These days solo gaming nearly always comes in the form of handheld electronics. Want to keep the kids busy? There’s an app for that. But the truth is, there are remarkably innovative games that don’t involve batteries or computers.
Perplexus is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before—and it may just be the most fun you can have without batteries. It’s a marble maze that works in 3D, on every plane, all twisted up inside a ball. Imagine one of those tilting labyrinth marble mazes contorted in on itself, reimagined in color and somehow married with both a playground and a fun house. It’s the brainchild of Michael McGinnis, who first came up with the concept in the late 1970s as a project for an art class. Getting it to market was an enormous challenge with lots of ups and downs as Michael tried to navigate the toy industry, but Perplexus was worth the wait.
Perplexus challenges the mind, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. While we can’t tell you exactly how many hours of fun it provides, we can tell you that there are 100 separate goal points within Perplexus, divided into three different skill levels. Believe it or not, there are more than twenty-three feet of track inside this eight-inch-diameter sphere. Take it in the car, take it anywhere you’ll have to keep kids ages six and up entertained. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself playing with it just as much as they do!
Originally published on DailyGrommet