For Educators - Plot and Characters

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Plot and Characters

Without a terrific plot and characters, a game like Lure of the Labyrinth would be just ... a set of activities - interesting maybe and fun, but not engaging ... not immersive. In short, the game wouldn't be a world. And having the chance to experience new and exciting worlds is one of the things that kids absolutely love about digital games. It's a big part of what draws them into games, and it keeps them coming back.

So we've put a lot of work into creating Lure of the Labyrinth's plot and characters, and we hope that you either already have or will soon experience them first-hand in the game. In the meantime, here's an overview that can give you some notion and feel for Lure of the Labyrinth's extremely cool game world.


First, a bit about how the story is told ... Lure of the Labyrinth's story is told primarily in graphic-novel sequences that are interspersed throughout the game. These sequences get players started in the game, give them important game instructions and motivate their journey through the world of Lure of the Labyrinth. We chose the graphic-novel medium because it's familiar and fun for students and because it provides you with a very useful teaching tool within the game. We think that both you and your students are going to like it a lot. OK, so what happens in Lure of the Labyrinth? Well, it starts out like this ...

Your beloved pet's gone missing and you've got to find it - but how? Before you know it, you're dropped - a little like Alice through the looking glass - into a strange (and extremely smelly) world where your only friend is a mysterious bean-loving girl with wings. She calls herself Iris, and she says there are others ... Others? Other pets? You're not sure yet. But she tells you that you'll need a disguise if you have any hope of finding your pet. You don your new, exceedingly bizarre disguise, take some beans from Iris (beans?) and find your way to a place called the Tasti Pet Factory. What's going on here? You're not sure, but you do know that the whole dump is overrun with monsters. They're all over the place, stinking up the joint and sending you to the Horrible Resources Department where they sign you up to work for them. They seem to make pet food here ... sometimes out of ingredients like carrots and eyeballs! You're not sure how any of this is going to help you find your pet, but you go along with it (since it's really the only option you've got). And eventually some things become clear. At each stage of your journey, your work in the factory involves solving puzzles that feel a little like math ... only different. And after awhile, you understand that you're being paid at these "jobs" (that is, solving the puzzles) in tokens ... tokens that might prove useful to you. They might even help you free your pet ... and all the others. So you keep working at the Tasti Pet Factory ... solving the puzzles ... doing the math ... meeting the monsters ... all in the hopes of getting that sweet pet of yours back and returning home.

And so it begins.

To learn more, you can always ask your students about it ... or even better, play the game and find out for yourself!


Lure of the Labyrinth features a sprawling cast of monster characters (and at least one of them is, in fact, almost always sprawling - see Funzlebubb below). Some of these characters are totally new and invented for the game, while others are rooted in various world mythologies. You'll see that the mythology-based monsters in Lure of the Labyrinth don't always look and act exactly like their models. Sometimes they're composites of similar characters from different mythologies ... and they often come with a bit of a twist. Be assured, though, that all the monsters in Lure of the Labyrinth are weird (in a good way) ... more than a little smelly (that sense does loom large in Lure of the Labyrinth) ... and totally fun for your kids.

And speaking of your kids, they'll get information on each of Lure of the Labyrinth's monsters in the Bestiary section of their TPCs after they encounter them in the game. For your convenience, we've collected the bios of all Lure of the Labyrinth monsters here in a handy, one-stop reference chart.

Lure of the Labyrinth Monster Dictionary

Monsters A Bit About Them Where You'll Meet Them in Lure of the Labyrinth


Akaname is a helpful monster from Japan. Before he came to work at the Tasti Pet factory, Akaname used to clean dirty bathrooms. With his tongue. Gross. If he tries to kiss you, run! The Lab


Bigfoot is a hairy, ape-like monster who lives in the Northwestern United States and Canada. Though very few witnesses have actually seen Bigfoot, the tracks he leaves in the ground are pretty hard to miss. Did we mention that he has big feet? Bigfoot's cousin is the Yeti.

Game Intro


This three-headed dog once guarded the gates to the Underworld, but he now keeps watch over the Tasti Pet Factory. He's rumored to have the best sense of smell in all of monsterdom, but you'd expect that from a dog with three noses. He likes belly rubs and small children (preferably on a bun with a lot of ketchup). Game Intro


The middle Graeae Sister. She runs the Tasti Pet SHOP with her sisters Enyo and Pemphredo. Deino once said she'd give her right eye to have a successful retail business, and it looks like she got her wish. Deino's name means "dread." Do you think her parents were trying to send her a message?



