Setup: Maps are generated by placing provided tiles next to each other, which were either shuffled or placed according to some guide (don't remember). I remember there were distinct tile types with slides and ladders, and the ultimate goal was to escape the generated map. There may have also been a real-life time limit (hourglass?) and restrictions on communication.

I've searched high and low for the game but it's pretty hard to identify a game by these features. It's definitely not Alien Labryinth or Space Maze though.

  • Have you searched by mechanic? If not, I would start by Elapsed Real Time Ending: boardgamegeek.com/boardgamemechanic/2882/…
    – Cohensius
    Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 11:30
  • What was the theme/setting? Was it horror themed with tiles building out a haunted house? If so, I don't know the name off the top of my head but I have access to a copy and figure it out tonight. Regardless, the setting would help in identifying it. Commented Dec 20, 2021 at 20:53

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Magic Maze has slides and ladders and a real-world time limit.

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    FYI, on BoardGameArena they recently issued an alpha release of it, it's lots of fun; currently, only accessible to premium members and gametesters, but if it gets approved for release, will be generally accessible.
    – smci
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 0:31
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    @smci mostly true, just one small correction: I don't think you need premium to access alpha stage games, just a ton of played games on a record. Also, once you've been invited to alpha game by someone, you can create it yourself.
    – Deo
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 13:53
  • @Deo: ok. BGA Premium is a nice Christmas gift. Anyway my point was everyone who likes this fun game (it's kind of like Gauntlet for geeks), help it get out of alpha and beta into general release, on BGA.
    – smci
    Commented Dec 21, 2021 at 22:14
  • This is definitely the game we played. She vaguely remembers sushi but there definitely isn't a sushi-related one. Commented Jan 3, 2022 at 9:03

Magic Maze mentioned already seems like a good fit. Other options could be: Escape:Curse of the Temple (or another one from Escape series), and maybe Sub Terra (no hourglass, game is entirely turn-based, but it does have a timer)

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