If you are in search of more challenging puzzles, there are many more puzzles that work with different mechanisms. You can find Bandaged Cubes and many other challenging cubes on www.cubelelo.com. One of the first concepts of creating puzzles was to extend the number of layers on the Cube, producing incredible cubes. The main function behind this puzzle is to solve the centres intuitively by matching the edges by ‘slicing’ (a process that temporarily distorts the solves centres) and then solve the outer layers, treating it as an 3×3 size Rubik Cube.
Some variants of cuboids can become bandaged when certain moves are performed, and all pieces become inseparable until the puzzle is un-bandaged. Shapeshifting puzzles usually face problems with bandaging. However, there are many different types of Bandaged Puzzles in the market today.
3 Cool Bandaged Rubik’s Cube Puzzles
1. LEGO Rubik’s Cube
A quite well-known bandage puzzle is the LEGO Rubik’s Cube. It encompasses stickers or tiles from the original 3×3 Cube and replaces it with 2×2 LEGO pieces with the same face colours. You can also create the classic 3×3 or attach 4×2 and 6×2 LEGO pieces (bandaging it) for a higher-level challenge. One of the best aspects of this puzzle is that if the Cube seems too challenging, you can remove the extra pieces and make it less daunting!
2. The Latch Cube
Unlike the bandaged cubes, the Latch Cube does not lock pieces together. Therefore, each piece needs to be solved separately. But, each face has a circle on it with an arrow in two opposite edge pieces. The arrows help you identify the direction of the rotation of the Cube. When it is scrambled, there can be any number of rows on any face.
3. Constrained Cubes
The Constrained Cubes have modified centrepieces that prevent certain moves from being made. There are also many variations of this Cube – Constrained Cube 90, Constrained Cube 180, Constrained Cube270 and Constrained Cube Ultimate. The higher the number, the easier the puzzle. The Constrained Cube 90 allows for only one-quarter turn on each face. The Constrained Cube 190 allows for a quarter or half turn on any face. The Constrained Cube 270 is the easiest of all, and with three-quarter moves, you can end up in the same position as before. However, the Ultimate is a combination of all the puzzles. You would need to identify the movements of each face.
And there we have it! These are the most widely used variations of the Bandage Cube.All you need is commitment and an enthusiasm for learning. Not all cubes can be solved with algorithms. Get creative, discover your path and be a master solver of the Bandage Cube!