There’s nothing like an unsolved mystery or puzzle to pique the imagination.
Other times, it’s a masterfully constructed puzzle or series of puzzles that demands a Herculean collaborative effort to solve.
And one of the most recent, and most ambitious, unsolved puzzles in recent memory has just been removed from contention.
The Maze of Games has been solved!
In the novel, siblings Samuel and Colleen are swept into the realm of the Gatekeeper — a dapper, witty, and unforgiving skeletal game master who delights in challenging the unsuspecting to fiendish puzzle challenges — and they’re left to navigate the first of the book’s mazes: the Castle Maze.
As you roam the labyrinth with Colleen and Samuel, you encounter puzzles to be solved, each of which provides you with a keyword you’ll need for later. From word searches and crosswords to logic puzzles and code-breaking challenges, your puzzly chops will be put to the test and then some by the Gatekeeper’s many mind-bending obstacles.
But the Castle Maze is just the first labyrinth. Five mazes stand between you and victory over the Gatekeeper, all of them steeped in mythology, genre storytelling, and adventure-tinged backstory. (And several of which offer some wickedly barbed humor.)
For more than four years, many puzzlers have tackled the mazes and interconnected puzzles that make up Selinker’s masterpiece.
Selinker even offered a tie-in guide to help solvers with the final maze!
But, as far as anyone knew, no one had made it through all five mazes.
Until last weekend, that is.
In an announcement on Facebook, Selinker confirmed that he’d been contacted by a team of puzzlers who wanted to verify their answers, and he quickly confirmed that they were correct. They had completed The Maze of Games!
It took a talented 13-person team to finally conquer the Gatekeeper and free the Quaice siblings from his clutches.
It’s an impressive feat of puzzly skill and determination. As someone who has tackled The Maze of Games myself, I can tell you it’s a thoroughly challenging, demanding solving experience. Kudos to those intrepid puzzlers that cracked all five of the Gatekeeper’s Mazes!
Oh, and if you’re looking for a puzzly challenge of your own to accomplish, there’s a rumor that a devious puzzle is lurking within the Apocrypha Adventure Card Game, also developed by Selinker and the crew at Lone Shark Games.
Just something to think about.
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