# Finding the hidden path (new grid puzzle concept?)

I was toying around with grid-based puzzles, and I can up with a format that I'm not sure exists yet, and from my testing leaves only one solution. (If it exists or is broken, please let me know so I can adjust this post.)

I'm calling this a hidden path maze. These are the rules:

• The objective is to draw a path from the entrance of the maze to the exit.
• Every square in the grid is either part of the path, or a wall.
• The numbers indicate how many squares of wall are in a block, including that square. Walls are considered connected into a block if they are orthagonally adjacent
• A dot represents a section of wall that must be included as part of a numbered wall block.
• Walls can only exist as numbered blocks. There can be no walls that are not connected to a numbered block.
• The path may only connect orthogonally adjacent squares.
• The path may not intersect any of the walls in the maze.
• The path will always follow the most direct route to the goal. As such, the path may not run adjacent to itself. (example below)

Here is an example of a solved board:

Using these rules, it should be possible to solve the following boards.

Easy board:

Moderate board:

And if these are popular I'll make some more :)

• Are all the numbers always given? Sep 23, 2018 at 12:27
• For the current ruleset, every number is provided, because no walls are allowed to be isolated from a numbered block. Sep 23, 2018 at 13:26
• Well, I love these! $(+1)$ $\color{darkorange}{\bigstar}$ :D Sep 24, 2018 at 6:26