GoCube

Ages: 6 and upManufacturer: Particula LTD

$99.95

GoCube is a Bluetooth-connected puzzle cube based on the classic Rubik’s cube toy. GoCube takes things to a new level.

Through the connected app, beginners can learn a step-by-step method for solving the cube, practice using the solution method with hints as needed, or follow a calculated sequence to quickly solve the cube. The app offers solo games to improve speed and help players become more familiar with the cube movements: “Paint It” is especially useful, encouraging players to rapidly copy patterns on the cube. Other solo games include “Simon” (copying increasingly long sequences of moves from memory), “Cube Hero” (like Guitar Hero, players try to time moves with the arrival of symbols on the screen), “Cubesizer” (assigns musical notes to cube moves, allowing players to create simple pieces of music), and “Maze” (players turn the cube as though there is a rolling ball on its surface, trying to get the ball to trace a path).

More experienced solvers will appreciate the games that allow competition with other players online. Players can compete on speed to follow a given sequence or to solve the cube from a scrambled position. The app allows invitations to friends, or it can locate a competitor at random (note that the app will provide one’s profile image and login ID to the random competitor, so parents should be cautious about what personal information kids provide to the app).

The GoCube itself is a quality puzzle cube for serious speed-cubers, but beginners may find it slippery at first, leading to some frustration; the same mechanism that allows for extremely rapid movement can cause less nimble hands to send layers of the cube turning unintentionally, and in ways that are difficult to track and undo. However, kids who are motivated by speedy games and competitive play, or who are already skilled cube solvers and wish to up their game, will very much enjoy the GoCube.

 

Emily Crawford ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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