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    • Fun for the whole family.
    • Co-operative game.
    • Tutorial system makes it easy to learn.

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    • Not a very competitive game.
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    Magic Maze Kids Review

    Magic Maze Kids Review

    As an avid gamer with a limited gaming group, I’m eager to introduce my children to great games while they are still very young! My hope is that it will spark interest in them so that they then progress quicker to more complex games.  If they enjoy a game that I put before them, that’s great, but better still is finding a game that both ignites their interest and is also an enjoyable experience for me! This, then, was my aspiration for Magic Maze kids. I’m going to share how successful it was in meeting that hope...

    Magical World

    Magic Maze Kids (designed by Kasper Lapp) is a co-operative game that adapts the original Magic Maze game into a format accessible to young players. The theme is perfect for getting any young child’s attention...

    The rulebook tells us that; 'The King did some experiments trying to make gold, but he accidentally turned himself into a frog. Now the Prince and the Princess, with the help of the Knight and the Wizard, are co-operating to brew a potion that can turn him back into his lion form.’

    Co-operative Kids!

    In Magic Maze Kids you don’t control a specific character; instead, every player can move any of the heroes or creatures at any time. However, you can only move them in the direction indicated on the Action tile in front of you. This means that all players have to co-operate in order to meet the mission goals and win the game. You either all win or all lose! Unlike the original Magic Maze, you are allowed to talk and communicate with each other as much as you like.

    I’m of the opinion that children will learn skills and knowledge from most modern board games. However, what Magic Maze Kids brings to the table, which most other games don’t, is the opportunity for children to improve teamwork, communication and co-operation. Having a very competitive four-year-old son, it brings a refreshing change of approach for him in the world of gaming!

    Accessibility and Replay-ability

    The rulebook contains tutorials which serve to teach the rules in a gradual way. It’s a clever way of helping children to understand the rules but it also means everyone can start playing sooner rather than later.

    The game box tells us that it’s suitable for those of us who are five years or older. I was actually able to move through the tutorials quite quickly with my four-year-old. He learned and understood the rules quickly and he particularly enjoys using the special abilities that each hero possesses. This means that he sometimes prefers to sacrifice using the quickest route to success in order to move the heroes in a way that uses their special powers!

    Having played Magic Maze Kids many times now, my son and I win the game on most occasions. An excellent inclusion in the rulebook though is the final page which details seven additional challenges that can be added to the game to make it more difficult. These include rules that require the swapping of action tiles and the prohibiting of speaking and other communication. We will definitely be using these more in order to hold our interest in the game.

    Whilst these optional rules improve the replay-ability of the game, my only criticism of Magic Maze Kids is that I would have liked more game boards to play on. I think a couple of extra boards, or a way of merging the boards that are included, would help to provide a different type of challenge as well as providing more variety of gameplay.

    All-Age Fun? Final Thoughts on Magic Maze Kids

    So, were my hopes for Magic Maze Kids met? In short, yes! We’ve had a blast playing this game... my lad is repeatedly requesting to play it and whilst it’s not my favoured strategy-heavy type of game, I couldn’t expect much better from a game that both me and my four-year-old can play together. We’ve laughed, screamed and solved problems together whilst playing this game. It’s been a great bonding experience. What more could I ask for!?

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    • Fun for the whole family.
    • Co-operative game.
    • Tutorial system makes it easy to learn.

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    • Not a very competitive game.

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    Very fast delivery, great price on the loopy looper games Would definitely recommend this company

    Have used Zatu for most of the board games I have gotten since I got into playing them (I'll blame my little brother for introducing me to the addictive world of board-gaming, who knew it could be so fun!) Each time I have used Zatu, the website has been easy to use, the prices are universally the best and they almost always have what I am looking for (and if they don't, I can find an alternative with no problem!). The latest purchase was a mystery box which came with a fantastic wee collection of games, including one I put off buying to get the mystery box, win win! I would highly recommend Zatu to anyone, whether they be a hardcore gamer, just starting out or looking for ideas for presents for the gamer in their life. 5 out of 5 stars!

    Have used Zatu for most of the board games I have gotten since I got into playing them (I'll blame my little brother for introducing me to the addictive world of board-gaming, who knew it could be so fun!) Each time I have used Zatu, the website has been easy to use, the prices are universally the best and they almost always have what I am looking for (and if they don't, I can find an alternative with no problem!). The latest purchase was a mystery box which came with a fantastic wee collection of games, including one I put off buying to get the mystery box, win win! I would highly recommend Zatu to anyone, whether they be a hardcore gamer, just starting out or looking for ideas for presents for the gamer in their life. 5 out of 5 stars!

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    Great service and delivery and playing the complete Fireball Island has been such fun!

    Only reason it's 4 and not 5 is I couldn't track my package, however the customer service was great!

    Only reason it's 4 and not 5 is I couldn't track my package, however the customer service was great!

    Zatu consistently have the best prices and some of the fastest service, they are always my first port of call.

    Zatu consistently have the best prices and some of the fastest service, they are always my first port of call.

    Quick delivery but could be packaged better. I got 3 games and they were in good condition but a bit loose with just a scrunch of brown paper.

    Quick delivery but could be packaged better. I got 3 games and they were in good condition but a bit loose with just a scrunch of brown paper.

    Purchased item as present, very pleased with service and really quick delivery.

    Purchased item as present, very pleased with service and really quick delivery.

    Quick delivery and brilliant service

    Quick delivery and brilliant service

    I have bought regularly from Zatu for around 6 months to a year now. I’ve bought mystery boxes as well as chosen games and always feel like I’m getting great value from them as well as a speedy and reliable service. Looking forward to picking out my next purchases!

    I have bought regularly from Zatu for around 6 months to a year now. I’ve bought mystery boxes as well as chosen games and always feel like I’m getting great value from them as well as a speedy and reliable service. Looking forward to picking out my next purchases!

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    Excellent service quick delivery and easy to order. Will use again

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