The world's most sophisticated Maze program! :-)
- Summary: Daedalus is a program that allows one to create, solve,
walk through, and most of all have fun with Mazes.
- Algorithms: Daedalus implements every
one of the Maze creation and solving algorithms described in the following Maze algorithms page.
- Feature list: See the Daedalus
documentation file for a comprehensive list of features, more information about
the program, as well as help on all the actual commands within the program.
- Games: Daedalus contains its own macro language, through which one can write
scripts to play games or do other advanced operations. Daedalus comes with 26
sample games and applets (both Maze related and non-Maze related).
- Maze simulations: Daedalus can be used
to simulate life size Maze plans on the computer. If you want to build a life
size Maze, Daedalus can allow you to simulate walking through it before actually
building it. If you've created a life size Maze before, Daedalus can allow you
to still enjoy it after it's been taken down.
- Source code: Unlike most Maze creation software, Daedalus comes with its
complete source code. This allows the programmer to see working examples of the
various algorithms, and to customize the program even beyond what's provided by
the macro language.
- Numb3rs: A Maze created by Daedalus
was featured on the CBS show "Numb3rs". How many Maze programs can say
they've been "advertised" on prime time television? ;-)
- Creation types: Standard, unicursal, no dead ends,
circular, triangular, hexagonal, octagonal, random angles, true random,
over-and-under, 3D, 4D, 5D, spirals, arrows, biased passages, long passages,
diagonal passages, symmetric,
binary tree, nested
fractal, recursive fractal, cubes, word, hypermaze.
- Solving: Daedalus can solve or
help you solve Mazes in any number of ways.
- Labyrinth types: Daedalus can create unicursal Labyrinths commonly used
as a tool for meditation and spiritual growth, just as it can Maze puzzles: Chartres replica, Classical,
Extended Classical, Cretan,
Man in the Maze, Extended
Man in the Maze, Custom circuits.
- Analysis: Dead end types, distance from start, distance from solution, important passages, important
- More samples: Daedalus, or earlier
prototype versions of it, created all of the Mazes in the Maze Graphics section
of my Maze Gallery page.
- Walk through #1: A 3D first
person perspective view from inside the passages of a Maze, a "hedge"
Maze under a clear sky. The same scene with texture mapped surfaces can be seen here.
- Walk through #2: Another Maze,
this time with different colored walls, and under a night sky with stars and
- Walk through #3: Inside the
passages of a three dimensional Maze with pits in the floor and ceiling.
- Walk through #4: A Maze with
semitransparent walls of several different colors, and also floor markings of
various colors too.
- Walk through #5: Overlooking the
passages of a Maze at sunset, with a map of the Maze overlaying the scene.
- Aerial view: Moving through a
Maze seen from above, where only the nearest passages are visible.
- Overview: An orthographic 3D
view of a Maze.
- Perspective view: A full color
true perspective overview of a Maze.
- Escher room: Not Maze related
but still created by the program: An orthographic Escher room with staircases at
- Medieval castle: Not Maze
related but still created by the program: An orthographic ten story castle with
towers and battlements.
- Platonic solids: Not Maze
related but still created by the program: A true perspective scene of various
- Perspective title: A single
point perspective view of the word "Daedalus", overlaying a Maze, all
created from within the program.
- Glacier Maze simulation: A
reproduction of Glacier Maze, a wooden fence Maze in Montana. Find your way to
four checkpoints in the four corner towers, going over and under bridges in the
process. An overview of this Maze can be seen here.
- Survivor Mazes: Daedalus has simulations of Mazes from actual challenges
in the CBS TV show "Survivor". In all of them you race through a Maze
(or Mazes) as fast as you can, finding checkpoints (either in order, or in any
order) and then reaching a goal point when done.
- Survivor Maze #1: Find five
checkpoints in order, exiting when done. This Maze can be randomly generated. A
map of the default Maze in this game can be seen here.
- Survivor Maze #2: Find five
checkpoints in order, returning to the center after each. A map of the Maze in
this game can be seen here.
- Survivor Maze #3: Find four
checkpoints in any order, returning to the center when done. This Maze can be
done blindfolded. A map of the Maze in this game can be seen here.
