I'm not sure who will want the Go Cube, a hi-tech version of a Rubik's cube, the most: Will it be kids who want to learn how to amaze their schoolmates, or boomers who couldn't solve it back in the day, and now want to amaze their friends while sitting in the doctor's waiting room. Either way, it is pretty cool. The allure of solving a Rubiks cube without having to pull off the cubes and reassemble it will be immediately understood by anyone who was frustrated by the original puzzle!
The idea is that this rechargeable, app-driven cube, can teach you how to solve the puzzle via an included app. So, to make this toy work, understand you have to have a compatible smartphone. Check the packaging for details; Android and iOS versions are available.
Before we get to how it works, let's deal with the picture on the box problem. After all, one of the things that got me reviewing toys in the first place was the disappointment I would often get as a kid when the picture on the box didn't match the reality that laid within. The cube on the box, the one that looks like a life-sized picture of the product, measures over 3 inches wide, about what I remember a Rubik's Cube looking like. The actual toy is much smaller, an inch smaller, in fact! I wouldn't even mention the size had the box design not created an inevitable expectation and let-down, which is a pity because the product is actually quite good.
Start by downloading the companion app while you charge the toy via supplied customized cable. Word-to-the-wise: don't lose the cable, a standard one won't work.
Notwithstanding its diminutive size, the cube is a tech-wonder. It has smart sensors, bluetooth, and lighting. As you move it, the app is aware of what you've done, and matches your moves on-screen.
A series of lessons teaches you how to solve the puzzle. Even with help it isn't easy, requires good visual-spatial skills, and careful attention. Testers loved the way the powered cube synced with the visual display wirelessly. While many STEM toys try to automate the school experience, this one develops useful skills in an environment that is entirely disguised as "fun".
Of course at $99 this is not a small purchase, and some kids will not have the staying power or interest to learn its hidden secrets, but for the right person, this will be a huge hit. You can find it on Amazon, here.