I don’t know about you all, but I love puzzles. Not cardboard puzzles that you sit on the floor to put together, but the metal ones that you need to figure out how to disconnect. My husband, on the other hand, not only loves that kind, but he loves the good ol’ fashionRubik’s cube
. Because of that, I wanted to give him a little something special… a Rubik’s cube that was different, that he hadn’t solved before: the Gear Cube
. He can solve a regular Rubik’s cube in a matter of minutes, but this… this gave him a challenge.
The Gear-cube is a brand new concept in cube design and has the following inventive steps. Using a full gear mechanism that requires twelve 90° turns to complete one rotation but having said this it is still slightly easier then the Rubik’s cube. Placing the gears externally, so that their orientation can be seen, Adding gear teeth to the corner and edge pieces and using a new inner core. These steps result in a twisty puzzle that on the one hand has some of the features and attractiveness of the original Rubik’s Cube. Whereas on the other hand it creates a completely new and unexpected solving experience. To summarize, the following aspects add to the attraction of Gear-Cube; A first solving reward is getting the puzzle to its cubic state. This is relatively easy. A second solving reward is getting the puzzle to a state where each face has only two colors (of opposite faces).This is a bit harder, but achievable for many people. Hardest is solving the puzzle as a whole, which is still easier than the original Rubik’s Cube.
Puzzle Master is a Canadian distributor of a large assortment of disentanglement puzzles, brain teasers, jigsaws, puzzle rings, trick locks, boomerangs, chess sets, etc. The company started because of an interest the owner, Allan Stein, had in collecting wire puzzles. Allan collected these puzzles for a few years before he thought of making them himself. Once he found out that he was able to make the puzzles successfully he thought “Why don’t I try to sell some of the puzzles at craft shows and see if there are people who like them as much as I do”. At the craft shows he found that not only did the people like the puzzles, they loved them. These craft shows were the first way that Puzzle Master marketed these puzzles.
After selling at the craft shows for a few years, Allan decided to try and sell at some of the malls in Saskatoon. He rented a temporary location 2 weeks prior to Christmas and was totally amazed how quickly the puzzles sold. He subsequently ran out of the puzzles in 7 days. It was at that point that he realized that he had a business that was going to be viable. To this day we still have many businesses who sell at temporary locations a few weeks prior to Christmas.
In the beginning Allan made traditional puzzles that had been invented hundreds and even thousands of years ago. Now Allan is taking those traditional designs and adding his own unique touch.
When my husband first took a look at the gear cube, he told me I was crazy. I mixed it up and after a few hours he decided to give it a try. Like a Rubik’s cube, he just can’t stand the mixed up sides like that. I knew how to get to him! So I mixed it up, left it sitting on his side the bed and, as I said, a few hours later he couldn’t resist anymore. Shortly after fooling with it he had it solved. He said it was very easy, despite the fact that it looked difficult. I kept mixing it up and he was able to easily solve it. Me, on the other hand, could never solve a Rubik’s cube so this type of puzzle is not for me. I will mix it until my heart is content, but of course, the same results are my husband solves it.
With all that said, my husband really enjoyed the Gear Cube. It it is well built, nice quality and lots of fun to him. While the shape is the same as the standard Rubik’s cube, it’s unique in it’s design with the gears. Needless to say, it’s been a hit in our house since it arrived.
If you’re like me, and not much of a Rubik’s cube person, Puzzle Master has a ton
of great puzzles to choose from at reasonable prices. I received a variety of puzzles that will be reviewed over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for them. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
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