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How To Solve The Dino Cube?

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How To Solve The Dino Cube?

The Dino Cube is a simple puzzle similar to a Skewb, and the very first one was invented by Robert Webb. Dino Cube is one of the most straightforward puzzles to solve. The cube was produced in 1995 by S.Y. Liou. In the early ’00s, there were four different versions of the puzzle: the two, four, and six-color version, and additionally the six-color version known as the Dinosaur that had dinosaur pictures on each side. The original name of Dino Cubes was “Corner-Turning Cubes”. 

In this article we will provide you with a solution to the six-color dino cube, which is the most well-known variant in the world. Furthermore, we will go through the steps that can be considered for the two and four-color versions. If you can solve the six-color version, the other versions will be a walk in the park.

Steps to Solve

You can solve Dino Cube by following a few simple steps, and they don’t require any algorithms or parity: 

Solving the First Face

This stage is simple and relatively easy to complete. You choose which color you will start with. However, if the puzzle includes white and black faces, we advise you to start with those colors because nearly all Dino cubes have a scheme color as the standard 3×3. 

For those who already have knowledge of solving the 3×3 white cross, you can use the same strategy with this one. Also, if you know how to solve the Magic Cube, it can be of great help for you to complete the first stage. Just pick any face you want to begin with, and if you can locate two white edges already solved, it will be easier for you to start with this one. 

The first stage of Dino Cube is solved the same way as Skewb’s first layer. You should start by putting the first three borders in the shape of a cross. You may have difficulty when you try to put the last one. But, patience is a virtue!

Another thing to do is insert the last piece after having the three corners in place. After you insert the last corner, there will be a piece removed from its place that was previously solved. You should move the piece you solved now and replace it with the one that got removed out of its place. You will finish the last one if you put the last piece back in place.

You may have difficulty solving the edge. Practice on similar puzzles to help you learn the basics and use the same key movements to handle pieces.

Solving the Edges of the Middle Layer

The second step requires solving the edges of the middle layer. They are easier compared to first face edges. This cube is made in a unique way so that after you solve one piece, you can access every other puzzle piece without interrupting the first layer. 

If you cannot solve the borders of the middle layer, then you probably put the first layer borders improperly. However, it is crucial to follow the color scheme to solve it. you must solve the first layer edges with respect to the colour scheme. You must keep white on the bottom and yellow on the top, while the order of the sides is red-green-orange-blue. If you don’t follow the scheme, then the puzzle becomes unsolvable, and it is more difficult to resolve it. 

Completing the Last Stage

This stage requires an ‘algorithm’ to complete it. The first thing that you should do is to completely solve one of the corners. Locate it and discover the best position to solve it. After you do this, you need to find the last red border you need to put in the same place. 

Use an algorithm to position the edges correctly and solve the puzzle quickly. We provide you the following that will help you in solving it:

  • Use this algorithm UL F’ UL’ F F UR’ F’ UR  if you need to solve the corner positioned on the top toward left;
  • Perform this one F UR’ F’ UR,  if the corner is positioned on the top toward the right;
  • The last one F’ UL’ F UL’ is to use to revolve the puzzle and position the front border. After you solve two edges that are opposite, the puzzle will be completed successfully.

Solving a Dino cube doesn’t require much time. You may feel lost at the beginning, but actually, it is quite simple to solve!

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