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Maze art of letters by Yonatan Frimer, first week November 2010

November 5, 2010

Maze of the letter P, uppercase:

P Maze by Yonatan Frimer Maze Artist

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Very swirly maze of the letter P. Maze starts in the upper left corner of the image and maze ends in the lower right corner. Click on the maze solution if you are unable to solve, but MUST know the solution. Created by Yonatan Frimer

Maze of the letter T, uppercase:

T Maze by Yonatan Frimer Maze Artist

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Maze of the letter T composed of various blocks and alternating colors to create the illusion of the letter T. You might need to stare at this maze for a few moments before you notice the T. Entrance to the maze is in the upper left and exit to the maze is in the lower right. Created by Yonatan Frimer

Maze of the letter Q, uppercase:

Maze art of the letter Q, by Yonatan Frimer

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Various thickness lines to create the maze of the letter Q. The Alternating contrast of the lines creates the optical illusion of the letter Q. Maze starts in the upper left corner and ends in the lower right. Created by Yonatan Frimer

Maze of the letter J, uppercase:

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Loopy maze of swirl alternating in color to create the letter V, the 22nd letter in the alphabet. Maze entrance is in the upper left corner, and the maze exit can be found in the lower right corner, pointed out by arrows. Created by Yonatan Frimer

Maze Of Monkey Illusion
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Maze Zen – Pyschedelic Ying Yang Maze – By Yonatan Frimer

March 4, 2010

Maze Zen – Pyschedelic Ying Yang Maze
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Some of the mazes of Yonatan Frimer

December 5, 2009

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Maze Portrait of Albert Einstein.
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Blivet Maze – Optical illusion maze of an impossible object.
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They that mistake life’s accessories for life itself are like them that go too fast in a maze: their very haste confuses them

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Maze of Monkey Illusion – 2009
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Maze of Robocop
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The man of character, sensitive to the meaning of what he is doing, will know how to discover the ethical paths in the maze of possible behavior.

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Barak Obama Maze
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Maze of the Statue of Liberty – 2009
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Bill Oreilly – Foxnews

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Maze portrait of Howard Stern

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Larry King Maze
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Maze One For The Gipper – 2009

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Unicorn Maze – 2009

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Ink Blot Mazes is a really cool resource for mazes.
Many of the mazes are of celebrities or of some famous piece of artwork. Others are just plain famous pictures from the press or media.

This is a maze of monkeys jumping off roof tops. It took something like 20 hour to draw this one, and it probably can be solved in about 1-4 minutes. Totally worth it 🙂

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500 new citizens welcomed at Q150 celebrations

June 6, 2009 – 1:37PM

Brisbane has welcomed more than 500 new Australian citizens who helped launch Queensland Week celebrations on Saturday morning.

Friends and family packed out South Bank’s Suncorp Piazza as the state’s newest citizens made a pledge of commitment to their newly-adopted state and nation.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman told ABC Radio it was cause for a double celebration.

“I think it’s particularly special for people that they’re not only becoming Australian citizens but they’re doing it on Queensland’s special day.

“(They are) joining a great state and a fantastic city and I think that’s something to be particularly excited about.”

Saturday is Queensland Day, which commemorates Queen Victoria’s signing of Letters Patent separating Queensland from the colony of New South Wales 150 years ago in 1859.

This year’s Queensland Week celebrations over the Queen’s Birthday weekend include the state’s biggest variety show and a free barbecue.

The variety show, featuring 2,500 state school students, will be held on Saturday night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre while on Sunday, thousands are expected to pack out the Queensland Week Big BBQ at Roma Street Parklands.

Sunday’s celebrations will also feature performances from Dora the Explorer, inflatable mazes, face painting, balloon artists, displays and workshops from 10.30am (AEST) to 3.30pm (AEST).

Also part of the Q150 program will be a free night of comedy at the Suncorp Piazza on Sunday night from 7.30pm (AEST).

