Today Google surprised users with a little treat, a treat paying homage to one of the world’s most iconic and brain boggling puzzles, the Rubix Cube aka Rubik’s Cube. Those doing a bit of scouring on the web today would be presented with an interactive Rubix Cube counting your every move so that you can beat it and show off to your friends just how amazing – or nerdy depending on your perspective – you are.
The reason you ask? Well it’s the Rubik’s Cube’s 40th birthday and what started off without the intention of ever being a toy, soon became popular worldwide, attracting a cult following, several competitions and world records. It joins Barbie, Play-Doh, Slinky and Lego as “toys that survived the golden age”.
Rubix Cubes, formerly known as “magic cubes”, began life as a simple concept, designed by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Ernő Rubik in 1974. Licensed by Rubik and sold by Ideal Toy Corp. in 1980, the Rubix Cube shot to worldwide acclaim.
Rubix Cube currently stands as the worlds most popular and best selling puzzle game and it’s easy to see why. It has also been a bane to the logically challenged of us – like myself – who probably couldn’t work it out if we were given years to do so. Knowing the tricks is part and parcel of mastering the Rubik, but it has still to this day maintained its fun-factor, which is more than can be said for many puzzle games in a world occupied by gaming and social networking.
Since then, there have been several iterations of the Rubik, but none can quite reach the level of credibility that the original had and has. Notably, the Chinese have developed several iterations – questionably legal or not considering the patent background of the Rubix Cube – of their own, which in some cases have even been preferred for challenge reasons.
Whatever the case, Rubix Cube aka Rubik’s Cube is here to stay, however long for is yet to be known, but it won’t be going anywhere any time soon.