If you were to ask someone which is the most famous puzzle in the world, the answer has to be Rubik’s Cube, for until now more than 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold all over the world, and that makes it the world’s top selling puzzle game. It was invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ern Rubik in 1974 and while it was initially designed by Henry as a tool to explain and teach his students about the intricacies of 3-Dimensional objects it became an international phenomenon.
The Rubik’s Cube traditionally comes with 6 faces and has the 3x3x3 version. Each of the six faces is covered by nine stickers in six solid colors, which are white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. Each face can turn independently and the solver has to move the tiny cubes to make each of the 6 faces of the Rubik’s Cube into one single color. The puzzle has annoyed, amazed, puzzled, frustrated and bugged people for generations and that is perhaps why it almost has a cult following.
With such popularity, you can only imagine that there are several versions of the Rubik’s Cube and there are also several art forms, mods, concepts, gadgets and designs inspired by the Rubik’s Cube. Here is an extraordinary list of the 38 Coolest and Geekiest Rubik’s Cube Puzzle Games and Designs including real releases, concepts and ideas from Rubik’s Cube fans.
Rubik’s Cube for the Visually Challenged
Since the Rubik’s Cube is based on colors, solving the puzzle also depends on the ability to see. You may assume that Rubik’s Cube is thus meant only for those who can see and the visually challenged can’t solve the Rubik’s Cube. However, there are several cool Rubik’s Cube designs which have been created especially for those who cannot see. Here are a few which are pretty cool.
The Braille Rubik’s Cube allows the puzzle solver to feel the cube instead of seeing it, while trying to solve.
Rubik’s Cube of Doom for the Visually Impaired has been designed by Brian Doom and each face has a unique color, shape, and texture, which makes it ‘easier’ for the visually challenged person to solve it.
Zhiliang Chen has modded another Visually Impaired Rubik’s Cube which can be used by those who cannot see. Unfortunately it is not up for sale, and you might have to try the other two which are available.
Rubik’s Cube Tables
If you thought solving the Rubik’s Cube was too tough, and you would rather relax with a cup of coffee after a tedious couple of hours with the Rubik’s Cube, here are a couple of cool tables that might help you do just that.
Clab4Design has designed an amazingly great looking table which is inspired by the Rubik’s Cube. This Chic Rubik’s Cube Table would be a great way to decorate your room in the spirit of the Rubik’s Cube.
Rubik’s Cube Table by Jellio is quite expensive at $600, but can be a luxurious piece of furniture for those who can afford. Your guests would surely be impressed by its beauty.
The Rubik’s Cube Slide
The Rubik’s Cube Slide is a modification of the original puzzle and comes with LED light display patterns, and sliding game pad along with 10,000 different puzzles to solve. It would be a puzzle-hater’s nightmare.
Google Rubik’s Cube
Google Rubik’s Cube is an interesting puzzle that comes with Google brands instead of the 6 solid colors. Many believe the Google Rubik’s Cube is an allegory to the puzzle of Google itself. When you are tired of using all the Google products and services, you could try and spend some time trying to solve the Google Rubik’s Cube!
Bizarre Rubik’s Cube
Of course, the idea of obsessing over a puzzle sounds pretty bizarre to me, but here are a few Rubik’s Cube designs which are completely weird and bizarre. If you wish, go ahead and make sense of them!
Marshall Astor has designed a Rock Rubik’s Cube which is made of bronze, rock, sediments and other organic materials which are naturally available. I am not sure who would dare to solve a puzzle like this, but it sure is something!
The Rubik’s 360 Puzzle comes in a completely new shape as against the traditional cube design. It has a spherical shape and offers endless fun to the puzzle lover.
Glass Rubik’s Cube is yet another design that baffles you completely. Made of glass, it could easily break if dropped. If you get frustrated with the puzzle, do not throw it against the ground, for it the Glass Rubik’s Cube would be no more.
Magnetic Dice Rubik’s Cube is a homemade creation which uses red cubes, and adds to the complexity of the puzzle. Try it only if you are really keen on complicating your life!
Mirror Rubik’s Cube is yet another puzzle that is almost impossible to solve. With no real color to guide you to the solution, you may have to depend on the reflections instead, until they make an intelligible picture.
Hi-tech Rubik’s Cube
While it is pretty clear that the Rubik’s Cube is one of the most advanced puzzles man has ever created, here are a few advanced versions and designs of the Rubik’s Cube which are influenced by the hi-tech nature of our daily lives.
QWERTY Rubik’s Cube is an ode to the traditional keyboard, and is also one of the biggest nightmares a puzzle-hater might have. Imagine having to sit through solving this puzzle!
Thanks to the entire obsession over touchscreens these days, here is a Rubik’s Cube with a digital touchscreen. It also comes with an accelerometer to detect motion and several other sensors. The greatest thing about this puzzle is that you get hints and cues while solving the puzzle.
The Adobe CS3 Icons Rubik’s Cube by Leslie Montenegro could just be what every Adobe CS3 lover wanted. Apart from using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, you could go ahead and solve the Adobe CS3 Rubik’s Cube to stay in the same mood.
Andrew Fentem has designed the Fentix Cube which is actually a gaming cube with an amazing touchscreen display. It also comes with the Rubik’s Cube puzzle to make things more complicated.
Geeky Rubik’s Cubes
There is no way you can escape geekiness in this world, and when it comes to puzzles, you are bound to find geeky puzzles or puzzles that are influenced by geekiness. Rubik’s Cubes are no exception.
