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Creative and versatile fun!
on 19 September 2009
Aimed at the 7+ age group, you start by building the game board. The building was enjoyable - particularly for those children who already enjoy playing with lego. The instructions are clear, and easy to follow. My 6 year was able to follow the instructions with minimal prompting. With two children doing it - it's also a good exercise in cooperative play. It's surprising how others quickly wanted to join in as soon as the building began! The white card guide for where to put the "hedges" was really useful, and made the building of the labyrinth very straightforward. On an educational front the children practice fine motor movement, number and shape skills, and symmetry.
The Minotaur was a bit harder to build, and some strength was required to get the lego rod inside the Minotaur. But that was a minor niggle - once built, the Minotaur never needs to be dismantled, and is such a central piece, that it's probably an advantage that it's unlikely to break up.
The game took my kids half an hour to build. I typed up some of the comments they made while building: "It says put these flat bits on top of the stones", "It says we've got to build the hedges in the gaps", and, "This board game really is clever".
As you would expect from a lego game, there is room for plenty of creativity. You can design your own labyrinths, rather than relying on the suggested layout. You can alter the rules - or mix and match the entire set with other lego. If you have any other baseplates and some general lego to raise the second base plate above the first, then it would be relatively easy to make a two or even three level version. The only limit would be the imagination. The other aspect I really like - is that it wouldn't be a disaster if some of the parts got lost. The game would still be playable. Besides - you can always cannabalise other lego as replacements.
The rules of the game are simple, and easy to pick up. And yet the game is remarkably fun. It's a bit like Ludo, but far more fun to play. The object is to get at least one of your pieces to the centre. Players shake a dice, for a number 3,4,5,6 or a grey square to be able to move a wall to block an opponent's route, or a black square to be able to move the Minotaur 8 squares. The Minotaur can land on player's pieces, sending them back to the start. Different strategies start to come out, do you block an opponent - or block the Minotaur? Do you try to persuade other players to help you? A simple game can take 5 to 10 minutes. If your aim is to get 3 pieces into the centre, it can take longer.
I would strongly recommend this. It's a great board game, particularly for creative children. It's so versatile, that it's probably one of the best board game options around for 7-11 year olds. Not only can they play the game as it is, but the possibilities to mix with other lego could lead to endless ideas. My three spent a good couple of hours with it as soon as it came out of the box, rating it 10/10 - and are nagging at me to play again as I type!