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Minotaurus

Minotaurus

Spring 2010 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: The LEGO Group
Price: $24.99
Review:
The aim of this two-to-four-player game is to be first to move one's own "heroes" into a secret temple hidden inside a labyrinth, being careful to avoid the mythical Minotaur who guards the temple. The basic game is played on an 11-inch square game board that fits neatly into the box it came in (the better to keep the tiny playing pieces from falling out of range). A template simplifies the placement of the obstacles both avoidable (hedges) and impassable (walls).

After having completed the first game, players have the option to customize the game to their own preferences by changing the playing area, the pieces, and even the rules. They can rearrange the configuration of the labyrinth, allow heroes to jump over hedges, and add or subtract the number of spaces the Minotaur may move on each turn. Players are encouraged to invent and share their own rules and to change only one thing at a time to see if it makes the game more fun. This welcome feature keeps the game ever new and gives players an understanding of the process of developing a game.

Testers were enthralled to be able to use their beloved Legos to create and play a boardgame; eager onlookers jostled over the players' shoulders to watch the action.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2010 Parents' Choice

Look for this product at:
The LEGO Group
860-763-3211
http://www.lego.com
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