The Rubik's Revenge (aka the Master Cube) has a 4x4x4 cube layout, making it harder to solve than the original Rubik's Cube. Aside from the 8 familiar corner pieces, this puzzle features twice as many edge pieces and 4 center pieces on each of its faces (compared to only 1 on the Rubik's Cube). This puzzle was released in 1982 and was actually not invented by professor Rubik himself but by Péter Sebestény, who later sold the rights to his invention to the Rubik's Brand (owned at the time by Ideal Toy Corporation, and today by Spin Master).

The most common way to solve the Rubik's Revenge is called the "Reduction Method". As implied by its name, this method focuses on solving the 2x2 center pieces and 2x1 edge pieces first. Then treating them as single pieces, and thus "reducing" the problem by making the puzzle equivalent to a regular 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube, which can then be solved using the normal 3x3x3 solving methods (along with two parity cases that require separate algorithms). An interesting concept to keep in mind while solving this puzzle is that even-order puzzles don't have any fixed facets. That means that the center pieces not only need to be color-matched but also positioned on the right face. This stands in contrast to the odd-order puzzles in which the center-most piece is fixed in position and can be used to infer the color of the face it is placed on.

This puzzle has quite a few more moving parts than the original Rubik's Cube. Therefore, it has many more possible permutations. The number of possible permutations of the Rubik's Revenge is over 7.4x10^{45}. It is an official WCA puzzle, and the current world record for solving it is 16.79 seconds, set by Max Park from the USA at the Bay Area Speedcubin' 29 PM 2022 competition.

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The Algorithim Gifter

OLL Parity alg: RW U2 (flip to bottom) RW U2 RW U2 RW’ U2 (rotate back to original position) RW U2 RW’ U2 RW U2 RW’ U2 RW’ PLL parity alg: UW2 r2 U2 r2 U2 r2 UW2 Two edges left alg: DW (flipping alg) Flipping alg: R U R’ F R’ F’ R

pacman

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Unknown

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Daksh

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cubetoto

i was paring edges until i couldnt pair the last 2 edges together for a 3x3 state but overall verry fun puzzle!

Athena Berndt

WOW I could never solve a 3 by 3 and this really helped! the way I used to solve rubik's cube by ripping off the stickers and breaking it then putting it back together

Rubiks cube noob

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Totallynotdream

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anonymous

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MelonGuy44

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DragonWolfZinthra

I just solved it!

Chew

Lol, my cube got confiscated, so I use this

Rubik’s fan

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Mars Uy

I can solve a 4 by 4 rubik's cube by myself

The Cube Master

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Terfy

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Dayan Rang

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## The Algorithim Gifter

OLL Parity alg: RW U2 (flip to bottom) RW U2 RW U2 RW’ U2 (rotate back to original position) RW U2 RW’ U2 RW U2 RW’ U2 RW’ PLL parity alg: UW2 r2 U2 r2 U2 r2 UW2 Two edges left alg: DW (flipping alg) Flipping alg: R U R’ F R’ F’ R## pacman

This cube is so cool## Unknown

Very cool 😎## Suiiii

Ronaldo is the goat so is this website## siuuuu

noice## Daksh

Nice app## cubetoto

i was paring edges until i couldnt pair the last 2 edges together for a 3x3 state but overall verry fun puzzle!## Athena Berndt

WOW I could never solve a 3 by 3 and this really helped! the way I used to solve rubik's cube by ripping off the stickers and breaking it then putting it back together## Rubiks cube noob

This is hard## Totallynotdream

Totally fantastic## anonymous

it helped a lot## MelonGuy44

Awesome! It’s also nice for a small challenge sometimes## DragonWolfZinthra

I just solved it!## Chew

Lol, my cube got confiscated, so I use this## Rubik’s fan

Realy fantastic## Mars Uy

I can solve a 4 by 4 rubik's cube by myself## The Cube Master

WOW I LOVE IT## Terfy

I literally solved it by solving a 3 by 3 with a few tweaks## Dayan Rang

my friend had one of these and this is a good simulator to practice 4x4## Nabikunyoi

Had this cube as a kid and couldn't solve it## Write a comment!