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The Rubik’s Cube is a three-dimensional puzzle game in the shape of a cube with six faces comprising of the colors white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. Each face is composed of even smaller cubes that twist and turn. The goal of any twisty puzzle is to solve the cube so that each face holds one solid color. The classic Rubik’s Cube, invented by Ernő Rubik in 1974, a Hungarian Professor of Architecture and Inventor, is considered the world’s best-selling toy. If you aren’t familiar with them, check them out, because they are very cool!
Despite it being a toy of the 1980s, it is still a popular 3D puzzle game enjoyed by people of all ages. The Rubik’s Cube was initially called the Magic Cube and later changed to the Rubik’s Cube. Since its inception, numerous variations and designs have been developed over the years. The modifications include changes in the size, color, number of moving units, and shape with one of the latest versions, GoCube, being the first smart connected cube. There so many variants to the original Rubik’s Cube, which begs the question:
How Many Types of Rubik’s Cubes Are Available?
The simple answer is there are many variations to the Rubik’s Cube. Here is a rundown of some of them:
The Pocket Cube, otherwise known as the Mini Cube, is a 2x2x2 Rubik’s Cube with a total of eight ( 8) corner pieces in all. It is a smaller variant to the standard Rubik’s Cube, and although it does present a challenge, it has fewer combinations making it easier to solve.
The Twisty Puzzle
Twisty puzzles are a collection of three-dimensional puzzles derived from the classic 3x3x3 Cube. They come in many sizes and geometric shapes. These include the well-known Cube-shaped puzzles, the Pyraminx (Corner-turning tetrahedron), Megaminx, and Bubbloids. This group of puzzles have twisting layers composed of a set number of pieces that can change positions.
Twisty puzzles normally have a sizeable number of combinations. Cubers work to solve the puzzle through a series of moves. Speedcubing is a competitive sport that takes cubing to another level. Cube enthusiasts participate in Rubik’s Cube and other twisty puzzle competitions to master the puzzle solutions to attain world record-breaking solve times. Cubers memorize and master the various algorithms for the Cube and then work on their solving speed.
For Rubik’s Cube fanatics looking for their next challenge, the Rubik’s Revenge, also known as the Master Cube, offers just that. It is a 4x4x4 with 16 pieces and therefore larger than the original Cube. It is definitely not for the fainthearted as it has a much higher number of combinations and solutions than the 3x3x3 and requires increased mental and physical strength.
The GoCube is an exciting new smart connected able to connects to other smart devices that help you solve and learn the Cube. It is also a standard Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3 but comes with curved, rounded edges. This slight variation to its edges gives it a new and modern appeal. It is definitely a 21st-century cube.
An application installed on the user’s smart device tracks and simulates the cuber’s moves in real-time, which can be viewed on a smart device. It gives an analysis of the player’s skills and level. It has fun games and tutorials to help cubers master the moves. The GoCube allows users to find and compete with other cubers all around the world. It offers a convenient and interactive experience to learn and improve a cuber’s ability and speed to solve the Cube.
3D Printed Cubes
Designers have also adapted the 3D printer to print other variations of the Rubik’s Cube and including attempts to design large Cube which are still functional. Some of the notable 3D printed twisty puzzle designs include the rexoctahedron and the current world record holder, the 22 x 22 Rubik’s Cube by corenpuzzle, currently the largest Cube in the world.
In addition to designing and printing Rubik’s Cubes, other designers are using 3D printing to improve the Rubik’s Cube design. One designer has managed to eliminate various speed-reducing factors. The 3D printing technologies have unleashed a wide range of new Rubik’s Cube models and configurations.