July 2009 saw the launch of the latest Rubik's phenomena - the Rubik 360. It is tipped to be a top ten toy this Christmas presumably based on the amazing success of the original cube. If you remember the cube from your childhood, you may be tempted to relive your youth by trying your hand at the new spherical 360. You have also missed the 4x4 cube that has been created in the intervening years. So is the new Rubik's toy worth buying? Well, in this article I'm going to talk about the bestselling three - the original Rubik's Cube, the 4x4 Revenge Cube and the new Rubik 360. Read on to find out more.
Original Rubik's Cube
Back in 1974 the world's fastest selling toy was invented. Looking fairly unchallenging, this Cube with different coloured sides took the world by storm. It is now the best known multi dimensional puzzle. You start by twisting and turning the cube to create mayhem with coloured squares all over the place. You then have to turn it back to its original state with solid blocks of colour on each side. The toy is now sold with a 7 step solution guide to help you on your way but YouTube's collection of about 40,000 solution videos could also give you some guidance. The record for completing the puzzle blindfolded is less than one minute - can you beat that?
4x4 Revenge Cube
This new cube is made in a similar vein to the original cube, except that now rather than being a 3x3 square cube, it has 4x4 squares on each side. This makes it a lot trickier and requires you to develop new techniques from those you used on its smaller counterpart. Orientating the centres is key to the puzzle, as you no longer have a fixed centre like you did with the original Cube. The mechanism is more complicated than previously so this version is not as durable, but causes just as much fun or frustration depending on how you look at it.
If you fancy putting yourself through hours of addictive puzzling, Rubik is definitely the way to go. If you've tested your skills on a Cube, give the new sphere a go.