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Daedalus

CNET Editors' review

Most people remember Daedalus, if they remember him at all, as the maker of the wings his son Icarus used to fly too close to the sun, but the Edison of the ancient world also constructed the notorious Labyrinth that trapped the Minotaur. He's a fitting namesake for Astrolog's Daedalus, a free program that creates and solves labyrinthine mazes in just about any geometric shape, in up to 16 dimensions, and viewable from a wide range of perspectives, including overhead and first-person 3D views. Really obsessive types can even create infinitely long fractal-based mazes with more than 1 billion by 1 billion passages, including infinitely long false passages suitable for driving the most stable individual thoroughly insane.

Daedalus has a unique set-up wizard that resembles a properties dialog, with everything useful gathered in one place. The program's plain interface opens with a basic maze in a resizable window. Menu bar entries entitled File, Edit, Dot, Bitmap, Color, Maze, Create, Solve, and Draw do a good job of describing each function but don't come close to revealing the level of detail and complexity Daedalus offers. For example, we clicked Create and were presented with 17 maze options plus Settings. We chose Cavern, an interesting pattern with lots of irregular corners, similar to a cave. Maze offered a similar number of options for configuring the maze we'd selected. Solve offered an equally well-filled menu of options for solving our maze; for instance, clicking to mark all cul-de-sacs or dead ends offered color-coded clues on the maze. Entries ranged in complexity from finding the shortest paths to applying Tremaux's algorithm. We especially liked the ability to create mazes in the shape of words, which shows how useful Daedalus can be as a graphics application, though we probably had the most fun running 3D Pac-Man simulations and other animations under Scripts in the File menu. The 3D first-person perspective made it feel like we were walking through the maze.

If you like solving mazes and similar puzzles, you'll love Daedalus. We can't image what it could have left out by way of settings or customization options, but you don't need to create an infinite maze to get unlimited fun from using it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Lots of fun."

    April 1, 2011  |   By erin14916

    Version: Daedalus 2.3

    Pros

    Lots of mazes and games involving mazes, and make-your-own mazes.

    Cons

    It's a bit addicting.

    Summary

    If you like 3D mazes even a little bit, then download this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent and easy to use"

    February 18, 2011  |   By InfinityPlayer

    Version: Daedalus 2.3

    Pros

    This program has a lot of options to make the maze you're after

    Cons

    it doesn't save the options you've chosen
    There is no option to save changed options

    Summary

    Excellent and well worth downloading, but be patient, it has a HUGE interface to look at.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Pretty cool graphics"

    January 4, 2011  |   By AlphaBaretta974

    Version: Daedalus 2.3

    Pros

    There's a whole bunch of games on here. The kids play for hours! I

    Cons

    The kids play for hours!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not good at all"

    October 20, 2008  |   By micwiz

    Version: Daedalus 2.2

    Pros

    I tried it ones and it was great, just what i was looking for.

    Cons

    i tried downloading it again right now because i liked it and wanted it again, and upon the download avast came up and warned me about win 32 something gen i think.

    I cancelled the download and got rid of the virus/whatever it was.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Might have been a good program, except for viruses"

    October 19, 2008  |   By underdog1961

    Version: Daedalus 2.2

    Pros

    It looked promising.

    Cons

    It contained viruses.

    Summary

    My avast! anti-virus program said there was a virus as I was downloading it, so I never installed it. :-(

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  • 3.0 stars

    "nice maze program"

    September 22, 2008  |   By fractalwizz

    Version: Daedalus 2.2

    Pros

    It's powerful and makes amazing mazes.

    Cons

    It has 2 viruses on it. It cause my computer to act weird after using it.

    Summary

    I like it because it's powerful. I don't like it because it has viruses on it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant!"

    July 4, 2008  |   By Pinkwing

    Version: Daedalus 2.2

    Pros

    Lots of different kinds of mazes to explore and make.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "AMazing! Installs easily, Super-powerful, A bit daunting for Dad"

    June 23, 2008  |   By timtak

    Version: Daedalus 2.2

    Pros

    This really is, as it says, the most powerful maze making program. It makes many types of mazes, using many difficult algorythms, in any size, many shapes, and 2 or three (or perhaps more) dimensions.

    It installed on my XP system seamlessly. I was making mazes within a few minutes (once I had read the introduction to the help that explained point 2 below).

    If you just want a quick maze, then there are online creators that will do the job. If you want control over any and every aspect of the maze you create analysis of its difficulty then this is the real mcoy.

    Cons

    1) It wants to install itself in a deadalus directory in the C drive. I changed that to program files thinking, stupidly, that it would create a daedalus director in there as most programs do, but it is installed in the root of Program Files. Solution: create a Deedalus directory in program files, first and browse to that directory. If you don't install into C:/Daeduls the shortcuts in the program menu do not seem to be updated to the new location.

    2) The mazed looked wong at first, as if they were missing the top and left hand side. This is because the mazes are created with the paths in black and the walls white. For printing use Bitmap>All>inverty all, or Create>Polished maze (also just type the / key). This is explained in the help file so it is not reallly a problem but a bit counter intuitive.

    3) As the programmer says "All the various commands may seem confusing at first" - yes, that just about sums it up. With the immense power of this software, there is an inevitable learning curve. But it is possible to make mazes (beaing in mind two above) straight away upon installation.

    4) I wish there were an undo command. The Edit "save bitmap" and "paste bitmap" achieve the same effect however.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good"

    January 26, 2006  |   By Athaki

    Version: Daedalus 2.1

    Pros

    Very Challenging

    Cons

    none

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Entertaining"

    November 26, 2005  |   By thorguy

    Version: Daedalus 2

    Pros

    I greatly enjoyed the program. The author's summary pretty much says it all.

    TO ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO CAN'T INSTALL IT:

    The program must be unzipped to the default directory.

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