The Rubik's Cube (also written rubix cube) is a very popular mind game all over the world. This puzzle game was invented by a Hungarian man called Erno Rubik in 1974.Its initial name was the "magic cube", and only in 1980 got its more recognized name, after the name of its inventor, The Rubik's Cube. Rapidly this shiny toy became more and more popular, and by the 80's, when the big breakthrough occurred, it was brought to the western world, recorded more than 100 million sales and won the "German game of the year" award. Today the Rubik's Cube considered the best selling toy at all times!
The classical Rubik's Cube dimensions are 3x3x3. The Cube constructed from 26 pieces and has 6 faces, each colored with a different color. Every face can turn independently and has 9 stickers on it (with the same color- when solved). The sticker color at the middle actually determines the face color, and can't move around the cube (even when scrambling). Most of the cubes are arranged the same- yellow against white, orange against red and green against blue (The classical color scheme). Over the years, produced more sizes, other than the classical cube like the 4x4x4 and the 5x5x5.
The Rubik's Cube mechanism allows every face to turn backward and forward, and mix the pieces and the stickers on them. The main idea is to restore the Cube to its initial state, where all the pieces are correctly placed, and all the faces are completely colored, with one color each.
There are several ways of solving the Rubik's Cube, using different methods created over the years, basic and more advanced. Solving the cube is done gradually, couple of pieces at a time, while moving the faces carefully to prevent the mess of the already solved pieces. While the basic methods, for beginners, use fewer algorithms to learn, and are easier to acquire, the more advanced methods use many more algorithms but as a result much more efficient and shorter (solving time wise).
Despite the popularity of the Rubik's Cube, relatively few people know how to solve it. People consider solving this puzzle a very hard task, but that's actually wrong, meaning that solving this toy is definitely doable and even easy after learning a Solving method, for beginners, at start. Today, the challenge is more about the solving time rather than the solving itself. Competitions are made all over the world, and organized by the WCA (World Cube Association) which also keeps all the records and confirms new ones.
To conclude, The Rubik's Cube is a very challenging mind game which suitable for all ages. It increases the development of mind and thought, and returns a lot of satisfaction for those who enable to successfully solve it. Have Fun!