Yes, there are many Rubiks cube solutions (or Rubix Cuba Salutations as known in parts of Russia). There’s no one set way to solve the cube or one cube being enough for any child of the eighties. Oh, you needed more than one cube after you broke it apart to solve it or attempted to peel the stickers off and they never worked or looked the same after. But really I’m talking about the spin offs of the Rubiks cube. Again, you could get the cute little cubes on key chains and the impossible cubes with so many blocks per side it seemed like you’d need a second brain to solve just two of sides. But again I don’t mean those.
At birthdays and Christmas times for me in the eighties were a chance to receive the next variation on the hand held multi coloured puzzle that tried to take a little of the spotlight away from the mighty 6 sided wonder cube itself. Wrapped up gifts in odd shapes gave me the clue that this wasn’t a model car or box of chocolates.
Recently a bag of these creations were discovered in my parents loft. Back brought memories of the hours spent attempting to solve these unusual puzzles, this was of course before the advent of the mainstream video console; you kids don’t know how good you’ve got it today. All we had was a ball and toy soldier carved out of wood and not two dimes to rub together. Well, not until Mr Rubiks brought his wondrous invention to life and saved us from a childhood of boredom.
As for those strange other rubiks cube imitations. You had the barrel. I solved this in about half an hour, feeling very smug I messed it up and gave it to my sister to do. She took about 10 minutes, doh! Then you had the pyramid. This was the closest to the cube in operation, the difference was it was well, shaped like a pyramid instead of a cube. Still, you could solve it by yourself in one sitting without needing an operating manual.
Completely different were the Rubiks snakes. They came in different lengths and sizes and were basically origami with movable blocks joined together. Not really a puzzle to solve as such but fun never the less as you tried to guess exactly what your sister had made. Most of the time everything looked like a snake – hence the name I guess.
Lastly we have the Ball of Beads. The official name escapes me but thats probably just as well as the solution has never even been found, yet alone had a chance to escape me. This one is tough tough tough. You have a ball around the same size as the cube with four rows of colored beads in grooves encircling the ball. The ball has a split running all the way around it so you can twist half the ball and join up these grooves with beads in them. The object was to sort out the beads into color order, one set of color for each groove. Maybe this puzzle was called impossiball (sic) because it sure seemed like it. Give me the good old cube anytime, this one could drive you insane.
20 odd years later and video console rules supreme but this year I’ve gone against the tide and shunned modern technology. I’ve only gone and bought my young nephew a Rubiks cube; and you know what, he’s hooked. It’s so addictive he can’t put it down and now he’s onto my case for the solution. Yes, I blabbed on his birthday how I had completed it with my superior intellect. Well now it’s come back to bite me on the butt. I’m expected to show him Rubiks cube solutions and nifty tricks he can show off to his friends. I had of course forgotten how to complete the cube and needed some instruction. Good job I found this page with a groovy old school tutorial that I could learn step by step and quickly re-learn what my aging brain had chose to throw out with the skateboard (which the nephew also now has) and the skin tight jeans (back soon in fashion soon I tell you).
Have another bash at the cube, I tell you, your brain will finally wake up after all those hours playing mindless video games. I love Sonic, but thats another story. See ya!