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      26.11.2012 13:59
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      A most have for anyone born during the 1970's!

      The year 1982 (not 1984!) and the Rubik's Cube hits the shops taking the world by surprise.  Despite being only 3 at this point the Rubik's cube phenomenon remains deeply in my memory, which means it must have stayed in trend for a good few years perhaps up until the early nineties.  In recent years all things 1980's are back in fashion, and I have recently seen the Rubik's cube back in stores.
       
      I guess I got my Rubik's cube around the late eighties.  It belonged to my older cousins and my Aunt gave it to me, I think when they moved out to go to university.  I would have been around 9/10 at the time and was really into such mind-teasing activities, probably much to the delights of my parents as I was easy to keep quiet.  I can remember being so obsessed with this cube it went to school with me and I would be trying to fathom it out in the breaks!  It's not easy to do, I guess I haven't done it more than 5 times ever and last time I tried I didn't succeed, although I think I am out of practice and don't remember the "formula".  This cube now lives in a box of my stuff at my parent's house, and I hope will give my kids some enjoyment when we go around there when they are a bit older.
       
      The cube has nine mini cube stickers on each face, so 54 mini cube stickers in total.  All you have to do is get all nine stickers on each of the six faces the same colour, simple....well not quite.  I usually find I end up with just two of the colours on the wrong face and get stuck at that point which can become very frustrating.  The cube is bright and eye catching and has one red, yellow, green, white, orange, red and blue side.  How the insides of the cube work is a bit of a mystery, however if you pull the individual cubes, which there are eighteen of away from the main cube a bit it is possible to see so dense springs inside.  A third of the cube can be twisted at one time and the cube can twist both horizontally and vertically.  Someone it is very durable and I would be really interested to see how a Rubik's cube is made, as it does take a lot of twisting and turning to sort the puzzle out.
       
      Believe it or not there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways of arranging the cubes, so in actual fact the chance of solving it is pretty low!  It apparently does come with an instruction booklet with tips on how to solve it, however I've never seen this, guess my cousins lost it!
       
      Today a Rubik's cube will set you back about £13, so not too expensive and probably a good Christmas present solution for a retro-loving guy!  It's funky and obsessive and for anyone born in the eighties was a must-have.

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        Having a boyfriend who is convinced he is a genius has its frustrating moments. Not a day goes by where I don't feel a little bit dumb in his presence and I cant help but wish that there was something that I could beat him at. A few weeks ago, he decided to buy the Rubiks cube. There's no doubt in my mind this had nothing to do with learning the ways of the cube for his own intellectual benefit but more to do with showing off his already annoyingly high intelligence. Along with this cube came a book to explain how to solve the cube in under a minute.

        At first I wasn't all too fussed. I hoped he'd get bored quickly and fail to learn and didn't even attempt to try to get my head around it. However, after a few days he'd managed to solve it in about 10 minutes and intrigue started. Suffering from food poisoning and getting increasingly bored of laying in bed with nothing to do, I got him to explain the rules of solving the cube. It was fairly simple to pick up. You just had to learnt he algorithms to getting the pieces where you wanted them to go, starting with the bottom layer and middle pieces and working your way around and up the cube. It took a couple of hours of constant playing around until finally I'd managed it.

        After weeks of playing with it, I still cant walk past it without having a go. I ended up buying my own from amazon for £4 (with an extra £5 for postage) and now often have races with my boyfriend to see who can finish first where I can now finish in under 2 minutes. I proudly add he rarely wins so along with a fun and addictive game came something I actually beat him at. Much to his frustration of course. Losing is obviously not something hes used to.

        The cube at first is quite hard to twist around. It took a few weeks of playing around with it until the cube became much more easier to move around and now can twist the pieces with just a small flick. The stickers on the cube are starting to peel off but i played with this for hours everyday so this may have more to do with my addiction rather than its design. Even when they do start to peel off too much, you can go on the rubiks cube website and buy some replacement for a few pounds.

        I would definitely suggest anyone has a go at this. I cant wait to get it out in public and show off and its surprisingly easy to learn. Go for it!

