2D tilt mazes
This page features the ever popular single-goal and multi-goal tilt-mazes. Try the single-goal mazes first, and then tackle the multi-goal mazes. Capturing all those blue-targets is not as easy as it looks.
A red ball sits in a flat tray containing one or more blue squares (goals). The challenge is to guide the ball around the tray and collect all the blue squares. Tilt the tray start the ball rolling. The ball rolls in a straight line until it hits a wall, you can then tilt again.
Click Restart to load first maze or reload current maze.
Click Previous/Next to switch between mazes.
Use the cursor keys to tilt.
The board will not tilt again while the ball is in motion.
n - next maze
p - previous maze
r - restart current maze
s - jump to first single-goal maze
m - jump to first multi-goal maze
Here is a photo of a tilt-maze implemented as a walk-round maze (Cherry-Crest Farm, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - Summer 2001). Photo provided by Robert Abbott
This photo shows a physical implementation of a 2D tilt maze made by Oskar van Deventer. The maze is made of transparent material and filled with very black coffee. The 'runner' is an air-bubble in the coffee that moves through the maze when you rotate it. The object is to get the air-bubble in the centre, while keeping the Coffee Maze vertical.
Finally, here is a top down view of the first model of the tilt maze console developed by Bill. It utilises mercury switches to detect tilt and supports a wide variety of configurable puzzles. Read more about it on its own page
Links & related pages
MENSA magazine: Tilt mazes (Robert Abbott)
Tilt mazes as spin puzzles (Graham Rogers)
The tilt maze console (Bill Mitchell)
Tilt mazes were featured in the September 2003 issue of the US magazine Discover
concept, applet & maze designs - © Andrea Gilbert - 1998-2009
applet JS conversion - cheerpj transpiler from Leaning Technologies - 2020