So, you want to make a maze? Here’s what you need to know. Maze-goers need open paths to travel along from start to finish including one that eventually leads you all the way to the end. They also need closed paths or dead ends to confuse maze-goers. If you want to get really creative you can add looped paths to trip up the maze-goer and add depth to the puzzle. The amount of closed paths and loops will help determine how difficult your maze is.
1. OPEN PATHS
Give the maze-goer multiple connecting paths to travel on.
2. CLOSED PATHS
Confuse the maze-goer by introducing dead ends.
3. LOOPED PATHS
Add depth to your puzzle with looped paths.
PRO TIP: Be sure to make it very clear where the maze-goer is headed and what they need to do to complete your puzzle!
BASIC SYMBOLS AND KEYS
1. START AND FINISH
Use “start” and “finish” or similar words so the maze-goer knows where to begin and where they need to end up to complete the puzzle.
2. UNDER AND OVER
Use shadows or cross hatch lines to signify a difference in elevation along your paths.
Introduce teleports to take the maze-goer to another part of the maze quickly.
You may add obstacles or hazards to paths in order to force the maze-goer in another direction.
5. QUEST ITEMS
Advanced mazes may include quest items that must be reached before the maze can be completed.
1. MAKING YOUR OWN RULES
Mazes don’t have to be as simple as having a beginning and an end. You get to make your maze as complicated as you want by adding things like enemies, obstacles, characters, teleports, loops and even multiple ending points.
2. USE OF COLOR
You can help or hinder the maze-goer with your choice of colors. As long as you are clear about the paths in which they can travel, changing colors may make areas of your maze more confusing or give it a completely different feel. Just remember to stick with your theme!
Changing the width of the paths can create a sense of constriction or openness. You may want some areas to be easy to navigate while others can be more difficult.
4. LINE THICKNESS
Try to keep the line weight of the paths consistent so the maze-goer can see where they are going.
5. STRAIGHT OR SQUIGGLY LINES
Paths are made with either straight lines or squiggly ones. Keep your theme in mind when choosing what the paths will look like.