This is the MazeCone
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I hope you like this as a design and as a puzzle.
It’s a fake-twisty puzzle
, because it can rotate around one axis but cannot scramble.
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Size (assembled): approx. round 90 mm x 130 mm
Weight: approx. 135 gramsYoutube video of puzzle Youtube video of assembly
The aim of the puzzle is to bring the ball through the maze from one end of the cone to the other end (and back through the maze).
Added to this challenge is the situation that this maze is a kind of maze within a maze. This makes solving it much more complex (hence more fun) than "align the rings and follow the path". The rotation of adjacent rings is restricted by a simple groove-and-notch system, especially designed to prevent you from positioning the rings such that the maze can be navigated at once. In other words, you are forced to reposition the rings several times while the ball is somewhere in the maze. This makes solving take longer than you would expect at first sight!
For experienced puzzlers I’d rate the challenge as ‘moderate’.
The maze of the MazeCone is different from the maze of the MazeRoll and MazeBall, but the design and solution method are comparable.
If you’re experienced in the assembly of Shapeways puzzles, you’ll find that it’s not too difficult to create the MazeCone from the kit at Shapeways. Assembly is somewhat more difficult than for the MazeRoll.
The MazeCone is available at my Shapeways shop
and ready assembled at my wife’s webshop
The MazeCone is a registered design (reg.no. 002144584-0003).