Over the weekend we enjoyed some family time.
Games seemed to be our fun and having this as a new one to try , we seemed to get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Labyrinth a board game made by Ravensburger is a maze game.
This maze is not like any other though, it constantly changes with each turn of a player and if you are not careful, you may get stuck with no where to turn.
The aim of the game is to make your way through the maze to pick up all of the treasures or in some cases the frightful objects such as a spider or Ghost.
The only problem with the maze is that it changes and as paths move around , getting to your destination can sometimes leave you stranded.
How to play -
The treasure cards are divided between the players, without revealing them to the other players. The maze cards are randomly placed on the playing board and the first player uses the extra card to start moving the first wall.
It is up to you to strategically move the walls by using the spare maze piece with each move (if needed) to create a clear path so you can collect your treasures, but block the path for the other players.
What is included in this game -
£14.99 available from Argos
The game is Suitable for ages 8 and up although I have had my younger ones aged 4 and 5 yrs play by creating a simple pathway .
I have to admit , this is not an easy game if you play by the rules and place the cards randomly as they say in the instructions.
We did try this but even if we did use the spare piece to move the pathway , we often found ourselves stuck and not being able to move at all so sneakingly having to turn a piece around to face another way in the same spot.
I know the object of the game is to stop the others from reaching the treasures, but when you can not move and the path is not moving in your favour at all from the start , it seems with no rules to have an option to jump to another spot on the board then we became stuck and not being able to play throughout the whole game which is a little let down .
If you do take an extra 5 minutes before the game , it is possible to create a fun maze pathway so you only need to move the pathways once or twice but the game will end a lot sooner .
We spent 30 minutes for each game and played for around 2 and half hours .
Sometimes moving the pathway is tricky , you can sometimes find that your in need of a new way through the maze and with only certain areas of the board moving (check out the yellow arrow markings on the edge of the board) not all paths can be moved to suit where you are aiming to get to as there are permanent fixed pieced on the board.
The game is for 2 - 4 players .
You get four playing pieces -
Once the children got the hang of having to use the extra maze piece , they soon started to use their heads and strategically make their way around the board.
They were not concentrating on blocking the other opponents but more interested in trying to get the treasures as quickly as they could to get them all the fastest .
The older children seemed to enjoy this more, they grasped the idea very quickly and soon had their moves set up before it was even their turn.
They were beginning to think ahead and the game encouraged them to be a little sneaky at times in moving pathways to help them but then block another so the next person would end up stuck on their turn like the red figure you can see below .
We really enjoyed the game, not only did us make us use our heads but it also helped us to learn how to get past obstacles and make new pathways.
I would like to see an option which allows you to move your playing piece from one side of the board to another for when you are stuck and cant move , and also the cards are not waterproof. We accidentally got some juice spilled onto them and they were a little to thin to prise apart from each other so had to leave them to dry before pealing them apart. Having them a little thicker and more waterproof would be a lot more beneficial .
Does your family enjoy strategic family games , will you be giving this a go ?