The Kung Fu Packing Crate Maze
Martial arts superstar Cliff Chen is on the set of his latest movie,
Won-Ton Destruction II. In the scene being filmed, Cliff battles fighters of the infamous
Taipei Blood Dragons in a warehouse full of crates of stolen artwork.
The script calls for him to escape from the Blood Dragons by sprinting across
the tops of the packing crates, toppling over some of them along the way.
Unfortunately, Cliff hasn't been able to think very clearly ever since his last movie
when the stunt with the Zamboni and the roller coaster went horribly wrong. Cliff
remembers that he starts this scene on the crate marked with the red square and
ends on the gold crate marked with an E. And he recalls that he moves orthogonally
(never diagonally) from one crate to another, never jumping across gaps and never
touching the floor. (Climbing crates of different heights is no problem for an acrobat like Cliff.)
As Cliff runs he topples over somes of the crates that are up on end. As a crate topples it lands
in a clear spot on the floor. And as the crate falls Cliff jumps into the air and lands
on the crate where it comes to rest. Once a crate is toppled over it doesn't
move again for the rest of the scene.
Can you help Cliff reach the crate marked E and finish filming the scene? To make your job
harder the director wants him to finish a number of takes, each with a different arrangement
of crates. (Detailed rules are presented below.)
- To move around the warehouse, either click on the square you want to move
to or use the arrow keys. (You may have to click on the applet first to get it to accept
- Crates can be toppled if they are up on end. These crates are marked with
a number that indicates the height of the crate.
- To topple over a crate, just move
in the direction you want the crate to fall. If there is room for it on the warehouse
floor it will fall over and you will land on its side.
- Once a crate is on its side it can't be moved again.
- A crate can only fall over if there is plenty of clear space on the floor and the way isn't
blocked by a wall or another crate.
The crate above can only topple to the left where there are four clear spaces.
- Undo a move - press U or click the undo arrow in the lower right.
- Redo a move - press R or click the redo arrow in the lower right.
- Next puzzle or previous puzzle - Click on the white arrows at the upper left and right corners.
The Kung Fu Packing Crate Maze is now available from
ThinkFun under the title Tipover!
It comes complete with 40 (mostly new) challenges, and is 100% more solid
than the original Kung Fu applet. (Buy copies for all your friends and help send my
daughter to college.)
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