And without fail, every single time one or both of the boys will spend at least half an hour trying to do this ball maze puzzle game called Perplexis.
Perplexis takes a great twist on the traditional ball in a maze games where you would tilt and turn a flat two dimensional board trying to coax a small ball around obstacles and brings it into the third dimension. You need to slowly rotate or rock or very very very gently shake the ball to make the little marble inside move further along the track or jump an obstacle.
There are no batteries required, no beeping or flashing or other general annoyances about the game. At first glance it appears to be one giant maze when in fact it’s a bunch of different mazes all in the same ball, and there are multiple marbles in there too so once you master a couple of the mazes you can attempt the impossible and guide multiple metal balls through at the same time.
There are three different versions for different age ranges:
- Perplexis Rookie for ages 4 and up
- Perplexis regular for ages 6 and up
- Perplex Epic for ages 8 and up
Of course, since the games are self contained with no exposed choking hazards you could certainly give the Epic version to a 4 year old, just don’t expect them to get very far toward solving it.
Note that your child needs to be old enough to understand that it’s not a ball to avoid breakage. While not totally fragile, it’s not going to survive a toss in the air and a fall onto a tile floor without something breaking. I know many six year old boys who probably would have a hard time controlling the impulse to throw a ball in the air or kick it across the room, so keep that in mind.