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An interactive puzzle novel written by Mike Selinker, with enchanting illustrations by Pete Venters.
2,630 backers pledged $171,146 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Lone Shark Games on February 26

      That is really flattering, Christopher. Thanks!
      Mike

    2. Creator Christopher J DeSantis on February 14

      For those who read the comments of prior products to gauge whether to kickstart future works:

      I would back a project from LoneSharkGames again. The product was astonishingly high quality. It was late, yes, but I suggest giving every Kickstarter project you back a year buffer as the people who do kickstarters are usually artists and not accomplished business people.

      Sometimes when I read the comments to old kickstarter projects I have a hard time gauging whether the thing succeeded or not. I don't know if everyone thinks this particular project was a success, but I certainly do.

      If you are looking to purchase this product, I will warn you that these puzzles are very difficult. If you are newer to puzzle solving you may want to warm up elsewhere. For example, you could pick up PuzzleCraft, also made by Mike Selinker, which is probably the best puzzle book in at least a decade.

    3. Creator Lone Shark Games on December 8

      Ben: We don't have a timeline for Android from Puzzazz, except that they're working on it. We don't have any more information than that.

    4. Creator Lone Shark Games on December 8

      Jrd: We found the error. We will follow up by email.

    5. Creator Jrd on December 4

      I'm still missing my Puzzazz eBook. I've contacted info@lonesharkgames.com SEVEN TIMES going back to late October. I've been ignored six of those times, and blown off once. What do I need to do to get my ebook code?

    6. Creator Ben McFarland on December 2

      Ok...but when is the next scheduled update from Puzzazz? They've not responded to their facebook page in a month and a half, and there's no indication of what kind of timeline they've provided you.

      Even if you're caught at their mercy, let us know what they told you, and when they anticipate their next update. Something. Right now, we're getting what amounts to an electronic shrug.

    7. Creator Lone Shark Games on November 25, 2014

      Barmalev: We would love to have the Android version too. We haven't seen any progress on it, but we expect it will be great whenever it happens.

    8. Creator barmalev on November 21, 2014

      Have you received any word from Puzzazz whether they're working on an Android version at all? Sadly, since Puzzazz saying 1.5 years ago that the Android version was in alpha, I cannot find any further indication of any upcoming Android support from them whatsoever, not just for the Maze of Games. Would love to see anything to the contrary.

    9. Creator Lone Shark Games on November 15, 2014

      Mabel: We have followed up with Penny Arcade on this.
      Tobias: We haven't received any information from Puzzazz that tells us when the Android book is going to be available.

    10. Creator Tobias Fleischer // PYLON.FM Productions on November 13, 2014

      Any news on an Android version of the ebook?

    11. Creator Mabel Escobedo on November 13, 2014

      I still have not received the hard copy of my book.

    12. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 26, 2014

      Lastofthedaves: Sending now.

    13. Creator lastofthedaves on October 23, 2014

      I still haven't gotten my pdf of the book. I sent out an email about it in July but haven't gotten a response.

    14. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 18, 2014

      Will do, thanks.

    15. Creator Ophryon on October 18, 2014

      Hi! I got my ebook and am very pleased.I sat down to just test that it worked and couldn't stop solving puzzles for a couple of hours!

      One suggestion: perhaps send a KS update that the emails have gone out. Mine was in my junk email folder and it was by pure chance that I noticed it.

    16. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 17, 2014

      Yes, we are definitely interested in such things. And yes, those things are sure different. There are lots of little differences designed to make solving better on the app, but that kind of thing is not what we want.

      Here is a list of things we intentionally changed:
      How to Use This Book: We changed "The Quest Begins" to "the Prologue".
      Target Practice: In clue 5, we changed "total." to "total, but not both."
      Acts of War: In the novel text, we deleted the repeated word "man".
      Shades of Things to Come: We changed AHEEMTRIZATIONAEW to AHEEMTRISATIONAEW.
      Down on the Farm: We removed the indent at the start of the novel text.
      Statuesque Beauties: In Euterpe's grid, we deleted the line separating the 4th letter of the 6-letter word from the 7th letter of the 7-letter word below it.

