Theseus and the Minotaur
Theseus and the Minotaur is a type of logic maze designed by Robert Abbott. In this maze, the player acts as Theseus, the legendary king of Athens who is attempting to escape the Labyrinth. The main difference between this and the standard type of maze, beyond the fact that it is set on a grid, is the fact that the maze is not empty, but also contains a Minotaur who hunts the player down, taking two steps for every one the player takes.
While the Minotaur is faster than the player, his moves are predictable and often inefficient: they are determined by checking to see if he can get closer to the player by moving horizontally, then checking to see if he can get any closer by moving vertically. If neither move would place him closer to the player, the Minotaur skips his turn. Theseus may also skip his turn.
This type of maze was first published in 1990 in Robert Abbott's book Mad Mazes. The idea was later published in the British magazine Games & Puzzles.
- A Java applet version of the maze
- The article from Games & Puzzles. The board described is variously 8x8 and 9x9. There are at least 88 levels created. The various mazes are more accurately described as a quantity of blocks or fences rather than a continuous line as might be expected.
- Robert Abbott's notes on this puzzle
- Official download version for Windows and Mac
- Official download version for the iPhone and iPod Touch
- Free implementation of the game, solver, and random generator; sources in C++ with wxWidgets and Windows executable.