Oskar's tunable maze

Imagine you are lost in a complex maze. Wouldn't it be nice to have a simplified overview to get an idea where you are going? Oskar van Deventer's Tunable Maze offers you just this possibility. This maze is based on a fractal called the Dragons's Curve. You can change the level of the maze while you are solving it. What is the highest level at which you can reach your goal?

This page is a re-vamp of the original page called Oskar's dragon maze. The original content can still be found below.

 

Tunable maze

click below to play

This program requires a Java-enabled browser.
 

Aim
Manouvre the red dot from the bottom row to the right-most column. The controls enable you to increase or reduce the difficulty level of the maze while you are solving it. The applet keeps track of the play level. You can peek at other levels without penalty. However, if you make a move at a lower level, the applet changes the play level to that lower level. You can only reset the play level by going all the way back to the start. Try to solve the maze at a play level as high as possible.

Controls
Use maze level drop-list to tune to a different level.
Use easier button to the tune the maze one level easier.
Use harder button to the tune the maze one level harder.
Use return to play level button to tune the maze back to the play level.
Use reset to reset the puzzle at the current level.

Movement
Move the red dot by dragging it with the mouse or by using the cursor keys


Update December 2005: On the right is a photo from Oskar showing a Fractal Maze corresponding with one of the levels of the Tunable Maze. It is a dexterity puzzle containing a small ball-bearing.


Here is another way to explore the dragon curve. Drag the layers of graphics (lattice-work) one at a time from left to right, and watch the maze develop. Each layer doubles the complexity of the maze and keeps on going until you run out of pixels.

The white areas of each layer are transparent, allowing underlying colours to show through. The maze (yellow pathway) is evident from about level four onwards. Enter the maze at the bottom (A) and exit to the right (B).

Controls
Use the mouse to drag the current layer onto the maze.
Click on Next Layer to step up one level (layer).
Click on Previous Layer to step back one level.

Sorry - This puzzle is a JAVA Applet


Concept and design – © Oskar van Deventer 2000-04
Tunable maze applet – © Oskar van Deventer 2004
Dragon maze demo applet – © Andrea Gilbert 2000

Hosted with permission from Oskar van Deventer