Build Your Own Rules - LEGO Adds a New Dimension to the Board Game Experience September 16 2011

With their creative design and re-buildable boards and dice, LEGO board games allow players to redesign their game, not only in terms of how it looks, but also how it is played. Marketed as games that you can build, play and change, the varied range of games potentially provides endless play possibilities, with rules that players can alter to suit them. But just how user-friendly are they? We take a look at some of the games on offer to see whether, with a little imagination, you can really make the games your own.

Minotaurus

Minotaurus

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Take on the mythical Minotaur in his legendary labyrinth. As brave Spartans, players must navigate through the challenging maze to reach the secret temple hidden at its heart. This is a simple, competitive game geared at younger players, involving the strategic movement of walls to temporarily block an opponent's route. For older players, there are suggestions to boost difficulty so as to avoid boredom, and the design allows for a different maze to be built every time.

Game time: 20 - 30 minutes approx.
Age: 7+
Players: 2 - 4

Ramses Pyramid

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Intrepid explorers must take on the might of the Mummy King in this Egyptian-themed game created by award-winning designer Reiner Knizia. The aim of the game is to scale the pyramid-shaped board, which includes rotating layers and coloured crystals, to steal the crown and treasure stash from the evil Ramses the Mummy. Players need skill, memory and strategy to compete, or can take him on as a team. It's limited and very dependent on luck, but easy to follow and kids will love the brightly-coloured Lego pieces.

Game time: 20 - 30 minutes approx.
Age: 8+
Players: 2 - 4

Magikus

Magikus

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Indulge in some LEGO alchemy in this wizard-themed game, where players must collect special ingredients for their magic spells. This bewitching little game is super simple, but engaging for little ones and easy to learn, if a little repetitive. LEGO collectors will be enchanted by the unusual wizard Lego pieces, including skulls, wands and goblets. And, as with all the LEGO games, rules can be adapted to make things a little more interesting for older players.

Game time: 10 - 20 minutes
Age: 6+
Players: 2 - 4

Lava Dragon

Lava Dragon

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Are you brave enough to summon the lava dragon from his volcano? In this very basic LEGO board game, courageous knights must reach the summit, avoiding lava bricks and blocking opponents as they climb. Game play can be monotonous and rather fiddly, but it's a straightforward concept that's easy to follow, and with the innovative adaptable die, impatient young players don't have to wait until their throw to move their knight.

Game time: 15 - 25 minutes
Age: 7+
Players: 2 - 4

Ninjago

Ninjago

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Learn the ways of Spinjitzu, a fighting-style based on the elements of ice, fire, wind and water. In this series of ninja-themed games, players will become whirlwinds of strength as their mini-figures are placed in special spinners and pitted against each other in a fight to the finish. Special characters, weapons and ability cards influence the duel, as players take on biker skeletons in strategic, real-time battles. Boards can be embellished with add-on building sets, plus a rich and vastly complex ninja backstory makes up for the somewhat thin 'game' aspect.

Game time: 15 minutes +
Age: 8+
Players: 2 - 4

Meteor Strike

Meteor Strike

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Based on the Japanese game of Pachinko, this meteor mayhem-themed game employs gravity as part of the play for extra unpredictability. Players must catch the celestial rocks in their lunar base using rotating space stations and launching satellites to influence how the meteors fall. This is a fast-paced, pin-ball style game which will challenge your youngster's grasp on gravity.

Game time: 10 minutes
Age: 7+
Players: 2

Heroica

Heroica

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Take on goblin armies, dark druids and golem lords in this LEGO adventure game with various environments, from forests to dungeons, and caverns to castles. The modular design means players can customise their creations to suit their mood, and rules are flexible to allow for imaginative alterations. This is a great way to introduce young players to role-playing games, and each module is a playable game in itself, so the potential for creativity is endless.

Game time: Varies
Age: 8+
Players: 2 - 4

Pirate Plank

Pirate Plank

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The pirate captain is making his mutinous crew walk the plank! The aim of this charmingly easy-to-follow elimination game is to knock opponents off their planks and feed them to the sharks. Kids will love the well-built mini-ship and unique mini-pirates, and the game is effortlessly quick to build, as well as quick to play. However, young players might not like being excluded from play when their pirate is knocked into the water.

Game time: 10 – 20 minutes.
Age: 7+
Players: 2 - 4 players

Harry Potter Hogwarts

Harry Potter Hogwarts

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Enrol in the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and journey through the constantly shifting castle layout, with its moving staircases and secret passageways. Visit classrooms and complete your homework in this fully-fledged board game experience, which combines the joys of LEGO and Harry Potter for an ultimate geek-treat. Length and difficulty of the game can be adjusted due to its modular nature, and the problem-solving, planning and strategy will keep kids entertained for hours.

Game time: 20 minutes +
Age: 8+
Players: 2 - 4

Creationary

Creationary

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Test your imagination in this celebration of LEGO creation. Family and friends will love building and guessing in this interactive board game. It's a bit tricky with the limited lego bricks, and players will have to stretch their creativity to the max, but it's a great game for sparking imagination in young minds.

Game time: 30 minutes +
Age: 7+
Players: 2 - 4

Atlantis Treasure

Atlantis Treasure

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Float through the murky depths to find the hidden treasure in this skill-oriented game experience. Players can fire at obstacles, and block other explorers in this deep-sea discovery adventure. There are lots of pieces to keep track of, and you'll need to have your wits about you to stay ahead of your opponent, so it's not a game for the younger ones in the family.

Game time: 10 minutes
Age: 9+
Players: 2 - 4

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