What It Is
Electronic Labyrinth is the latest game in Ravensburger's Labyrinth series. This interactive board game features an electronic book that helps players look for magic gems. Players must free the wise wizard and his friends by breaking the spell cast by the evil witch who banished them into the labyrinth. To start, each player places their colored playing piece on the corresponding square on the game board. Each player also receives a magic key card and a mission card in their color.
The game board is made up of moveable maze cards with different pathways on them. Insert the maze cards randomly onto the board. There will be one maze card left over. There are 12 arrows around the edge of the game board that indicate what rows can be moved. Using the leftover maze card, the first player decides into which row they want to insert that maze card to shift the row and push the card on the opposite side off the board. (This card stays on the edge of the game board until it's the next player's turn.) The first player can then move their playing piece to any card that can reach an uninterrupted pathway in the labyrinth. If you don't reach your object on this turn, you can move your playing piece as far as you feel that it places you in a good position for the next turn. If you reach an object or a dweller, the magical book comes into play.
Any time you visit a dweller, press the corresponding button on the book. The dweller will tell you who they are and what object they are looking for. This is the end of your turn. During the course of the game, all players can try to collect the requested objects and deliver it to the dwellers. Players who successfully deliver items will receive magic gems. Sometimes a dweller may give you a treasure chest for another dweller. Take a treasure chest piece and place it on the space next to your magic key until you can deliver it to its owner. You will be rewarded for this, too.
If you move your piece to a card with a magic gem or an object, you can take them. Place the magic gems on your magic key. Put the objects in the corresponding space on the key.
The game is over when any of the players has completely covered their magic key with magic gems and reached their starting point again. The winner presses the castle button on the book to open the castle. Then press the button a second time to free the wizard.
The game comes with an electronic book, a playing board, 37 labyrinth cards, 17 object cards, five treasure chest cards, four mission scrolls, four playing pieces, 60 gems, and four magic keys. The game is for two to four players.
Why It’s Fun
The moving game board makes Electronic Labyrinth different each time you play. This game tests players' memory skills as they remember what each dweller is looking for, as well as gets players thinking strategically in order to move the maze cards to create pathways to the objects and dwellers. The interactive book brings the characters in the game to life, making players feel that they really are on a quest to save the wizard from the witch.
Who It’s For
Electronic Labyrinth is for ages 8 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
Before playing the game for the first time, you might be daunted by the six pages of game instructions. Set-up does take a few minutes. But once you've played the game a few times, you'll get the hang of what you're supposed to do and won't have to refer as much to the instruction manual.
Three AA batteries are required but not included.