Robert Abbott's Mazes
Robert Abbott's Mazes--including interactive mazes in Java and JavaScript, walk-through mazes-with-rules, reviews of Mad Mazes and SuperMazes.
  What's new . . . 2/15/99:  An interactive Number Maze
1/24/99:  2nd Rolling-Block Maze
12/6/98:  Rolling-Block Maze

Robert Abbott's Mazes

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This site is a journal of what I'm doing, and trying to do, with mazes. The main attractions here are two INCREDIBLY  FANTASTIC INTERACTIVE  PUZZLES (on the Internet you can write “purple prose” and make it really purple or, in this case, magenta). The puzzles are programmed by Oriel Maxime and are based on mazes in my books. One is the Sliding Door Maze, and the other is Theseus and the Minotaur.

The puzzles are extremely difficult. The worst is Theseus and the Minotaur, which no one may be able to solve. But they both have solutions, and you can find them in my books. Maybe the puzzles will drive people so crazy that they'll have to buy the books, just to get the solutions.

The puzzles have another purpose (besides driving you crazy). They are also meant to provide samples to show how my mazes can work on a computer. I'd like to find a software publisher who could turn my mazes into a game program.

This site also has a collection of reviews of my books, SuperMazes and Mad Mazes.  Interspersed among these reviews are more puzzles (but nothing interactive).

As you may know, my mazes aren't mazes in the conventional sense. They could better be described as “mazes-with-rules.” They have appeared in books and magazines, and on this site they have now appeared as computer programs. I recently expanded their domain so there are now mazes-with-rules that you can actually walk through. During the summer of 1998, several of these mazes were built as adjuncts to large cornfield mazes. I've put together a report on these walk-through mazes-with-rules. They were pretty successful, though they didn't work exactly as I had expected.

I probably have too many projects going on at once, but I'm also writing a column on mazes for Mensa Bulletin. This started out as a way to (shamelessly) promote SuperMazes, but I'm beginning to get into other aspects of mazes. I've gotten a lot of response to the column and it appears there are a lot of people interested in the subject. Here are two of the columns.

If you have comments about any of this, please write me.

And, in case you're interested in Internet stuff, I'll mention that I wrote these pages in native HTML, following the advice of my brother-in-law, Bob Ellis. Everyone else told me I was crazy not to use a web page generator like FrontPage or PageMaker. But HTML was fairly easy to learn and to use.

Acknowledgements: The picture shown above is just the center part of a large picture of Theseus fighting the Minotaur. It's an illumination in a 12th Century manuscript. For the complete picture, and further information, see Tony Phillips' site: Through Mazes to Mathematics.