The Rubik’s cube is said to be the world’s most popular toy; but like no other toy, it can drive you up the wall, reveal the shortcomings of your intelligence, or give you a pumped up chest in case you manage to crack it. There’s small chance of the latter because Rubik’s Cube does not give away its secrets that easily.
The number of websites that show the Rubik’s Cube solution attests to the last fact. It also shows the popularity of the toy across the world and in our popular culture. The puzzle created by the scrambled twenty-six miniature colored cubes has led to many records and competitions.
In case you are unable to solve the Rubik’s cube, here are seven websites that can help you cheat your way to the solution.
The official website of the Rubik’s Cube is a one stop resource for everything and anything that has to do with the toy. You have the store where you can buy products designed around the puzzle. But if you are looking for hints to solve the Rubik’s Cube, head for Rubik’s Solving Center. You have video help for solving everything from 2×2 cubes to the 5×5 ones. A very colorful step-by-step guide is also provided that takes you to your goal. If you are really into the Rubik’s mindbenders, head for the Forum where you can discuss solutions and tips.
This is a “˜fansite’ by Ryan Heise who takes you through many animated instructions that show how to solve the Rubik’s Cube. The solutions stress on doing it without memorization. Beginners or those stumped by the cube can start with the Beginner’s Rubik’s Cube Solution. The site also goes into the theory behind the cube that helps you to understand the method in the solutions. You can also go against the score of others in the three virtual Rubik’s Cube games (like the Rubik’s Cube Simulator) on the site.
Using the six colored “˜cubelets’, you have to enter the configuration of your cube in the grids provided. A click on Solve gives you the sequence of moves needed to solve the scrambled Rubik’s Cube. You also get a visual step-by-step guide of the moves. A previous post goes into the details of the cheat methodology used by this solver.
The site hosts a few printable guides which you can download and use to solve Rubik’s Cube. The visually rich guides are single page PDF sheets which can be easily printed out and used to memorize the algorithms necessary to solve the various formats of the puzzle.
The discussion board’s chatter revolves around speed solving puzzles with special focus on the Rubik’s Cube. The threads and posts are on the latest puzzles, speedcubing techniques, and competitions that are held around the year. There are sub-forums on blindfold cubing and various how-to guides that discuss various methods of cracking the cubes. The Speedsolving.com Wiki is also a useful place to start out with its well organized index of information.
This beautifully colored side reflects the fun you can have unlocking the secrets of the cube. The site is the online face of a campaign to inspire the young to take up the toy and solve its puzzles. It seeks to promote the educational objectives and the benefits that can be had by learning the Rubik’s Cube solution. The useful tool is a colorful infographic that helps to Unlock the Secret of the cube. The solution guide in PDF can also be downloaded in English or Spanish.
For a bit of video instructions, we land on How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube – a Seven Step Tutorial after a search. YouTube has loads of videos which demonstrate the methods and techniques involved. You can use the suggestions given on the right or click on the tags to get many more videos on the cube. Expect funny results like the Rubik’s Cube Rap.
Solving the Rubik’s Cube may take days or with the help of these online resources it can be cut to seconds. Either way, you can loads of fun in the process. If you have never taken up the “˜Magic Cube’ ever, it’s not too late. But if you have, then do let us know if you are among the few who manage to get to the solution (without cheating).
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