A few months back, my good friend Gabe gave me a game to take home to my children to play as a family. Having never heard of it, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Jackson, Reese, Sophia and I have played the game now a few times and I have to say, it’s pretty fun. Jackson and Sophia especially enjoy playing. Reese is hit or miss as she is with most board games.
The basic goal of the game is pretty simple – you have to “collect” certain objects by landing on them on the game board and then return to your home space. The first person to do that wins. Of course it’s not just that simple. You have to navigate through a constantly changing labyrinth that each player helps to change on his or her turn. You do this by taking a tile and sliding it in to one side of the playing board which pushes out a tile on the other side. The next person gets the “extra” piece/tile after you take your turn which they, in turn, use to move the board once more.
You are also dealt out a set of cards that are your goal for the game. You turn up the first card and that becomes your goal. You then navigate through the board and ‘land’ on a tile with matching a picture to that which is on your card. After you manage to land on each of your goal cards, you then head back to your starting space. First one done wins.
For kids (and adults), this is really pretty cool since it forces you to visualize what will be your new pathway after you make your move. I’m amazed that Sophia and Jackson can both do it so well. They don’t always see every move (and I’m sure I don’t either), but is neat to watch them think about how the board will be shaped after they take their turns.
The tiles are sturdy but the goal cards are a little flimsy. Other than that the game seems like it will stand up to many years of play.
See the video below for some game play action.