It’s a simple 3x3x3 cube right? So if every piece of the puzzle is the same colour then what’s the puzzle?
Look at the pieces carefully. Every moveable piece (except the centre cube) is a different shape rather than a different colour. Rather than solve the colour pattern you need to solve the shape.
When the cube is jumbled up it will not be shaped like a cube. The puzzle will be solved when you can return it back into the cube shape.
The original version of this puzzle was invented by Hidetoshi Takeji and submitted to the Nob Yoshigahara Design Competition in August of 2006 under the name Bump Cube (it’s said because when scrambled it has a bumpy and uneven surface). Unfortunately that year another ingenious cube called Floppy Cube designed by Katsuhiko Okamoto won the First Prize. But the puzzle was soon picked up by Rubik’s and mass-produced back then as Rubik’s Mirror Blocks.
Because the puzzle is usually made with reflective gold stickers it has often been referred to as the Mirror Cube as well. This version is made by Chengye and has brushed aluminium stickers. The stickers are not highly polished like mirrors; they are brushed but still reflective. These stickers do show some flaws in the injection moulding on some of the puzzles but on the other hand, the brushed aluminium helps hide any scratches that might happen over time when you play with the puzzle a lot. The highly polished mirror finish cubes scratch very easily.
Like all shapeshifting or morphing cubes it’s very important to concentrate on aligning the blocks correctly before turning. Sometimes its quite hard to see where the movement lines are but as you practice you’ll soon get used to this. These cubes are pre-lubed and move quite well.
Colours: Black Background with brushed aluminium stickers in silver or gold (gold now Sold Out).
Size: 58mm x 58mm x 58mm
Package: Clear cubed plastic box with replaceable lid.
No solution enclosed. This is one tutorial I found on YouTube to solve the Mirror Cube but there are many out there.
Note: There are so many resources on the internet to help plot the evolution of what everyone knows as “the cube”. But how to be sure that the information is actually right? The name Jerry Slocum is synonymous with mechanical puzzles and so you can be sure if it’s documented in his book “The Cube. The Ultimate Guide to the World’s Bestselling Puzzle” by Jerry Slocum published in 2009 then it’s right! Thanks Jerry for such a fabulous resource.