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          21.05.2012 12:50
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          Rubik's Cube....the brick that captured the wonderment of the world and made one man very rich.

          Rubik's Cube

          I remember my Mother buying me a Rubik's cube in 1983. Lots of other kids at school had one and I remember having a go on someone else's, before I had one, and being frustrated at not being able to work it out.

          Once I had my own I remember being able to do two sides and then feeling proud of doing three and eventually four. Then the frustration would set in again as I failed to do five sides or complete the puzzle by finishing all six.

          So where did this magical cube come from and just how did you complete it?

          Background

          The idea itself was born upon the work desk of a Hungarian fellow named Erno Rubik in nineteen seventy-four. He had mused over the idea for a time while he took breaks from working on his drawings. Rubik was an architect and had a love of anything containing an angle or bearing a 3D quality. He built his first cube as an experiment and as a teaching guide for students in relation to the workings of 3D objects. He was a teacher at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts and many of his students talk about how interesting his classes were.

          He eventually covered each side of his cube with different coloured stickers to enable the students to see the workings of each side when rotated.

          It suddenly occurred to him that he had the idea for the makings of a brilliant puzzle. It would be a magical cube with six different coloured sides that could be mixed up and through logic and a turning mechanism, put back together again in their original form and colours.

          Many prototypes would be made over the coming years and in 1980 Rubik had a patent and an agreement to sell it through the lucrative Ideal Toys.

          Many other science boffins and inventors claimed to have invented the cube before Rubik but most of them were flimsy efforts involving magnets and turning mechanisms that didn't really hold up when tested.

          History

          The Rubik's cube is now famous the world over and has sold three hundred and seventy-five million making it one of the best-selling toys ever. Many regard it as the number one toy in the world.

          Since becoming so popular, Ideal has been sued successfully by Larry Nichols who invented a 2x2x2 cube as opposed to Rubik's 3x3x3 way back in 1970. After Rubik's 3x3x3 became so popular he added a 2x2x2 of his own and this is when Nichols won his lawsuit. However, the court ruled that Rubik had not broken any rules or copyright infringements with the popular 3x3x3 and has he had successfully brought it to fruition without Nichols inventing a 3x3x3 himself, the cube was allowed to continue to be sold.

          There have been many people who have tried to Sue Rubik and Ideal over the years for stealing their idea. I believe that if they had really invented it first then they would've had a product on the market and it would probably be they themselves who would be in the firing line and not Rubik. Maybe other people did have a similar idea but Rubik got in first and Ideal are no slouches in the toy industry and wouldn't take it on board lightly.

          The Cube Itself

          The Rubik's cube is made out of hard plastic and consists of six sides, each containing nine squares. Each face or each nine squared side is covered by nine coloured stickers. One side white, one yellow, one blue, one red, one green and one orange.

          The cube can be rotated or twisted in a variety of ways. By doing this the coloured squares become mixed and each face of nine squares is no longer the same colour. The object of the puzzle is to turn and twist until each face contains nine squares of the same colour. Once this is achieved, the puzzle is completed.

          There have been some cheap copies of this available and some poor attempts to recreate it. The poorer ones usually fall apart after a few turns and the companies that make them are usually hit with a hefty fine or closed down after a lawsuit from Ideal.



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          I can remember the guy who could finish the cube in school amazing everyone and getting the girl, so to speak. He was the equivalent of the high school jock, the nerd turned cool guy and the guy who taught us all it was Ok to have brains.

          Then you would get the guys that would oil their cube to make it turn faster in order to solve it quicker. Mine always ground out a sound like a rhinoceros dragging a three ton bag of Lego across some Doritos.

          After a while more and more people were able to solve the cube. What this really came down to was the cool, nerd type guy selling his secrets in the playground for twenty pence a time.

          This is when the real bravado started and competitions would be held. A guy with a watch would shout go and clickety-clack and grind and groan could be heard right across the playground until a cube was held aloft triumphantly.