Eloko is originally from the deepest jungles of Central Africa, where he tormented hunters and tried to hide all the local wildlife and fruit from them. Since he started working at Tasti Pet, though, he's become a big slacker and spends most of his time surfing the Internet, playing videogames, and getting into trouble.

Olfactory Aware Door


The eldest of the three Graeae Sisters, who manage the Tasti Pet Company Store. Even though they've got a lot of useful stuff in their store, the Graeae Sisters only have one eye and one good set of teeth to share among them. Maybe they should have paid attention when their mom told them to brush and floss. Enyo's name means "horror" so you might want to be careful around her.



The Funzlebubb is so heavy that he's always tired from having to carry his own weight around every time he moves. Because he's always tired, the Funzlebubb spends most of his day sleeping. Because there's not much else you can do when you're always asleep, the Funzlebubb works as a door in the Tasti Pet factory. It isn't easy to wake a sleeping Funzlebubb.

Waiting Room


The Golem is a stone monster from eastern Europe. Originally created by a powerful magician that she once served, she now works for Echidna at the Tasti Pet factory. The Golem will drink anything you give her as long as it comes on the rocks, but she's a little pickier about what she'll eat.



The first gremlins were spotted during World War II by British pilots, including Roald Dahl, the future children's author. Gremlins love to take apart mechanical things - like airplanes - especially when they're in the air (which is not so good if you're a passenger in one of those airplanes).

Waiting Room


Imp is a mischievous monster who likes to play tricks on others. His favorite was when he put a &"kick me" sign on the Golem - her stone skin is so tough that it took all day for Golem to notice that people were kicking her. Unfortunately for Imp, his skin isn't nearly as tough as Golem's, which he learned when she finally did find that sign on her back. Imp likes potato chips and any food that's orange.



Kobold is a German monster originally found hiding in household cupboards and closets or deep underground in mines. He's closely related to elves and gnomes, but he has a much worse temper. Kobold manages the Tasti Pet HR office with an iron fist. And he'd be really, really upset if he found out that one of his employees wasn't who he was supposed to be. Horrible Resources


Kraken is a mythical, many-armed creature from the depths of the ocean. Once upon a time, his favorite food was sailors that he'd pluck off the decks of ships. Nowadays, though, Kraken prefers sushi. Kraken always wins when he arm wrestles.



Medusa comes from ancient Greece, where it was said she was so ugly her gaze turned men into stone. With the help of modern cosmetics and a little plastic surgery, Medusa now looks much better, and she's now just ugly enough to crack a mirror. Her hair is a nest of snakes, which makes giving her a haircut a dangerous job. Cafeteria


Monocerous is part monster, part rhinoceros, and all bad attitude. It's his job to make sure all the copy machines at Tasti Pet headquarters are working properly. Don't even ask about what happened when he caught Eloko making photocopies of his butt on the machine in the mailroom.

Olfactory Aware Door


The youngest of the three Graeae Sisters, Pemphredo believes she's also the prettiest. That's what they call "setting the bar low." If she takes a liking to you, Pemphredo might give you a sweet deal on the items in the Tasti Pet Company Store. But watch out - she might also try to give you a kiss. Pemphredo's name means "alarm."



The salamander is a lizard-like monster who likes things hot-hot-hot! Hot tamales, jalapeño peppers, and matches are among salamander's favorite foods, and gasoline (followed by a lit match) is his favorite beverage. Salamander normally hangs out in bonfires and Bunsen burners, but he's willing to spend time in a colder climate if it means a hot meal.



Scrubby's one of the unscariest monsters that ever lived. He used to hide in closets and try to scare people, but they always mistook him for a mop and weren't very scared. Now Scrubby is trying to find work as a janitor. He gets the floors very clean, but he doesn't do windows.

Waiting Room


The Sphinx is an ancient Egyptian creature with the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the head of a woman. She loves riddles, and she's got a million of them (and two million answers - the Sphinx doesn't always play fair). She really hates knock-knock jokes, though.

Game Intro


Triclops originally comes from Detroit, where he used to sabotage new cars while they were being built. Now he applies his expertise at running (and ruining) assembly lines to work at the Tasti Pet factory. Triclops has a keen eye for detail and two more for other stuff.

Assembly Line


Yeti comes from high on top of the Himalayan mountains in Asia, where his footprints have sometimes been spotted in the snow. He's also called the Abominable Snowman - and if you call him late for dinner, you'll find out what "abominable" means! Yeti likes frozen dinners, even if he has to freeze it himself. Bigfoot is his third cousin, once removed. Cafeteria

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