So often childrens' games settle into an uneasy camp: They're easy enough for young kids to understand but inane (and maddening) for adults (i.e.: Candy Land - The Kingdom of Sweets Board Game). This game falls into a very interesting (and extremely rare) catagory: It can be mastered by little kids but still be enjoyed and fun for the adults playing with them.
This game is a simplified version of Ravensburger Labyrinth. Gameplay goes like this: You're searching for mysterious and magical items hidden throughout a castle. The trick is, the players move walls to realign the pathways to the items. (This is accomplished by sliding the middle third of the gameboard back and forth.) Even though the board is simple in its design, there is a good deal of variety in the available pathways, making for great replay value.
The pathways aren't complicated and if you get stuck, you won't be for long. We've not found any treasure that takes more than two moves to capture from anywhere else on the board. A four-year-old I've played several games with didn't take any time to master maneuvering his piece around the board and was captivated. A ten-year-old found it enjoyable but not challenging enough to be considered absorbing (which is the stance of most adults who've played). I think the target audience for players who would find the game both compelling AND challenging would be between the ages of 4 and 8 years old. Nonetheless, I still enjoy navigating the hallways of the Labyrinth with younger players which makes this game infinitely more enjoyable for me than most childrens' board games.
This game will effortlessly teach logic and problem solving, too. I highly recommend this game for little ones ages 4 - 8. (2 - 4 players.)