Rubik’s Cube has reincarnated and its 21st century version is called Megaminx Duodecahedron Puzzle. Megaminx has twelve sides, twelve colours, and fifty pieces out of which twenty are corner pieces and thirty are edge pieces (Rubik’s Cube has twenty pieces in total).
As far as the number of combinations you can flip with this puzzle goes, it is (brace yourself) 100 669 616 553 523 347 122 516 032 313 645 505 168 688 116 411 019 768 627 200 000 000 000 or approximately 101 unvigintillion. Megaminx is not for those who give up easily or cannot withstand a tough mental challenge. This is probably one of the toughest puzzles on the market to solve.
Megaminx Duodecahedron Puzzle is a classic Meffert’s Challenge Rotational Puzzle (Uwe Meffert is a manufacturer of mechanical’s puzzles including Rubik’s Cube). The puzzle is also known as Magic Dodecahedron and Hungarian Supernova. The first version of Megaminx was conceived by Dr. Cristoph Bandelow but the proportions of this puzzle are slightly different to Duodecahedron. Uwe Meffert bought the rights to some patents and is today selling the Megaminx in his shops.
Megaminx uses pretty much the same patterns as 3X3X3 algorithms, and it is originally manufactured for Speedcubing – the activity which involves solving Rubik’s and similar puzzles as quickly as possible.
The puzzle is available in two basic versions – the six-colour version where the opposite pieces have the same colour, and the twelve-colour version where all faces are of different colour. Megaminx’s dimensions are 5 x 5.2 x 4.6 inches, and the puzzle weighs 8.5 ounces.
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