Megaminx, Gigaminx, Teraminx, Petaminx
The Megaminx (also called the Hungarian Supernova) was patented by Uwe Mèffert. It is a dodecahedron-shaped face-turning twisty puzzle and it’s very similar to the classic 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube. The solution is almost the same, new algorithms come in just when you reach the last layer, so if you’re familiar with the classic Magic Cube then you can’t have problems with the Megaminx.
It has 12 different colors, on each face having 11 pieces in a star-pattern arrangement with five corner pieces, five edge pieces and a fixed center piece. In total it has 50 separate pieces (while the Rubik’s Cube has 20).
If we say that the Megaminx is a 12-faced 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube then we can tell that the Gigaminx is similar to the 5x5x5 Rubik’s Professor’s Cube the Teraminx is like the V-Cube 7, and the Petaminx is the 9 layered version. An other interesting mod is the Holey Megaminx which has no center pieces just like the Void Cube, or the Flowerminx which has no center and edge pieces, just the corners.
Solution of the Megaminx
As I mentioned before, the Megaminx is similar to the 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube so the solution is almost the same and not much harder. New algorithms come in when you reach the last layer. We can talk about parity only in the case of the 6 colored Megaminx where two edges can be swapped.
I assume you already know the solution of the Rubik’s Cube, because this method is based on that one. Begin to solve the Megaminx layer by layer just like a 3x3x3 and proceed until you reach the last layer. Maybe you will have problems with the edge pieces shown on step 3. on the picture. Use the algorithm if you get stuck.
The last layer of the Megaminx will be solved exactly in the same order like we did in the 3x3x3 solution. First orient the edge pieces (5.), then arrange them to the right spot (6.). After that put the corners to the right place (7.) and finally orient them the same way we did for the Rubik’s Cube.