Since the Rubik’s Cube was introduced worldwide, back in 1980, we’ve seen countless variations, some better than others. Uwe Meffert, who’s known for his popular Twisty Puzzles, launched in 2011 a very interesting version of the 3x3x3 cube we all know and love, the Wellness Ball.
In essence, the Wellness Ball is a Rubik’s Cube with an extreme makeover. The core is the same 6-axis “spider” (see video of its internal mechanism), but pretty much everything else is different. For one, instead of a classic cubic shape, the Wellness Ball features 27 spheres and sports a [Read More...]
The Twist was a great rage several years ago. Also, Rubik’s Twist has been around a long time too. It consists of 24 triangular pieces held together with an elastic cord. It is not a puzzle in the true sense but something to construct objects. The pieces can be placed all in line, creating a snake, thus the name Rubik’s Snake. It can be twisted to form many other things, thus the name Rubik’s Twist. It is made by several companies and the cost and quality varies greatly. Sometimes it is sold [Read More...]
If you go into an antique shop or store that sells figurines or glassware; the first thing you’ll see is a sign, IF YOU BREAK IT, CONSIDER IT SOLD. Maybe there should be a similar sign in your puzzle store, in front of this puzzle saying, WHEN YOU SEE THIS, CONSIDER IT SOLD. Is there really anyone who has not seen the Rubik’s Cube,? They may have even seen variations to the “cube”,as there is now a plethora of puzzles that go by the name of “Twisty Puzzles”. They all consist of many pieces, connected together with diabolical and ingenious mechanisms [Read More...]
It’s not everyday that I have the pleasure of reviewing a puzzle from someone that I truly respect and has been an inspiration when it comes to collecting puzzles. I remember back in 2008, when I first started to “gather” all these magnificent objects, looking at her collection in awe. I’m, of course, talking about miss puzzles, Roxanne Wong.
Her first venture into the world of puzzle design debuted last year with the Pionir Pyramid, which was her exchange puzzle at the IPP 32 in Washington D.C. With the help of Mr. Fok, the manufacturing was entrusted to [Read More...]
elogIQ is a company based in the USA and founded by mathematicians, educators and psychologists that work together to bring us original and creative brainteasers. Dror Rom, inventor of the Cmetrick Classic, which I’m reviewing today, patented his creation in 2004 and since then three other versions have been produced by elogIQ: the Cmetrick Classic Mini, the Cmetrick Too and the Cmetrick Too Hard.
The Cmetrick Classic is a sequential movement puzzle consisting of nine identical spheres arranged in a 3×3 frame, with each sphere having six different colors. The mechanism of the puzzle is [Read More...]
This week we have the Hungarian Tower of Babel puzzle.† This is an old school puzzle that came out around the same time as the Rubik’s cube.† I donít remember seeing this puzzle as a kid but I wish did I because it is a lot of fun.† The goal is to scramble up the colors and then place the colors back in place.† There is an added difficulty because each color goes from a very light to dark.† I have not quite solved it yet but Iíve been having a great time playing [Read More...]
When I was younger I never really liked or understood how the Rubik’s Cube worked. I guess I still don’t understand it at all, but anyways. I now have an appreciation for the rotational puzzles. Looking at so many of them and seeing how they are made has given me an appreciation for them. I have even been able to solve the 3x3x3 and the 5x5x5. Of course it took me a long time but I still solved it.
This is something completely different.† The gear cube rotates on gears.† There is no internal mechanism that has pieces attached to [Read More...]