This is the MazeBall
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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 122 mm
Weight: approx. 300 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 MazeBall to the other end. Going back through the maze should give you the same experience, as this puzzle is mirror-symmetrical.
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 MazeBall is different from the maze of the MazeRoll and MazeCone, but the design and solution method are comparable. Main extra features of the MazeBall are that it’s a large puzzle and it’s the best (easiest) puzzle to assemble yourself from the Shapeways kit.
The MazeBall is available at my Shapeways shop
and ready assembled at my wife’s webshop
The MazeBall is a registered design (reg.no. 002144584-0002).