Actually from the game Adventure
(or Colossal Cave
), an adventure game
of the elder days
that featured fiendishly difficult puzzles
such as this one.
It was a blind maze
in which drawing out standard NESW map
s was useless since paths weren't retraceable by going back in the opposite direction. The label for each intersection was "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike
." It may have been a directed graph
, I forget. Having the big printed cheat map
was invaluable in solving this problem.
Also a handy geeky
phrase to use in situations where you are completely lost, especially while looking at over-detailed flowchart
s or poorly-written reference material.
There were also dwarves
that chased you around the maze
and threw hatchet
s at you. Sometimes they would kill you. Chasing the dwarves almost always got you even loster