Rubik Cubes, as initially named the Magic Cubes by the inventor Erno Rubik, has been around for more than 40 years now. There have been 350 million Rubik Cubes sold out around the world during that duration and according to a rumor every 1 out of 7 people throughout the world have played with this toy at some point in their lives which according to me is absolutely true. Even though I’m a dad now but I still love games and toys which have a challenge to offer and I like solving their puzzles on my own and sharing my experience through writing reviews about them, as I do with different gadgets and technologies. When I was offered a Rubik Cube by the John Adam, the current producers and distributors of Rubik Cubes, I took the job for the sole purpose of enjoying the thrill while I figure it out.
I still remember my experience with this toy from the time when I was a kid, how I and my friends would challenge each other to solve the cube, and how it would take us weeks and months while doing so. The cubes back in those days use to have stickers for every color on it which could be peeled off and re-arranged to make it look like you’ve done the impossible. I did make a fool out of my friends a couple of times but also did complete the task for the sake of personal satisfaction.
For the last ten years, there are competitions being held in the UK for the exclusive purpose of competition among various “speedcubers”. The completion is held at the beginning of November each year which features various competitions with respect to different types of Rubik Cubes like 2×2, 4×4, 5×5 and the most popular 3×3 which I’m going to review. The other thrilling categories include solving the cube, blindfolded and another one in which the cube is re-organized by using nothing but the feet. The best record for the later one is 42.89 seconds. If you think solving the Rubik Cube with your feet within 42.89 seconds is amazing then meet the speedcubers who can solve the 3×3 cube in just 9 seconds with their hands. The world record for completing the Rubik Cube in the shortest time is held by Collin Burns from the U.S.A who completed the job in just 5.25 seconds during a competition held in 2015.
As I of me, I struggled with the cube for a whole week and was only able to organize one and then I was afraid that if I’ll try the others, the one side completed successfully will go out of tune. Afterwards as usual, I turned to the internet where I was able to find a lot of helping material on the Rubik’s website that gave me the basic understanding of how to solve the cube. You can also look out for a lot of training material available on YouTube for the cause.
My experience with the cube as a product has been very fine, as the cube is a lot smoother and easier to twist as compared to the ones I had back in the days. You don’t have to struggle with the blocks getting jammed when you’re twisting and the overall experience is very fine. Each block is colored with a plastic front which means no more sticker and no more cheating; it also makes the cube more durable. It is also very reasonably priced at $12.99 RRP.