Who would have thought that there are so many different types of cube puzzles? In this article, we're going to list out 11 you may not have heard of that go far beyond the classic Rubik's cube.
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This is probably the most popular and common type of cube puzzle available on the market. It’s incredibly challenging not only because it has many combinations that the faces can be turned to, but also because there is only one solution that will solve the puzzle.
The different sides of the puzzle can all be twisted around each other, resulting in sides that are fully mixed and with different color combinations. The goal of the Rubik’s cube is to put all of the colors together so that each side is made up of a single color.
There are billions of combinations that can be created, and since all of them are very colorful and bright, they can result in interesting and fun designs.
While people of any age can enjoy a Rubik’s cube, it is generally only older users who are going to have the skill set necessary to be able to solve it.
This is a handmade cube puzzle that is made from two different types of wood, resulting in an attractive puzzle that looks great even if it isn’t solved. It features an elastic string that serves to connect the cubes together.
All of the cubes can be connected in the shape of a 3D cube, but doing so can be difficult. It is easy to pull the pieces apart and to stretch out the snake, but with so many different variations of how the snake can be formed back together, it can be really difficult to solve the puzzle.
Thanks to the small size of this puzzle, it is easy to take on the go, making it perfect to spend some time in public transportation.
The challenge of solving the puzzle and forming the blocks back into a larger cube is only magnified since the pieces shift position and can be rotated around each other on the string.
While similar in design to a Rubik’s cube, this mirror cube puzzle varies in that the sides are not all made up of equally sized squares. This means that while the sides of the cube twist and rotate, they will not remain in a cube shape.
Since the sides can spin out from the cube and form different shapes, it can be very difficult to turn them in a way that will form the cube again. The single color stickers on the outside of the cube puzzle don’t provide any clue as to how to solve it.
There are endless combinations of how the sides can be twisted and turned around each other, which makes completing this cube rather difficult, especially since there is only one correct way for the cube to be solved. When each side matches and a solid 3D cube is formed, then the user will win the game.
This wooden cube puzzle is as attractive as it is fun, thanks to being made out of high quality and durable monkeypod wood. It’s a hand crafted puzzle that is individually designed for a great final product.
There are seven pieces that are all uniquely shaped and make up the cube. When the pieces are placed together in the correct location and design, then they will easily fit under the lid of the cube game.
Because all of the pieces fit inside the game when it is assembled correctly, it’s a great option for users who are looking for a cube puzzle that is easy to store; however, it is not easy to put together.
Much like Tetris, all of the pieces have their own shapes, which means that they can fit together in a myriad of ways, but that there will only be one correct way to solve the puzzle and put the lid back on.
This is a cube puzzle that also doubles as a fidget toy, making it a perfect option for anyone who is looking for something to do with their hands when they are nervous. It’s small enough to be played with just one hand and can easily fit in a pocket.
Thanks to the ergonomic design and modern appearance of this cube puzzle, it won’t look out of place in any modern office. It is made from eight ABS plastic blocks that are held together with metal rivets.
The cube can be opened and closed in a number of ways, and all of the pieces will fold in on themselves to create a solid cube. It’s durable enough to withstand constant use and is designed with smooth edges so that users don’t get hurt.
Because this cube puzzle was designed for people of all ages to use, it’s a great option for anyone looking for something to do with their hands when they are nervous or bored.
Black Magic Speed Cube
Unlike a Rubik’s cube that only has 3x3 squares on each face, this cube puzzle has astonishing 11x11 faces. This means that it can be much more difficult to solve this puzzle and that it is significantly easier to turn and twist into combinations that will be difficult to undo.
At just under two pounds, this cube puzzle weighs a lot more than other puzzles on the market, but the heavier weight tends to make it more enjoyable to use. The bright colors are inviting and encourage users to try to complete the puzzle.
With an unlimited number of combinations for each face, this cube puzzle can be a little frustrating, but is exciting enough for most people to want to give it a shot.
Puzzle Master Quadruple Cube
This is one of the most difficult cube puzzles on the market. While a 2x2 cube may be really easy to solve, this puzzle ups the ante by including four 2x2 cube puzzles that all touch and link together.
Each move will have a ripple effect on the other cubes in this puzzle, making it easy to change the sides and the colors and also making it difficult for users to repair the damage they have done.
Since all of the cube sides turn easily, users don’t have to worry about the cube becoming stuck or being so difficult to turn and to use that it is frustrating. Additionally, all of the stickers are high quality and designed to stay in place without peeling.
3D Wooden Cube
This wooden cube puzzle involves users trying to fill up the empty cube with interlocking wooden pieces without leaving behind any space inside or having the pieces stick up out of the top.
The design of the pieces allows them to all easily fit together, but can make it difficult to fit the pieces in a way that there won’t be any leftover space. Since the puzzle pieces are all precision cut and fitted together closely, there isn’t any concern over gaps in the game.
Unlike some other cube puzzles where there are a smaller number of pieces to use, this puzzle has 54 individual pieces, which means that users have to plan ahead and really think about each move if they are going to succeed.
This cube puzzle is designed for speed cubing and features durable stickers that won’t peel as well as an internal system that is designed to work quickly and easily without any extra lubrication, which makes it great for regular play.
Users must try to twist the cube to get the sides to all align correctly without any part of the cube sticking out from the rest. Since there are so many different combinations, and since the sides of the cube are made up of triangles and other shapes, this can be tricky.
The strong core of this cube puzzle is designed to withstand regular use without popping or breaking.
Money Maze Cube
This is a really fun cube puzzle for anyone who wants to give money as a gift, but wants to make sure that the recipient has to work for their present. It’s intriguing and incredibly challenging, as users must twist and turn the cube to move a ball inside to unlock it.
While it’s easy to drop coins or bills through the top slot into the cube, it’s much harder to get these items out, as the puzzle has to be solved for the cube to be opened.
It may seem easy at first to twist and turn the cube to make the small ball roll and move, but since the ball has to travel through a maze to a certain location inside the cube, getting the money out is incredibly challenging.
Unlike some traditional cube puzzles that are made from squares, this cube has a modular shape that will change with every twist and movement of the puzzle, which makes it difficult to return it to the original cube space.
The pieces on the sides of the cube all twist together due to the gear design, which can result in a cube puzzle that looks unsolvable, but will result in a solid cube when correctly finished.
The anti-pop technology used to design this cube puzzle will prevent any of the parts of the sides from popping off, and the corners won’t twist or lock up. This means that no matter how long the cube is used, there isn’t any worry about parts of the sides or edges breaking or falling off.