A 3D rolling ball maze with a bone-like matrix in a clear cube| pirate
pocket puzzle |Reach the treasure to solve the maze
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A pirate chest recently washed ashore containing a never-before-seen hand
carved puzzle. The carvings on the chest indicate that the puzzle is a 3D
maze map through the caves on Dragon Fang’s island where the vast treasure
from the pirate ship Black Lion is hidden. You open the chest only to find
that the main body of the maze looks eaten away to the “Bare Bones.”
Luckily, there is a clear case in the chest as well, and a small brightly
colored ball that will help guide you. The ball fits into the maze at the
round mouth of the cave maze in the corner of the cube. The maze then
slides into the clear case; it is a perfect fit. You shove the sturdy case
with its precious map into your pocket. The question is, can you solve the
mystery of this maze and find the treasure? The carvings on the chest show
that your goal is shown as another round ring with the remains of an “X”
along its border.
To get there, roll the ball along the bones of the maze to try to reach the treasure. Your ball can travel up, down, fore and aft, port (left) and starboard (right) to travel through the maze. The clear walls allow you to easily see exactly where you are in the maze, and which directions can be tried next, but getting there is harder than it looks. Argggh, there have been plenty of “Bones” cleverly placed along the tunnels to trip up any unwary pirates and keep them from reaching the treasure. These can lead you astray or plunge you into a deep pit.
The “X Marks the Spot” where your treasure is found. If you reach the treasure you are not done yet matey! You have to return safely back to the mouth of the cave. Be wary though, there are new perils on the way back, and many pirates have never found their way back out. The true brave of heart can enter again to see if they can find the treasure again, this time, faster!
Good Luck Maties!
This model is a two pack of the Bare Bones mazes, each with it's own maze ball. The 3D maze fits snuggly inside the 2 inch by 2 inch by 2 inch clear plastic cube. The clear cube also serves as a display quality case for this clever pirate work of art. This clear plastic display cube is sold separately, and is available for around $3. Use the link below to purchase it with free shipping. Note that this plastic cube display case is part of this rolling ball 3d maze puzzle and is required for the proper working of the maze. For this two pack of mazes you will need to order two cases.
Medium Size BCW Maze Puzzle Display Case for Bare Bones
Start by setting one of the “U” shaped halves of the clear case on a table with the sides of the “U” facing up. Before putting the “Bare Bones” maze in the case, orient it so the circular mouth of the cave (the one in the corner) is on the bottom. Place the ball on the bottom of the “U” of the case, such that when you next slide “Bare Bones” down into the case half, the circular mouth of the maze goes over the ball. Next carefully slide the top half of the case on. The photos and video above illustrate how this is done. You are now ready to start solving this maze puzzle.
Many a pirate has been lost in the cave, but have no fear - you can slide open the two halves of the case and the ball can easily be shaken out to start solving the maze game over again.
You can easily color the ball to make it show up even better in the maze. A quick and simple method is to use highlighter markers, or Sharpie colored markers. Enamel spray paint for plastic models also works very well. Spray paint was used to color the ball in the photos.
The clear case is very sturdy, so you can carry this maze puzzle around in your pocket or your bag. When not being played, this unique new type of maze can be displayed as a fascinating work of art. Set it on your desk or shelf, everyone will be curious to know what it is and want to give it a try.
This new maze design uses thicker rods for the maze. They are also rounded off so the maze structure looks like a skeletal matrix of linked up bones.
Email me with your questions. Also comments or suggestions for new mazes you would like to see are always welcome. To send me an email just click on the “Contact Designer” button at the top of this page.