Perplexus puzzle game

by Mark R

Take some time to watch this toy commercial for the Perplexus. Don’t worry, you won’t hear any screaming announcer, loud-mouthed kids, or the unnecessary flashy imagery that is a standard for any toy commercial. No, all you will see is the Perplexus toy in action.

As you can see, the Perplexus is a transparent ball with a labyrinth within. The object is to get a tiny metal ball from one side of the maze (which I believe starts with the number 1) to the other side (which ends with 100).

In short, it is like one of those wooden puzzles where the user rotates a small board and tries to avoid as many holes along the way. I don’t see many hole-type obstacles on the Perplexus, but I would imagine that the user has to maneuver this Perplexus in such a way so that the tiny metal ball goes down the right path.

I’m not certain who the audience is for this product, as it looks like a “toy” that could be used by both adults and children. The good news is that there are no complex machine parts inside of it, so batteries are not required. In short, the Perplexus is as addictive as a mobile 3-D video game, but low-tech.

It can be purchased on for a price of about $24.99.


5 reviews or comments

nick Says: January 19, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I got one for xmas, only lasted 3 days before i got bored.

the 1 to 100 thing (mine goes to ~138) is a bit of a con as some parts of the labrinth (e.g. a shicane) take 3 – 5 numbers up.

so there are about 60 diiferent manouvers you can do.

a challenge though, i got to about 70.

Lydia Says: October 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

You can find Perplexus on this great website called And it had videos showing kids test it out.

Edwin Says: October 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Thanks for the hat tip, Lydia

Trisha Says: December 29, 2010 at 10:57 am

Perplexus is a wonderful family entertainment without electricity (OMG!) We have a blast trying to beat each other and it gets us away from the computer, tv, etc… Thanks for such a wonderful gadget!

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