ByLily Masco, writer at
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." -Walt Disney
Lily Masco

To no one’s surprise, even after his passing, David Bowie continues to leave behind a awe-inspiring legacy and influence pop culture. And, despite the fact that his cult classic fantasy Labyrinth was released thirty years ago in 1986, it still manages to create ripples of excitement within fans around the globe. The reason this time? A simple board game.

The board game in question will be released late this summer and pre-orders unleashed a frenzy within seconds of the announcement, which lead Alessio Cavatore, the game's creator, to publicly apologize on Facebook:

"Our email systems are melting... Yes, we have kinda broken the internet a bit, at least our little corner of it... a bit chaotic, but very very exciting."

Named after the director, “Jim Henson’s Labyrinth The Board Game” is – as one could presume – based on the premise of the movie and will consist of two distinct stages. One in which 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!). And a second action packed stage, where the players must fight their way into Jareth’s castle and Sarah must say the magical words that will release her brother.

It looks like this:


Pretty cool, huh?

Of course there are plenty of other cool board games with movie counterparts. Let's take a look at some of the best around:

1. Ouija

What's cooler than communicating with the dead? Yes, we know... That's exactly the type of thing the first victim of a horror movie would say. But hey, it's just a game. Right?

The Sun
The Sun

For the Ouija virgins out there, the game consists of placing your fingertips over a planchette (a heart-shaped object made of wood of plastic) that should move over the talking board when a spirit has made contact.

Ouija is one of those instances in which a movie was based on the board game rather than vice-versa. The movie was actually a huge box office success but cannot compare to the game in its popularity. The origins of the game's spiritual practice can be traced all the way back to 1100 AD in China, before becoming a phenomenon in the late 1800s in the United States.

2. Clue

Who hasn't fought over who would get to be Miss Scarlet or Colonel Mustard?


Clue, an opportunity to play detective by solving a new murder mystery each time. Like Ouija, here is another instance in which the game came first, and later inspired two movie adaptations. The premise is the same around the board – pun intended. Six very different strangers are invited to a party in a mansion where a murder occurs. Who did it? In what room? With what weapon?

The players are dealt category cards to answer those questions, while one card from each is confidentially secluded from the game. Together, those three cards behold the entire solution. The players move from room to room making accusations and uncovering the mystery using the power of deduction.

3. The Hunger Games

It's the Hunger Games' game – an inception.

If you don't know The Hunger Games, you have obviously been trapped in your very own arena since 2008. "The Hunger Games: District 12 Strategy Game" is based on the movie saga, based on the books, written by Suzanne Collins.

The board game involves the citizens of District 12 striving to survive in the arena by attaining food, water, medicine or anything else that ensures their odds be ever in their favor.

4. The King Of Tokyo

It's nothing personal, Tokyo.

The unofficial Yatzee-esque Godzilla board game consists of destroying the city of Tokyo with either a monster, a robot, or an alien. Each roll of the dice determines whether you gain or lose character skills that will help you in the defeat of Tokyo.

5. Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? Female ghostbusters this time!


With a much anticipated new version of Ghostbusters coming out this summer, it's worth revisiting the board game. Guess what the game is about? That's right, busting ghosts! (Useful if you just played Ouija)

6. Aliens

Sadly, unlike Ouija, you do not get to communicate with aliens.

Based off the movie, this board game consists of passing through LV-426 colony as the players fight against the Xenomorphs by recreating three of the sequences from the movie: Ripley in the power loader, the marines against the queen and the air duct assault.

7. Star Wars

No shocker here. Most Star Wars game in any shape or form has tremendous success.


Both "Star Wars: X-Wing Miniature Games" and "Star Wars: The Queens Gambit" defeat the charts in cool factor.

Using three separate boards and 155 miniatures, The Queen's Gambit occurs in the last four battles rounds in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

In X-Wing, you take on the role of squad leader in a ship combat battle, where you get to govern a group of Rebel Starfighters or imperial pilots.

8. The Lord Of The Rings

For those living in the biggest bubble not yet known to humanity, this has absolutely nothing to do with proposing.

Collect Tolkien
Collect Tolkien

Based on the movies by Peter Jackson, and consequently based on the books by J. R. R. Tolkien, the 2000 edition board game follows the story of the epic trilogy. By taking on the role of a Hobbit from the fellowship, each with a particular power, the purpose is to destroy the ring and defeating Sauron.

9. Battleship

A classic that teaches us how to strategically sink warships. Ahh the innocence of childhood.

The Boardwalk Games
The Boardwalk Games

Battleship was not particularly successful in the box office, the board game it is based on is a classic household board game. You and a partner take turns trying to sink the other's ships by process of elimination and the use of deduction. Who ever sinks them first wins. Simple as that.

Obviously there are many more cool movie-related board games that did not make this list.

What's your favorite movie inspired board game?


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