Rubik Puzzle is compatible with Leopard (10.5) and higher.
Rubik Puzzle was developed to let you play with a Rubik's Cube on a computer. A big advantage over the real thing is that if you make a mistake, you can restore the cube to the solved state with a click without having to take the cube apart and rebuild it! :)
Version 1.4.0 replaced Kagi (which closed) with PayPal. If you are registered, there is no need to upgrade.
Rubik Puzzle is $10 shareware. You can try Rubik Puzzle in Demo Mode for ten minutes per launch after which time the app will close. After registration, this limitation is removed.
When you launch Rubik Puzzle you see a display of all sides of a Rubik's Cube. The Front is in the center, the other sides are as marked; the Back side in the upper left is viewed from the inside of the cube. An isometric view of the cube is shown at the window's top right, showing the Top, Left and Front sides.
Clicking the small buttons surrounding the Front and Top sides lets you move the rows and columns. For example, clicking on the #12 button spins the top layer clockwise (CW) by 90 degrees. Clicking on the #4 button spins the top layer counterclockwise (CCW), and so forth. Buttons #19 through #24 let you rotate the cube.
For example, the above view is seen after button #13 has been clicked. The front layer has been rotated CCW. Notice that the isometric view reflects changes at the same time.
Above you see the view after a second button (#10) has been pressed. This move rotated the bottom layer CCW.
Clicking as few as three buttons can result in a cube that is not obvious to restore to the start (solved) state with each side having just one color. The difficulty rises quickly as you continue to manipulate the cube.
Clicking the "Reset All" button forces the cube to return to the start state. The number of moves made is displayed. Clicking the "Undo Last Move" button reverses the last move. A log of moves is provided. This log, accessed from the Menu Bar, displays all moves (Clicks) and can be printed.
Above you see the Click Log showing the ten moves (clicks) made so far.
A Scramble feature is included. You can set the number of random moves from 3 to 10; click the "Scramble" button to scramble the cube to the selected depth. Use this function with the "Undo Last Move" and Log features to strengthen your unscramble skills.
Above you see that a scramble depth of ten has been selected and how the cube looks after ten random moves.
A Patterns window, accessed from the Menu Bar, shows some interesting patterns that can be made by clicking on the listed series of buttons. This information can be printed.
Links to four interesting Internet sites are available from the menu bar.
Help information can be printed from the menu bar.
Sound can be turned on/off from the menu bar.
Window position and Sound and Scramble level settings are saved between sessions.
Click here to download Version 1.4.0 (3.2 MB) for Macintosh (OS 10.5 or later).