Erno Rubik

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Ernő Rubik (born July 13, 1944) is a Hungarian inventor, sculptor and professor of architecture. He is best known for the invention of mechanical puzzles including Rubik's Cube, Rubik's Magic and Rubik's Clock.



Rubik was born in wartime Budapest, Hungary. His father was a flight engineer, his mother a poet. He graduated from the Technical University, Budapest (Műszaki Egyetem) in 1967 as an architectural engineer and began postgraduate studies in sculpting and interior architecture. From 1971 to 1975 he worked as an architect, then went back to the academia and became professor at the Budapest College of Applied Arts (Iparművszeti Főiskola).

In the early 1980s, he became editor of a game and puzzle journal called ...s jtk ("...and games"), then became self-employed in 1983, founding the Rubik Stdi, where he designed furniture and games. 1987 he became professor with full tenure; in 1990 he became the president of the Hungarian Engineering Academy (Magyar Mrnki Akadmia). In the Academy, he created the International Rubik Foundation to support especially talented young engineers and industrial designer.

Presently he is mainly working on video game development and architectural topics and is still leading the Rubik Studios.

Rubik's Puzzles and Games

Below is a list of some of the puzzles released under the "Rubik" brand name of Ern Rubik.

Cube-like Puzzles

Other Classic Puzzles

The 90s Collection

Other Puzzles

  • Rubik's Double Tangram
  • Rubik's Maze
  • Rubik's Rings
  • Rubik's Royal Brain Teaser
    • 440 piece jigsaw puzzle
  • Rubik's Shells
  • Rubik's Tangle (a series of jigsaw-type puzzles, with square pieces; the aim is to create a tangle of ropes that join end to end)
  • Rubik's UFO
  • Zigzaw (a jigsaw puzzle)

Multi-player games

  • Rubik's Brain Game
    • Two-player game;
    • One player acts as the "Codemaster", creating a hidden pattern; the other player has to guess this in as few turns as possible;
    • Similar prinicple to Mastermind.
  • Rubik's Challenge aka Rubik's Game
    • Cube-shaped game
    • Two to six players
  • Rubi's Checker's Challenge
    • Two-player abstract strategy board game;
    • Game of checkers with a twist.
    • Each piece begins with the full power of a King, moving diagonally forwards and backwards and jumping captures as in regular checkers.
    • Upon a first capture a piece is flipped over to the pawn-side with its movement then reduced to a backwards direction only. A second capture of the same piece removes it from the game.
  • Rubik's Eclipse
    • Two-player abstract strategy board game;
    • Possibly a re-presentation of the Magic Strategy Game with different designs for the playing pieces;
    • Tagline - "Easy to learn, a challenge to win."
  • Rubik's Illusion
    • Two-player abstract strategy board game;
    • the board is constructed as eight playing spaces wide, by four real playing spaces deep, with a mirror at the far edge of the board making the total depth of play eight spaces.
  • Rubik's Infinity
    • Two-player abstract strategy board game;
    • each player has marbles of a certain colour;
    • the aim is to make as many rows of four marbles as possible whilst preventing your opponent from doing the same;
    • Tagline - "Move one ball to change it all. The more you score four, the faster you win. Easy to learn, a challenge to master."
  • Rubik's Line Up
  • Rubik's Magic Strategy Game
  • Rubik's Race
    • two player game
    • each player has a five by five sliding puzzle
    • the object is to make the central three by three square into a certain pattern.

External links

es:Ern Rubik fr:Erno Rubik hu:Rubik Ernő nl:Ern Rubik ja:ルビク・エルネー pl:Ern Rubik fi:Ernő Rubik


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