The Square-2 is a cube-shaped twisty puzzle. It was invented by David Litwin in 1995 as a higher-order version of the famous Square-1 puzzle, and much like the Square-1 it shape-shifts quite heavily when scrambled. The Square-2 has been mass-produced by hknowstore since 2012.

You can think of this puzzle as a Square-1 whose corner pieces were split in half. This makes the puzzle a bit easier to handle and turn since it cannot "lock" like the Square-1 when you have a corner piece blocking the "slice" turn. However, this also gives the puzzle a much greater number of possible combinations, totaling 1.24 septillion! It's also interesting to note that the splitting of the corner pieces allows for two solved positions of this puzzle; One "regular" solved state, and another one with the color scheme flipped (a signle pair of opposite faces swapped in color, for example yellow and white).

A common way to solve this puzzle is by using the "reduction" method. First, decide on the color scheme that you're solving towards (out of the two possible solved states), then pair up the corner pieces to turn the Square-2 into a Square-1, and finally - solve as a regular Square-1.

The Square-2 is not an official WCA puzzle. The world record for fastest solve is unknown at the time of writing, however there are videos floating online showing solves in 20-30 seconds.

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291203948 hours later

I did it

impossible

how does anyone do this, i was on it for 3 hours and it looked even more scrambled than when i started

PyraminxPro

I accidentally solved it

SPOATIMMY

I don't have this cube irl

CubePRO

I have this cube IRL and I have been trying to solve it for weeks...

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i love this than every single cube and this website great## Nice work

I love all the cubes you added and this website is great## 291203948 hours later

I did it## impossible

how does anyone do this, i was on it for 3 hours and it looked even more scrambled than when i started## PyraminxPro

I accidentally solved it## SPOATIMMY

I don't have this cube irl## CubePRO

I have this cube IRL and I have been trying to solve it for weeks...## cuber

it was quite easy## kirby

this is the hardest cube to solve## Gerard

I wonder how grubiks programmes this## pikachu

Let's try to solve this cube## Sebastián Navarro

This is very easy## rubikscubecube

it so hard...## Kevin

Grubiks is very cool## cmp73914

I solved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!## Gamer and cuber

Super hard because of the shape shifting## Ilovemicronesia

i did a qer perm## Darrell Alvaro

great cube## NWorld

I did parity with it.## dsdcubing

very cool## Write a comment!