River Horse Return To Tarrot For The Labyrinth Card Game

July 10, 2019 by dracs

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River Horse Games are returning to their roots with a new tarot-based card game set within the world of Jim Henson's Labyrinth.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Card Game is a trick-taking card game inspired by old tarot card games. Players must choose which cards to play every round, judging whether to play weak or strong. Too weak and you will lose the trick, but if you waste a strong card you will leave yourself open in the next round.

The game is intended to be fun for all age groups, and also contains advanced rules to mix things up a bit should you wish for a more sophisticated game.

The art is provided by Ralph Horsely, who previously provided the art for River Horse's previous tarot game LOKA: The Card Game.

Horsely has a very distinctive style and in this case I find it something of a mixed bag. For the more stylised symbols, such as the clocks, the crystal ball, and the owl [below] it works very well. However, I find it a bit off-putting with some of the more human characters.

There's a disconnect there that I can't quite get over.

Having said that, the design for the back of the cards [first card picture, far right],  is something I really like, showcasing the Labyrinth in all its twisting forms. I'm almost tempted to sit down with a pencil and try to find a path through.

All in all, this is an interesting addition to River Horse's Labyrinth range and one that fits within the whimsical world Jim Henson, Brian Froud, and Terry Jones first created.

Jim Henson's Labyrinth The Card Game is currently available for pre-order.

Is this a game that will send you back into the Labyrinth? 

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