A Whole New World Of Logic Puzzles! 30 Cubed has been based on mathematical principles that have challenged generations of mathematicians.
The set contains 30 different cubes featuring the same 6 base colours and every side of every cube has a part of a line in one of 10 different colours. The order of these colours varies from cube to cube. Each puzzle requires the lines and/or base colours to be connected in different ways, following increasingly complex rules.
There are 45 challenges, including 18 junior puzzles, given in the booklet but that only represents the start of what you can do with this puzzle. There is a whole world of puzzles waiting to be created by you. Endless puzzles in just one box.
The ultimate challenge is called the Sudoku Rectangle. Arrange the cubes into the frame so that each of the six base colours appears just once in each column, and no more than once in each row. Every line shown must also have a start and a finish block in an individual colour.
Martin Gardner, a world-famous mathematician and scientist once wrote an article in Scientific American magazine back in 1966 expressing his regret that the 30 colour cube principle had never been turned into a commercial set of challenges.
At about the same time one among the world’s leading puzzle inventors, Ivan Moscovich, created his Cu-Zoo, a series of animal image puzzles for youngsters that used the thirty cubes. Moscovich sent his creation to Gardner who responded by saying that it was his belief that every puzzle lover and mathematician would one day play Moscovich’s creation with their children, family and friends.
Fast forward to 2017 when Ivan Moscovich, at the age of 91, bought the Cu-Zoo to London to show his fellow inventor, and found of the Happy Puzzle Company, Gavin Ucko. The two inventors sat in a London hotel looking at ways to turn Moscovich’s original idea into a commercial puzzle for generations of parents and children to enjoy. The result, less than 6 months later, was this set of 30 Cubes. Both Moscovich and Ucko are intensely proud of the result, a collection of colourful challenges that will improve the mathematical and thinking skills, logical reasoning and spatial awareness, sequencing and visual perception skills of both adults and children. They hope it will inspire everyone who attempts to tackle the puzzle.
The Happy Puzzle Company are leaders in providing educational games, toys and puzzles to schools and other educational establishments. With specialist experience in helping children with dyslexia, dyspraxia as well as gifted and talented children seeking a greater challenge. They currently work with over 13,000 schools in the UK.
Over the years there have been many puzzles invented that involve coloured square tiles or cubes. Instant Insanity was the first one to gain real fame but then along came Rubik’s Cube and took over as probably the most famous puzzle ever. 30 Cubed continues on with new challenges while still being doable!
Included in the pack are:
- 30 wooden cubes
- Puzzle tray
- 60 page booklet filled with challenges and solutions
The rules of 30 Cubed are:
- Fit the 30 cubes in the tray according to a pattern challenge given
- Every individual line should have a start and end piece
- A line may have a corner piece
- Every individual line should be one colour
- No one line in any puzzle uses more than four cubes
- No one line in any puzzle uses less than two cubes
The board is moulded plastic has the nice feature of individual slots for each block which makes keeping the puzzle in place while working on finding the next block to place. The blocks are painted wood which gives this the feel of a classic good old fashioned puzzle you can keep forever.
Size: The board is 212mm x 180mm x 25mm. The blocks are 30mmx 30mm x 30mm
The booklet and box instructions are given in English as well as French, Spanish, German and Italian.