I know it’s evil to talk about Xmas this early, but this Amaze-N-Marbles game reminds me of when I was a kid. By arranging the series of wooden tracks and chutes correctly, my brother and I could make the marble travel quite a distance down these little guides. This stuff was pure awesomeness, both simple and fun — and it actually required thinking and imagination, which I find sadly lacking in children’s toys today.
Sadly, Mom was constantly having to confiscate our old set. Brothers being brothers, we took the first chance available after a failed run to beat each other with the blocks and sling the marbles at each other. That would end our marble-running for a few weeks at a time.
This set costs around $25 for an entire bag of them. Of course, the tricky craftsmen could make their own sets for less, if they were willing to spend the time.