SIA Casinos Land Rubik’s Cube Exclusive
by Glenn Baird - November 9, 2020
SIA Casinos and Playtech have teamed up, once again, to bring an exclusive chance to play a slot inspired by the classic 3D puzzle, the Rubik’s Cube.
Unfortunately, the pairing is so exclusive that we can’t even gain access to it and it with a heavy heart that we have to confess we won’t be able to review the slot.
Whilst we have our fingers crossed that a full review will be winging its way to ThePogg.com in the near future, for now all we can do is take some time to remember the glory of the 1980’s most famous plastic puzzle.
Rubik’s Cube Facts and History
Invented in 1974 by a Hungarian teacher looking to stretch the minds of his eager pupils, Erno Rubik’s original design was made of wood.
A plastic design saw the “Magic Cube” as it was then known released to a purely Hungarian market in 1977, 3 years prior to it rebrand through the Ideal Toy company in 1980.
Rubik’s Cube won the 1980 German Game of the Year special award for Best Puzzle. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes had been sold worldwide, making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game. Now, 40 years on from those original sales it is widely considered to be the top selling toy of all time.
There are over 3 billion different possible combinations but only 1 that will solve the problem. This test of logic and the ease of logistics that comes from being able to pocket such a complex puzzle are just 2 of the reasons why the Rubik’s Cube has retained such unwavering popularity.
A toy that is free from the constrictions of battery power, one that could both frustrate and reward in equal measures and one that wouldn’t cut too deep into the wallets of its owners was a unilateral recipe for success.
Books have been written about it, vastly complex mathematical theories and algorithms, yet for those who excel at solving the problem there is a connection far too visceral, far too intuitive for any equation.
Speedcubing Championships have been held since 1981, with different categories, including a blindfolded one, helping to make the competition more exciting.
Here is a breakdown of the various world records and their holders:
Single time: This record belongs to Du Yusheng of China who managed to solve a Rubik’s Cube in 3.47 in 2018.
Average time: This is an average over 3 attempts, where your best and worst times are removed, designed to help nullify an easy single time problem. This record belongs to Feliks Zemdegs of Australia who managed a time of 5.53 seconds in 2019.
One-handed solving: This record belongs to Max Park of the USA, with a time of 6.82 seconds in 2019.
Blindfold solving: This record belongs to Max Hilliard of the USA with a time of 15.5 seconds in 2019.
There are feet only records, multiple blindfold solvings and records for solving the cube in the fewest moves, but what is most interesting how recent all these records are. For a toy that has been around since the 1980s fans are still finding new ways to excel at solving the Rubik’s Cube.
Rubik’s Cube Slots
My hopes for the slot are that mechanics of the toy find their way onto the reels. My only concern with a slot based on a complex puzzle is that people are led to believe that this will be a slot that can be solved, something I am happy refuting without having played the slot.
There has been at least one other attempt to bring the Rubik’s Cube to the world of video slots but that one, which I won’t mention was something of a let-down. Fingers crossed that this Playtech version beings a little of that Rubik’s magic to the reels.
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