          I remember one guy colouring all his squares in with a black marker and shouting finished after one second. You had to hand it to him, he had!

          This has now become an actual sport called 'Speed cubing'.

          There are actual recognised events and the Guinness Book of Records recognises the quickest completion, which is just over five seconds. There is actually a blind solving competition. A person stares at the cube and is then blindfolded. A variation of this is for a person to be blindfolded and another person tells them which way to move or turn the cube. This is known as 'Team Blindfold'. There are also competitions for people who solve a cube using only their feet and even an underwater one where the competitor solves a cube under water with only one breath. I think there should be a competition called 'Get a life', which doesn't actually involve a Rubik's cube.

          The Rubik's cube will always be synonymous with the nineteen eighties and has now become an icon.

          I will always remember it but not with that much fondness. To me it was more irritating than fun.

          Rubik's cubes now have a symbol on each face centre square. many of the cube's aficionados have slated this has a method of cheating or at the very least a try to make the puzzle easier to solve.

          There are also a number of computer variants and a number of new cubes available. You can now get 5x5x5, 6x6x6 and even 7x7x7 cube variants.

          Erno Rubik is still coming up with ideas today and many of them are turned into new puzzle toys. The Rubik's cube has transformed over the years and although the standard original cube is still a favourite many of the newer versions are also very popular. You can buy it in sphere versions and caterpillar variables as well as many other forms and shapes. People have also made their own customised cubes out of such thinks as keyboard keys, sweets and faces with pictures on. The variants are endless just like the permutations for solving the puzzle.

          There are numerous studies available on the internet, which go into massive detail about the mathematics and the algorithms and the many permutations for solving the cube.

          One thing is for sure, Erno Rubik is a very rich man and it doesn't take a rocket scientist or a puzzle cube inventor to work that one out.

          ©Lee Billingham

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            17.05.2012 00:11
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            A great toy that will keep you busy for hours

            Whilst my sister was wandering around Toys R Us trying to find a birthday present for a friend, I was happily reminded of the fun of a rubix cube. The one we own was given as a gift to everyone in our house from my uncle, partly because he always likes showing off how fast he can solve one when he visits, however I forgot about it for a while as it was hidden in the mess that is my sisters room. Although, when we got home, it was soon found and I began to get addicted and frustrated once again with the Rubik's Cube.

            They can be bought for around £6 online and in stores although the only place I've seen have one available is Toys R Us. It is a very reasonable price for the amount of fun and time you can spend playing with them, and suitable for any age or person who likes problem solving or just making fun patterns with coloured blocks.

            The cube itself is made really well with strong black plastic as the main base for it, and made easy enough so moving the layers is really easy. The stickers are good to, and I haven't had any issues with them peeling off so far which is good (however a way of cheating the Rubix cube is to peel them off even though it ruins it so they do have the ability to do this).

            The Rubik's Cube is just, well a cube with six sides that are split into nine smaller squares. All of these squares have a different sticker of colour placed on them so that when you move the cube layers around, the colours move with the section. There is a red, white, yellow, blue, orange and green side, and when you first open the box that it comes in, that's how it's supposed to look like after you have eventually solved the puzzle.

            Then once you've got the cube, the fun/frustration can start! You jumble round the cube in a crazy amount of turning so you can't even remember what moves you did, and then once it's all well and colour crazy, try and get it back to the original look it once had of being one colour on each face.

            It took me a very very long time to get my Rubik's Cube back to how it looked, however it totally was worth it as the satisfaction of finishing it was great. I think there is some youtube videos and books on finishing Rubix Cubes, however I'm guessing it takes the ridiculously frustrated and determined to purchase these.

            It kept me busy for ages, and I tend to use it when I'm just watching tv to have something to fiddle with or if I'm on a long car journey. However, my sister has also enjoyed it and it's kept her quiet for hours as she struggles to try and solve it, so it really is a toy for all ages.

            Overall, I think that this is a great gift for anyone as it is a cheap and has the opportunity to waste hours and hours of time. A timeless gift that anyone can enjoy aside from the slight frustration and annoyance it can cause!

