Labyrinth Marble Maze by Touthomme
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.