LEGO returns to board games with Asmodee partnership

LEGO, Asmodee, David Gordon, Tin Aung Myaing, Birgitte Bülow, Jaume Fabregat

LEGO is re-entering the board game sector thanks to a new partnership with Asmodee.

The two companies have collaborated on a tabletop game called Monkey Palace, that will debut at Spielwarenmesse next week and launch at Essen in October.

Monkey Palace was created by game designers David Gordon and Tin Aung Myaing. It’s a jungle-themed game of light strategy that incorporates collaborative and competitive elements.

Players must work together to construct the Monkey Palace while competing for the highest brick income and points, all under the watchful gaze of the Monkey. Each time the game is played, the building experience and final construction is different.

“We’re thrilled to take all LEGO and board game fans on this gaming journey, combining the LEGO Group’s timeless creativity with our passion and expertise in board games,” said Birgitte Bülow, leader of the LEGO board game creation team at Asmodee.

“Utilising the endless possibilities of LEGO bricks was pivotal in designing this game. We believe Monkey Palace offers an extraordinary gameplay experience, blending competition and collaboration for board game enthusiasts worldwide.”

Jaume Fabregat, Board Games Lead at LEGO Publishing, added: “At the LEGO Group, we’re committed to inspiring the builders of tomorrow, which is why we’re so delighted to reveal Monkey Palace in collaboration with Asmodee.

“The game challenges kids and adults alike to use LEGO elements to build, unbuild and rebuild their palaces, creating a fun play experience where no two games are the same. This latest collaboration allows us to bring even more creative and innovative ways to play.”

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