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Electronic Labyrinth


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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Game Nominee, 2013

Ages Play Time Players
7+ 20 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Max J Kobbert

Manufacturer(s): Ravensburger USA

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Product Description

The wicked witch Grimelda has cursed the wizard Akata and imprisoned him in a magic book. As you are brave adventurers, you venture into the magic labyrinth to free the wizard – but you cannot do this without the help of its inhabitants. Visit the inhabitants and bring them certain items. You will receive coveted magic stones as a reward! The first player to fill his magic key with the magic stones and return to his starting field wins. But beware! Danger lurks everywhere...

In Das Elektronik Labyrinth, designer Reiner Knizia marries his facility for electronics in board games (e.g., Wer war's? and Die Insel) with Max J. Kobbert's long-running Labyrinth series of games from Ravensburger.

The basic game play is the same as in The aMAZEing Labyrinth. The board has a set of tiles fixed solidly onto it; the remaining tiles slide in and out of the rows created by the fixed tiles to make up the labyrinth. One tile stands outside the labyrinth, and on a player's turn, he takes this tile and slides it into a row, moving all the tiles and pushing one out the other side of the board, which becomes the piece for the next player to add to the maze.

After inserting the tile, the player may move his pawn. Each player starts on a corner of the game board and must reach the starting location diagonally opposite. If he manages to do so, he gains a number of magic stones. A player can also acquire magic stones from the inhabitants of the labyrinth. If a player lands on an inhabitant, it tells the players what item it desires. A player who finds the item, with items being scattered throughout the labyrinth, can deliver it to the inhabitant for a reward. What's more, an inhabitant may give a visiting player a treasure chest to be delivered to another inhabitant, also for a reward.

In order to complete his magic key and free the wizard, a player needs fifteen magic stones. The first player that returns to his starting location with a complete key wins.

The game comes with a "book" containing electronics. This book takes care of all the interactions with the inhabitants of the labyrinth. Whenever a player interacts with an inhabitant, he pushes the corresponding buttons from the book, and the book will respond by telling the player his assignment, reward, etc.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Best Family Game Nominee, 2013

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Max J Kobbert

  • Manufacturer(s): Ravensburger USA

  • Year: 2012

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 20 minutes

  • Ages: 7 and up

  • Weight: 1,560 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English). Game components are language-independent.

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4.4 in 8 reviews

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by A Gamer
Love this game!
January 28, 2005

Most reviews mention playing it with kids. Well, I don't have any, but still love the game.

The rules are simple, but gameplay can still be challenging. Add the extra tile to push a row of the maze, then move your piece as far as you can towards your goal. Plays equally well with two, three, or four players.

Game components are sturdy and well constructed. The artwork is also fun.

This game fits well as a bumper between more involved games like Settlers of Catan, LOTR Risk, or Carcasonne.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
 
 
 
 
 
by Lisa
Fun for all ages!
August 21, 2004

My whole family loves this game! I enjoy it as much as my kids, ages 4 and 11. We usually play a 'cooperative' version, where we have our cards face up and help one another find the objects. It is fun to see that we often have different ideas on getting through the maze to find the same object. The kids enjoy being able to physically shift the maze, rather than just passively moving a piece around a board. It's a whole new game board every time you play.

The rules are very simple, yet playing the game is not. This is a great game for expanding the logical thinking skills of kids, as you have to be able to think ahead several moves. I also appreciate the beauty and sturdiness of the wooden markers, the maze pieces and the board. They are all high quality. I highly recommend this game!

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Unbelievably fantastic!
August 21, 2004

Maybe I've played this game only once, but I'm already a huge fan of it. It's too cool to be believed; it's got everything a board game needs: a creative idea for the game; easy to understand rules... it's also challenging, but fun to play at the same time. I would definitely recommend this for players of all ages.

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Excellent game!
June 29, 2003

I would give it 6+ stars (out of 5)!!!

I enjoy very much playing it!

I am glad I saw this game at the house of my friends. I advice that all of you play this wonderful game!

I don't have anything else to say as: 'Play and enjoy it!'.

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Best all-family game we have played
November 27, 2000

It is unusual to find a game that can honestly be played with a mixed group of children and adults and provide fun for all. We frequently play Labyrinth with a group of adults plus children under 9 years old, and one of the kids often wins! The game is well-constructed and attractive, and the rules are simple to learn. We appreciate that this game makes us all think a little instead of just being one of the 'roll the dice and move your piece' type of games. We own many board games, but this is the one that our cousin's kids always ask us to bring over for family game nights. 5 stars!

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by Greg
Very sly strategic planning game
May 28, 2002

This game is a great mental exercise. The rules are so simple that you can lose them and still know how to play years later. But the combinations are endless so that every game is a different challenge. The board is visually appealing, and the box stands up to average game room conditions.

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Neat idea
January 31, 2005
However, I have found that when played with more than two adept players, the game often ends in a long drawn out stalemate-like finish. So I prefer to play this game with my kids.
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by Wundt
My wife and kids live this game
November 11, 2001

The game is a board of tiles that create a maze. The tiles can be moved and pushed so the maze changes throughout the game. Each player has a goal to get to six different points in the maze. On their turn they can add a tile to one of the columns or rows in the maze, pushing the entire row/column and changing the maze. The game only takes about 30 minutes and can be played cooperatively or competitively.

My wife and nine year old daughters love this game and want to play it often. We know several other families (with children) who love the game as well. Personally, I am not a big fan of this game. I feel it has several significant flaws as far as game mechanics are concerned.

In short, if you are looking for a family game, this is a pretty good bet, especially for only only $20. If you are looking for games with family playability, I think Montgolfiere is better.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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