Engaging and challenging board game for young kids
I have been a board game lover all my life. I am always open for a traditional game of chess or go, a family night of Trivial Pursuit or Scrabble or an all-out nerd night with Shadows Over Camelot or Warhammer. My 3.5 yeard old son seems to have also acquired this interest, so I am now in a quest to find games that we both enjoy playing together.
By Ryott on February 13, 2016
Last November I came across Labyrinth, a game I had not considered before due to its childish-looking cover. Even it was rated 8+, I decided to give it a try due to the overwhelming good reviews in Amazon. Oh, what a right decision! Labyrinth is that kind of game where the concept, the gameplay and the artwork come together to provide a masterpiece of family entertainment. But enough general praise; let me give you the detail of why I love this game.
- In labyrinth, you have a deck of cards. Every turn, you look at your top card in the deck and then try to bring your pawn to the right place in the board where that item is. So if your top card is the sword, you will have to move your pawn to the place where the sword is
- The labyrinth does not always have a path to the item you want to pick. That is why there is an extra tile. You can insert this tile from any of the yellow arrows (look at the picture of my son inserting a tile). This will shift all that line, and reshape the whole labyrinth so you can have a path
- To win, you need to find all the treasures shown in your cards and go back to the start point
- While the rules might look simple at first, the gameplay is simply fantastic. Introducing the tiles allow you to change the shape of the labyrinth, or even shift the position of yourself or your rivals! As we play more often, we find more creative ways of playing - and sometimes to obstruct each other, hehehe
DESIGN AND QUALITY
- First of all, the game comes in a beautifully decorated box. Once open, it has compartments to store the pawns/cards/tiles. This is already a plus compared to other "modern" games that expect you to dump everything in a mess into the box
- The tiles, same as the board, are made of hard cardboard. I got a little surprised at first (I was expecting hard plastic), but now that I have got used to them I feel them sturdy and durable
- The pawns that you use to play are simply superb. The Wizard, the Warlock, the Witch and the Sorceress (that's what I have name them, you can look at the picture). Thank you, Ravensburger, for spending a little extra money in making each of them unique and not just make the same figure in four colors!
- The tiles slide very well when pushed; sometimes they get stuck if the line of tiles is not fully aligned, but after a few games you will get use to this and it will not bother you
- The artwork has a mixture of childish-looking and art. My son loves the sword and the dragon the most!
- In general, I recommend this game for children 5-6 if you are willing to spend time to teach them, and 8 if you want them to learn the rules quickly
- Yes, I am playing it with my 3.5 year old, but I still need to help him a lot. He can figure out how to move his pawn around the labyrinth to the next treasure, and even insert the tile for a small, easy labyrinth reshape. But for more complex moves he needs my help. Don't get me wrong, I love playing it with him, but unless you are a nerd like me you might be better with other games such as [[ASIN:B00NQQTXW6 The Game of Life Junior Game]] or [[ASIN:B00EDBY7X8 Monopoly Junior Board Game]], or even [[ASIN:B00000DMER ThinkFun Rush Hour]] if you have patience to teach him. You can check my reviews of these games if you are interested.
- If you are thinking to bu this game to play with adults only (no kids), I might not recommend it so much though. I think traditional games like Risk or Scrabble, or more advance games like [[ASIN:B00U26V4VQ Catan 5th Edition]], [[ASIN:B00A2HD40E Pandemic Board Game]] or [[ASIN:0975277383 Shadows Over Camelot]] will be more challenging and engaging for mature players
Overall, Labyrinth is definitely a 5-star game with a unique gameplay. I expect it to remain as one of our most often plays games for the next few years!