Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Board Game is a beautiful exploration of the movie for one to five players in which Sarah, Ludo, Sir Didymus, and Hoggle must adventure through the Labyrinth and make their way to the goblin city to save Toby from Jareth, the Goblin King!
The board is very simplistic, beautifully illustrated, and dominated by the titular Labyrinth. This is the maze players must navigate every time they wish to save Sarah’s baby brother. Each game is different, with the blank card spaces being filled with the magical encounters and monsters that are depicted on the deck of cards that comes with the game. This ensures a great deal of replayability and unpredictability in the game, giving the Labyrinth its signature feel.
The game consists of two distinct stages. During the first, the group must adventure through the Labyrinth trying to find the goblin city while keeping their willpower as high as possible (nobody wants to fall into the oubliette!). In the second stage, the players must fight their way into Jareth’s castle, where Sarah must say the magical words that will release her brother.
Each encounter and monster is reminiscent of scenes from the movie, and players can use their different character statistics to roll dice and try to overcome the troubles that arise. Players will roll their dice to move around the track and find their way through the Labyrinth, but if they land on the same space as another character, they can join together and overcome challenges as a group. After each round, the hour ticks down, and if Toby isn’t saved after thirteen hours, Sarah and her friends lose the game.
With one to four players, Sarah, Ludo, Sir Didymus, and Hoggle work together in a fully cooperative game, but when a fifth player is added, one will play as The Goblin King to manipulate the encounters the characters face and make for an even more challenging experience.