- Survivor Maze #4: Find eight
checkpoints in any order, returning to the center after each. Weave through
obstacles blocking paths. An overview of the Maze in this game can be seen here, and a map can be seen here.
- Survivor Maze #5: Navigate an eight
floor vertical Maze, finding ten checkpoints in any order, returning to the
start outside after each. A map of the Maze in this game can be seen here.
- Survivor Maze #6: Navigate this bird
shaped Maze, finding six checkpoints in any order, going to the center atop the
Maya pyramid after each. An overview of the Maze in this game can be seen here.
- Survivor Maze #7: Navigate five Mazes
in sequence, finding a checkpoint within each that yields the key to the next
area. This Maze can be done blindfolded. A map of the Maze in this game can be
- Survivor Maze #8: Find four
checkpoints in any order, exiting when done. This Maze can be done blindfolded.
A map of the Maze in this game can be seen here.
- Survivor Maze #9: Find four
checkpoints in any order, exiting when done. This Maze can be randomly
generated. A map of the Maze in this game can be seen here.
- Corn Mazes: Daedalus has simulations of plans from several corn Mazes
that existed in real life at one point.
- Carleton Farm corn Maze #1:
Reproduction of a corn Maze from Carleton Farm in Washington. Find ten
checkpoints in the cornfield in any order, which spell out a secret message.
There is a bridge in the center of the Maze.
- Carleton Farm corn Maze #2: Another
reproduction of a corn Maze from Carleton Farm in Washington. Find ten
checkpoints in the cornfield in any order, which spell out a different secret
- Stocker Farms corn Maze:
Reproduction of a corn Maze from Stocker Farms in Washington. Find your way
through two separate Mazes in the cornfield. There are a couple bridges and a
Halloween themed "Field of Screams".
- 4D Mazes: Try to solve a four
dimensional Maze with portals leading through the 4th dimension, from a first
- 5D Mazes: Try to solve a five
dimensional Maze, with all dimensions displayed at once and the whole thing
- Gigamazes: The largest Mazes
ever created! Try to solve a Maze measuring a billion passages by a billion
- Word Mazes: Create Mazes in
the shapes of words as seen here, or with solution
paths that spell out a word such as seen here.
- Safari Maze: A 3D simulation of a Maze
containing bridges and tunnels, where you need to hunt down four checkpoints
- 3D Pac-Man: A reproduction of
the old arcade video game Pac-Man, but from a first person view!
- 3D Sokoban: The Japanese box
pushing puzzle game, from a first person view again.
- Dragonslayer: A Dungeons &
Dragons type game similar to Nethack, but from a first person view. Slay the
evil dragon before getting killed by it or other unfriendly creatures.
- Mouse Maze: Try to move your mouse
through the twisty path as fast as you can, without hitting a wall.
- Survivor squares game: A
non-Maze related game based on the show "Survivor". Move from square
to square trying to run the computer players out of room before they run you out
- Fractal exploration: A non-Maze related
rendering of the Mandelbrot set fractal, where one can zoom in on and render
sections in 3D.
- The Hunger Games: A non-Maze
related game inspired by "The Hunger Games" book and movie. Defeat all
the other computer AI controlled players before they defeat you.
2.5 for Windows setup program: 100% freeware with no registration
fee! :-) 1311K self-extracting zip archive file. Runs on all versions of Windows supporting 32 bit
applications, ranging from Windows 95 to Windows 8 and beyond. Comes with
a copy of the Daedalus documentation file, a
latest changes file for users of previous
versions, info on the Daedalus scripting language,
and the complete source code.
runtime: Daedalus 2.5 uses the VC8 runtime library, specifically version
8.0.50727.6195 of Microsoft.VC80.CRT. Most systems already have this
(getting it from Windows Update or related official sources). However, if
running Daedalus gives an error like "this application has failed to start
because the application configuration is incorrect" then this runtime needs
to be installed manually.
- Daedalus 2.5 raw files: The same
files as in the setup program above except in a simple zip archive.
Daedalus 2.5 can be downloaded from CNET's secure site.
Daedalus 2.5 can be downloaded from the world's largest Open Source software
Daedalus 2.5 can be downloaded from SoftSea.
- Facebook: Daedalus
has its own Facebook page.
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October 25, 2013.