Thrift Treasure: Labyrinth

Thrift Treasure: Labyrinth

Most games we find at thrift are ones we’ve never seen or heard of before. I guess that’s part of the thrill, finding a decades-old game in good condition and getting to learn it as if we had bought it new. Every once in a while we do find recent titles that we’ve enjoyed before (Dominion), but there are a few titles that are well-known, yet we haven’t run across a complete copy yet.

This is the case with Ravensburger’s Labyrinth. By hobby game standards, a mega hit and destined to be considered a modern classic. It’s no stranger at our local Goodwill stores, but every time we find a copy we know we need to open it up and count the number of tiles in the box. Inevitably there are a few missing, which makes the game completely unplayable. I lost track of how many times we had to pass on a copy because it was incomplete. I’m sure if I had ponied up for them I’d have at least four complete copies at this point by combining them together.

It only took four tries to finally procure a copy of Ravensburger's Labyrinth at thrift. Read more to see why we wanted one so badly! - SahmReviews.com

Finally last month we found one copy that showed promise. It was taped shut by the thrift shop employees, so we had to cut it open in the store to inspect the contents. Lo and behold – this copy had never been played! In fact, all of the tiles had never been punched out of their original boards! There was no need to go any further. There was no doubt this was the most complete and probably the best possible condition I could expect short of buying a brand new copy!

It only took four tries to finally procure a copy of Ravensburger's Labyrinth at thrift. Read more to see why we wanted one so badly! - SahmReviews.com

First issued in 1986, Labyrinth was nominated that same year for the coveted Spiel des Jahres Game of the Year award. Since then it has become one of the best-selling hobby games of all time and continues to gather new fans each year.

To win the game, you must search the labyrinth for your magical objects and characters by carefully moving through the constantly changing maze. The first player to do so and return to the starting square is declared the winner.

It only took four tries to finally procure a copy of Ravensburger's Labyrinth at thrift. Read more to see why we wanted one so badly! - SahmReviews.com

The included maze cards are shuffled and placed randomly throughout the board, with one being left over and used to move the other tiles. Each player receives a stack of face-down object cards and places their playing piece on the same colored starting square. On your turn you’ll look at the top card in your stack of object cards and try to get to the square showing the same picture as on your card.

It only took four tries to finally procure a copy of Ravensburger's Labyrinth at thrift. Read more to see why we wanted one so badly! - SahmReviews.com

Instead of simply moving your pawn, you must use the extra maze card and insert it into one of the rows or columns and shift that entire group. The piece that leaves the board will be the next players card to push with. After shifting the maze, you may move your playing piece as far as you like along the open pathway. Once you reach your object goal, place that card face up beside your stack and draw a new object card.

It only took four tries to finally procure a copy of Ravensburger's Labyrinth at thrift. Read more to see why we wanted one so badly! - SahmReviews.com

If a player’s pawn exits the board upon shifting, it re-enters on the newly-placed tile. This is a great strategy to either move yourself quickly to the other side of the board (and closer to your goal), or forcing your opponent farther away from their goal. Again, the first player to complete all of their goals and get their character back to their starting position is the winner!

Labyrinth is extremely simple to teach and you can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Perfect for ages as young as six or seven, it will easily entertain all ages and supports up to four players. You can still find brand new copies on Amazon for under $20 shipped, direct from Ravensburger or at your local Barnes & Noble or Target stores.

What game is on your must-have list that you haven’t found yet?

Scott

About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

17 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Labyrinth»

  1. Scarlet says:

    This is a favorite at our house. Fun for all ages.

  2. Leah says:

    This looks like fun!! We love board games in our family! We are forever playing different ones!

  3. Jacqui Odell says:

    That sounds like a fun game. We have game night in our family and I think this is one that my son would really like.

  4. Mitch says:

    This looks like a fun game. Fun for the whole family! I love the idea of a labyrinth in this game.

  5. Vintage games like this copy of Labyrinth really are wonderful – I think they are often the best! How great you found a complete copy in a thrift shop. I really do think that board games are so good to help teach kids strategy and sportsmanship!

  6. We love having family game nights and this Labyrinth one looks like it would fit right in! Looks fun and tricky.

  7. Ruben Maia says:

    Very good overview of this nice game. Congratulations.

  8. James Holzhauer says:

    Looks like a fun game. I may have to look into this.

  9. brody says:

    classic game!

  10. Joe Cooper says:

    I almost picked this up at Target last week. Now I wish I would’ve. I’m confident the littles would enjoy it.

  11. Ben Coberly says:

    I’ve found Labyrinth a few times at my local Goodwill, but never picked it up because I couldn’t confirm all the components are in there, so I’ve left it on the shelf…

  12. Katherine Lesiak says:

    I’ve just heard of this game. Looking forward to getting it for the family game night tradition my children are carrying on with their children and friends

  13. Jason Mack says:

    Love playing this game with the whole family. Even the kids’ nana enjoyed it!

  14. Tara Torres says:

    This game is a def. favorite in our house!

  15. Mark P says:

    I have this sitting in my basement. Haven’t played it since I was a kid but after reading this, maybe it’s time to get in the Labyrinth again!

  16. Michael Shea says:

    Looks kind of cool and you can’t beat the price.

  17. Michael Shea says:

    Dungeon Time!

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