Labyrinth Marble Maze by Touthomme

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There are several (50+) game projects on Cuusoo. To clarify, I mean actual games like chess and not projects based on games like the Zelda projects. The majority of these projects are chess or Heroica variants. Most of what remains are traditional games recreated in LEGO with minimal added value for the effort. There are a few stand out games though that are fully executed and really take advantage of the LEGO medium. A shining example of this is the Labyrinth Marble Maze.

At its heart, this build is simply a plate on an adjustable platform. There are four wheels which tilt the platform forward and backward and side-to-side. Put a ball on the platform and you can move it about by adjusting the wheel controls.

The magic of this project is that since the plate is made of LEGO, you can build any obstacle course you can think up (and have the LEGO to implement) for the ball to go through.

 

You can use your own LEGO to theme out any maze that suits your fancy. It's like having your own personal mini-mini-golf course. If you want to get really creative, you can even start adding some power functions... imagine that for a moment.

Another cool aspect of this personal design is that you can design the boards based on the skill level of the player. Some simple examples would be broad wide openings for the initiates (or the young who just want to see a ball roll around), or thin openings with lots of slopes and stop traps for advanced players.

 

A Week of Cuusoo

My favorite new Cuusoo project from this week is Smurf's Village. The build is pretty good but to be absolutely honest, I like the idea more for the play value / imagery of having minifigs that are identified as "life size." That is to say, put a standard minifig next to a LEGO car and people identify the car as being a scale model. Put a Smurf minifig next to the same car and suddenly it is a toy-sized car. Also, I just like the Smurfs.

A new Adventure Time project came out last week as well that went from 0 to 2000 in just a few days. The full scale set looks a bit unstable but the micro-build in the project is fantastic and totally viable for a Cuusoo product. Still no official word from LEGO though and that is quite understandable given the grey area that the Adventure Time IP occupies.

My review of these projects, a more thorough discussion of the Adventure Time IP, and a showcase of all the projects that came out in the last week can be found here.

15 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Touthoumme's marble labyrinth is a true LEGO masterpiece--fun, attractive and very functional. I'm glad you've spotlighted it. I think it was one of Huw's original "Cuusoo Corner" picks last year, and it's definitely worthy of the renewed attention.

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By in United Kingdom,

Sorry, I know its not related but I have just obtained set 76009 - Superman Black Zero Escape from Argos in the UK - Cowley Park to be exact near Uxbridge

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By in United States,

Dont't know what to say about the maze... looks waaaay to expensive.

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By in United States,

Something else...

Do you think that some of the projects, I mean the ones that look like they were designed by a 10-year-old, are? Designed by a 10-year-old, I mean. I don't think any AFOLs could possibly have designed some of them, like this one: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/36183 Or this one: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/924 Or even this one: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/37373 And especially this one: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/29807

Please take no offense if one of these is your project. O_o

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By in United States,

@lego613 - a lot of projects on CUUSOO look like they were made by a kid.

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By in Canada,

Yes that project is truly amazing. I just recently got a Cuusoo account (I'm Radagast_fan) and supported that project.

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By in United States,

@lego613master - Yes, a ton of projects are just kids learning to build or use LDD, and probably uploaded through a parent's account.

Many of them are not even close to LEGO's standards, but I don't think the Cuusoo team wants to get into screening out projects based on artistic merit alone. They're erring on the side of caution and inclusion, which I understand, although it does result in thousands of "kiddie projects" that mostly take up space and make searches more difficult.

Also, I don't believe there'd be anything unusually expensive about the labyrinth. The base and mechanism aren't particularly complicated or overly large. And as far as piece count and complexity, the gameboards look similar to the games LEGO already produces. They only involve simple bricks to form borders and walls, and small pieces to form decorative elements like the octopus, UFO, etc.

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By in United States,

^Yes, maybe it's just the complexity of the model I'm thinking about.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the Labyrinth, that looks like it would be a lot of fun, particularly with that customisable element to the build.

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By in United States,

I'd like to see you spotlight some of the other boardgames you made passing mention of...

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By in United States,

Smurfs construction sets are being made currently by another company that is a distance second to LEGO's popularity if you know who I mean.

The Labyrinth is the reason I made a CUUSOO account. It is a piece of art and functional game. It would be great on any coffee table as a fun showpiece. I want it.

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By in Denmark,

It seems more than a quarter has passed since the last review. Is it just me, or is the Cuusoo process getting slower and slower? Also Pete Reid's brilliant exo-suit model seems to have vanished from the homepage. Why?

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By in United States,

@ lego613master
Obviously some people are breaking the rules (and actually Laws in fact) and posting underage and some people are submitting their kids content. I am working on a system to make this much less of an impact on people who really don't want to see it. I am in very early Beta right now though so I am not going to go into details.

Additionally I don't see any real cost issues as long as you don't include all the maze content. The base brick in a single color with a few technic elements will keep the set budget within reason and I always assumed the purchaser would expand on it with their own collection.

@ IAmWillGibson
I try to about one project at a time and not repeat subjects with any frequency. In fact, we are pretty much at the end of my cycle though the themes so I will be starting my loop back over again. Won't do it in the same order but obviously everyone has very different preferences for what they like to see.

@richselby
It has been more than 3 months since the Delorian was announced (December 20th 2012) so yes, the time between when the Delorian's scheduled review period started and the result is shorter than the time between the next review periods scheduled start date and now.

It is unclear though when Lego Cuusoo actually stated the most recent review though. It is unclear if they begin the next review right after the close of "review participants" time window or if it is after the announcement of the last one or some time in between. You are welcome to your statement but personally I think there are way too many unknowns and too few data points to make any definitive assessments about the time line of a review.

As for the Exo-suit, there is no mystery there. The page cycles though the most recent projects to reach 10k and has a side bar showing two reviews. The Exo-suit is in the next review and has been displaced by more recent 10k achievers in the image cycle.

@ericjohn
Thanks for pointing that out. I will add it to the List. It is not a non-starter, since I doubt the project will get to 1k (the Licensing stopgate) any times soon, but it certainly keeps it from enjoying any publicity from the movies in the here an now.

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