There are few worlds more magical, strange, and creative than the Goblin Kingdom in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. It’s become something of a cult classic and fans may be excited to see that it’s being turned into a board game. The rights to create the game have been secured by River Horse, who have previously made tabletop games such as The Hunger Games and Terminator Genisys and is being made in partnership with The Jim Henson Company.
River Horse have already unveiled what the game’s board will look like and it features some incredibly detailed and beautiful artwork. The playable figures for the game include Sarah, Hoggle, Ludo, Sir Didymus and there’s also, of course, Jareth who isn’t playable. All of the characters appear to also have been crafted with impressive attention to detail and to be honest, we’d be happy to get our hands on them without the game.
When it comes to how the game will actually play, River Horse intend each game to be different. Blank card spaces on the board are filled with magical encounters and monsters found on the deck of cards that comes with the game. This element of random generation should create enough difference in each playthrough to offer a good deal of re-playability and unpredictability.
They say that the game consists of two distinct stages: “one where the group must adventure through the labyrinth trying to find the goblin city whilst keeping their willpower as high as possible (nobody wants to fall into the oubliette!) and a second action-packed stage where the players must fight their way into Jareth’s castle where Sarah must say the magical words that will release her brother.”
Labyrinth The Board Game will be for up to four players. As yet there’s no information on price or release date (though it seems safe to say that it will be released this year). To keep up to date with the game’s progress you can find it on Facebook and on the River Horse website. With such care put into its beautifully illustrated board and character figures we have high hopes for Labyrinth, and we’ve got our fingers crossed that it plays well too.
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