A new rage among Sudoku enthusiasts is the Sudoku cube. It is a Rubik’s cube that uses numbers in the place of colorful tiles and has a greater level of complexity added to the puzzle. The primary objective is to arrange the cube in such a way that each side, or face, shows the numbers 1 to 9, without any duplication. This is similar to the way Sudoku continues to be played traditionally. The digits do not need to be in order, but the numbers need to be unique. Manipulation of the cube is just as it is in the original Rubik’s cube i.e. by rotating the sides. Since the cube follows the same pattern, it is also commonly referred to as the Rubik’s Sudoku cube. If you are a fan of this challenging mind-puzzle, it is vital that you are thoroughly acquainted with all the various methods behind it. The following tips will help you know how to solve a Rubik’s Sudoku cube.
Solving A Rubik’s Sudoku Cube
- Before attempting to solve a Sudoku cube, brush up your skills by attempting to solve a Rubik cube. Playing with Rubik cubes will help you develop spatial-relations skill, which will in turn help you in solving Sudoku cube.
- Solve the cube by learning the ultimate objective of the puzzle. The numbers 1 through 9 may not need to be in order. They just need to be represented once, and only once, on each 3-by-3 grid face.
- With a pencil, make graphs on a sheet of paper, while solving the Rubik’s Sudoku puzzle. Drawing a diagram of an unfolded cube and entering various numbers on the grid while you are solving the puzzle will help you to use mathematical algorithms to solve it. This is similar to the method used in the traditional Sudoku.
- Start solving the puzzle by noting down that the centre square is fixed. This will help you determine the orientation of other numbers on that particular face of the cube.
- Find the right corners to each face of the cube. If you note the orientation of each corner number, you would be able to solve the 16 corners with relative ease.
- Try to find out the correct edge numbers between the corner squares and solve the edge one at a time. Make sure not to undo what you have already solved, by writing down the numbers of each edge as you go along.
- Unfold the cubes by drawing a two dimensional map of all the numbers on each face of paper. This will help you figure out all arrangement of numbers and their orientation and will let you apply Sudoku logic to solve the puzzle.