Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

The Perplexus Epic

Yeah, I don’t do toy reviews. But you’ve got to try this thing. It was the thing everyone wanted to get their hands on this Christmas. Inexpensive, with hours of entertainment, and just as much fun to watch someone else play with it as it is to get your turn.

Here’s the link to grab one at Amazon. You’ll curse me and thank me.

18 replies to “The Perplexus Epic”

By the way, my grandmother used to keep a classic wooden labyrinth game on her coffee table when I was kid growing up. That thing would absolutely mesmerize me every time. The second I saw the Escher-ish sphere in the screenshot for your video, I knew I had to have one.

I grew up with a wooden labyrinth game as well. There were two knobs that controlled the tilt of the trays. I spent hours with that thing. This is like that, but better. :)

First thing I did when I saw this was go look in the iOS App Store to see if they had anything like this. Frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t been made into an app, as this puzzle paradigm would seem to work perfectly with all of the accelerometers and postioning sensors in our little devices. Regardless, I decided to buy the non-Epic “original” version of the Perplexus on Amazon. I’ll upgrade to the Epic once I’ve mastered that. :)

Nothing like an impulse buy first thing in the morning. Can’t wait for this to arrive.

We should all try to post a video of us beating the treacherous thing (or failing horribly).

I second that motion!
First one to post a full video – start to finish – of successfully completing the thing gets a signed copy of WOOL! Whatdya say, Hugh?
(your nieces don’t count, they got a head start)

I loved the wooden versions of this thing as a kid. But never having seen this before, I was puzzled as to what the goal looks like… is it obvious where you want to get to?

Points for wearing a color-coordinated t-shirt, Hugh. Oh, wait… do you always wear that one?

Do get a video of Amber playing with your ball. [ack! no] Your Epic thingie. [ack again! no] That thing you’re handling in the video. There doesn’t seem to be a clean way to say that.

Yup. There are 125 obstacles, each numbered, with arrows leading you from one to the next. My guess is that it would take 40 – 80 hours of practice with this thing to get a single run from beginning to end. You can practice various sections using little landings on the wall (and sometimes the ball will fall onto a new section, and you can play around until you lose it), but even after spending 8 or so hours with the thing, my longest run was just into the 50s, and there are some obstacles I’ve never reached or never passed.

Just got through every obstacle in a single sitting but not in a single run. Took three runs, starting over from the nearest practice landing that I’d already passed. So now it’s just about putting those runs together. :)

Nicely done! I’d say that earns you a week or so respite from it. It can be so frustrating, after all. Take a breather, relax, look at all the progress you’ve made and take some time to plan your final approach. Like, a lot of time. No rush.

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