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              12.12.2011 12:42
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              The rubik's cube has been around for as long as I can remember, I used to play with this when I was a child, and I also bought one from Ebay for £3 for my kids to play with.

              The rubik's cube is square in shape, which is sectioned off into 9 smallsquares on each side. each side of the square has different colours on, when you buy the cube it has all the sides with its matching colours, which is how it should be when you finish the cube.

              To start the cube going you need to twist the squares to mix them up, so that each side is mixed with different colours. Then the game begins. You have to keep turning each of the row of squares to try and get each side with fully matching colours again. Sounds easy right? well no its not, the cube is quite frustrating and it can take hours, if not days to get all the sides matching again.

              I do like to play with the rubik's cube because it is really frustratingly addictive, once you start you feel like you need to complete the puzzle, so it is pretty hard to put down. Even my kids have got addicted to trying to get all the sides the same colour.

              I would recommend this to anyone who loves puzzle games, or just wants to relieve a bit of boredom, if I am honest I know this game might sound boring, but it is far from boring and you can sit there for hours just trying to finish the puzzle off, and for £3 you will get hours of fun, then when you do complete it, you can start all over again.

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                07.12.2011 12:06
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                Great stocking filler this Christmas!

                I never really played with Rubik's Cubes when I was younger, it wasn't until recently when I was in a Gadget Store and seen one for £10 sitting in the novelty items that I decided that I would pick it up and give it a go.

                The Rubick's Cube is a regular looking cube, with 9 squares on each face andis divided into 9 different squares of 6 different colours on each face, the colours that are on the original Rubik Cube are Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Orange.

                The aim of the Rubik Cube is to get each face to match up all the colours so every face has 9 squares on it all the same colour. You move the smaller squares around by twisting and turning the cube. You buy this puzzle perfectly solved, and then randomly mix it yourself, (or get someone else to mix it for you) and try and get it back to its perfect solved self again.

                This puzzle game can be really difficult some times to solve, and until you have got the technique down, it may take you a long time to solve it and return it to its matched up beginning. There are some genius's however who can solve Rubik's Cubes in a matter of seconds or minutes, I am not that good yet, but with a little ( a lot) of practice, I hope to get quicker.

                I bought this in the Gadget Store for £10, however I can see them online for just over £4, so you can get them cheaper if you shop around.

                Rubik Cube are suitable for ages 8+, I am 21 and I enjoy playing with mine, I suppose it just depends on interest and what you like to do in your spare time.

                Overall I am really glad I bought this little puzzling cube, I enjoy puzzles and challenges, so this is right up my street. It is the kind of thing that I like to sit down and ponder, and I find it quite relaxing, until I meet a dead end and start scrambling it up in frustration. I think I paid too much for my Rubik Cube, but online they are priced well and if you haven't already tried one and like a puzzle, I think that this would be a great buy.

                *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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                04.12.2011 18:16
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                You must do it!

                Apparently, mischievous dogs are responsible for stealing £33 million pounds of owner's possessions each year, perverts too as two thirds of it is underwear. One-in-ten dogs have a more expensive taste for jewelry and cash, whilst slippers, toys and remote controls are also tempting to those nosey hounds. The survey by a pet food company also revealed that Pugs are the lightest fingered mutts, followed by Cocker Spaniels, Labradors and the ridiculous celebrity accessories called Shih Tzu's. Whether the alleged theft is really the owners covering up their love life and the use of the DVD players for illicit needs while the other half is away is debatable. To complete my tenuous link to the actual product I'm supposed to be reviewing, the most stolen toy is, yep, the Rubik Cube! What you think is your boyfriends sweat on the cube as you pick it up once more to try to crack it could well be dog saliva flavored with Bonio. In fact it wouldn't be surprise if the family pet has more chance of completing this unfathomable puzzle than most of their owners.

