I'm trying to identify a book, where several different races (I think at least 3) who all have just one particular sense (seeing, hearing) must cooperate as a mixed group in some kind of competition or race that involved navigating a kind of obstacle course, building, or maze, that possibly involved challenges, where each of the senses and sometimes their combination was necessary to advance.
I think the races initially hated each other (prejudices), but the representatives of at least one group involved in this competition learned to respect each other during the events.
Must be older, before 80s. I read the novel in German, but it was translated from English, as most SF here was at this time. I've no idea if it was aimed at adults or young adults. I don't remember names. I don't remember the perspective. The race was at least a substantial part of the book. It might have been a small book. That's about all I can remember.