Perplexus is a 3-D ball-in-maze game enclosed in a transparent plastic sphere. By twisting and turning the sphere, players attempt to maneuver a small steel ball through an intricate maze composed numbered steps along narrow tracks. Additionally, some of the steps involve dropping the ball into a cup or through a small rim to take advantage of its three-dimensional nature. There are obstacles of varying difficulty that must be navigated in order to reach the end. This game is designed to be hand held.
It’s a full 3D spherical labyrinth that requires you move a large 5/8″ wooden marble through the course. A number of obstacles need to be passed such as hairpin bends, spirals, stair cases and a vortex. It takes around 400 hours to build a single game, hence the $30k price tag, and the whole puzzle sits inside a sphere measuring 3 feet in diameter.
To give you an idea of how long the track is on the device, it’s the equivalent a football field in length with an extra 31 feet on the end of that. Mixed in to the wooden marbles’ journey are eight points where the ball foes from the wooden track to 1/16″ stainless steel wire pathways to make the challenge even harder.
Although it is not very practical, the game would make a beautiful functional art piece.
Available now from Hammacher costing $30,000.