                I have completed the magic cube, of course, the method rather random though. My tactic is rather basic in that I twiddle away with the corners until they are in place and then just drop the middle bits in. Once you have the corners all the twists and flips you do from then on in don't need to involve the corners in a way that you would drop them out of place. In essence once you have the corners only an idiot will fail to complete it. It may take you days to get the corners though. The best method to complete the cube is to simply peel off the colors and place them back on in the original pattern. You will be surprised just how many of your friends have done that.
                The brilliance of the cube is not so much the solution but the pivot design around the simple idea, Hungarian architect Erno Rubik, like all architects, finding the right engineer to make his idea actually work. Designers and architects paint pretty pictures but it's the engineers that make them work. To date he has sold 400 million cubes around the world. Do the math's at £10 each. This guy is not poor! There had been previous attempts at this type of puzzle, one with magnets, but fellow inventors never quite grasping the beautiful symmetry and simplicity of the Rubik's Cube. If you were to twist and pull the cube rather too hard you will eventually see how it's made as the thing explodes although they are very durable. There are 88,580,102,706,155,225,088,000 permutations of the cube to complete it. The fastest time for completing the cube is an incredible 5.8 seconds by a German chap, his wife quiping that he is 'much faster in bed'. No doubt he built a house from them too, Lego style.

                The Rubik's Federation holds competitions with the cube for:
                * Blindfolded solving
                * Solving the Cube with one person blindfolded and the other person saying what moves to make, known as "Team Blindfold"
                * Solving the Cube underwater in a single breath
                * Solving the Cube using a single hand
                * Solving the Cube with one's feet

                Inevitable, variations of the cube popped up to cash in on the craze. There's the 16 square cube and the 36 faced side cube, your truly succumbing to a Hexagon barrel shaped one in the late 1980s. There's the smaller novelty version of just four squares, designed for viewers of the One Show, as yet none of them have cracked.
                Price wise they are a £4.89 on Amazon for the classic cube or £8.97 for the bigger cube. The gimmicky ones like the Rubik Snake (£13,67p) are a bit more for some reason. If you're not an online shopper then Argos has the cube for £9.99.

                So summing up we have the perfect toy, something for all ages that you can take anywhere. When you do learn the patters like you did on the old video games in the fairgrounds and arcades to impress your mates one has a neat party trick to pull from their top pocket. But, like learning to drive, getting your first employment and losing virginity, completing the cube on your own is a right-of-passage you really need to pass...

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                  01.12.2011 11:47
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                  A classic game

                  ==Rubik's Cube==

                  The Rubik's Cube has been one of those classic games for so many years and I must say that I remember having one as a child and as I am sure everyone did get too frustrated with it and proceed to peel off the coloured stickers and arrange them so that each side displayed a full colour block. The only downside with doing this is that once this has been done there is no going back and the stickers are not only not very sticky any more but the game itself is ruined as it has not been completed properly.

                  So with the fact I hadn't ever actually completed the Rubik's Cube and the fact that the one I had as a child had to be thrown away I was always keen to have another one of these and give it a try so when I saw one at a local boot sale a few years back I couldn't resist but pay the £1 price that I haggled it down to and take it home for hours of annoying spinning. The £1 price I paid is pretty good as the RRP of the cube is around the £10 region although you could probably pick it up for a little cheaper than this if you were to shop around.

                  The aim of the game is simple and all you need do is twist the cube sides around in order to get all of the same colour on one side. There are six different colours which are blue, red, white, orange, yellow and green and as soon as you start twisting the rows around the colours get mixed up. You can twist the cube rows up or down as it is made on a sort of pivot which allows the squares to move in one row at a time.

                  The game sounds really simple but believe me it isn't. I know there are champions around the world that can do this game in seconds but to be utterly honest I still have yet to complete the silly thing. It is utterly frustrating in an additively fun way. Considering how much fun and how many hours can be spent playing with this cube the £1 I paid for it was certainly worth it. In fact I haven't had it out for a while but writing this review has encouraged me to dig it out of the draw and give it another bash but still to no avail.

                  You can't beat this classic game and it is certainly one that has lasted the distance and still going strong. If eel that for that reason nothing but a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is deserved. Of course if anyone has any tips for being able to complete this without pulling out more of my hair I would be very interested to hear your ideas!

