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MAGIC MAZE by Kasper Lapp from publisher Pegasus Spiele gathers together an elf, a dwarf, a barbarian and a magician in the “Magic Maze” shopping mall. These four characters need equipment for their next great adventure but they don’t have the money to pay for it. They have no option but to steal the stuff. This is not so easy: the shopping centre is a well-guarded labyrinth and the exits are no easier to find than the equipment needed. Time is short.
MAGIC MAZE is a collaborative real-time game in which all players play together against the game itself. The heroes are controlled by 1 to 8 players. To achieve their goal, they must work hand in hand. They have to overcome escalators to unlock new areas of the shopping mall and turn the hourglass over at just the right moment to win more time for the journey through the mall.
The innovative feature of MAGIC MAZE is that any of the players can move any of the figures at any time but only in certain directions. Special actions are available to individual players, for example teleportation to certain spaces on the board.
Another innovative feature is that the most of the time, players are not allowed to speak to each other. This effectively stops alpha players from assuming command over the whole of the game. A clever rotation principle also ensures that each individual is included and able to use special rules – sometimes to a lesser and sometimes to greater extent.
The rules of the game are introduced progressively, first the basic rules and then additional rules. This means that each group of players develops its own individual speed of learning the game. The versatile base tiles allow a new shopping mall to develop again and again for each new game. This means the challenge remains fresh. With a low entry level MAGIC MAZE nevertheless manages to develop depth and a long-lasting challenge.
Goal of the Danish author Kasper Lapp with his first work MAGIC MAZE, was to publish a co-operative game without alpha players . In this he has succeeded, with much creative energy, incredible attention to detail and with great depth to the game.
MAGIC MAZE by Kasper Lapp, Pegasus Spiele, 1-8 players aged 8 years and above, 3-15 minutes duration.