Three dimensional sliding puzzles

a.) With flat tiles

Mickey Mouse Puzzle Can
diet Coke Can
Coca Cola Can
Bank Sphere
made by HANAYAMA
Massage ball / OTTO WU 7-Color Magic Puzzle
Rubik's Brain Racker
SLIP-IT / Number Barrel
free the coin
IPP 30 Exchange / Osaka + Hakone
designed by Allen Rolfs
made by Allen Rolfs


The sliding principle of the puzzle corresponds to the principle of an ordinary Nine Sliding Piece Puzzle:
The puzzle consists of a frame and 9 cubes which lie in a 3 x 3 grid and an additional field.
Eight of the nine cubes can be slided everywhere in the 3 x 3 grid.
The ninth cube can only be slided between the extra field and the neighbouring field in the grid.
The ninth cube serves rather as closure so that all fields in the grid can be placed with a cube.

The mechanics of the cubes is tricky. Each of the cube has a mirror which passes from the upper edge
to the opposite bottom edge (along the diagonals) and divides the cube into two parts.
To each of the four sliding directions (up, right, down and left),
there are at least two cubes of which the mirros have the same direction.
All nine cubes are transparent from above, the bottom side does not matter.
Three of the remaining four sides have pictures on the outside and the other one is transparent.
There are also pictures on the sides of the frame in the size of a cube side.
If a side with a picture is next to a transparent side, then you can see the side with the picture from above.
That is because the side with the picture was reflected by the mirror.

If you slide a cube, then the pictures of the neighbouring cubes or the picture of the cube which was moved may change.

MIRRORKAL / YOU AND Mona Lisa (Pat. US4898560)
comes with 2 problems
Difficulty: easy / medium
Playing Time: < 45 minutes

The aim of the warmup challenge is to make the small Mona Lisa visible
in the center and the remaining eight cubes shall work as mirrors.
No single cube picture other then the Mona Lisa shall be recognizable.
The problem is relatively easy to solve. The first step is to find the small Mona Lisa
which is depicted at one side of a cube.
Then you have to think how the mirrors of two cubes have to be arranged.

To meet the challenge, the complete Mona Lisa has to be visible.
This problem is more tricky,
as you search small pictures like in a normal jigsaw puzzle.

Puzzle Review

designed by Ivan Moscovich
made by Recent Toys International

comes with 2 problems
Difficulty: easy / medium
Playing Time: < 45 minutes

Puzzle Review

designed by Ivan Moscovich
made by Recent Toys International


c.) With three dimensional tiles

Vadasz Cube
Vadasz Cube 3x3x3
Vadasz Rainbow Cube
Varikon Box 2x2x2
Cutrofello's Cubes
IPP 22 Exchange / Antwerp
designed by Tom Cutrofello
made by Puzzlecraft
IPP 22 Exchange / Antwerp
designed by Marcel Gillen & Carlo Gitt
made by RTL & Marcel Gillen
Puzzle Design Competition 2011

Difficulty: easy - medium
Playing Time: < 45 minutes
similar puzzles: Varikon Box 2 x 2 x 2, Vadasz Cube

Equal7 consists of seven red dices
which are enclosed in a transparent plastic cube of the size 2 x 2 x 2.
All seven dices are identical, but have different orientations.
They are also different from an ordinary dice in regards to their numeration:
Instead of having six points on one side, they have a blank side.
Moreover, the sum of two opposite sides equals always five.

The plastic cube container has a special shape on one corner
so that it can stand on this corner.
In this position, the cube container on the top has dice points
with either one, three or five points.
If Equal7 is standing on the corner,
then the observer gets the impression
that it consists out of eight dices.

There are four different tasks to Equal7.
The aims are to shift the dices in such a way
that all sides show either 10, 11, 12 or 7 points.
Thereby, the dices are moved by overturning the 2 x 2 x 2 cube container.

Puzzle Review

designed by Vladimir Krasnoukhov
made by Recent Toys
very simple to solve
made by POPULAR PLAYTHINGS (Huntar Company, Inc.)
mad marbles
Varikon Box 3x3x3
3 x 3 x 3 Black Hole Gravity Cube
Pionir Cube
Pionir Pyramid
IPP 32 Exchange / Washington, D.C.
designed by Roxanne Wong
made by MF8