Comedy Fix will bring together comedians, including lyrical trio Tripod, Charlie Pickering and Queensland’s own The Kransky Sisters, for a night of stand-up and satire.

The 2009 Suncorp Queenslanders of the Year will be announced on June 9 followed by the 2009 Queensland Greats Awards two days later.

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E3: Marble Madness coming to iPhone

Andrew Williams

Handheld Games is bringing the much-loved 1984 game Marble Madness to the iPhone

Published on Jun 5, 2009

Handheld Games is bringing 1984 classic Marble Madness to the iPhone, in association with Midway.

True to the original, it’ll feature six levels of mazes that you have to navigate through to find the exit within a time limit. Aside from the standard oldie mode, there will also be a handful of new modes on offer, plus the option to use revamped visuals.

The new modes are based on various different types of race, including ‘Targets’ and ‘Flag’, where you have to roll over targets and weave between flags respectively. We don’t have any screenshots to show you at the moment, but we’ll be sure to update you as soon as any additional information shows up.

Handheld games was responsible for the iPhone sports game TouchSports Tennis ’09, and is working on a handful of other games due for release in the coming months including the shooter Lock ‘n Load.

Puzzles

March 25, 2009

Puzzles

In my mind a “puzzle” differs from a “game” in that the former is designed to be pretty much a solitary exercise, while the latter is meant to engage two or more people in some sort of competition. On this page I’m listing various puzzles that I have invented. They are heavily leaning toward the mechanical and geometric type of puzzle.

One of the joys for me, as a designer, is to figure out how these are best made (what material and so forth). I generally try to create prototypes that can be made simply and quickly, drawing upon the resources I have handy.

I often end up selling copies of these to friends (especially during the holidays) when they are looking for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Trickier than actually creating interesting puzzles seems to be naming them. As mentioned under the “Jimmy Cube”, I offered to let the first person who solved a new puzzle name it. But I’m not sure if I’m going to strictly adhere to this. After solving the Jimmy Cube at the local coffeeshop, said solver, Jimmy, couldn’t really think of a name he was completely happy with. One possibility was “The Wei” or “The Way” (a play on his first name), or, poking fun at fellow cafe-goer, Mary, who did not solve it, he thought of “The Mary Couldn’t Do It Puzzle”.

But this is led to unforeseen consequences, as Mary (though not solving it) later suggested I name 8CTO “Jimmy Is A Punk-Ass”.

Maybe I will just come up with my own names…


<!–Puzzle-crafting is not a full-time endeavor for me these days. However, if you see something that you really, really like, and you email me really, really nicely, I might find time to build you one [grin]. These items are all hand-made, built-to-order, so there are not particularly cheap. But if you are looking for a unique gift, or just love having a puzzle that you cannot buy at Wal-Mart, these may be for you. –>

Encaged

This “sliding burr”-style puzzle is being manufactured by a company in Germany. It was originally designed for and featured at my Spring 2007 Puzzle Party.


2006 Pentomino Daily Calendar

Not exactly a hand-crafted, manipulative puzzle, but related nonetheless. People interested in geometry, games, and puzzles, might be interested in my compilation of pentomino challenges in the form of a Daily Calendar. Even though we are past 2006, this item may intrigue you if you would like 365 pentomino puzzles to solve.


Eclipse

This puzzle is a set of 6 hexagonal pieces. Each is made of thin, clear plastic and is partitioned into 54 triangles. On each piece 9 of those 54 triangles are colored in black. The object is to stack the six hexagons atop one another so that the whole shape is filled in by the black triangles (i.e. no triangles remain clear all the way through the layers).


Hexerei

This is basically a smaller version (and simpler version) of 8CTO (below). It uses only 3 different colors, and a 6×6 square is formed with the pieces, not an 8×8.

Here is one solution. I do not know how many non-trivially distinct solutions there may be.


