Petaminx Dodecahedral Puzzle is a Rubik’s Cube on Crack
by Mark R
I still have fond memories of the early 80’s, when the Rubik’s Cube was everyone’s favorite puzzle. Its success was seen by its number of imitators at the time, including the bar-shaped Missing Link and the Pyramid-shaped Pyramix. It appears that these puzzle toys have survived many incarnations since then, the most recent being the TouchCube.
Even though the fad of Rubik’s Cube and its other puzzle variations ended decades ago, the Petaminx Dodecahedral Puzzle could have been the challenge that Rubik’s Cubists could have used back in the day. Remember the “cube-offs” they had back then? These geniuses would frantically twist and turn to complete their cubes in under a minute. Something tells me that the Petaminx Dodecahedral Puzzle would take a lot longer.
As you can see, the Petaminx is a twelve-sided figure, which is twice the sides of the Cube. As I recall, the Rubik’s Cube had about 54 individual colored squares, but the Dodecahedral puzzle has about 1,212 individual spots that are various shapes and sizes.
The puzzle was created by Andrew Cornier, and assembled by Jason Smith of PuzzleForge.com. It takes about 75 hours to complete the molding process, and there are 975 individual parts.
So far, there is no word on releasing the Petaminx Dodecahedral Puzzle to the general public, but here is a YouTube video if you want to see it in action.