Maze-a-Pix puzzles can be played interactively on the computer, offering many features and advantages compared to pencil and paper. This section explains everything about how to play Maze-a-Pix on the computer. If you are not yet familiar with the puzzle rules, please go to Maze-a-Pix rules.
Painting the path with dragging
Maze-a-Pix interactive is played by painting a path from the entrance of the maze to the exit. To start painting the path, click mouse on the maze entrance and drag along the grid. To continue painting or to change the path, click mouse on the tip of the path and drag in the desired direction. To delete a path segment, double click mouse anywhere along the path.
Painting the path with click-ahead
Click-ahead enables faster playing and reduces stress holding down the mouse button. To paint the path using click-ahead, click mouse anywhere between the tip of the path and the next junction. The path segment will be painted instantly. To continue painting the path, keep mouse button pressed and drag.
Whenever deleting or going back on a painted path a gray trail is automatically created to indicate that the path segment has been painted before. Gray trails can also be created manually to indicate dead-ends or closed junctions. To create a gray trail, click mouse on an empty square in the maze and drag. To delete, double click mouse anywhere on the gray trail.
All game functions are accessed through the toolbar. For some toolbar buttons, keyboard shortcut keys are also available as listed below. Toolbar may be positioned horizontally or vertically using the rotate button on the left edge, and relocated anywhere in the game by dragging its frame.
Enlarge small puzzles for best viewing on your screen.
Reduce large puzzles for best fit on your screen.
Undo (Keyboard: U)
Go back as many steps in the game as you want.
Redo (Keyboard: R)
Go forward after using Undo as many steps as you want.
Restart puzzle to solve from the beginning.
Check puzzle (Keyboard: C)
Check the painted path for errors.
Show preview and elapsed solving time.
Show solution of the puzzle. Using this button will also end the game.
Open Preferences dialog box. New preferences will be automatically saved on the computer.
When double-clicking true path:
Open About dialog box to see puzzle size, difficulty, ID, title and other information.
Open How to play Maze-a-Pix page you are reading now.
Open Print dialog box. New print options will be automatically saved on the computer.
Save puzzle (Keyboard: S)
Save current state of the puzzle.