8CTO

This is a puzzle consisting of 8 rectangular pieces, each 2×4 colored unit squares. The squares are colored plastic (red, blue, yellow, or green). The object is to assemble them into an 8×8 square such that each row and column has exactly two squares of each color. The unit squares are 1″ by 1″, so the final solution measures 8 inches square.

The solution is not unique. Here is one answer. I do not know how many non-trivially distinct solutions there may be.


Jimmy Cube

Ok, first off, I know that this puzzle is not a cube. However, as friends of mine were playing with the prototype, I started a “competition” by saying whoever solved it first could name it. After several folks tried unsuccessfully to assemble the 30 rhombic pieces into a single polyhedron with the painted line forming one continuous loop, friend, Jimmy, finally succeeded.

While he was celebrating his triumph, someone off-handedly referred to the puzzle as “the Jimmy Cube”. So, until Jimmy comes up with a better name, that’s going to stick.

Besides, it’s easier to say than “Jimmy’s Rhombic Triacontahedron”.

The model pictured here is made of spruce wood (I needed light weight) with embedded magnets. It is hand painted.


Colored Icosahedron, Easy Version

Built in a similar fasion as the Jimmy Cube above (with magnets embedded in the sides of wooden pieces), this puzzle, when completed, has twenty sides, not thirty. The goal is to arrange the pieces so that the colored sections at the vertices match. There are twelve vertices on a regular icosahedron, so I painted it such that there would be 6 pairs of colors (red, white, green, yellow, blue, and orange).

This is an easier version of a related puzzle I built, which I will document later.


Colored Icosahedron, Hard Version

The same shape as the puzzle above (20-sided), this one is painted differently. The goal is to arrange the pieces so that the colored sections at the edges match.

Because there are many more edges than vertices, and of the independence of the edges’ orientations to one another, this puzzle is significantly more difficult than the “easy” icosahedron above.


Surface Mazes

I also enjoy creating mazes. Recently I’ve been focusing on creating mazes on the surfaces of various geometric shapes (or, more accurately, I’ve been focusing on creating computer programs which generate random mazes of the surfaces of geometric shapes). Pictured to the right is a maze on the surface of a “buckyball” (i.e. a truncated icosahedron, or soccer ball).

The maze is “perfectly formed”, meaning that there are no loops, and every spot on the maze is reachable from every other spot on the maze. This is really just a prototype; I plan to make a nicer one with a solid wood structure beneath the laminated paper surface. The pictured one is simply heavy paper laminated with clear contact paper and taped at the edges of tha faces. The laminate allows one to use an erasable marker on the surface when solving.

I created a maze on the surface of a cube for my first Puzzle Party back in fall of 2004. I did not have one at EPP2, but I expect similar puzzles to crop up again at future Parties.


Color Cube

Pictured here is a rough prototype of a cubic puzle I designed. The cube can be separated into 8 subsections (they slide together with tongues and grooves). This model is fashioned out of wood, and painted.

I hope to make later ones smoother and with a higher degree of precision so that the tongues and grooves fit more snugly. I will also paint the blue section a lighter blue so that it is easier for me to tell it apart from the purple section.


Explore

This puzzle was my entry in the 2005 Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition (formerly the IPP Design Competition). I have a webpage devoted exclusively to this puzzle. It is a somewhat “open-ended” challenge in that the best possible answer is not immediately obvious (in fact, I still do not know if the best answer so far obtained is the theoretic optimum).

Despite this goal-ambiguity, I very much enjoy this puzzle as I feel it encourages the player to simply manipulate the pieces and try to discover interesting configurations… thus the name.

Maze Pop Artwork

March 22, 2009

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Maze of an Olympic Pool –  Y.Frimer Mazes
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March 19, 2009

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Free printable mazes from 4 great websites!

Maze Master
You want to be a Maze Master? Then check out this website and the really neat colored mazes available. These mazes include some of the more advanced under and over type mazes which add a level of difficult and complexity. Really neat compositions as well.