This cool Transformers Rubik’s Cube is influenced by Transformer’s latest movie – Revenge of the Fallen and the All Spark Cube. It would appeal to the Transformer fans and also to Rubik’s Cube fans who are looking for something novel.
If you are a Nintendo fan, you will certainly love the Nintendo Rubik’s Cube which comes with 6 colors symbolizing 6 popular Nintendo games.
Pacman fans would certainly want to buy this Pacman Rubik’s Cube, even if they do not like solving puzzles.
Coolest Rubik’s Cube Designs
Here are some cool Rubik’s Cube designs that you sure are going to love no matter what.
This Paper Rubik’s Cube may look simple and easy, but that does not mean it is any less difficult to solve than the real deal.
Djordje Cukanovic ChuDes has designed the Chubik Cube, which comes with the names of the colors instead of the colors themselves. It will just make your work tougher, and will make you spend a longer time trying to solve the puzzle.
12 Sided IQ Pentagon could just be one of the most difficult puzzles ever. I guess it is a metaphor for the difficulties faced by those at the top levels of Pentagon, who need to understand various military puzzles in order to keep America safe.
Ignacio Pilloto has designed the cool Pantone’s Rubik’s Cube, which looks like a brochure from a paint company. It might help you choose a good color for the walls of your room!
Kasper Sonne has designed an Alphabet Rubik’s Cube that comes with letters, just like the one that comes with words that I mentioned earlier. It comes with 9 letters and since there are no colors to guide you to solve the puzzle, it sure will be difficult.
Rubik’s Cube Eatables
If you were looking for a way to unwind after grueling hours of trying to solve Rubik’s Cube puzzles, chomp your way to ecstasy and nirvana with these eatables inspired by the world’s top most selling puzzle.
The Rubik’s Cube Cake looks ready to be attacked, with knives and forks of course.
If you were looking for the main course, the Rubik’s Cube Sandwich would do wonders to whet your appetite.
Since the sandwich and the morsels of the first cake would not be enough to satiate you, you could try and gobble this cool Rubik’s Cube Colourful Cake as well.
Stanley Kubrick Rubik’s Cube
If you were a fan of Stanley Kubrick, you sure are going to love this cool Kubrick Rubik’s Cube inspired by the famous film director. His movies are known for their darkness and intrigue.
Rubik’s Cube MP3 Player
This MP3 Player Rubik’s Cube is influenced by the world’s most famous puzzle game. If you ever get tired of solving the puzzle, you could forget your blues and groove to the music on this chic music player.
Rubik’s Cube Mod
This Rubik’s Cube Mod allows you to solve the puzzle in an easy manner, by making the puzzle itself really simple. Something that the puritans would be horrified at!
Rubik’s Cube Gadgets
While the Rubik’s Cube is one of the top selling puzzles, it has also inspired many manufacturers to produce gadgets that are inspired by it. Here are some of the coolest ones.
If you ever get tired of the usual pepper and salt grinders, you could get this puzzling grinder which would keep you busy in the kitchen. The Rubik’s Cube Salt & Pepper Grinder is the stuff that every busy cook’s nightmares are made of.
If you ever had to use a stamp in order to make your mark on a sheet of paper, this lovely Rubik’s Cube Font Generator would come to your rescue. You could check out the various patterns with which you can stamp!
Magnetic Rubik’s Cube is a cool homemade Rubik’s Cube that comes with magnetic cubes that make solving of the puzzle much more complex and interesting. It is unconventional, yet attractive to look at.
When you are done with all the puzzles and quizzes of your life, you might just want to relax on the couch without having to worry about solving a Rubik’s cube. Instead of solving the most complex puzzle, pump up the bass with this cool Rubik’s Cube Subwoofer.
Rubik’s Cube Lamps
After working for a long time on a puzzle, you just might want to chill in an atmospheric ambiance. For such an ambiance, it is important to use the right lighting to set the mood. These cool Rubik’s Cube influenced lamps will make sure that you will always cherish your memories of solving the puzzle no matter what time of the day it is.
This cool Rubik’s Cube Mood Light even has a speaker in it, and apart from brightening up your room, it lets you groove to music.
This Simple Rubik’s Cube Lamp will leave your room glowing in soft light, which would almost make it pleasurable for you to just sit back and engage in a reverie.
Super Mario Rubik’s Cubes
Most video game players would have started with Super Mario, and most of us even today can recall all the wonderful moments we had playing Super Mario. Now, if you are a Mario fan who also likes puzzles, here are a couple of cool Super Mario Rubik’s Cubes
This Super Mario Rubik’s Cube Design is certainly simple but also would allow the player to solve the puzzle to match the scene from the game.
The Super Mario Rubik’s Cube is another puzzle which also comes with a scene from the game. It would be a great gift to anyone who loves this vintage game.
While all these designs and gadgets have been inspired by the Rubik’s Cube, there are several others as well which many not have come to our notice. The idea behind these products are to cherish all the memories we might have had trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Most people end up getting frustrated after not being able to solve a puzzle.
Even such people can get one of these designs as an ode to their frustration many years ago. If you are a fan of puzzles, and have still not tried to solve the Rubik’s Cube, it is still not late. You could go ahead and get yourself one of the many versions of the Rubik’s Cube which are available in every toy shop. You could also get a Rubik’s Cube as a gift to one of your friends!