Thrift Treasure: Rubik’s Race

Thrift Treasure: Rubik’s Race

Ever since I learned how to solve my first cube back in the early 80’s, I have been a fan of the entire line of Rubik’s Cubes. Just because I can’t solve them all doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate their complexity – both in solving and manufacturing. But until we came across Rubik’s Race at our local Goodwill, the only way we knew to compare abilities was to time how long it took to complete a cube. That isn’t the case any longer.

What's one way to determine who is quicker at solving a Rubik's puzzle? Have a Rubik's Race! -

Rubik’s Race is a competition between two players to slide their colored squares until they match a randomly-shaken 3×3 grid of colors. Each player is working on the same design, albeit they are upside-down to each other.

What's one way to determine who is quicker at solving a Rubik's puzzle? Have a Rubik's Race! -

One person shakes the included box to create the game’s solution and then each player is off to the races to complete it first. When you think you have it, slam down the center divider to frame off your answer and compare it to verify your win.

As you can see from the above video, speed isn’t your only ally – great spatial recognition as well as superior puzzle solving ability is needed to come out on top. Our oldest got off to a quick start and continued to move the tiles quickly, only to see her patient younger sister claim the win.

What's one way to determine who is quicker at solving a Rubik's puzzle? Have a Rubik's Race! -

Rubik’s Race also disassembles into a easy-to-travel size and sets up in just a minute or two. Because of the quickness of the game, it is easy to get a half-dozen rounds completed in under 10 minutes. Perfect for a party of larger group where everyone wants to get a turn.

You can still find the game on Amazon and eBay, but there is now even a version for the iPhone or iPad! This might be a better solution as you never have to worry about lost pieces or broken plastic. However, nothing beats the tactile feeling of having the actual game in your hands. Either way, this is a game that will definitely remain in our long-term collection.

Scott Brady

About Scott Brady

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an award-winning board game designer with notable titles such as Hues and Cues and boop.

16 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Rubik’s Race»

  1. That sounds like fun. My daughter is really good at games like this. Me not so much.

  2. I’d never heard of this spinoff of the Rubik’s Cube before! My kids adore board games!

  3. I have never been able to solve a Rubiks cube. This would be fun to be able to race to solve the puzzle against someone.

  4. Brandy says:

    This looks like such a great find! I love when we find treasures elsewhere. Thanks for sharing this awesomeness!

  5. Sacha says:

    Definitely going to look for this game looks so fun!! thanks for sharing

  6. Sacha says:

    Definitely looking for this game, it looks fun, thanks for sharing.

  7. Amy says:

    Ooooh! This looks like so much fun! I have a puzzle-loving son with a birthday coming up. This might be just the thing for him!

  8. Oh FUN! I love the Rubiks Cube, but hadn’t ever heard of this game. It looks like a lot of fun, and just challenging enough to keep the kids occupied!

  9. leanne says:

    This is a awesome!! I’ve never seen this before but now I am on the hunt for this game!

  10. I’ve never heard of this one or played with it before, I think I missed out as a kid!! It looks like fun, what a treasure to find too!

  11. This would be an awesome game for my boys! They loves games that use their brain like this.

  12. Ashley S says:

    Looks like a great game. Gotta love a fun challenge!!

  13. I have never solved a rubiks cube before! This sounds like a fun competitive game to play!

  14. Aubrey says:

    What an interesting game. I have never seen it before. My family loves new games, I will need to check this one out.

  15. I could never solve my Rubiks Cube. think I recall hearing about or seeing this game back in the day. It’s great how quick the games are.

  16. Michael Boone says:

    Looks like a fun and challenging little game.

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