In the last few weeks, since the weather hasn't been very enticing for any outdoors play we have been spending our after-school time at home, playing a lot of board games. Ravensburger Labyrinth is our new family favourite.
A word of warning - this game is totally addictive. We loved it, and aren't surprised that this game was selected to receive Parenting Magazine's Toy Hall of Fame Winner of Parents Choice Gold Seal Award.
It looks deceptively simple. You have a game board, 34 maze cards, 24 object cards and 4 playing pieces.
You can almost find yourself travelling back in time, when there were no ipads or other gadgets. But it also proves that simple things could create the most amazing experience.
What's the object of the game? You have to search the Labyrinth for magical objects and characters, strategically moving through the maze. The first player who finds all of their objects and characters and returns to the starting point wins.
You shuffle the maze cards before the start of the game, then place them on the board randomly to create maze. With one card left over, you begin shuffling and dealing the object cards.
Each player chooses a playing piece and places it on the starting square.
You're not supposed to show your top card to any other players, and have to try to get to the square with the identical image. To do that, insert a maze card and move your playing piece.
So far so good, sounds simple enough. What you have to take into account though is that your opponents will do everything possible to destroy your route to the coveted treasure. Again and again you have to rethink your route. It could turn completely fiendish.
The maze is unpredictable, it shifts, it moves, it changes all the time. The treasure hunt is full of surprises.
Great game to develop logical thinking and strategic planning skills.
This splendid game is designed for 2-4 players aged 7+. You can play a slightly easier version with younger kids (that's what we do with Eddie).
I thought it was the latest game from Ravensburger, but discovered that Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews wrote about it over two years ago.
However, if you haven't discovered it yet, now it's a good time. This is the season when many families enjoy quieter evenings at home, and this super game would be a great addition to any collection of board games.
It will make a lovely Christmas gift for a child aged 7+ (or even younger like our Eddie).
And we have already ordered this game as a gift to one of our friends who loved playing it at our house.
Disclosure: we received this game for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are ours (by ours I don't mean the Royal we, but our family).