Lift, Tilt, and Play! All the FUN of a video game...without plugging in!
The Tilt-A-Maze® story
Tilt-A-Maze® was inspired by a love of unplugged play, and an understanding of outdoor attractions and their operators’ needs. The idea is sparked in the tilting marble labyrinth games that we all played with as children. They were small wooden toys that used strings and small wooden knobs to angle the surface and play the game.
Richard and Jo MacArthur took on the challenge to adapt this vintage game to a large format that could be played by a few people, and importantly, self-reset for the next gamers, without requiring any staff or maintenance. They innovated this great design, with 2 floors and a ramp, sightly tilted, and all enclosed under Lexan so that the ball is never missing and the game is always ready to be played. The MacArthurs, who have owned and operated MacArt Studios together since 2002, wanted to create a challenging Tilt-A-Maze® game that would captivate older kids, and adults, and engage them into social, authentic play.
Smart Innovations and Careful Crafting
Richard and Jo had strict requirements in their design process. The game had to be very durable and stand up to all kinds of active play- so that it was strong enough for the commercial play environment. Also- it was designed to stand up to all types of weather situations, which meant that the materials had to be specialized to stay rigid, and true in all conditions, for the duration. They also knew that they had to be able to ship it anywhere around the world- and engineered it to the be optimal size for small package delivery carriers, without compromising on quality or durability.
R&D Plans for 2020 include trials of the pay-per-use models, as well as experimenting with super-sized tables on springs that can be formatted for a large group to play together.
How is it made?
Hand-crafted with the highest quality materials available, each Tilt-a-Maze® made with care by our small studio manufacturing team. Location in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada, Tilt-A-Maze® models ship around the world after the client approving any customization or brand placement for the attraction. Custom models can be designed around a client’s needs, brand or mascot characters.
Every piece and part is laser cut on a CNC routing table, out of eco-friendly and super durable composite materials that never warp or crack or splinter. The outdoor quality printing is also laminated against U.V. damage and abrasion wear and tear. Tilt-A-Maze® now ships flat and requires assembly. All screws and parts are included as well as easy to follow instructions.
Included with the game is a guide to build the base, which can be customized with its side panels to suit the attraction’s aesthetic and help it blend in with other games in the space. As such, the lumber and base are not shipped with the table- those are purchase locally by the operator, and built according to our very helpful plans.
We are currently Seeking Manufacturing Partnershipsto service increased volumes and international client base. Want to help us make some fun? Hurry up and contact us today.