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Building A Good Time with the Minotaurus Lego Game
NHL (age 7) loves playing board games. He also loves playing with Legos. So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Lego game Minotaurus, I jumped at the chance. When I showed the box to NHL, he couldn’t wait to try it out.
Only With Lego Would You Get to Build the Board
We opened the game and began building the board. Yes, I said building. This is a Lego game, remember. No printed cardboard rectangles here. Instead, there was a pile of Lego blocks to put together. Just a quick warning. Assembling the board takes time. That said, it was fun. NHL and I put it together and JSL (age 3) even helped along the way. Before we knew it, the board, Minotaur and the die was assembled. Yes, you even build the die. (More on this later.)
With the board built, it was time to play. Game play is pretty simple. You have 3 men, a hedge maze, barriers that can be moved and a minotaur. When you roll the die, you either move a man that many spaces or, if the grey side comes up, move a barrier. This can be used to block an opponent from reaching the goal or keep the minotaur at bay.
Speaking of the minotaur, he comes into play when black is rolled. When this happens, the player moves the minotaur 8 spaces towards an opposing player. If you are captured by the minotaur, you are sent back to the beginning. The first player with all three of his men in the center wins.
True to Lego Form, The Rules Can be Rebuilt
Of course, being a Lego game, the rules themselves can be altered. Swap a number for a green tile and suddenly your men can jump onto the hedges. You can also opt to make the minotaur move further each time black is rolled, making evading him harder. You can even make it so the winner is the one who gets his first man to the center (instead of all 3 men).
The three of us, NHL, JSL and I, had a blast playing this game. We tried to get away from the Minotaur and beat each other. In the end, JSL wound up winning a game. Of course, he had some guidance from me such as where to move and how many spaces. Left to his own devices, JSL would have wandered his men aimlessly around the board. Of course, this game is designed for ages 7 and up, so JSL, age 3, is definitely not a good benchmark.
Can the Minotaurus Lego Game Keep the Interest of a 7 Year Old?
For that, I turn to the reaction that NHL (age 7) had. From the game board building to the final rolls of the die, NHL was enthralled. He kept hoping to get the minotaur to sack it on us or would move barriers to best block our progress. I could definitely see breaking this game out again and again to play a quick round with him. I could even see B and I playing a few rounds after the kids are asleep.
Conclusion on Minotaurus Lego Game – Winner or Loser?
Given that Minotaurus costs about $5 more than a board game such as Monopoly, it is quite a good deal. The changing board, die that can be altered, and malleable rules mean that this game will highly resist getting boring. This is a must-buy for any household with either a Lego fan, board game fan, or both.
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FULL DISCLOSURE: We were crazy enough to buy this toy with our own money! We sent the toy out to TechyDad to review – he gets to keep the toy and see if he can beat his 7 year old one day. We received no money for doing this review and receive nothing if you do decide to buy the toy. This is a real review, by a real Dad (and his kids)!
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