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Mazes & Labyrinths

The dictionary defines Maze and Labyrinths this way: n. A maze is a tour puzzle in the form of a complex branching passage through which the solver must find a route. This is different from a labyrinth, which has an unambiguous through-route and is not designed to be difficult to navigate.

Labyrinths, Traditional Mazes, Single Rule Mazes and Multiple Rule Mazes, and other types of route finding puzzles. They can be hard or easy. But always fun.

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  1. Addict A Ball maze ball

    Addict A Ball 100 stage maze in a ball

    Get the shiny ball through all the stage of the maze to get to the end. Contains 100 stages. Improves patience, dexterity and hand eye coordination. Learn More
  2. Schieblehre Sliding Block

    Schieblehre Sliding Block Maze

    Move the wooden tiles around inside the frame so that you can pilot the ball bearing through from the Start to the Finish position. You'll need to do all this under the perspex cover that prevents you from actually touching the tiles! Learn More
  3. Alice in Wonderland cast Labyrinth puzzle by Hanayama

    Alice in Wonderland cast Labyrinth puzzle by Hanayama

    One disc looks like a traditional maze pattern.  The other is decorated with Alice and her Wonderland theme of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades.  A difficult puzzle for ages 8+ (and for adults too!)

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  4. Laby cast maze puzzle

    aMazing Twins cast Laby type puzzle

    The key of this puzzle is decisively navigating the maze. There is a point where you can break out. But how to decide which path to follow? Learn More
  5. The Waiter's Tray sliding puzzle by jean Claude Constantin

    The Waiter's Tray sliding puzzle

    Stock Update 14/08/2019 - More stock to arrive later in the year

    Can you slide the pieces so that the waiter can remove the tray from underneath the bottles? You won't be calling this puzzle a waiter's friend that's for sure!

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  6. Double Trouble Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze puzzle

    Double Trouble double gear maze puzzle

    How to move the two gears in such a way that the two balls come out of the maze at the same time? Move one gear and you seem to be a step closer to the solution. But then you notice the other gear is moving the goal further away.  

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  7. Flower maze puzzle Recent Toys

    Flower maze puzzle by Contstantin

    Can you buzz around the flower's petals and extract the ball? Turn and flip the puzzle to move the ball between the two tiers. This one has real Flower Power! Learn More
  8. Jean Claude Constantin Hidden Corridor from Recent Toys

    Hidden Corridor by Jean Claude Constantin

    You can't touch the ball in the maze. But by moving the wooden sliders this way and that you can move the ball through the hidden corridor and get it out.

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  9. Giant Frog tilting Maze puzzle

    Giant Frog tilting Maze puzzle

    Take it in turns to challenge your friends to get the ball bearing from START to WINNER! There are 36 holes in total in the labyrinth board. And it rocks back and forth. You'll definitely need a steady hand to complete this one. Learn More
  10. Hanayama Cast OGear takeapart brainteaser

    Cast O'Gear 3D maze by Hanayama

    Hanayama rate this Oskar van Deventer designed three dimensional maze as Level 3. They call that level Normal! Let's see if you can separate the Gear from the Cube in a normal amount of time! Learn More

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Mazes and Labyrinths have existed for thousands of years and have always been surrounded by a sense of mystery and magic. On this website we concerned with all sorts of mazes and labyrinths that are puzzles for recreation and entertainment but many ancient labyrinths were designed to be places for meditation and sometimes even initiation rites.

Modern uses for the maze can even be found in the laboratory where they are often used by scientists to determine the pace of learned behaviour in laboratory rats. Rats first traverse the maze to a food reward by mere wandering. But after more tries they take less time as they learn the path. So mazes can even be a useful scientific tool.
Puzzlers enjoy mazes in many formats. From books for young children where the challenge is to draw a line from start to finish through to whole corn fields turned into a maze that may not just be a simple pathway but rather have bridges over paths, or one way doors leading into another section to solve. Other puzzles might involve a level of dexterity and getting a ball or other object along a path to solve the puzzle.

On this website you will find cast metal mazes like the MÖbius loop or the Cuby puzzle from Hanayama, you'll find a maze that is inside an egg where you traverse the path with a special wand, a maze inside a sphere where you can only move the ball bearing through 99 stages along the path by manoeuvring the outside sphere, maze books, a modern stylus driven maze where you create your own unique pathways every time you play, amazing wooden puzzles from Jean Claude Constantin created in Europe that have hundreds of steps to solve and many, many more. We even have a maze puzzle alarm clock; solve the maze or it will not turn off.

Mazes were even featured in some of the original video games like Atari's Gotcha where players chase each other through a maze.

A common theory of how to solve a maze is the Right Hand Rule. But does it really work? It can work but with caveats! If the maze is a standard maze, with no bridges over paths it can work. To make it work you must begin to follow the right hand wall immediately you enter the maze. If you are already lost within the maze it might not work because you could be following an island wall and go around and around in an endless loop.

Usually a labyrinth is a single path that has no junctions or choices but can still confuse when trying to find your way through. Puzzling items are more likely to be called maze because they will have choices of route, some leading to dead ends, many leading to complex choices so the puzzler can carry on and exit the maze. The origins of the word maze come from the Middle English word meaning “delirium” or “delusion”. Now you know why they are so confusing and annoying yet addictive all at the same time!

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