Oskar's tunable maze
Imagine you are lost in a complex maze. Wouldn't it be
nice to have a simplified overview to get an idea where you are
going? Oskar van Deventer's Tunable Maze offers you
just this possibility. This maze is based on a fractal called
the Dragons's Curve. You can change the level of the maze while
you are solving it. What is the highest level at which you
can reach your goal?
This page is a re-vamp of the original page called Oskar's
dragon maze. The original content can still be found below.
click below to play
Manouvre the red dot from the bottom row to the right-most column. The
controls enable you to increase or reduce the difficulty level
of the maze while you are solving it. The applet keeps
track of the play level. You can peek at other levels without
penalty. However, if you make a move at a lower level, the applet
changes the play level to that lower level. You can only reset
the play level by going all the way back to the start. Try to
solve the maze at a play level as high as possible.
Use maze level drop-list to tune to a different level.
Use easier button to the tune the maze one level easier.
Use harder button to the tune the maze one level harder.
Use return to play level button to tune the maze back
to the play level.
Use reset to reset the puzzle at the current level.
Move the red dot by dragging it with the mouse or by using
the cursor keys
Update December 2005: On the right is a photo from Oskar
showing a Fractal Maze corresponding with one of the levels of
the Tunable Maze. It is a dexterity puzzle containing a small
Here is another way to explore the dragon curve. Drag the
layers of graphics (lattice-work) one at a time from left to
right, and watch the maze develop. Each layer doubles the complexity
of the maze and keeps on going until you run out of pixels.
The white areas of each layer are transparent, allowing underlying
colours to show through. The maze (yellow pathway) is evident
from about level four onwards. Enter the maze at the bottom (A)
and exit to the right (B).
Use the mouse to drag the current layer onto the maze.
Click on Next Layer to step up one level (layer).
Click on Previous Layer to step back one level.
Concept and design
© Oskar van Deventer 2000-04
Tunable maze applet © Oskar van Deventer 2004
Dragon maze demo applet © Andrea Gilbert 2000
Hosted with permission from Oskar van Deventer