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Electronic Labyrinth

Electronic Labyrinth

Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Price: $49.99

Electronic Labyrinth is a fun, strategic adventure for 2 to 4 players. It is comprised of a 25 x 25 inch square board with 16 fixed and 33 movable pathway tiles holding dwellers and objects. The object of the game is to move your colored playing piece through the enchanted labyrinth, collecting and delivering objects and collecting enough gems to fill a magical key to free the wizard who has been banished to a magical book.

For every turn, a player slides an extra pathway tile onto the board, thereby shifting one entire row and changing the pathways. This can be beneficial to one player and create an obstruction for another. Players can pick up an object or a gem, or visit one of the five dwellers. When a player visits a dweller, the magical, electronic book comes into play. Push the button on the book corresponding to the dweller and they come to life, introducing themselves and stating the object they desire. The voices from magic book are very theatrical, loud, and a little goofy but the kids love to push the buttons and they listen delightedly to the voices. Sometimes the characters are so happy you visited them that they will give you a reward. Any player can retrieve the object and deliver it to the dweller who will thank them, give a reward and state another object to find. Rewards can be in the form of gems or additional moves or turns. But beware of the scary witch who chimes in with penalties like losing gems or changing positions on the board. One penalty was to rotate the game board 90 degrees; this does nothing to the game except change your perspective.

The game seems quite complicated, but it really isn't. You can collect lots of gems without meeting a dweller at all, and you don't have to worry about what each dweller wants, because the book will periodically remind you. Strategy comes into play, and it can sometimes be frustrating to not be able to get where you want to go with the shifting maze.

Reviewer Note: During our first game, I collected 15 gems, moved to the space opposite my starting point and won. The wizard declared that we were joined by the bond of eternal friendship and that I would henceforth be known as "The Guardian of the Luminous Mirror" cool is that?

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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