Here at Red Hound Farms, one of our most popular attractions is our annual fall corn maze. We take our maze design very seriously, with the goal of making the maze difficult enough to present a genuine challenge, but not so hard as to ruin the fun. In this article, we’ll go over some of the principles we use in order to make our corn mazes great.
- Use Misdirection. One technique that many corn maze designers use is misdirection, which is a way of distracting your attention and leading you away from the main path. For example, when it’s easy to tell which turn is the correct one, maze designers will often place fun decorations or interactive elements down the opposite path. It leads people further into the maze, but also gives them a fun reward for it.
- Don’t Insult the Players. Another key idea in great corn maze design is to not make the players feel stupid, as this ruins the fun. While it’s okay to make the maze challenging, your design should never make the players feel like you are insulting them or wasting their time. For example, it’s not very sportsmanlike to make the players walk long distances before it becomes clear that their path is a dead end, so it’s best to keep dead ends relatively short.
- Keep It Compact. A third good tip for corn maze design is to keep the maze’s total area compact. You can fit a lot of twists and turns into just a few acres, and your players will generally walk away just as satisfied from a maze of five acres as from six.