Reviewed by Amy Adeliyi
My boys were really pleased to be chosen to review the Rubiks cage, as the impact of lockdown boredom is hitting home. They love strategy games and are very competitive, so we have ended up playing many times in the few days we have had the game. This strategy game is marketed at children aged 8+, and for 2-4 players. Although I can see this being a good game to play with adults alongside BBQ drinks in the summer. I would suggest playing at the table or flat surface as the cubies can be lost down the sofa in the urgency to get your cubies in the cage!
Depending on how many players in the game, you distribute the coloured cubies between the players. We played as a pair and then a three. So, for pairs you have 3 different sets of cubie colours each, for games of 3 you have 2 sets of cubie colours each and for games of 4 you have 1 set of cubie colours each. The object of the game is to get 3 of your same coloured cubies in a row on the one face of the Rubiks Cage, these can be horizontally, vertically or diagonally. This sounds easy enough however on your turn you can choose to either drop a cubie in the cage, twist the cage or flip the cage which can have disastrous effects on your opponents’ strategy.
My 10yr old was quite cocky that he could easily beat me at the game and yes admittedly he has beaten me a few times but I have managed to catch him out using the flip move which is met by groans of frustration. It really does get you thinking of at least a few moves ahead to preplan the placing of your cubies in case the cage gets twisted or flipped. You cannot reverse a player’s move straight after their turn, much to my 11yr olds annoyance as he almost got his 3 in a row early on in the game. It can be a fast-paced game, but equally can be longer if you take your turn planning out the strategy for each move.
Although the game is targeted for older children, my 5 Yr old daughter loved having a turn making patterns with the cubies and trying to get 3 in a row. We didn’t use all of the rules when we played as this resulted in frustration, but it was a hit with her as well as her brothers. This is a great learning tool for those struggling with home schooling as we have talked about the different colours and making patterns without the need for printouts and mostly without the knowledge they are ‘doing learning ‘.
The game is very compact and even without the box can be safely stored with other games, making sure you have snapped the cage shut so the cubies don’t escape. The game is reasonably priced as it can be played over and over again and suits children and adults alike.
This product can be purchased from the Argos website here.