Magic Maze (Board Game)
Description from the publisher:
After being stripped of all their possessions, a mage, a warrior, an elf, and a dwarf are forced to go rob the local Magic Maze shopping mall for all the equipment necessary for their next adventure. They agree to map out the labyrinth in its entirety first, then find each individual’s favorite store, and then locate the exit. In order to evade the surveillance of the guards who eyed their arrival suspiciously, all four will pull off their heists simultaneously, then dash to the exit. That's the plan anyway…but can they pull it off?
Magic Maze is a real-time, cooperative game. Each player can control any hero in order to make that hero perform a very specific action, to which the other players do not have access: Move north, explore a new area, ride an escalator… All this requires rigorous cooperation between the players in order to succeed at moving the heroes prudently. However, you are allowed to communicate only for short periods during the game; the rest of the time, you must play without giving any visual or audio cues to each other. If all of the heroes succeed in leaving the shopping mall in the limited time allotted for the game, each having stolen a very specific item, then everyone wins together.
At the start of the game, you have only three minutes in which to take actions. Hourglass spaces you encounter along the way give you more time. If the sand timer ever completely runs out, all players lose the game: Your loitering has aroused suspicion, and the mall security guards nab you!
- Boards & Dice
- 21 Sep 2017
- Family Games
- Game Mechanic
- Year Published
- Magic Maze
- # of Players
- 1 - 8
- User Suggested # of Players
- Best with 4 players, Recommended with 2 - 6 players
- Suggested Ages
- 8 and up
- Playing Time
- 15 minutes
- Game Designer
- Kasper Lapp
- Game Artist
- User Suggested Ages
- Language Dependence
- No necessary in-game text
- 2017 Cardboard Republic Socializer Laurel Nominee
- 2017 Gioco dell’Anno Nominee
- 2017 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Nominee
- 2017 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
- 2017 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee
- 2017 Gouden Ludo Best Family Game Nominee
- Expansion Sets
- Brettspiel Adventskalender 2017
- Magic Maze: 9 new tiles
- Magic Maze: Brettspiel Adventskalender 2017 Promo
- Magic Maze: Maximum Security
- Supply Source
- South Africa
Challenging, fun and good for hand-eye coordination
Recondite on (Verified Buyer)Reviewed by
All I can really add to what other reviewers have already said here is that the game scales well in terms of increasing difficulty. You can start off nice and easy (easy-ish, at least) and gradually add more complexity. Some game reviewers on YouTube have suggested that the game might be a little too stress-inducing for some players. In my experience, that is not the case. Even the most jittery gamer in our group was fine. This game definitely deserves all the awards it has won, as well as its Spiel Des Jahres nomination.
Great fun and a change of pace
Warlauch on (Verified Buyer)Reviewed by
While serious gamers might start this as a diversion after something longer, you will quickly find yourself playing just one more game... just one more... and another
Fast and fun, this is a great game to have around.
Players should be seen, not heard.
Chris B on (Verified Buyer)Reviewed by
Well this is what makes is an aweomes game.
We have had so much fun playing this as a family. Lot's of planning, frustration and cheating in order to steal ... and all of this in silence, well mostly silence that is constantly interupted with the hard banging of the "Do Something" pawn to get another players attention.
Plays solo, 2-9 players.
Bought at recomendation of another family.