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Game Giveaway of the day — Rubiks Cube Relaxing

Rubiks Cube Relaxing is a new Rubik's Cube puzzle game.
$5.00 EXPIRED
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Rubiks Cube Relaxing was available as a giveaway on September 21, 2022!

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The game reflects the "struggle" between spring and winter.

Rubiks Cube Relaxing is a new Rubik's Cube puzzle game. This time the focus was on relaxation during the game. Choose your favorite background and music, set up various settings for your gaming session and relax.

System Requirements:

Windows

Publisher:

UniDen

Homepage:

https://uniden.itch.io/rubiks-cube-relaxing

File Size:

145 MB

Price:

$5.00

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Rubik's Cube Relaxing:
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In Brief:
Virtually everyone has come across a Rubiks cube at some point in their lives. I remember getting one back in the early 80's. We've been given a Rubik game previously on 14th March 20, 2008, called Rubicon HERE. This was one of the last games we got before the game giveaway stopped giving away games on a daily basis (until 2018, when Falcoware joined the team and has given away games most weekdays since).

Today's game, created using the Unity engine by Uniden (who have previously given us lots of jigsaw puzzles as well as other arcade games), opens in a window. The game has options to be able to create a cube with the six faces ranging from 2x2 to a 10x10 cube. The latter being virtually impossible to solve unless you have hundreds of hours to spare; (please see my conclusion for a reason why spending so much time trying to solve the larger puzzles is unlikely due to a limitation with the program); or work out a concise technique for completing the puzzle.

The original 3x3 Rubik Cube had the potential of between 239,500,800 to 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 move permutations depending on whether arrangements of the centres were allowed; and that's just for the 3x3 cube, so you can probably multiply the 3x3 permutations by trillions or even quadrillions for the larger cubes.
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Apart from the different sizes of cube, you can also change the skin colour/design three times and select from ten different background images, as well as several different mainly soothing background music tracks.

To start playing, open up the Settings menu (via the settings icon in the top left of the window), select the size you wish to play (I advise starting with the original 3x3 cube, or even the simpler 2x2 cube; then, choose your background and music. Once you are set to go, click on the shuffle button to start the game, the default is set to 50 shuffles, but you can change the shuffle depth from just one shuffle to one hundred shuffles. The greater the number of shuffles you choose, the more mixed up the colours on each face will be and consequently the harder the puzzle will be to solve. :)

There are techniques, that I'm sure you can find on Google or watch one of the many You Tube speed run videos that show you various techniques for solving different sizes of the cube, that will help you solve the puzzle (if you get stuck or are at a loss as to what to do). If you find it virtually impossible to solve, or you run out of time (in the real world), you can automatically solve it by clicking on the Solve button.

When Rubrik's patent ran out in 2000, many Chinese and other toy manufactures flooded the market with many different versions of the puzzle. The classic version is the nine squares per side of the cube i.e. 3 x 3.


You can see a video of Rubik's Cube Relaxing HERE. You can also see some videos of how to solve a 3x3 Rubrik cube HERE (~11mins) & HERE (~10 mins), a 4x4 cube HERE & HERE , a 5x5 cube HERE & HERE and a 6x6 Cube HERE & HERE. You can also find tutorials for the other cube sizes up to 10 via You Tube. The world record for solving an 8x8 cube is 5mins 49.8 seconds. Wow! It takes me a lot longer just to solve a 3 x 3 cube, lol. Check out the following video of a young Chinese boy solving three classic 3x3 Rubik Cubes in 5 minutes while juggling them (yes really) HERE.
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Controls:
Hold RMB = Move cube in 3D
Hold LMB = Move slice of the Cube
MMB = Zoom
Mouse pointer + LMB = change settings
Conclusion:
Rubik's Cube Relaxing is an excellent version of this famous puzzle and it's easy to play, with only a few mouse actions required to play the game. It's obviously not as tactile as the original puzzle and you wouldn't be able to do speed cubing as the mouse action is quite slow, but it does what a Rubik cube is supposed to do with respect to the movement of the blocks.

