Standard Maze

Rules

Here is a relatively straightforward maze. Start at the start, and get to the finish without passing through any walls (lines).

Interpretation

This maze can be solved by many standard strategies such as breadth-first search, depth-first search, and the well known strategy of wall-following: always follow the wall on your right. Wall-following is great because it is easy to do and works for many mazes like this one, but the disadvantage is that it doesn’t always work. For example, if the wall next to the start did not connect to the wall next to the finish, you would never get to the wall next to the finish, so wall-following would not work.

For mazes like this where you can see structural patterns and “flow”, it is often faster and more fun to take a step back and look at the maze as a whole. See how sections of the maze flow into other sections. Consider what areas are connected to what other areas. Determine what sections are expanses of dead end neighborhoods, and what sections are the “superhighways”. After looking at the maze as a whole for a while, you may solve it without ever actually running through specific paths in your mind.

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