We had a casual BBQ and game night on Friday, and a friend brought over the Labyrinth game by River Horse. It’s a co-op where you work together to topple the goblin king. We managed to. It was fun!

The board is created anew each time you play by placing cards on the spaces as you move. Everone plays a character from the film with stats much like an RPG. You roll dice vs. dice for all contests, have cards with a strength and a weakness, and can burn Willpower to get re-rolls.

One nifty wrinkle is that a few cards (not many, I think) require you to have deep knowledge of the film, e.g., I was asked to recite some lines verbatim. (I failed, as I’ve seen this film once about 30 years ago.)

I don’t know that I would buy it, but it was a lot of fun. Overall very intuitive, and the board and pieces are quite pretty. And any game where you move a miniature David Bowie around the board is totally worth it, IMO.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/198447/jim-hensons-labyrinth-board-game

16 thoughts on “We had a casual BBQ and game night on Friday, and a friend brought over the Labyrinth game by River Horse. It’s a…

  1. Yeah, my bro would have been gone too. “What, mom and dad? The baby? Yeah he was there the last time I looked. Don’t know what could have happened…”

    That game looks and sounds awesome! Need to find me one.

  2. < ![CDATA[Yeah, my bro would have been gone too. "What, mom and dad? The baby? Yeah he was there the last time I looked. Don't know what could have happened..." That game looks and sounds awesome! Need to find me one.]]>

  3. I’ve kept an eye on this one to see if it was any good, and not just a cash grab, as so many branded/nostalgia games are. You’re the first person I know who has mentioned it. Glad to know it’s not garbage!

  4. < ![CDATA[I've kept an eye on this one to see if it was any good, and not just a cash grab, as so many branded/nostalgia games are. You're the first person I know who has mentioned it. Glad to know it's not garbage!]]>

  5. Dave Michalak I enjoyed it, but I am not a hardcore board-gamer. I feel like it is probably pretty hard to lose. My friend had missed some key rules, and with those in place, I feel like it’d be hard to lose if you have a full set of players.

    But I liked the design, regardless.

  6. < ![CDATA[Dave Michalak I enjoyed it, but I am not a hardcore board-gamer. I feel like it is probably pretty hard to lose. My friend had missed some key rules, and with those in place, I feel like it’d be hard to lose if you have a full set of players.
    But I liked the design, regardless.]]>