With the recent release of the latest installment of one of my son’s favourite films, I couldn’t wait to pit my wits against my 7 year old with the new Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 Labyrinth game. It was time to get smart and see who could really think strategically.
The Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 Labyrinth game is aimed at anyone aged 7 years and over and can be played with 2-4 players. Game play typically lasts around 20-30 minutes. The box contains the playing board, 34 square maze tiles, 24 characters cards and 4 playing pieces in white, yellow, orange and blue.
The idea of the game is to uncover all of your own character cards and return your playing piece to its starting position on the board. It sounds easy doesn’t it?
To prepare to play the Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 Labyrinth game you need to shuffle all of the maze cards and place them face up across the playing board to make a random maze. As soon as you start placing the cards, you realise how much strategy will be required to play this game. It’s not as easy as it sounds. There should be one maze tile left once you’ve filled the board.
Shuffle the character cards and divide them equally amongst the players, and place face down in front of each player. Pick a playing piece and place it on the relevant coloured corner space on the board.
To start the game each player should look at the first character card in their pile, without showing it to the other players. The aim is to reach the matching character on the board. But of course, as there are more than one players playing, others will be trying to reach their own characters. The youngest player starts by inserting the extra maze tile into one of the rows or columns which has an orange arrow.
Of course, as soon as you insert one maze tile into the row or column, one comes off the other end, and the layout of the maze changes. The maze must move on each turn, making this a really fun and challenging game to try and master. Should your playing piece be on the maze tile that is moved off the board (if you have a particularly cruel opponent! Monkey!!) then the playing piece is returned to play at the the other end of the same row or column.
Once the maze tile has been moved onto the board, the player moves their playing piece along the maze in a continual movement, if you come up against a pipe going the wrong way, your turn is over.
If you reach the tile with the matching character, you turn over the character card and lay it down face up. On your next turn you go off in search of the next character in your pile. It might be Agnes, Gru, Dru, Lucy Wilde or any one of the funny Minions.
Play moves around the board, and the winner is the first person to reach all of their characters and return their playing piece to their home colour space.
As we’ve only just started playing Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 Labyrinth game, we’ve modified the game slightly so we can see each other’s character cards. Clearly this helps Monkey to thwart me at every move, but it’s meant I can offer him some advice of where to place the extra maze tile on his goes. He’s picking up the idea of the game really well and it won’t be long before we are playing by the rules fully.
We’ve both really enjoyed playing the Ravensburger Despicable Me 3 Labyrinth game. Each time we’ve played it’s been different and there’s so much to consider when you move the maze tiles, that it’s kept Monkey’s attention very well. I can see this game becoming a firm favourite in the years ahead and the Despicable Me 3 character element works very well. For £29.99 this is a classic game for all the family to enjoy, I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below for your reference.
disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned in exchange for an honest review