Step-over sequence mazes

Repeat after me red-white-blue, red-white-blue... and so on. Enter the maze centre-bottom, step over the next colour in sequence to an adjacent cell, repeat until you can finally exit centre-top (always finishing with blue). That's all there is to it. This is a simple sequence based multi-state maze, which works delightfully well, and I have spent many happy hours trying to squeeze the longest possible path out of the grid, while still providing a good maze.

This maze started off life in a physical form as a walk-round floor maze and already has quite a history, read more about it below and revisit soon to discover where else you might discover these mazes in 2007 (or beyond). For now, in special honour of its debut as a clickmaze I offer the first ever 6x6 designs. Good luck!

Example maze

click below to start

 

Aim
Enter centre-bottom, exit centre-top, step over the lines in order... red-white-blue, red-white-blue and so on. The stepper icon will change colour as you move, to indicate the colour of your next step (so in the example on the left the next step has to be across a blue line). If you get stuck (and you will) you can either back-track or restart.

Controls
Use the puzzle drop-list to select a puzzle.
Use restart (action) or the space key to reset.

Movement
Use cursor keys to move (or click on the screen).
Your last three moves are highlighted as a guide.
A move can be undone by clicking on a highlighted square, or by pressing 'u' or by back-stepping using the cursor keys.


 The first prototype (red-white-blue) maze, in action at Moulsford village green at one of our local village parties (June 2005).

The maze was inspired by the purchase of a cheap ribbon 'door' made of lightweight plastic strips. It was cut to pieces and stapled together again in an afternoon, and only survived a couple of outings.

 

 

 The second prototype (red-blue-yellow) at final manufacturing stage (Oct 2005). This version is far more durable being made of heavy-duty polypropylene webbing, riveted together.

One of this (original) pair is now owned by Oskar van Deventer and if you know where to find Oskar this July, you will probably also find this maze.

Four of these webbing mazes (two 4x4 designs and two 5x5 designs) were built for the Techniek Museum Delft, for use during their national Science Day in October 2006.

 The second prototype in action at Gathering for Gardner VII in Atlanta (March 2006). Being road tested here by great logic-maze master himself Robert Abbott (www.logicmazes.com).

 

And last but by no means least, a couple of examples 'in-print'.

Here on the left a 4x4 design featured on the front of GAMES magazine (USA). July 2007 issue.

And if you are a resident of PerplexCity, or have helped in the search for the Receda Cube, you may well have solved a 5x5 maze similar to this along the way. Perhaps the first example of a maze that has been exported to a parallel universe?


applet, concept & mazes – © Andrea Gilbert 2006-07