Perplexus Original , the first-ever 3D marble maze game and world-wide break-out hit, has been nominated by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) as Educational Toy of the Year (TOTY). The TOTY nomination is the latest in a series of awards and accolades won by Perplexus this fall which has also included a Disney Family Fun Top Toy Award, a Toy Insider Hot 20 award and a National Parenting Publications Award among many others.
“We are thrilled that Perplexus Original has been recognized by a panel of toy industry experts and peers for this prestigious award,” said Tim Kimber, Owner of PlaSmart Inc . “Perplexus Original is a truly unique toy that has sparked the imaginations of hundreds of thousands of players world-wide and stands on its own as the only 3D marble maze game in the world.”
Considered the “Oscars” of the toy industry, TIA’s annual Toy of the Year Awards ceremony celebrates the year’s best new toys. Today’s national press conference in New York City is the official launch of the of five TOTY ballots, one each for Consumers, Retailers (mass and specialty), Media, and TIA members, which will be weighted and used to determine the TOTY 2012 winners. The Consumer Voting Website  is now live. 
Perplexus from PlaSmart Inc. is the world’s first 3-dimensional marble maze game. Players manoeuvre a small marble around challenging barriers inside a large-sized transparent sphere. Unlike traditional flat-surface mazes that are composed of one path, Perplexus challenges players like no maze has before with numerous paths to choose from and dozens of barriers to overcome offering hours of entertainment and fun. In addition to being an entertaining game, Perplexus is a great tool for cognitive development, encouraging children to exercise their problem-solving, motor and dexterity skills, as well as improving their hand-eye coordination.
There are three Perplexus models, each with a varying degree of difficulty. Perplexus Original with 100 barriers to overcome was launched in 2010. Perplexus Epic, the most challenging Perplexus yet with 125 barriers to overcome launched in 2011. Perplexus Rookie, which also launched in 2011, is for ages 4 to 104 and has 70 barriers to overcome.