      In addition, while this isn't in the ebook, we've noted this errata:
      Alfie at the Zoo: In the 3rd couplet on the right, we intend to replace the "s" with a space.

    17. Creator Monty Ashley on October 17, 2014

      Are you interested in differences between the eBook and the paper version? Because the sixth item in Dracula's Crypt (nine of diamonds) is a different word.

    18. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 17, 2014

      We just launched a thousand backer copies of the ebook. If you have any questions about your copy, please go here: http://www.puzzazz.com/contact

    19. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 16, 2014

      Folks: Our intent is to fulfill the ebook tomorrow. If you're getting one of those, please make sure you don't have Mailchimp blocked on your email account.

    20. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 10, 2014

      James: We're very happy to hear that. As we've mentioned, this is a very large project, and we're doing our best to make sure everything goes right for everyone. When it doesn't, you have our most profuse apologies.

    21. Creator James Cook on October 10, 2014

      Got my book in and it looks great.

    22. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 7, 2014

      Working on it. We have the paper in, and we're waiting for the prints to be finalized so Pete can sign them.

    23. Creator Mike Frank on October 6, 2014

      Any word on when the art prints will ship?

    24. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 3, 2014

      A quite update, which we will go into a great deal more info about next week: the ebook is done and submitted to Apple. We will get backers the info of how to get their copies when we know it's approved by Apple and available for redemption. I'm sorry that we don't have more information about it at this time, and we appreciate your patience.

    25. Creator Lone Shark Games on October 3, 2014

      James: We're looking into it right now. Really sorry about this.

    26. Creator James Cook on October 3, 2014

      Continue to wait for my hard copy. No follow up from you guys in a month. I'm feeling really disappointed and frustrated.

    27. Creator Lone Shark Games on September 27, 2014

      The ebook version will be optimized for the iPad, so it will look very crisp.

      To everyone: I was hoping to have a positive announcement about the ebook this week, but no such luck. Hopefully next week. Thanks as always for your patience.

      Mike

    28. Creator Hao Ye on September 26, 2014

      Will the ebook version have vector fonts? The low-res aliasing on the pdf copy is straining my eyes...

    29. Creator Ken Davis on September 24, 2014

      thankyou. I have the pdf now.

    30. Creator Lone Shark Games on September 23, 2014

      Ken: We have deleted and then reimported your email address into Gumroad. Anyone else who feels they should have received a PDF and hasn't should please let our info account know.

    31. Creator Ken Davis on September 22, 2014

      Hi,
      Just been checking my multitude of sponsored Kickstarter projects.
      I discovered that while I have received the (marvellous) physical copy of the book I have yet to receive the pdf or ebook. Can you assist?
      Cheers
      Ken

    32. Creator Lone Shark Games on September 20, 2014

      Adam: We hope to have a positive announcement this coming week. Stay tuned.

      Jason: We're really sorry about this. Just FYI, between Kickstarter and After the Crowd, we have almost 4,000 orders. We're obviously not happy when even one of them goes astray. And we apologize when it does. But we appreciate when folks give us the benefit of the doubt. We're trying hard and doing the best we can with a very big job (for our little company, anyway).

    33. Creator Jason Richer on September 19, 2014

      I've been pretty patient, but now I'm getting pretty upset. It has been well over a month since all orders were done shipping, and I **STILL** haven't received my physical book yet. I got a couple of e-mails from Lone Shark Games, each separated by weeks of them telling me they are "looking into it", and then one from Penny Arcade fulfillment on 9/5 asking me for my address and pledge level (which I replied to the same day). I've heard nothing at all since then.

      I'm completely understanding when a project takes longer than it is supposed to, that seems to happen with the majority of projects. I have no problems with delays in the production of a product to ensure it's quality.

