Labyrinth – Problem Solving Game of Moving Mazes

Labyrinth by Ravensburger is a game racing for treasure in a moving maze and available in Original, Junior and Star Wars. This is a really good problem solving game which tests your spatial awareness as you shift the pathways along finding the best solution to help you reach the destination you require for that turn.Labyrinth Ravensburger

How to play Labyrinth

The game of Labyrinth is simple to understand but more challenging to play as you weave your way around the Labyrinth maze searching for objects – but all the while the maze keeps changing!

Setting up Labyrinth

You simply have a board that has fixed pieces/places; the four “home” corners (with circles of each of the players’ colours) plus another twelve places with pictures of different magical objects/characters. This is the only thing that remains consistent throughout the game.labyrinth board

The rest of the board is made up of 34 moving maze pieces – each with different paths and walls on drawn on them; some also have more objects/characters to collect drawn on them too. Initially these pieces need popping out of a big sheet of cardboard but then are just stored in little square holes in the box. The pieces need to be shuffled (they are quiet chunky and it is best to do this in small parts unless you have really big hands!) then, without looking, placed in the spaces on the board in order that they are turned over. There should then be one maze piece left over. This means that a random maze is generated so no two games are the same. Next the 24 object cards are shuffled and dealt equally among the players (2 players = 12 cards each; 3 players = 8 cards each; 4 players = 6 cards each). These are then kept faced down until the start of the player’s turn (with a new one only being uncovered on the next turn after the last object/character has been reached). Although to make it easier for younger children they can look at their cards and decide which one they will chose as their goal for each turn.How to play Labyrinth Ravensburger

Each player starts at their corresponding coloured start square. The youngest player goes first by turning over their object card without showing other players. They then have to MOVE THE MAZE by placing the left over maze playing piece and insert it into any of the rows with yellow arrows. The idea is to guide the playing piece along the maze without hitting any walls – to reach the matching picture on their object card. Even if the player can reach the object without moving the maze they HAVE TO move the maze first. This can be either to help reach a goal, to not affect the path to the goal or to make it harder for an opponent to move. The maze cannot be pushed back at the same place that the previous player has just pushed out (they can be pushed in the same direction on that row). If there is a playing piece on the edge that is being pushed off the board then they are placed on the opposite side on that equivalent row (this does not count as a turn for that playing piece). If the player is unable to reach their object goal they do not have to move their playing piece but they can move it closer or in a strategic place for a later turn. Players do not move on to a new goal until they have reached their last one. The winner is the first player to reach all of their goals and get back to their starting point (or just their goals if they are younger players).labyrinth object card

Thoughts on Labyrinth

We reviewed the original version of Labyrinth and I think it is a really good game for our 9 year old son. The game is recommended for ages 7-99 years and there was no rules either way about whether you could push the maze and then discover that didn’t work so try pushing it a different way. I think to make it harder there should be a rule that once you start pushing the maze that is it, and it cannot be corrected. In saying that it would have made it really hard for me as I struggled to visualise in my head what would be the impact to all the other spaces. The 9 year old, however, had no such problem! I think it is a great way to introduce visual problem solving and strategy skills which will come in handy for his Grammar school entry test. We took Labyrinth with us camping as we started to celebrate National Unplugging Day on Sunday June 25th 2017. This is a day to #gogadgetfree and spend time with family. We found that the Labyrinth game was great for any bouts of boredom! It is easy to set up and has no small parts that could be easily lost. It is a fun game and due to its nature different every time it is played.

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102 thoughts on “Labyrinth – Problem Solving Game of Moving Mazes”

  1. My 2 boys and 2 girls would play Labyrinth! My 2 boys would definately be good at it as they play these tyes of ‘strategy’ games regularly! My youngest daughter and probably me would find it difficult! One of my boys would be likely win!

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  2. my eldest nephew would be really good at this hed probably win! i dont think the youngest would have the patience though so id play it with him!

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  3. This looks like a great game, definitely one I’d look into for my girls when they’re older as spacial problem solving is something you can’t really teach, you just have to sort of do it!
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  4. Me and my two children would play this, my son would win, he wins everything we end up playing (I am not sure how) I would find it the hardest – I am no good at games

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  5. I’d play with my wife and son. He’d struggle a bit, and I’d like to think I would be good but my wife would probably win!

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  6. My two Grandsons would love this game, they would prob win, wipe the board with us, looks and sounds a brilliant game, a game the whole family can play and enjoy

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  7. Me, my husband and our two boys would play. I’d probably find it difficult as I’m terrible at remembering rules to games, my husband would be good at it, he’s the sort to read every last word in the rule book, twice haha and my son would most likely win, he rarely loses at anything

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  8. My daughter would play this and I think it would be quite a close call! My son would lose his temper with it

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  9. I’d play Labyrinth with my family. I think my son would be good at it and would be most likely to win. I don’t think anyone would find it difficult.

