Thirty years later, is the Rubik's Cube still a fun diversion?
Feeling old after hearing about today's Breakfast Club anniversary? Well, here's another '80s-related pop-culture fact:
The Rubik's Cube turns 30 this year.
Three decades after the puzzle took the world by storm, I still can't solve the thing. This week a modern twist on the toy is being unveiled at the American International Toy Fair, and I have a feeling it may leave some Cube devotees divided.
Rubik's Slide is an electronic hand-held puzzle that resembles Rubik's Cube but features a variety of games, skill levels and sound effects. It's being marketed toward casual gamers who are into "brain-training puzzles like Sudoku and Bejeweled," and it arrives in stores this fall. Watch a demonstration over on http://www.technosourcehk.com.
While this looks intriguing, how can anything surpass the classic Cube? (I have one on my desk, and I like to pick it up when I'm feeling mentally stuck. Of course, after a few minutes, I just want to toss it and my laptop against the wall.) Last year Rubik's introduced the TouchCube, though that's basically the same as the original -- only with a touch screen.
Some fun facts about the Rubik's Cube:
- Since 1980, more than 350 million Cubes have been sold worldwide. It's the best-selling puzzle of all time.
- It was introduced in 1980 at toy fairs in London, Paris, Nuremberg and New York. Zsa Zsa Gabor hosted the Hollywood launch party.
- World Rubik's Cube championships are held every year. This is also called "speedcubing."
- The world record for solving a Rubik's Cube is 7.08 seconds.