature, protects a secret temple hidden deep inside a labyrinth. Be the first to lead your heroes to the temple, avoiding the Minotaur and cleverly placing walls to block your opponents. Clear and simple rules make this game great fun for the whole family.
Top Customer Reviews
The goal is to get your heroes to the center of the board first. But there are hedges and walls making a maze that you have to wade through. You roll the die and go that amount of spaces. If the die lands on black, then you can move the Minotaur 8 spaces, hopefully taking out one of your opponents and sending him back to start. If the die lands on grey, then you move a grey wall brick - you can block your opponents' path, or keep the Minotaur from reaching you, etc.
The basic game has you win when you have one hero reach the center, but it's actually way more fun when you require all three heros to be there. Then you have time to really mess up people's pathways and get the Minotaur action going. We also like to play the variation with the addition of a green die option, which enables your hero to jump over a hedge.
The die has got rubber edges, which means it bounces all over when you roll it. It is both funny and annoying at the same time. Be prepared for it to get bounced off the table over and over again. The kids think it is hilarious.
The major downside is that the pieces are regular-sized lego pieces, so they can be hard to manipulate in the tight spaces of the maze. My youngest is 5.5, and he is just barely able to deal with the smallness of it. (But the recommended age on the box is 7+, so he is below that, but he just loves the game.) It would be nice to see a duplo version - I don't know if that would be too big or not.
Anyway, my kids have been wanting to play this every night since we got it. You have to have kids that are okay with getting knocked back to start and a little trash talk. If your kids are traumatized by Sorry, then they won't like this. But if your kids are more cutthroat, then they'll love it. Every time the Minotaur gets unleashed in our games, everyone starts chanting "Min-o-taur! Min-o-taur!" while the hapless hero screams, "Nooooo!!!!" We've been having a blast with it.
My only caveat about the game is that at the original retail price of $66 it is overpriced. But, if you wait and watch for awhile on Amazon (or check the used section), you can sometimes purchase this game brand new for about $20. At that price, it is well worth it. For my family, this has been a 4.5 to 5 star addition to our games selection.
Gameplay is based on the Trouble or Parcheesi model: you have three tokens that you need to move from the corner of the board to the middle. The twist is that the path you take is more like a maze, and there are grey blocks that you can erect as walls to block other players. You move your tokens by rolling a three, four, five or six. Rolling a grey lets you move a grey block, where rolling a black moves the Minotaur several spaces; this is used to bump a player back to their home corner. The instructions offer a couple of different modes of play, including a replaceable tile on the die that lets you replace the "3" with a green tile, giving you the ability to move three spaces and climb over a wall.
Overall, it's a lot of fun, both to build and to play. Better than I expected!