                  I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

                  Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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                    20.10.2011 20:29
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                    A fun puzzle which is extremely hard to solve

                    The Rubik's cube was invented in the 1980's by Erno Rubik who used to teach in a school at Budapest. He invented this cube to help students learn about geometry but he then decided to sell this cube as a brain challenging toy. As soon as this toy came out thousands of people went to buy in what is now called the Rubik craze. Nearly thirty years on this toy is still a huge success.
                    The object is actually quite simple. You have a cube with 6 faces divided into nine segments. Each of the nine segments is in one of six colours. Now all you need to do is make all six faces the same colour and you have solved the Rubik's cube. The only problem of course is that it is a teensy bit harder than it sounds. Personally I struggle to do 1 colour and don't know anyone who has done more than two sides at any one time.

                    So you might ask is there any way of cracking this colourful toy. Well actually there is... and I don't mean actually cracking it open with a screwdriver or sticking colour stickers on top. Published on line and in books are some books which tell you how to complete it. The only problem now is those people who are clever enough to figure out how to do it assume everyone else can understand the algebraic nonsense they put in their books. So basically your down to randomly twisting but don't worry there's a 1 in 50000 chance you will solve it.

                    There are loads of other models a bit like this which have come out more recently onto the market. Bigger cubes have been invented with 25 segments on each side which is even more tricky but you will be happy to know there is also a 2*2 cube. Now surely even the dumbest can't fail to get four squares of the right colour on each side? Well think again as even this is a lot harder than it sounds. Finally there has been a Rubik's 360 invented which is about manoeuvring balls into the right coloured wholes which as you can imagine is all but impossible.

                    At £5 from toys R us or Amazon I would highly recommend buying them. Unfortunately they are very tricky to do but you should be able to do at least one colour. They are very colourful and fun for kids to make patterns with even if they can't do the puzzle. This product says it is only for those eight and over but they should have also added with an IQ of 150 or over. Thank You for reading my review and I hope you have found it very useful.

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                      04.08.2011 11:43
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                      Not worth the money

                      I love Rubik's cubes. I was introduced to them at university by a friend and soon had my own and became slightly obsessed with them. I'm one of those annoying people who on meeting someone else with a Rubik's cube doesn't ask if they can solve it but asks how long it takes them.

                      My slightly obsessive love of Rubik's cubes led me to buying one for my girlfriend as a gift. I chose a standard cube from Amazon and sat waiting eagerly. A few days later it arrived and then things started going down hill.

                      The cube came complete with a stand (which I've never used) and a small booklet on how to solve the cube. The booklet wasn't very clear and it would be hard for a beginner to learn to solve the cube with that book alone.

                      The cube itself was a disappointment. I was expecting a good quality cube with you could turn and play with easily. Unfortunately what I found was a poorly made cube with cheap stickers that was difficult to turn. For someone who wants to turn sides at random (most people's approach to solving a cube) this cube would suffice but if you want to solve it quickly it's just too stiff. I struggle to solve this cube not because it's complicated but because I get bogged down slowly turning side and lose track of what I'm doing.

                      On my good cube (yes, I'm cool enough to have several) I can solve it in about 40 seconds (yes, I really do have a girlfriend) but with this cube it takes minutes. After moderate use the stickers are starting to peel around the edges.

                      If you're buying this cube as a novelty gift then go ahead, it will do the job. If you're buying it with the intention of doing some serious speed cubing then look elsewhere. You'll only be disappointed and frustrated.

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                        A very good puzzle game

                        For years I kept seeing the Rubik's cube and I had friends who seemed to be able to complete them in minutes with a special formula they knew yet for me it was just complicated.

                        The Rubik's cube has been around for years and can be found in many places still to this day and the idea is that you have six sides to this cube and each side needs to have every single square in the exact same colour.

                        This sounds easy but when you have one rogue square which needs moving for another this usually makes the entire grid change and then you are lost as to where to go next.

