- About the program: MazeMaker 1.0 is a Java
applet I've written which creates random Mazes and allows you to try to solve
them. If you've ever wondered what is was like for Sarah in the movie
Labyrinth, this will help you find out! :-)
- Starting the applet: First, you need to have Java installed and be
running a browser that supports Java programs, such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. If you don't have
such a browser, you won't see anything between the horizontal lines above.
- Using the keyboard: You can use the keyboard in addition to clicking
in the applet's rectangle to do things. Note that with some browsers you may
need to click on the applet at least once (to give it focus) before any key
presses will register.
- Creating mazes: If the applet loaded, you should see a random Maze
above. To have the computer create a new Maze, just mouse click on the applet,
or press [enter]. You start at the top, and want to work your way to the
- Changing the size: The default Maze is 16x16 passages. To make a
harder Maze with one additional row and column, press the '.' key. To make an
easier Maze with one fewer, press the ',' key. To make a much harder Maze five
rows and columns larger, press the '>' key. To make a much easier Maze five
smaller, press the '<' key. MazeMaker can create Mazes from 1x1 to 79x79
- Entering 3D mode: Press [space] to see a first person 3D perspective
view from inside the Maze. If you press [space] again, you'll toggle back to
the above Maze map view, in which a red dot will be drawn at your current
location. Note you have to enter 3D mode once in a new Maze before the above
Maze view will show your position.
- Moving in 3D mode: Press '8' to move forward. Press '4' to rotate
left 90 degrees in place, and press '6' to rotate right 90 degrees. Press '2'
(or '5') to back up. You probably want to use the numeric keypad. You can also
move and rotate using the mouse in this mode. Click on the applet, and if you
clicked closest to the top edge you'll move forward, the left and right edges
you'll rotate, and the bottom edge you'll back up.
- Moving in map mode: When you're looking at the dot indicating your
position in the above Maze view, press '8' to move up, '4' to move left, '6' to
move right, and '2' (or '5') to move down. Clicking the mouse on the applet
will move you in the direction toward the edge you clicked closest to.
- If you get totally lost: Press [Del] to teleport yourself back to
the start of the Maze. Remember the program displays on the screen the
direction you're facing in 3D mode, in which north means up. You'll know when
you've found the exit (or have come back to the entrance) because the program
will say so and you'll see a black opening before you. Enjoy!
- MazeMaker source code: This program was originally
written using Microsoft Visual J++ version 1.0.
or have the computer display the solution for you.
- ExcelMaze: Maze creation implemented in Microsoft
Excel using macros, in which you can view and solve Mazes from above or from a
first person 3D perspective view.
- Daedalus: MazeMaker is basically a simplified
online version of some of the features in Daedalus, a much more extensive Maze
creation and solving program.
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March 19, 2016.