Product Type: Ravensburger board games
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An a-MAZE-ing board game
Member Name: FridaysArePurple
Advantages: Easy to play, suitable for all ages and lots of fun
I would just like to start this review by saying that I absolutely love this board game! (And apologies for the title, I couldn't help it). The concept behind it is very simple which means that it is suitable for practically all ages but it's a lot of fun to play. It is a mixture of strategy, random luck and a race to the finish and it is suitable for between 2 to 4 players.
At the start of the game, players need to place the 34 labyrinth pieces randomly on the board. Some of the pieces are straight pieces of path, some are corners and others are T-junctions. Due to the random nature of placing them on the board, some will line up nicely and create accessible routes across the labyrinth whereas others will be blocked off and end in dead-ends. There will be one piece left over but fear not! All will be revealed later...
There are 4 coloured pieces, one for each player, which need to be placed on the corresponding coloured dot in each corner of the board. The 24 treasure cards then need to be dealt out between the players but there will always be an equal number for everyone whether you are playing with 2, 3 or 4 players. Each card has a picture of an item of treasure on it and the same treasure will appear on a labyrinth piece somewhere on the board. The aim of the game is to land your playing piece of each of the treasures in the labyrinth that you have the card for and to be the first person to get back to your starting position.
There are no dice involved in this game so it is traditional for the youngest person to go first and to continue on in a clockwise fashion. When it is you turn you are able to move you piece as far as you want or are able to through the labyrinth, stopping either when you land on one of your pieces of treasure or when you reach a dead end / the edge of the board. On each turn you are also allowed one shift of the labyrinth. This is where that left over labyrinth piece comes in! All you have to do is place the piece against another one on the board and slide the whole row of labyrinth pieces along until another piece falls of the other side of the board. This rearranges the pieces in the labyrinth and changes the routes the players have to use to get through. To make it a little bit more tricky, there are also pieces of the labyrinth that are permanently attached to the board and are not able to be moved. You are able to do this either before moving your counter or after you have done your move, it's up to you. Obviously you either want to make the labyrinth look better for yourself or make things difficult for your opponent!
Technically speaking, each player is supposed to select one treasure card at a time to find so that it is completely random and you don't know where the other player is heading. However, a great variation on the rules I like to play for 2 player games, is for both of you too look at all of your cards in advance and come up with a vague plan of the order you want to collect them in. You will know by default which treasure the other player will be hunting as they are the ones on the board you don't have a card for. You can then dedicate your efforts to sabotaging the other player's progress and shoving dead end pieces of labyrinth next to the places you know they are trying to get to, which is a lot of fun! It is particularly amusing when someone's playing piece is on the piece of the labyrinth that gets pushed of the edge of the board as the next player has the power to place them back on anywhere they like! This is also a good kamikaze strategy to get yourself out of a tight spot and hope that you end up somewhere better.
In summary, this is a great game which is simple to play and really enjoyable. If I have convinced you to give it a try, it is available £14.99 on Amazon. So if you enjoy board games, this is a great one to add to the collection. I think it's great, 5 dooyoo stars from me!
Summary: A simple board game which is loads of fun
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