Rubiks : Review
The Rubik’s Cube is one of those toys that when you say its name you instantly get a vision in your head of a 3×3 twist block, each miniature block individually coloured, with the aim of twisting this block to make each side of the cube match. With Rubik’s being around since the 1980s I wouldn’t be surprised if a very large majority of the countries population hasn’t owned or played with one of these cubes in the past. I know I have!
With Christmas coming up I wasn’t surprised to find that high up on Lewis’s list was a request for him to receive his own Rubik’s Cube, getting the idea of owning one after a recent playdate at his friend’s house where his friend can complete a Rubik’s Cube with apparent ease! Lewis is eager to give this a try for himself.
A recent survey conducted showed that the original Rubik’s Cube is proving to be a top stocking filler as voted by parents with around a third of 2,000 respondent parents choosing to buy one for a loved one this Christmas.
But Rubik’s haven’t just stopped at their iconic 3×3 cube, they also added some new varieties of their puzzles to the family. It’s little wonder that the Rubik’s is making a comeback when they are enjoying a retro revival and reinvention to boot. So when John Adams Toys offered us to give their iconic products a whirl we couldn’t say no.
The Original 3×3 Cube
Let’s start with the worlds number 1 puzzle, with over 43 quintillion combinations to complete this puzzle and some people can solve it under 5 seconds!
Each cube face is individually coloured and the puzzle moves with ease making its actions and ease of use rather sleek. As yet, Lewis is yet to complete this puzzle but does plan on taking it to show his friend soon. In the meantime, Leah’s had a fantastic go at trying to complete it for herself. Available to purchase from Amazon, other online retailers and in stores.
The 2×2 Cube
Like it’s big Brother, the 2×2 cube is just a smaller version. With a smaller user face due to it only having 2 facing blocks. Except is still just as difficult to complete as 3×3 cube with over 3.5 million combinations to complete it!
One thing I do like about both the 3×3 and 2×2 cube is unlike the predecessors that I use to play as a child these no cubes longer feature stickers on the cubes. They have now been replaced with plastic faces, so there’s no more peeling and cheating of which I NEVER did, honest! Available to purchase from Amazon, other online retailers and in stores.
A new addition to the Rubik’s range, the Edge boasts a single-layered puzzle which works by the same means of the 2×2 and 3×3 cube but with much fewer combinations to complete it, only 192! This should make it a lot easier, right?
This is our most used product from the Rubik’s range so far, much preferred by both Lewis and Leah as not only is it twistable on its longer edges but each individual block is twistable when the longer edge is twisted too. Available to purchase from Amazon, other online retailers and in stores.
This a crazy new addition to the original Rubik’s classics. The idea with the Orbit is that you solve all 6 sides of the ring to have matching colours all the way around. Available to purchase from Amazon, other online retailers and in stores.
The cage is a 2-4 player game where the player with the most rows wins. It’s a rather fast-paced, but interesting game where the cage can be flipped or twisted on your turn to try and prevent your opponents from winning. Available to purchase from Amazon, other online retailers and in stores.
Match Card Game
This Match Card game is again a 2-4 player game where you gather your colour coordinated play cards and race to build the patter on the Challenge Card. There are 3 levels of play to this game, Easy, Medium and Hard. The first player to complete the pattern is the winner. Available to purchase from Amazon, other online retailers and in stores.
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**This is a gifted review. I was provided with a range of Rubik’s Products to test and review. All words and opinions are my own. This blog post may contain affiliate links which means if you purchase something via my blog I will receive a small commission.