Let me go on record and state the obvious. I don’t like puzzles. Word games? Sure. Crosswords? Yep. Puzzle’s like the famous Rubik’s Cube? Sorry.
That’s a decades old puzzle for the mind that escapes my current location on the space time continuum. The only way I can get Rubik’s Cube to obey my will is when I cheat. Put CubeTwister on your Mac and you can defeat such puzzles using point and click.
If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Cheat ‘Em
In a testament to how time flies, Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974. I would like to state that I was in kindergarten then, but, if I was, and I’m not saying I wasn’t, it was as a visitor, not a participant.
If you haven’t tried to solve the cube’s puzzle, you have my encouragement.
If you tried to solve Rubik’s Cube and your attempts ended in frustration, you have my sympathy. If you successfully solved the Cube’s puzzle, then you should be a politician.
Rubik’s Cube was first called a Magic Cube, a toy invented by Hungarian sculptor Ernő Rubik as a tool to help students understand 3D. I don’t know if Rubik got rich on the cube, but I fully believe that people should not profit while inflicting so much mental anguish on so many.
Relieve the mental anguish by using your Mac and CubeTwister to defeat the puzzle and feel better about yourself.
Twisting The Night Away
Assume that your life is pleasant, enjoyable, and stress free. Rubik’s Cube could end that. If, on the other hand, you love a challenge but want to avoid wrinkles and frustration, solve Rubik’s Cube using a Java-powered aid on your Mac.
CubeTwister is a Mac app which teaches you about puzzles, specifically 3D puzzles of the Rubik’s Cube variety. CubeTwister gives you an onscreen version of a variety of Rubik’s Cubes, including 3×3, 2×2, as well as 4×4, 5×5, 6×6, 7×7, the Barrel Cube, Diamond Cube, and Octahedron Cube.
Set your own color schemes and turn permutations, including quarter-turn, twists, half-turn-twists, various rotations, inversions, reflections, conjugations, and macros.
If your brain hurts right now, then Rubik’s Cube isn’t for you, and CubeTwister will merely simulate a brain aneurism. But if you’re up for the challenge, CubeTwister is a great way to explore mathematic puzzles—create your own, or solve those created by others.
Rubik’s Cube might cost you a few dollars, but can often be hand for 25-cents at a yard sale.
CubeTwister is free, but you’ll need to have Java running on your Mac. The end result of all this mental exercise is that you can create your own digital Cube puzzles and export them as HTML web pages, either as a challenge for friends, or as an online mental irritation for your enemies.
Either way, CubeTwister is a blast from the past and a good mental exercise regimen.