By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on December 16, 2015
I canít remember precisely when I first played Labyrinth, but I do remember instantly becoming a huge fan of this board game when I did. I like games with a short play time and Labyrinth is a great example of that. Plus youíll never play the same board again. Why, I hear you ask? Well, fix yourself something to drink, make yourself comfortable and let me explain.
Labyrinth is a board game that features a board that is divided into seven rows and seven columns. The game comes with a number of separate tiles, which you'll have to place on the board. These tiles will eventually form the labyrinth that you'll have to make your way through in order to win the game. One of the loose tiles always remains outside of the labyrinth. When it's his or her turn, a player will take the tile and slide it into one of the three designated rows or columns of the labyrinth (indivated by an arrow at either side of that row or column). In doing so, the player moves the entire row or column one over, pushing the piece at the end of the column or row off the board. This tile will be the tile the next player will use to move the labyrinth. So, as you move a row, you effectively change the layout of an entire section of the maze.
Labyrinth also comes with a bunch of cards, depicting treasures that correspond with treasures on the game board. Your ultimate goal is to collect as many treasures as you possibly can. When all the treasure cards have been played, i.e. there are no more treasures left to collect, the game is over. When this happens, players tally their collected treasure and the player with the highest number of treasures wins the game.
By manipulating the maze you try to create a path to a treasure you have to collect. Accidently (or deliberately) you can block another player's path to their treasure. Imagine, almost reaching your treasure; you're just one move away from it. You know exactly what to do during your next turn, you can practically smell the gold! But then, by moving the maze, another player blocks your path... Or worse, kicks you off the board entirely! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!
Itís exciting to try and reach your treasure, hoping and praying that your plan will have a good outcome and won't fall apart at the seams. Labyrinth does not require any actual skills; most of the time you're just depending on sheer luck. But, you can try to tip the odds in your favor just a little bit. Every turn, you can walk as much steps as you want. But, when you always walk the maximum allowed number of steps and end as close to your treasure as you can, other players will know what youíre up to and try to thwart your plans. So play it cool, keep your distance and try to fool your fellow treasure hunters.
Over the years, there have been a couple of different versions of Labyrinth, like Disney Labyrinth or Star Wars Labyrinth. The game even made its way to PC, handhelds and mobile devices. So, whatever has your preferred mode of gaming, thereís always a version of Labyrinth for you to enjoy. The game is easy to master, so you can easily play Labyrinth with your kids (ages six and up). Because of the ever changing maze, youíll never play the same game twice. Itís a game designed specifically for fun and having a good time with your friends and family. So gather your family or friends and have an aMAZEing time!
A Game by Max J. Kobbert
First released: 1986
Players: 2 - 4 players, ages 6 & up
Playtime: approx. 20 minutes