Labyrinth the Boardgame, a boardgame for 1-4 players by River Horse games (2016)

One of my favorite alltime childhood movies was Labyrinth. This fantasy movie from 1986 featured David Bowie as the evil Goblin King, and a young Jennifer Connelly as Sarah. Made by Jim Henson, this wonderful feelgood film had a young girl facing challenges in a magical labyrinth in order to save her baby brother from the clutches of the wicked Goblin King. This film has gained quite a cult following, and it recently was announced that a sequel to the movie is now in the works. Sadly ofcourse without David Bowie who unfortunately died last year. In 2016 the movie celebrated it’s 30th anniversary, and because of that a lot of new merchandise was released, most notably the boardgame I am about to review. If you are interested in reading more about some of my favorite childhood films, you can find them here. But now onwards with the review.

Components

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As a huge fan of this movie I was delighted to see it represented in such a lovely way. The components for this game are of a very high quality and look amazing. Contained within the box are five miniatures that represent the most important characters from the movie, including Ludo, Sarah, Sir Didymus, Hoggle and ofcourse the Goblin King himself. The board itself is a representation of the Labyrinth from the movie and looks okay, but could have been designed a little bit better. Also included are six special dice, 4 character sheets, various cards and stand-up figures and a bunch of tokens. Rounding out the game is the rulebook that explains the rules in a very clear and precise manner, as well as containing some lovely photographs from the movie.

Game overview

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In a game of Labyrinth each player takes on the role of one of the characters from the movie. The Goblin King is controlled by the game itself. Labyrinth is a cooperative game, meaning that either everyone wins, or everybody loses. Just like in the movie players are on a race against time to rescue Toby, before the clock strikes midnight and Toby becomes a goblin forever. Each character has it’s own strengths and weaknesses. For example the loveable Ludo has enormous strength, but is a bit slow in the brains department. These traits are represented by a corresponding die.

Labyrinth is played in a series of turns. During each turn a player moves his or her character across the board. The object of the game is to find the entrancecard to the Goblin city and by doing so, face a few final challenges and defeat the Goblin King. By moving across the board, players get to reveal cards. These cards almost always involve taking some kind of test by rolling a die. Failing at a test usually has a nasty side effect, but also takes up precious time. After each player has taken it’s turn the Goblin clock advances by one hour. When the clock is back in it’s original position the players lose the game.

This really means that players are under constant pressure in order to find the card that represents the entrance to the city. When the entrance is finally found, the action moves to the Goblin King’s castle, where the players have to defeat a couple of enemies in order to have Sarah face her final challenge.

Difficulty

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From a rules point of view this game is very easy to learn. The rulebook explains things very well, and pretty much everyone can learn this game in about five minutes. The game itself depends a lot on luck in order to win it. The game relies heavily on the results of the dice that are being rolled, and if you are unlucky in that department, the game can be lost very easily. That being said, there is a little bit of strategy involved in this game as well. By having players work together, it becomes easier to complete certain tests. All in all though this is a very simple game, and it does not pretend to be anything else either. Honestly from time to time, it is nice to have a game that doesn’t have you look up every single rule each time that you play it.

The Verdict

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Whether or not you will like this game will probably come down to if you are a fan of the film or not. For me, it was a wonderful experience, and it was really nice to see a lot of scenes from the movie being brought back into life this way. It’s hard not to smile when you have to repeat a certain quote from the movie in order to pass a test.  On the other hand, this game can at times be quite repetitive. The game really is not much more than having your characters race across the board, and rolling dice to complete tests. But this game is simply put, made for fans of the movie. It manages to really recreate the spirit of the film, and that’s one of the most important things for a game that is based on a movie. The score you find below my review is given as a fan. If however you have never seen the film, or hate it with a vengeance (Shame on you! Kidding ofcourse), you might want to deduct one or two points from it, depending on whether or not you like games that depend heavily on luck.

In closing I want to dedicate this review to Ludija, who is a huge fan of this movie. Hope you enjoyed reading this, and as promised we will play this game soon 😊

I give Labyrinth the boardgame a 8 out of 10 score.

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22 thoughts on “Labyrinth the Boardgame, a boardgame for 1-4 players by River Horse games (2016)”

    1. It really is a fun game. It plays pretty quickly, is easy to learn, and for fans of the film has a lot to enjoy. I have Arkham Horror, but I have not yet had a chance to play that one. I did however play Eldritch Horror, a game that has quickly become my alltime favorite game. I gave it a 10 out of 10 score, and it really is an amazingly fun game to play 😊

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  1. I had no idea there was a boardgame of this. This was one of my absolute favourite childhood movies and I have a lot of items from this film. I will definitely have to track a copy of this game down at some point. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome😊The game came out last year, so it has ‘t been out for very long. A lot of new things from the movie came out last year, most notably a beautiful visual guide of the film, that I also highly recommend. The game itself is pretty cool, and it also plays well on your own in case you have trouble finding players 😊

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  2. I loved the film, and as fortune would have it I got to play this a few months ago (before I had a blog else I would have a review/etc up) and I thoroughly enjoyed playing SIr Didymus. I have to agree it is made with fans in mind and there is a danger of repetition. I suspect nostalgia will keep that at bay at least for a while.

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    1. You are so right. This game is truly made for fans, and if this would have been any other normal game I would have enjoyed it far less. That said, there is definitely a great sense of nostalgia when playing this game 😊

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    1. The game is a lot of fun, but definitely one for the fabs of the movie itself. It is a very good movie to track down some day, as it really gives you that good old 80’s vibe, and als is a true feelgood movie in every sense of the word 😊

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    1. Well, the movie is still around. I think it is even on Netflix if I am not mistaking. It really is a wonderful movie,and one that I highly recommend. As for the dice: yes they are seriously cool 😀

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    1. The boardgame was released late last year, so it has not been around yet for very long. Yes, really sad news last year about Bowie’s passing. He was such a great artist.

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  3. One of my favorite childhood films too. They just don’t make them like that anymore. Okay, that makes me sound old, lol. Looks like a great game for fans though 🙂

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    1. Haha, I keep saying that as well 😊So I guess I am getting old too. But yes so true, movies like that are not made anymore, although Stranger Things did give me back that good old 80’s vibe. Can’t wait for that second season to start later this year 😊

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      1. Completely agree about Stranger Things! It nailed everything about a show from that time period yet still felt very fresh and new. Although it is a bit of an anomaly. But maybe a platform like Netflix will be more likely to keep trying to bring similar content in the future. I’m definitely read for season 2 also!

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    1. Pretty much every boardgame that I own can be played solo. In the past that usually meant a pretty boring experience, but these days those games are highly entertaining and almost as much fun as reading a book or seeing a movie. There is even a cardgame for Aliens that works very well solo, and basically has you playing through all 4 movies. Great stuff. I might do a review on that one somewhere next week. Woke up with a bit of a nasty cold this morning (must be from that Xenomorph lol), so not have the energy to write big posts today, but there will be one coming up for it in the near future 😊

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      1. Oh no I’m sorry to hear. I know first hand how it feels to lack such energy (as I constantly am for reason being), so.don’t worry about the posts..you are amongst great company who will await with the dearest patience. As for that creature..it won’t be winning any battles today..I shall mark it down in your honour. ☺

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      2. Haha…lol thanks for that 😂 Hopefully that battle will be an easy win 😉 Yeah, summercolds van be very annoying at times, but no worries, even though I won’t go off to join a marathon race, I’m sure I will be up and running in no time. Thanks for your very kind words 😊

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