Labyrinth
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Emma
Weekly Mazes by Emma. The great thing about Emma’s mazes is their simplicity and the hand drawn quality. Not to mention the fact that she adds a new one nearly every week. A really cool resource for mazes.

Team of Monkeys

Team of Monkeys has a great variety of really cool printable mazes for you to complete. I really like the originality of these mazes. Exceptional stuff.

Amazing Challenge I

By Shawn Olson

Posted on 12.18.03

As a kid I used to draw mazes all the time. Sometimes I would draw a couple dozen mazes and tape them together, so that the entire maze was twenty feet long laid out. I hadn’t made any mazes in a long time, so I decided it’s time to get back in the habit. Here is the first maze in my series of Amazing Challenges. Enjoy.

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Surface Mazes

I also enjoy creating mazes. Recently I’ve been focusing on creating mazes on the surfaces of various geometric shapes (or, more accurately, I’ve been focusing on creating computer programs which generate random mazes of the surfaces of geometric shapes). Pictured to the right is a maze on the surface of a “buckyball” (i.e. a truncated icosahedron, or soccer ball).

The maze is “perfectly formed”, meaning that there are no loops, and every spot on the maze is reachable from every other spot on the maze. This is really just a prototype; I plan to make a nicer one with a solid wood structure beneath the laminated paper surface. The pictured one is simply heavy paper laminated with clear contact paper and taped at the edges of tha faces. The laminate allows one to use an erasable marker on the surface when solving.

I created a maze on the surface of a cube for my first Puzzle Party back in fall of 2004. I did not have one at EPP2, but I expect similar puzzles to crop up again at future Parties.

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Mazes for Discussion

Adapted from Business Mazes by Joni Farthing, Hart-Davis, 1981

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What is a maze?

A maze is a puzzling game. A garden maze is a network, or labyrinth, of paths between high hedges. The puzzle is to find the paths that will lead most quickly to the exit, but the hedges prevent you from seeing where alternative routes lead.

How to read a maze

There are five mazes designed to introduce and practise language common in business situations. Just like the garden maze, each one involves making decisions. However, the aim is not to reach the exit as quickly as possible, but to solve the problem effectively.

The entrance is ‘the situation’. Everyone starts here, and then chooses a course of action from 1. If none of the alternatives are exactly the path you would like to take, choose the one nearest to the ideal. Each decision leads to another number in the maze, which shows how the situation has changed because of the action you have taken. Write down every number you turn to. This is your numbers-route, (If you find yourself on a familiar path, think again!) Continue until the end, or exit, of the maze is reached.

In a garden maze you cannot use a ladder to take a quick look over the hedge to see where other paths lead. In this book, you should not look at routes unless they are indicated by your decisions.

I suggest that you work through the maze in a group, but you can do it by yourself, discussing each choice in detail before reaching a joint decision and going to the next stage. Practise your English by trying to convince others that your point of view is right, but listen to their opinions too. Keep a record of the problems and your decisions. After you finish the maze you can either discuss it further or go back along your number-route and take another look at the unfamiliar words and expressions you met on your way. Write a report when you have finished.

No Smoking

The Salesman

The Complaint

The Reference

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Random Maze

Here is a random maze I have generated by Monte Carlo.  Can you find the way out?

In reality, a random maze would be much more convoluted than the above example.  Such mazes are less pleasing to the eye. In the case above a maze consisting of walls that spiral from the origin was generated, and then subjected to a Monte Carlo simulation for a short time (before the maze would randomize completely).

Random Tree:

A maze is a special kind of random tree:  in particular, it is a spanning tree of a square in the square lattice (such a maze would have only one way out from the center).  Below is a random tree in the square lattice.