                        The Rubik's cube is quite light in weight and it seems cheap and at times it seems to cheap you worry it might break if you drop it because it feels that light in weight.

                        You basically twist the various sections around and they go right and left and you have to try and get those squares to perfectly sit on one side of the cube and until all the squares on each side are the same colour you're not finished.

                        When I first got this cube I kept on completing the odd side of the cube in one colour and I would pretend to friends I had completed it because no matter what I did I never knew the formula and people would laugh because I found it so difficult.

                        Those 9 individual squares you need on each side are not easy to do but the way the puzzle is done it makes this a product you never put down and then other times you go months until you touch it again.

                        I did complete this not too long ago and it was accidentally completed I had it in my hands and watching television and I had basically twisted the cube in many ways and eventually I saw an opportunity to finish the entire cube and I never felt so good.

                        I would say this is a toy which people might find boring because even I did it is not one of those games consoles people play time and again and it is not something with a quick fix to a solution. Unless you know that special formula you will not be able to complete this puzzle unless like me by luck.

                        I think overall the product is one which people will find a place for and it can retail in many price brackets just last weekend I saw this for £7.99 so the price is still pretty high considering how popular this actually was in the past.

                        If there is one problem with the entire cube it is sometimes the cube when you move the various panels they seem stuck and you have to really press hard against the pieces to make them move but other than that I have seen no faults.

                        No colours come off the squares or seem to lose their shade and considering how many times I have used it that is pretty good.

                        A very good product overall with a slightly high price tag but something which could last forever, depending on when you eventually finish it.

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                          24.03.2011 13:48
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                          Great toy /puzzle, a welcome blast from the past

                          I recently saw and bought a Rubiks Cube, as I was suddenly back in my school days, being driven nuts by this physical puzzle, but I just had to buy one for my son ( yeah, he just has to get it off me!). I suppose the one thing it does is teach you patience, if you don't have that you'll never solve the puzzle.

                          Basically you have to have all sides of the cube the same colour, easier said than done, and you could spend hours trying to solve it, so it's persistance as well as patience that's required. This is a great puzzle /toy which does teach children and not a few adults those qualities. The great thing is it requires no batteris, is cheap, and it makes a peasant change to see children playing with something which does'nt involve sitting in front of a screen for hours!

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                            22.03.2011 15:37

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                            A great mind bending puzzle

                            The Rubiks cube was invented by Erno Rubik and has been around since the early 1980s.
                            I first came accross one about 15 years ago and had a play for half hour got frustrated and put it away.

                            The idea of the cube is to return it to a solved state so that each of the six sides is a different colour, red, green,blue.white,yellow and orange. Each side of the cube can be rotated clockwise and anticlockwise and as long as noone has altered the stickers it is always possible to solve.

                            A friend bought me a cube 2 years ago and I spent hours trying to solve. I then taught myself to solve on youtube. The feeling of satisfaction you receive the first time you solve the cube is amazing.

                            If you really like the cube then there are a range of siilar products that you might also want to try.

                            It may be over 30 years old but the rubiks cube is still a mind-bending puzzle. I also like to get it out when I have visitors as nearly everyone will have a go, I can then show off and solve it.

                            Lots of people develop into a variation of solving called speed cubing and there are worldwide competitions you can enter if you get good enough.

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                            24.02.2011 10:27
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                            RETRO QUIRKYNESS AT IT'S BEST.

                            I was browsing through amazon last year, when I came across an item that nearly knocked me over with nostalgia. The Rubik's cube. For a person like me who grew up in the 80's I remember the phenomenon that flooded the uk when this small and ordinary looking cube of 36 coloured squares first came out.

                            Every Saturday morning tv programme of this era, worth it's salt. Would have some geeky, bespectacled child on who could complete this mind boggling puzzle in a matter of seconds. Everyone in my class had a rubik's cube on their Christmas list and the talk in the yard would be who was the quickest at completing this puzzle.

                            The basic rule of this game is that you have to get each side of the six sided cube to have the same colour. So one side should be totally red, another blue etc. You can try and achieve this by twisting the interlocking cube. It sounds pretty easy and straight forward, until you pick a cube up and start playing. I have not a clue when playing this game. I always twist the sections and end up in a mess!!

