Game review: ‘Disney Villains Labyrinth’ adds a wicked twist to a classic game

Ravensburgthe family strategy game Labyrinth has always required a certain deviousness. When you change paths for yourself, you may unintentionally block a path for your opponent. And as a player gets closer to victory, it becomes all the more important to try and stop them in order to claim victory. This is why the new Disney Villains Maze is a perfect blend of a time-tested classic with your favorite Disney villains.

For strangers, Labyrinth is a game for 4 players from 7 years old. Players draw cards to reveal a destination on the board, but the path to get there is constantly changing. Tiles are placed on the board randomly, with 16 tiles fixed in place. There is a bonus tile that changes hands and on each player’s turn they can choose a row or column with arrows on it to move the path. The piece that falls off the board becomes the new bonus piece that goes to the next player. To add to the difficulty, a player is not allowed to simply put the board back as it was on their turn.

The story of Disney Villains Maze is that Maleficent, Ursula, Scar, and Hades have become trapped in a wicked maze. Their objective is to cross the passages and gather a team of minions to escape the maze. A deck of 24 character cards is shuffled and distributed evenly among the players. These decks remain face down, with players only looking at their top card and keeping it secret. Other players should not know where you are trying to go, otherwise it will be easier for them to try to stop you.

To add to the fun, the four playable villains each have a special power that can be used once per game. Maleficent can transform into a dragon and fly to any space, Ursula can bond with another player by moving to her space, Scar can move a maze tile twice per turn, and Hades can collect all cards face down to mix. and redistributed.

As an example of how Disney Villains Maze is played, say Ursula has drawn the card for Mr. Smee. None of the available paths connect in the photo above. But sliding the L-shaped coin into the fourth column creates a way to reach his new henchman.

The game continues like this, with each player sliding a tile and then moving as far as they can towards their objective. Once a player has all their cards face up, they must return to their starting corner to exit the maze. The rules are much less complex than Disney Villain while giving you the wickedly miserable pleasure of trying to stop other players from reaching their destination.

Disney Villains Maze puts a fun Disney twist on a classic game. With beautiful artwork and characters spanning nearly every decade of Disney animation history, there’s something here for every Disney fan.

For young players, a new version of Junior Maze is now available on the theme of Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends. Aimed at ages 4 and up, the junior version of the game has a smaller board, which means there are fewer moves to make. There are also four double-sided tiles with optional cross sections which make the game even easier. Like with Disney Villains Mazeplayers choose a colored token and try to collect the characters and vehicles that appear on the tokens.

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