Since its inception in 1974, the Hungarian Ern? Rubik game has continued to attract generations of people across the world. And to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Google created an interactive copy of the cube to play on its home page.
For some, it is entertainment, for others a real uphill battle.
Hungarian Ern? Rubik, a sculptor and professor of architecture, developed the game in 1974. The goal is to move the cube segments so that each of the six faces of the large cube is showing the same color . A system of axes, the mechanism patented by its author, lies at the center of the object’s uniqueness.
A few years after its launch in Hungary, the invention flooded the world and in September 1979 an agreement was signed with Ideal Toys to distribute the cube around the world.
Between 1980 and 1982, the toy sold like hotcakes with over 100 million units sold.
The cube’s popularity continues to grow with world championship competitions being held globally since the first in Budapest in 1982.
The record time to complete the puzzle is 5.55 seconds and today Google is allowing everyone to find their own best time by featuring the interactive game on their home search page.