                            Now, I know that this game was popular when I was a kid, but I was dubious to buy this for my daughter. Would she love it's retro appeal? or would she think I had gone bonkers and confess to her friends via facebook that 'omg!!Mum has lost the plot.'

                            I decided that I would risk the possible humiliation and buy it. I payed around £8 for this cube and was very impressed with this price. Considering that this hand held game can provide hours of amusement.

                            When first holding the rubik's cube. I thought that it felt lighter than I remember, in a way somewhat cheaper. However the twisting mechanism was strong and precise.

                            My daughter was not particularly impressed. She had a turn and then left it on the coffee table. However, it didnt stay there for long, as my husband was very excited by this blast from the past. He infuriatingly spent the evening slumped on the chair. Twisting, swearing and generally getting more and more frustrated by this little cube. His macho pride would not let him give up and indeed after a few hours he had completed the task.

                            Basically this rubik's cube may not be electronic, interactive or sound activated. But for good honest amusement and fun, I think Rubik's cube ticks all the right boxes. It encourages logical thinking and also helps to develop a sense of methodical problem solving. In a time when most activities involve being zombied out in front of a screen, I think this dear ole Rubik's cube is a breath of fresh air.

                            The cube itself, can be stored easily in a handbag as it requires very little storage space. It makes no noise so can be played without bothering others. It is great for hand eye coordination. Especially when trying to complete the puzzle in a fast time.

                            My daughter has since, played and completed the Rubik's cube. Whilst on a flight to Turkey last summer. She thoroughly enjoyed the puzzle. It certainly captured her attention for the duration of the flight. What tickled me was the comment she made to me later. 'mam what's this new cool game? it's class!' which proves that sometimes the oldies are most definately the goodies. x

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                              01.01.2011 10:40
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                              good fun

                              I had to laugh when I opened this present on christmas day as the Rubik's cube is something timeless and addictive and baffleing all in one little toy. It is one of the toys that I can remember from being a young girl when they were all the craze in the 80's and all my school friends had them and we would spend days just chatting in the school yard twisting and turning the many faces of the cube to see who could do the annoying yet compelling puzzle.
                              Of course there was always the kid that could do the cube and whom we'd always sigh at and tell to naff off, but to get one for christmas was great it took me back a few years and I still like the challenge of the cube.

                              This retails at around £7 to £8 depending on where you buy it from.
                              What you get for your money is a cube which has six faces and each face has nine little squares and the object of the cube is to get al the same nine coloured squares on each of the six faces, so that when you look at the cube it has one face red, one green, one yellow, one white and one blue.
                              Simple I hear you say ? well, not only does each side turn both clockwise and anticlockwise but each of the nine coloured squares move too, so that you once someone has come along and turned the edges of the cube, then turned it over to turn again, the squares can be muddled up.
                              Then you have to try and turn the pieces to get them into the right sequence. This is the hardest thing to do and after all my time of practicing when I was young I can still only get two of the sides back to the right colour.

                              A Rubiks cube has the standard size of 2 and a quarter inches on each side but you can buy tiny cubes for £5 and giant cubes for around £18, you can get rubiks cube keyrings and D.I.Y cubes and other novelty cubes too.
                              I was really surprised to see that this is still in fashion and that it can be bought in toy shops, at the gadget shop and online.
                              There is even a site www.rubiks.com where you can buy the cube from or see how you can complete the cube.

                              I think this is great fun and if your like me I hate being beaten by a toy and pick it up when I see it and try to do the puzzle and put it down when it gets me mad.
                              I have even cheated a couple of times as it can be pulled apart and clicked back into place as each piece apart fron the middle squares unclicks from the cube and you can put them back in their proper order.

                              All in all it's a fun toy with hours of entertainment suitable for all ages over five years.

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                              One of the most well-known and frustrating of puzzles, or brain busters as the case may be. Recommended for everyone 8 years and up.