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  10. I have already got this and the children are excellent at it. I would like a copy for my son. Both myself and my husband play it with the 2 girls and our 12 year old wins most games, nobody finds it difficult

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  11. I would play this game with my family, I think my son would probably win and my other half would strugle as he doesn’t like to follow instructions! 😀

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  12. my husband and two children my son would proberley win as his good at planning ahead he will know which path to choose x

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  13. I think the whole family would enjoy this but I know that Daddy would be best at it because he was Dungeons & Dragons obsessed when he was younger 😉

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  14. I’d play with my husband, I have 2 sons that love to play games but they are a bit too young yet. I think I would win as I’m quite competitive

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  15. It looks like a great family game. I’d play it with my husband and daughter. I suspect my hubby would win though our daughter will probably give him a good run for his money 🙂

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  16. I think my nephew would be good at it, he’s so smart. My Mum would find it difficult and my Dad would be most likely to win.

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  17. We would play it as a family. I think my little girl would struggle the most but we can help her to learn the rules

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  18. We’d play it at family get togethers as we all love games. I think our younger nephews would struggle the most but we might let them win as a result!

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  19. We would play as a family; more than likely my son would get very competitive and my husband would need to read the rules first…

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  20. we played this with our nephew when we visited him, kids thought it was great fun, so would love to play with them

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  21. I would play this with the whole family. My little boy would need help but my brother-in-law would definitely win (as always!)

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  22. The whole family at Christmas and Family celebrations would play. Not sure who would win! Probably not me!

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  23. I’d play with my family we loved this film growing up…. I’d win obviously my dad would be good at it and my sister would lose

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  24. My husband and I are very competitive, I’m sure we will be the same over this game, I still think I will win though!

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  25. I would enjoy playing this with my family i’m sure i’d be the best at it and i think the youngest member of the family would find it difficult.

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  26. I’d play with hubby and my girls. My youngest would probably struggle and her Dad is terrible at board games so I imagine I’d win. My eldest would be good at it too x

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  27. I would play with my family. I would be good at it because I am competitive, my Mum would find it difficult because she is ditzy but my step sister would probably win because she has patience and is a good problem solver.

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  28. I would play with hubby and grandson. It would be close between my grandson and I. We both love strategy games. Hubby is much more laid back and not competitive at all 🙂

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  29. I think it would be great fun for us all. My boyfriend is very competetive even if we play with our sons so he would most likey win

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  30. I would play this with my children, I think I would it the most difficult and I think that my son would win.

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  31. I would play this with my whole family. We had this game when they were younger and it was always great fun. My son usually won as he is great with anything puzzle based.

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  32. we like a board game in our house, i play with my 24yr old son, 19yr old daughter and 8 yr old daughter. you might think the 8 yr old loses a lot, but she is pretty good! we played settlers of catan recently and i thought the instructions were too advanced for her…. she won spectacularly!

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  33. Great review. We love playing board games my daughter loves things like frustration. Labyrinth looks fun and be a welcome addition to our family games night.

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  34. I would play with my husband and sons, I think myself and my middle child would be good at it with my middle child winning, my husband would be no good but would try all the same, and if he is losing, my youngest will stop playing lol

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  35. Do love board games at our house and now my niece and nephew are old enough to play without having constant supervision with it. My niece would probably do better as she is a bit older than my nephew although she tends to cheat so we have to keep an eye out on that. Don’t think I would be very good as the first few times I tend to forget what I am doing lol. My nephew will probably enjoy it until he realises he won’t win every time and then he’ll get a bit mad and give up.

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  36. my partner and who ever would play with him as it looks like a good introduction game to board games and i think everyone getting bored of secret hitler and 7 wonders

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  37. I have a 16 and 12 year old daughters that would love to play with ! May help keep them off technology and warm to the idea of game night (fingers crossed) Thankyou for this chance x

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  38. We would all play this as a family – I am normally quite good at these games so would be in with a good chance of winning! My youngest would probably struggle but sometimes she surprises us!

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  39. i would play with my nephews – i would be good at it, the little one might struggle and i’d probably let them win.

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  40. I’d play with my boyfriend and friends. I think the BF would find it difficult as he’s a board game novice! I love strategy games like this!

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  41. I suspect we would play this as a family on a wet afternoon! I’d find it easy and get frustrated that the rest are taking too long. I suspect my wife would find it hard and my son would win as he always seems to somehow!

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  42. I would play this with my family. We love playing games, makes a change from the kids sitting at a computer screen

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  43. I would play with my partner and my friends. I think my partner would be good at it as he is very strategical. I think I would definitely find it difficult and I think we would all have a good chance of winning,

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  44. My daughter Nicola would be good at it and be most likely to win…. I’d be the one to find it difficult as my concentration has all but gone!

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  45. I would play with my son and daughter. My son is logical and would be good at it. My daughter would find it hard because she’s only 4, and I think I would win because I’m competitive!

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