5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nice concept applied to an average game,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: LEGO Games 3841: Minotaurus (Toy)
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How do they keep coming up with ideas for expanding the Lego brand? This one has real potential.
Basically, this is a normal board game, with a difference. The difference is that the game, the die, and all the pieces are Lego. So what? Well, because it is all Lego, you can change it around, customise the layout, alter the rules.
In this particular game, you construct a maze out of Lego. Each player's pieces start at their own corner and are moved towards a target section at the centre. There is a 'Minotaur' piece which starts at the centre. The die contains some of the normal die faces (3,4,5,6) but also coloured faces. In the default set-up, one face allows a player to place 'roadblocks' in the way of other players; another face allows the Minotaur to be moved. If the Minotaur lands on a player's piece, it is returned to the start.
The basic game works fine, although I found it was a little unbalanced, in that it was too easy to simply race a piece to the centre, largely unhindered. However, the magic of this concept is that you can change it. For example, re-design the maze, alter the die faces (e.g., remove the 6 to slow down progress, add a new colour to trigger a different effect, such as allowing the player to jump over barriers, etc.)
With a little imagination, you could create many variations, allowing this game to have a longevity beyond its simple premise.
Due to the tactics involved, this game would not suit mismatched players. For example, my youngest child would be trounced every time by the elder. But I would recommend for well-matched players from 8 to adult.