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Perplexus Miniature is a small replica of the original Perplexus. It features the same layout, barriers, and colors, but measures just 2-3 inches in diameter. The marble’s movement is decently smooth, and the maze works surprisingly well despite its small size. That being said, this version is definitely more frustrating and less fun to play than the original one. The marble gets regularly stuck midway the path or in the corners, so you often need to tap on the sphere to make it move. Overall, the product feels more like a novelty item than a fully functional puzzle. It is not a bad toy, but if you are looking for a cheaper, smaller version of Perplexus, I would recommend you to try the Q-Bot model instead.

  • medium difficulty
  • 100 barriers
  • very small size
  • recommended 

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Q-Bot is by far the smallest Perplexus, both in terms of size* and number of barriers. Unlike the other Perplexus mazes, Q-Bot has cubic shape, which gives the impression of some futuristic Sci-Fi gadget. With just over 30 barriers, it is relatively easy, comparable to Perplexus Rookie. Q-Bot is also almost completely static, and I found its overall design to be somewhat less imaginative than the other Perplexuses (Perplexi?). While playing with Q-Bot, I stumbled upon several sections where the ball was not clearly visible, which made passing some barriers a bit frustrating. Even though this maze is not one of my favorites, I still had some fun with it. Q-Bot may not be the best Perplexus to start your collection with, but it will be definitely a good addition.

*Not counting the miniature version of Perplexus Original.

  • easy difficulty
  • 33 barriers
  • pocket size

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The sixth addition to the Perplexus family – Perplexus Death Star is one of the most difficult and definitely the most entertaining one so far. It has 114 barriers, including slides, drops, and an interesting inclusion of a magnet-based traversal. It is designed after the famous “Death Star” from the Star Wars movies and looks great. The toy has lots of details – a little R2-D2 on top, a branded stand, Dart Vader shaped barrier, and even some cool light and sound effects. The only drawback I found is the lack of additional starting points, which means that once you let the ball drop out of the track, you will have to start from the very beginning.

As you can probably tell, I was highly impressed by Perplexus Death Star. Even though it is much pricier than the other toys in the series, the beautiful design and the extra features make up for it. If you have to buy just one of the Perplexus mazes, I highly recommend to get this one. If you are simply a Star Wars fan, you should do it too – it will be a great addition to your collection.

  • hard difficulty
  • 114 barriers
  • light and sound effects

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Perplexus Rookie is the easiest maze in the Perplexus collection and is targeted mainly towards younger children, which would probably struggle with the more advanced versions of the toy. It has 70 barriers (30 less than Perplexus Original), none of which requires a significant amount of precision in order to pass through. The track is colorful, easy to follow and contains a good variety of obstacles – slides, tunnels, stairwells, etc. The size of Perplexus Rookie is much smaller than the sizes of the other Perplexus puzzles (except Warp) but still big enough so that you can play comfortably with it. I completed the maze on my 3rd attempt and despite the option of attempting speed runs after that, the low difficulty level prevented me from picking it up again. Even though the toy did not keep me interested for long, I am sure that smaller kids would appreciate it much more than adults. If you happen to have some around and want to get them a fun, old-school toy with no buttons, screens and loud noises, Perplexus Rookie would be a great choice.

  • easy difficulty
  • 70 barriers

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Epic is the biggest, most challenging and arguably the most stylish Perplexus created yet. I really like the sleek, predominantly white and blue design, which makes it look less like a children’s toy and more like an art piece. I’ve seen some complaints from people that the limited choice of colors makes it harder to follow the track inside the ball, but I personally didn’t have such problems. In terms of gameplay, Perplexus Epic works just like the Original and the Rookie versions, but with more, harder barriers. In this toy their number is 125, even though most of them are not that challenging. Because of its lengthy track and high difficulty, the designers of Perplexus Epic have added 3 additional starting points – at barriers 33, 56 and 91, so that you can practice each of the maze segments separately. This is a nice addition, since passing through the entire maze without failing even once is an extremely hard thing to do. Epic, just like its little brothers, looks like a high quality, solidly built toy. However, I have to mention that it comes with a little sticker on top, stating that due to its “sculptural nature”, it has to be handled carefully. I personally don’t think that Epic is so fragile to worry about it, but probably some extra care wouldn’t hurt. The only downside I’ve noticed so far is that due to the closeness between the track and the sphere, occasionally the marble gets stuck between them. Such issues never occur during gameplay however and can be easily managed by shaking the ball hard. Overall, Perplexus Epic is a great toy, which can entertain both kids and adults for many hours.

  • hard difficulty
  • 125 barriers

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Perplexus Original is the very first Perplexus maze created and probably the most popular one. It is rated with medium difficulty and this seems fair. Even though Perplexus Original supposedly has 100 barriers, most of them are just simple curves and drops, requiring no effort to pass. Ultimately, there are no more than 15 places along the entire track which cause difficulties, but they are still enough to pose a good challenge. In case you don’t want to start every time from the beginning of the maze – there are 2 alternative starting points in it. This allows you to place the ball at the 1st, 26th or 59th barrier, skipping all of the previous ones. The design is very good, using bright colors, making it easy to follow the track. There are several barriers which are lots of fun to pass through, such as the big spiral in the middle and few moving obstacles around. The overall construction is solid as well.

Even though Perplexus can not be called a “puzzle” in the real sense of the word, it still requires good hand-eye coordination, movement precision and intense focus. It is a great toy to have at home, especially if you have children around.

  • medium difficulty
  • 100 barriers