Amazing Rubik’s Cube facts
11. You Can Do the Cube
The You Can Do the Cube solution guide was written in 1981 by 13 year old schoolboy, Patrick Bossert and sold more than 1.5 million copies.
12. Rubik’s Cube shaped museum
The hungarian government announced the plans of a Rubik-shaped museum in 2012 but unfortunately the construction hasn’t started yet.
In the meantime we can visit the Beyond Rubik’s Cube travelling exhibition.
13. The most expensive cube
Diamond Cutters International crafted the most precious puzzle in 18 carat yellow gold, adding 25 precious stones as “stickers”: diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The masterpiece is valued at 2.5 million USD.
14. Giant cube
Tony Fisher, british puzzle designer built the World’s biggest Rubik’s Cube in 2016. The fully functional puzzle is 1.56m wide and weighs 100kgs.
15. The Pyraminx
However this tetrahedron-shaped, 3-layered twisty puzzle was invented 3 years before the Rubik’s Cube, it was only patented later in 1981 when Rubik’s became popular. The Pyraminx is known to be the second best selling puzzle toy with more than 100 million pieces sold.
16. Other famous twisty puzzles
The most popular twisty puzzle models, which are all official WCA competition events are the dodecahedron-shaped Megaminx, the corner-turning Skewb, the shape-shifting Square-1, the 2×2 Pocket Cube, the 4×4 Rubik’s Revenge and the 5×5 Professor’s Cube.
17. 22x22x22 Rubik’s Cube
There’s a challenge for those who think the classic 3x3x3 is too easy. It takes 3 hours to make a simple checkerboard pattern on the record-breaking 22x22x22 Rubik’s Cube. The cube fell apart (exploded) twice and it took months to rebuild the 2094 cubies.
18. Shape mods
Any other shape can be built on the Rubik’s Cube core mechanism, not just a cube. Some brilliant puzzle designers and 3D printing gave birth to countless amazing 3×3 shape mods, such as the Fisher Cube, Mastermorphix, Mirror Cube, Ghost Cube, but there are heart-shaped, or Bart Simpson-shaped puzzles as well.
Puzzle modding is becoming more and more popular.
19. Sticker mods
Applying custom stickers on the puzzles can add an extra twist to the game. This way we can add a jigsaw puzzle, a Sudoku or a maze to the Magic Cube. The solution of such a puzzle is more difficult than the classic 6-colored version because it’s hard to figure out which piece belongs where and for most picture cubes the orientation of the center pieces count as well.
20. Electronic Cubes
Even a retro game has to keep up with the 21st century. Electronic Rubik’s Cubes, such as the Rubik’s Touch and the Futuro Cube are new players in the puzzle market. Touchscreens, motion sensors, pre-installed games and mobile connectivity are inevitable these days.