Rubik’s Spark is a new electronic game with from the creators of the iconic Rubik’s Cube. There are six different games to play that includes both single and multiplayer game play. This is a new concept to the old fashion Rubik’s Cube. Rubik’s Spark is simply controlled by tilting and turning. There are no buttons and no touchscreen. It is suitable for aged 8 and above.
This electronic toy takes 3 AAA batteries which are included. I love that they conceal the on/off button inside the cube itself. To turn it on, you will need to remove the cap to reveal the battery compartment and on/off switch. It is well made and quite chunky to hold.
To play this game, you will need to tilt and turn to determine where the flashing light goes. It took us a bit of time to get used to it. We kept having to resist the urge to twist and turn the sides. After you switch it on, you will need to select one or multi-player. Then pick one of the six games. If you make a mistake or simply want to start a new game, wait for 45 seconds for it to sleep and restart. It has no memory so for each game and score the players always starts from the beginning.
The six games are:
- Tilt ‘n’ Zap: This is the Lightning Bolt symbol. You need to zap the lit Cube as it passes the flashing one on top. The more levels you clear, the faster its light will lit and speed up. I find this quite hard as I keep turning to the wrong direction.
- Follow the Path: It will show you a path and you have to copy the same path to score. This is like a memory game to remember the path. We do sometimes struggle to tilt to move the flashing light as it can be slow to response.
- Seek & Destroy: You guide the flashing cube to destroy other lit cubes. I find this is much easier to play than others but it does get quite difficult when you level up.
- Snackin’ Snake: This is like the old Nokia mobile phone snake game where you ‘eat’ the blinking cube, your snake grows a tail. We love this game.
- Light the Cube: You must light the cubes that is displayed and you have to make sure that you don’t wipe out any lit cubes.
- Rubik’s DJ: Make your own tune by tilting and turning your Spark!
All these games except Rubik’s DJ comes with three lives and has 25 levels. Spark will light up each row of cubes to represent the number of lives left. At the end of the game, it will light the number of cubes to reveal your score. I find that once you recognise the sequence of the music, it can give you a clue as to when the game is going to start or what is coming next etc.
This game will probably not appeal to everyone. My husband prefers the tactile nature of a traditional Rubik’s Cube which he loves to solve, but my son loves the new technology and that there are multiple games on this cube. It is available to buy in good toy retailer and Amazon.
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however all thoughts and opinions remain our own. Contains Amazon affiliate link.