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Top 5 Maze-Like Connection Games

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They're not mazes, they're games. But they have maze-like elements. These are my picks for the best maze-like connection board games and card games.

1. Take It Easy

Not a particularly easy game to describe, Take It Easy involves colorful hexagons being places in such a way as to create as many straight, edge-to-edge lines as possible made up of the same color. Each player has the same set of tiles and the same chance of success; the trick is placing the hexagons as productively as possible. For 1 to 8 players. Designed by Peter Burley, published by Ravensburger.

2. Streetcar

Players build a winding set of tracks from the starting station to the finishing station, trying to construct the quickest path for their own trolley. Streetcar bears some similarities to the game Metro. For 2 to 6 players. Designed by Stefan Dorra, published by Mayfair Games and Goldsieber.

3. Very Clever Pipe Game

The cards which are laid down to make up the board include a variety of black and white pipes. When a player closes off a section of his own color, he wins points. For 2 or 4 players. Designed by James Ernest, published by Cheapass Games.

4. Tantrix

The hexagons in Tantrix include winding threads, and players compete to build the longest possible thread in their own color no matter how odd the shape becomes. For 2 to 4 players. Designed by Mike McManaway, published by Tantrix Games Ltd.

5. Meander

Players in Meander first fill the board with square pieces, each inlayed with a track for marbles to roll through. They then take turns rolling five marbles, one from each of the starting positions, to determine who has built the best paths to get marbles to the other side. For 2 players. Designed by Huib van Winkoop and Justus van Oel, published by Speelstijl BV.
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