Towards the limiting random lattice tree

If the number of edges in the tree above should be multiplied, while the length scale is shrunk appropriately, a limiting random tree will be seen.  In the picture below there are 10000 edges, each too small to be seen here, in a lattice tree generated by a Monte Carlo program.  The tree begins to appear like a fractal object.  The existence of a scaling limit is known in high dimensions (above 8).  There is general consensus that it also exists in dimensions below 9.


Random Disks

The interior of a closed loop in the square lattice (or a polygon) is a Disk.  In this example, a square lattice polygon was randomized by subjecting it to a Metropolis Monte Carlo algorithm.  The interior of the polygon is a disk.

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Part 3 – Tile-Based Graphics, and Maze Creation


Often in game creation it becomes necessary to create multiple sets of game graphics and background images which contain similar details and repeating elements. It may be for a HUGE outdoor overhead map for a role-playing game showing landmarks, hills, trees, grass, monsters, etc., or as in our case, a bunch of similarly-constructed mazes, or whatever. As game designers and programmers, we need to be able to store, manipulate, and recreate these in our game, using as few graphic, memory, and hard disk storage resources as possible.

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  1. Mazes for sale, ROYALTY FREE on Clip-Art website – http://www.clipartof.com
  2. Bearded Bunny Blog – Free Printable Mazes – http://beardedbunnyblog.blogspot.com/2007/11/free-printable-mazes-from-4-great.html
  3. Team Of Monkeys – some very cool mazes, for free and larger sizes and vectors files for sale as clipart. – http://www.teamofmonkeys.com/
  4. Maze of Mazes – Collection of image mazes. – http://mazeofmazes.net63.net
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  8. Ink Blot Mazes – Same artist as Team Of Monkeys, but  a much tidier site and also with some quotes and other puzzles – http://www.inkblotmazes.com/
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One common way of doing this is called “Tokenizing” the image. Instead of saving and loading all the images we could possibly need for our game, we break the image down into a small number of replicable parts – a set of graphic pieces that we can arrange to create the image we need when we need it. Usually, most pieces in this set are the same size, and will match up against other pieces in the set. The graphic pieces are generally called “tiles.” The graphic screens are stored as a matrix of alphanumeric characters, called “tokens,” with each character in the matrix corresponding to one of the graphic tiles.

Here are the mazes I have created so far for Snack Attack!

The first “maze” is for the About this Game screen. The ghosts chase Snacky around the About this Game text. The next maze (top, middle) is the original Pacman maze, resized to fit our game window. The next four mazes (the red, purple, green, and brown ones) are the original mazes from Ms.Pacman, and the last two I found in hacked MsPacman roms on the net.

Looking at the mazes, you’ll see that they all contain similar elements – rounded ends, right angle bends, segments that are the same length, etc.. To create these mazes, I took screen shots of the Pacman, et al, mazes and cut them up into 24 chunks. These 24 pieces arranged carefully, can recreate any maze a Pacman game can run.

Once I knew what the pieces needed to look like, I had to determine how to create a set we can use for our game. I had to make some creative and technical decisions to make the game easier to do and to make the mazes “fit” in our game window.

The mazes in the Pacman Arcade game are 1.5 times as tall as they are wide, and our game window is roughly square in mode 19, which has a 3:4 aspect ratio. In the Original, the maze borders are thinner than the maze obstacles, and the vertical spacing between obstacles alternates between high and short as we go from top to bottom in the maze. To limit the number of tiles we’d need and to make maze creation and AI programming easier, I decided to have one set of tiles for everything, and to make all the tiles the same size. Notice our borders and obstacles are the same thickness.

After a couple hours of tweaking, I determined the “correct” matrix size for our game is 19×22, with tiles that are 12×8 pixels in size. My primary criteria was being able to reproduce the original Pacman maze using uniform-sized tiles, and this maze needed to fit in a square game window as close as possible to the screen size we have. Our game window is about 8 pixels shorter than my other games, so I added the light blue border box around the game window, centered it, and adjusted the size of our feedback window to make it balance better. Since our Maze tiles are 12×8, for consistency sake, I set the graphics size for all the moving sprites to also be 12×8. This really is arbitrary, but it makes keeping track of them easier. Another upshot of having 12×8 tiles is we end up with about 1/3 fewer dots than the original.

