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Google's doodle today - a real working Rubik's Cube

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Google has been doing their custom logos - or doodles - since August of 1998. And today is a unique one. A Rubik's Cube that you can actually play. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Rubik's Cube, that marvel of a game that was an instant hit all over the world. As of January 2009 350 million cubes had already been sold.

The Rubik's Cube is a puzzle of sorts - a cube with sides that rotate. The object is to get all tiles of the same color on the same side. When the cube first appeared people just tried to solve it. Then contests ensued to see who could solve it the fastest. The world-record today is less than six seconds. Its popularity was instant. It was the most popular in the 1980s but is still popular today. See the Wikipedia article for more history and information.

You can see the Google logo and play Google's web version here. Below are steps to playing it on Google's doodle page.

  • Click on the Rubik's Cube to start. It will scramble itself.
  • Click above it to spin the entire cube - above left to spin clockwise, above right to spin counter-clockwise.
  • Click below it to rotate the entire cube - below left to rotate counter-clockwise, below right to rotate clockwise.
  • Click one of the three horizontal levels to spin just that level. Drag left or right to control the spin direction.
  • Click and drag up or down to spin one level vertically.
  • There is a counter below and to the left which tells you the number of moves you have made so far.

You can also go to Google's "Chrome cube Lab" to see an amazing array of experiments based on Rubik's Cube.

Go to Google's doodle page and Celebrate the world's top-selling puzzle game. It is also widely considered to be the world's best-selling toy. Why not try it? But be careful - it is addicting and you can waste a lot of time playing it.

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