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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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    Great games, delivered quickly with wonderful customer service

    Great games, delivered quickly with wonderful customer service

    I'm in Ireland and ordered on a Friday and received on a Monday. Umbelievable, thanks so much. Very nice to deal with too!

    I'm in Ireland and ordered on a Friday and received on a Monday. Umbelievable, thanks so much. Very nice to deal with too!

    Both times I've ordered from Zatu, my order arrived promptly, in good condition, and with no real issues.

    Both times I've ordered from Zatu, my order arrived promptly, in good condition, and with no real issues.

    Ever since I found Zatu, it's my favourite place to shop for boardgames! Everything I ordered arrived quickly and in perfect condition. My last purchases were Scythe and Quacks of Quedlinburg - but I have to say, with so much to choose from, it's very hard to make a decision. :) I also love the Youtube channel - very useful unboxing and game review videos.

    Ever since I found Zatu, it's my favourite place to shop for boardgames! Everything I ordered arrived quickly and in perfect condition. My last purchases were Scythe and Quacks of Quedlinburg - but I have to say, with so much to choose from, it's very hard to make a decision. :) I also love the Youtube channel - very useful unboxing and game review videos.

    Always a fantastic service. Bought a few board games from them now which have arrived quickly and safely. Prices have pretty much always been better here than on other sites. Only time I had an issue - an order hadn't processed properly - they sorted it out in minutes on the live chat. They cancelled my order and refunded me and I ordered what I wanted again (which was kind of handy because I'd changed my mind about what I wanted by then ...) Thanks Zatu Games for a brilliant service, and I can't wait to expand my collection!

    Always a fantastic service. Bought a few board games from them now which have arrived quickly and safely. Prices have pretty much always been better here than on other sites. Only time I had an issue - an order hadn't processed properly - they sorted it out in minutes on the live chat. They cancelled my order and refunded me and I ordered what I wanted again (which was kind of handy because I'd changed my mind about what I wanted by then ...) Thanks Zatu Games for a brilliant service, and I can't wait to expand my collection!

    Have used Zatu on 3 occasions and games have always arrived quickly. Prices are comparablewith other sites I have used and often games are on offer, so look out for those.

    Have used Zatu on 3 occasions and games have always arrived quickly. Prices are comparablewith other sites I have used and often games are on offer, so look out for those.

    Live Zatu! Always quick to deliver, best prices on the Internet. Also very quick to rectify any rare mistakes with orders. Cant recommend enough.

    Live Zatu! Always quick to deliver, best prices on the Internet. Also very quick to rectify any rare mistakes with orders. Cant recommend enough.

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    I absolutely can't recommend Zatu Games enough! Speedy service, a great selection, and friendly staff. A pleasure to buy from.p

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    Great item, been after this Armada Star Destroyer for ages, and at a great price too

    Games arrived the next day. Great prices and excellent service.

    Games arrived the next day. Great prices and excellent service.

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