Here is our minimum tile set:

Notice that our tile set is not colored. In the game we need to draw the mazes in different colors, so our tile set here is black, white, and gray. When we draw the maze we’ll color the white and gray pixels in each tile to the outline and interior color, respectively. Here I’m showing you the 2D “arcade” tile set, because it’s easier to see how it fits together. I have a more solid, 3D pipes-look tile set in 10 colors that will be included in the final version of the game. It was constructed the same way, only I processed each tile in photoshop to make it look 3D like. We’ll have a game option to choose between the two tile sets.

Our tile set contains a few extra tiles to correspond with new features we’ve added to the game. The 6 images along the bottom row are doors. The first two are doors for the penalty box. In Pacman and MsPacman, the penalty box is always in the same place, in the same orientation. The reason I think is that they needed to hardcode the location so that the ghost’s eyes can find their way back to the box so that the ghosts can respawn when we kill them. For our game, we can just have the eyes target the Penalty box door, and they’ll always find it, so we can put the Penalty box anywhere in the maze and it can have a vertical orientation if we want it to. Therefore I included a Horizontal and Vertical Penalty box door.

The next two doors are Ghost-Only doors. Snacky can’t go through them. We may want to make passages for the ghosts so they can ambush Snacky. The last two doors are Snacky-only doors. We may want to block the ghosts from certain Snacky-safe escape routes.

Included in the tile set is a Dot, so we can place the dots only where we want them. Similarly, we can place energizers anywhere we want, and since Euphoria is flexible in redimentioning sequences, we can have as many of them in the maze as we’d like.

Our game will determine the starting positions and number of ghosts from the maze definitions, so we can place as many ghosts as we want to, anywhere in the maze. We MUST have a penalty box, with a Penalty Box Door, but we can have the ghosts start from anywhere.

Snacky’s starting position will also be determined by the maze definition. We can start the game with Snacky anywhere we want.


Tokenizing the maze
Ok, so we have a tile set that we can use to construct any maze we can think of. So, how do we do it? I told you before that we want to represent the maze as a matrix of alphanumeric characters with each character corresponding to a tile in the tile set. Our mazes are 19×22 tiles big, and thus they can be represented by a matrix containing only 418 characters. That’s pretty tight. Storing the mazes as a GIF image is 6 times as large and GIFs are compressed pretty tightly.

How do we choose the tokens for each tile? Arbitrarily. You can make any alphanumeric character represent any tile you want. I usually try to go for characters that look kinda like the tile, so when I look at the text representation, I can tell what the maze is. Here is a maze from Snack Attack! And it’s corresponding text representation:

( is an upper left corner,
) is an upper right corner,
[ is a lower left corner,
] is a lower right corner,
< is a left ending horizontal piece,
> is a right ending horizontal piece.
O is an energizer and o is a dot.
C is the player’s starting position – because C kinda looks like Snacky.
M is a Ghost (M for Monster)
P is the Penalty Box door.
= is a horizontal piece.

You get the idea. When I run out of characters that look like tiles, I just start picking letters and symbols until I run out of tiles.

I store all the levels in the game (in the maze order shown above) back to back in one long sequence of sequences of sequences. Levels is all of the mazes, Levels[1] is the about maze, Levels[3][4][5] is the token at position 5,4 in the second level.(the red one in the image above – third maze in the sequence)

For our purposes, I have created a handy, dandy maze editor we can use to create the mazes. You click on the tile you want and then place it in the game window. The program indexes into the maze definition sequence and places the right token in the right place automagically.

If you haven’t yet downloaded my version of our course project, Snack Attack!, do it now, and play it a million times to get an idea for the game.

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