Square-0

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The Square-0 (a.k.a. SQ0) is a cube-shaped twisty puzzle. It is a lower-order version of the famous shape-shifting puzzle Square-1. It was invented in 2015 by YouTuber DGCubes (Daniel Goodman) for a school project where students were given the task to invent something and then present it to the class in Spanish. To make the prototype, Goodman bought a Square-1 puzzle and simply "bandaged" each corner piece with an adjacent edge piece. We say "simply" because turning a Square-1 into a Square-0 is not hard to do, but we do think the original idea is GENIUS! Apparently we're also not alone on that since ShengShou decided to mass-produce the puzzle and nowadays you can buy it directly under the name "SengSo SQ0".

It might not be very obvious at first glance, but the Square-0 can actually be thought of as a bandaged Tower Cube (2x2x3) shape-mod. The top and bottom faces each have 4 identical corner pieces, and the puzzle itself is made of 3 layers. The only difference between the mechanism of the Square-0 and the one found in the Tower Cube (2x2x3) is that the former only has two parts in its middle layer. This makes the Square-0 even easier to solve than the Tower Cube (2x2x3), which is already considered an easy puzzle to solve. Our computer simulation shows that the Square-0 only has around 80k possible combinations.

The Square-0 is not an official WCA puzzle. Its predecessor, the Square-1, is the only shape-shifting official WCA puzzle. At the time of writing, we couldn't find any unofficial record for the fastest solve of this puzzle.



Comments 39

PixelGamer2

PixelGamer2

Just like an 2x2x3, very easy!
Valentine9years

Valentine9years

Solving a square-0 is like solving a 2x2x3.
yes!!! wait what???

yes!!! wait what???

i solved it but one half
bro

bro

mee too
astr523qwerty

astr523qwerty

i solved it!
Cuber Fan

Cuber Fan

Solved it in 3 moves
getrickrollednoob739

getrickrollednoob739

kinda looks like a bandaged 2x2
CubaTheCuber

CubaTheCuber

Ez solved it in 0.5 sec😎😎😎😎
Jad

Jad

Do this for bottom 3 swap:slice/up clockwise/slice/up clockwise/slice/up counter-clockwise/slice/up clockwise/slice/up clockwise/slice. When I mean slice I mean turn the right side 180°/halfway turn
yeboi

yeboi

I did it!
Gokul

Gokul

So easy just 2x2x3 modifiection
Square 1

Square 1

Square 1 is hardest.
MosoTheKing

MosoTheKing

This will make it easier for me to learn to do square one
Milothebest1

Milothebest1

I've solved it by accident
Dee

Dee

It so much easyier that square 1
rubikscubecube

rubikscubecube

on my first time I Had lots of moves on my scramble but ended up with one move away from solved but now it was like (yeesh I'll never be able to solve it)
Cubiks_Ruber

Cubiks_Ruber

Lol i solved it 🥳🥳🥳🥳
Jasper

Jasper

Bro im on computer and i solved it in 4.56 seconds
Vica50

Vica50

I solved it by acident. :)
Link Link

Link Link

I can confirm that this is not a normal 3 by 3


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