      But when the product is completed and I could actually go out and buy it in a regular online storefront for well over a month now (it went on sale in Penny Arcade's shop on 8/4), and I haven't received even so much a tracking number, it makes me pretty upset.

      This is pretty terrible customer service. I guess I'm going to have to look into reporting this to Kickstarter.

    34. Creator Adam Lipkin on September 18, 2014

      Hi, guys -- any news? It's been nearly two weeks since the last post here, and still no sign of the ebook?

    35. Creator Lone Shark Games on September 7, 2014

      We are waiting for a final build from Puzzazz. We will post details when we see something that's ready to go. Sorry for the delay.

    36. Creator Paul Ranstoller on September 7, 2014

      Hi there, is there a time frame when the solvable e-book will be ready? Forgive me if I missed this.

    37. Creator Lone Shark Games on September 4, 2014

      Kevin, James, Jason, Andrew: Sorry, we are checking on those orders right now. We will let you know what we find out.

    38. Creator Kevin West on August 30, 2014

      From personal notes on KS:
      Lone Shark Games
      Jul 29, 2014
      Your order does not show as shipped in our system, sadly. Likely this week.

      From Comments in this thread:
      "Matthew: All but 16 physical orders have gone out, and those will go out tomorrow. At that point, we'll be done with all our physical orders."

      I left a note 3 or so days ago, with no response yet.

      Standing by...

    39. Creator James Cook on August 29, 2014

      I have yet to receive my copy of the book as well. My last contact from you was 8-15-14. I have sent two e-mails to info@lonesharkgames with no reply. I am becoming frustrated by this process and I'm not sure if I will ever back any future projects.

    40. Creator Jerome Lee on August 28, 2014

      What the heck is going on here? I have yet to receive my book and I have contacted you several times. You are looking into it was the last response two weeks ago. Getting really disappointed at the lack of response.

    41. Creator Jason Richer on August 25, 2014

      I *still* haven't received my physical book. Contact from info@lonesharkgames.com has been extremely slow. My last contact was 10 days ago, and then radio silence again. Not quite sure what is going on.

    42. Creator Lone Shark Games on August 16, 2014

      Amy: Please check with our info @ (name of company) dot com account ASAP.
      Penni: If you still don't have an email from Bandcamp, email info as well.

    43. Creator Penni Walker on August 16, 2014

      Hi, I also backed to get the audio, but haven't received any codes yet? :( And I know I haven't gotten any of the PDF or physical books yet? I've checked all my mail and nothing in my spam/junk mail.

    44. Creator Amy Hamilton on August 15, 2014

      I have received the PDF but nothing with regard to the physical book.

    45. Creator Lone Shark Games on August 13, 2014

      We've been alerted to a second error of substance in The Maze of Games. In the Conundrucopia puzzle "alfie at the zoo," the third couplet in the right column should not contain an "s." We're sorry about the error.

    46. Creator Lone Shark Games on August 13, 2014

      Jason, Jenny, Gary: We will check on these things. Thanks for letting us know.

    47. Creator Jenny Wadley on August 12, 2014

      I haven't received my book/map or a shipping confirmation email either. I emailed the info address today. Hoping to hear something as I've been really looking forward to it.

      Jenny

    48. Creator Jason Richer on August 11, 2014

      Has anyone else not received their physical copy of the book yet? I'm still waiting on mine, and I've only received one reply from info@lonesharkgames.com in two weeks (which was just asking if I got my copy yet).

      I have not received any notification of shipping via e-mail either.

    49. Creator Gary Levin on August 8, 2014

      Got my book, but the map was not included. I checked and I am at the right level to get the map. Is there a way to check to what happened to it?

      Thank goodness for the PDF. I would feel like a vandal writing in the hard copy; it is gorgeous! Thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful collection.

    50. Creator Rolf Buchner on August 8, 2014

      @Jennifer - Check out http://mazeofgames.wikia.com/wiki/The_Maze_of_Games_Wiki if you're stuck on a particular puzzle.

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