Puzzle Cube (3x3x4)

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The Puzzle Cube (3x3x4), along with its sibling, the Puzzle Cube (3x4x4), were among the first cuboid variations of the original Rubik's Cube to be invented. You can think of the 3x3x4 Puzzle Cube as a normal Rubik's Cube (3x3x3) with an additional layer in one of the axes (usually the Y-axis between the white and yellow faces, as presented in the 3D simulation on this page). The 3x3x4 cuboid puzzle was originally invented by Tony Fisher back in 1995. It was initially hand-made using the mechanism of a Rubik's Revenge Cube (4x4x4), and only a small number of them were sold. This puzzle started to be mass-produced in 2009 when a company named Cube4You decided to raise the glove. Several brands manufacture this puzzle today, but even though this puzzle is so closely related to the Rubik's Cube, it is not manufactured by the Rubik's brand.

Like the Domino Cube (2x3x3), the top and bottom faces of this puzzle cannot be mixed with the side faces. This is because the 3x4 layers of this puzzle can only make double turns (180 degrees) while the 3x3 layers can also make regular 90-degree turns. That unfortunately means that algorithms you might already be familiar with from solving a regular Rubik's Cube are usually not applicable to this puzzle. The good news however are, that this puzzle has significantly less possible combations - around 41 quadrilion. This is still a huge number but it is dwarfed by the Rubik's Cube 43 quintillion possible combinations.

A common approach to solving this puzzle is "from the inside out" - start by solving the edges of the side faces, then the corners around them, and finish by solving the top and bottom layers. 
 



Comments 14

Jeff

Jeff

treat the middle two layers as a domino cube, then treat the top and bottom layers as a domino cube
papapa01223

papapa01223

I really enjoy this puzzle, thanks , grubiks
Harrison

Harrison

I got the checker board
Vica50

Vica50

I made checkbord pattern! YAY!
Mirror Cube

Mirror Cube

I have made a strange pattern on this cube which name I don't know one pattern on the sides but not the same one on the top and bottom.
Sophie

Sophie

I made an o
Ahnaf Amin Yeash

Ahnaf Amin Yeash

Very good
guy

guy

i made a checkerboard
MelonGuy44

MelonGuy44

I don’t have this cube so thanks for providing this!
K1NG

K1NG

I managed to do checkerboard
Petercubing

Petercubing

I can't do the checkerboard on it LOL
AzureCyan

AzureCyan

This is so cool! There's a parity alg btw but im too scared to solve it.
Lil’ Fox

Lil’ Fox

This is new! Wow!
Col10trains

Col10trains

I dont have a "3x4x4" yet, but I can have it for Christmas.


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