Who hasn't heard of the Rubik's Cube! It's a Classic Puzzle Game that involves twisting and turning the sides of the cube so each of the six sides only has one colour.
The Rubik's cube was invented in the 1970's by ErnÃµ Rubik, a professor from Budapest In Hungary, as he wanted to help his students understand three-dimensional problems and was eventually released worldwide and turned into one of the first worldwide crazes I can remember, pretty much everyone I knew had one, although I knew very few people who could complete it without the instructions!
The first Rubik's Cubes were available in the UK in the early 1980's and 38 years on the first thing that strikes you is they haven't changed much from the original! This one does seem a lot smaller than it used to be (but that could just be me being a lot bigger than I was!) but it is a perfect size for the kid's hands and it does rotate easily, but you still have to be careful to align the sides properly to allow the cube to rotate correctly.
The cube itself looks like it is made from the same sort black plastic that it was all those years ago, which always had a soft feel to it. I do remember the originals having coloured stickers on each of the sides but this one has coloured plastic tiles recessed into each of the cube faces, so a lot more robust than it used to be and according to Rubik's less likely to fade or be peeled off which aided cheating apparently ¦ but of course I never did that!
The packaging is nice and colourful, and the top of the packaging is transparent, so the cube can be seen. In the bottom of the box is a small triangular stand to hold your Rubik's Cube. I guess if you have kids that are neat and tidy, and put their toys away, this would mean they can put it on a shelf to show it off when not in use.
The RRP on these is £12.99 which does seem quite a lot, but I have checked the prices of other copies of this puzzle and to be honest the original does seem a lot more robust, so I think it is worth the extra few pounds. One of the copies I ordered as a comparison arrived in pieces!
The Rubik's Cube is a bit of a blast from the past and with the improvements over the original puzzle, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to introduce something retro to their kids and more importantly it is something that may get them off their tablets for a few minutes!
Martin is Dad to Holly, aged 5 3/4! He loves diving wrecks, DIY and family time.