I still have a Rubik's cube somewhere in the attic; this may prompt me to dig it out. :)

I doubt most community members would be able to solve the large puzzles, though they are obviously possible as the videos on You Tube show. That said, unless you're an expert with the Rubik cube, the first three or four should keep you entertained for a long time, unless you find the puzzles frustrating. Check out You Tube for more visual clues as to how to solve a cube if you get stuck. There are hundreds of examples.
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If you have difficulty moving the slices, change the sensitivity of your mouse (if you have a gaming mouse you'll find a button on the bottom of the mouse or one of the extra buttons on the side or next to the mouse wheel that allows you to change the mouse sensitivity. I initially found it almost impossible to move a slice in either direction until I turned my mouse sensitivity to maximum (an ambidextrous Razer Viper Ultralight mouse) I usually have mine set to low when I'm playing most games otherwise the mouse tends to wander all over the place with just a small movement of the mouse (ideal if you are playing FPS games using a shotgun. Sniper weapons need low sensitivity otherwise it's really hard to hit your target accurately).

My only complaints with this game are the lack of a save function and, when you close the game down, it resets all the settings to the original default settings. If you close the game down before you've completed the puzzle, you lose your progress, which makes it virtually impossible to solve any of the large puzzles especially anything over a 4x4 cube, unless you are clued up with the techniques for solving them or are willing to keep your computer on for many hours or even days without exiting the game.

Rubik's Cube Relaxing would be vastly improved if the two issues I've mentioned above were sorted and also include the ability to save your progress at any point, with multiple saves for the various cube sizes and the ability to create profiles for family and friends.
Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using the free version of Virus Total and the scan found zero hits from 61 antimalware engines. You can see the results of the installed games scan HERE


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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#6

The game seemed to work fine until I tried to play and realized I can't rotate the cube at all. I can zoom or rotate a slice but not the cube. Nothing happens when I right click and my mouse works fine otherwise. I should mention that I'm on Windows 10. Anybody else had this problem?

Reply   |   Comment by Nathalie  –  4 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Replying to my own comment to say that I rebooted the computer again and I can now rotate the cube. It's a good thing I had not deleted the game yet!

Reply   |   Comment by Nathalie  –  3 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#5

The comments on 'saves & profiles' have deterred me from trying this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Lawrence Carter  –  4 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

I was never able to solve a Rubic's Cube but I could take it apart and put it together right :-D

Reply   |   Comment by Anthea  –  4 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Anthea,

:)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  4 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

It doesn´t work on Windows 10 Home.

Reply   |   Comment by Josef  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Josef,

Hi Josef,
When you say it doesn't work on Win 10 Home (it works on my Win 10 Pro), can you give a little more detail, e.g., does it install, does it boot up, does it crash at a certain point, do you see the initial splash screen showing the developer Uniden, or the main menu?

Try adjusting the settings via the Compatibility panel; (i.e., right click on the games .exe or short cut, then from the drop-down menu click on Properties. This opens a small properties window. From here select the compatibility tab, where you'll see several check boxes for example Run this program as an administrator or disable full screen optimisations.

Depending on what monitor you are using, it may be that your screen resolution isn't native to the game, so may be the cause of the crash, though there are other possibilities. If trying combinations of the compatibility settings doesn't work, I suggest you check out the FAQ's thread over in the game discussion sticky section, which you'll find HERE.

Finally, you could do the following: (copied from the Frequently Asked Questions thread over in the game discussion forums.)

i.e.,

If your game crashes with no warnings or error messages, you may be able to find out why it crashed by opening the even viewer and looking at the event log. To open the event viewer in all versions of Windows, use keyboard shortcut Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog, (or open Start menu and click Run). Type eventvwr.msc and click OK.

N.B.

It's best to open up the event viewer then try to play the game. That way, the event should be at the top or near the latest entries to the event logs.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#2

This certainly an interesting game for sure. I do remember all the times I've swore at my Rubiks cube because I could not solve it. I'm sure other people who owned one would share in my frustration.

The Rubiks brand eventually spawned off different toys and even electronic games. They are still being sold in stores. If you like a certain movie theme or cartoon yes the Rubiks company sells them as well. Makes me want to go to a shop to buy one now.

Today's game is a pretty accurate simulation of the game itself with customizable options. It's one of the few simulators I've seen with decent graphics and ease of use. Other ones I've tried which were clones not so much.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  5 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
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