Rubik’s Race

Shake, slide and win


Rubik’s Cube, all the rage in the early eighties with its separate colored cubes that you could twist and turn, has provided the basis and the inspiration for a big range of secondary products that are still going strong. Rubik’s Race is one of them, and a real game in the sense that there is a winner.

The frame is set up vertically between the two halves of the game basis and you place 24 colored square tiles, 4 of each of the 6 colors, randomly into each half of the base, on square of the 5x5 grid remains empty. In a small see-through cube on a somewhat wider basis, the so called dice shaker, you shake all 9 color dice. Each of those dice shows 6 colors on its sides and you move the shaker until all 9 dice are sitting in place and thus provide a color pattern of 3x3 squares. Now both players slide their tiles in their base until the tiles form the pattern in the middle of the grid, as provided by the shaker. Take care! The edge tiles cannot be used to form the pattern; you must reproduce the pattern with 9 squares in the middle of the 5x5 grid. Both players must create the same pattern; it cannot be a mirror image or the opposite. If you are the first to finish your pattern you pull down the frame over your basis and win the round. The rules provide versions that use all 24 tiles in the base and the free 25th space, too.

The connection to Rubik’s Cube is provided by the colors and the square tiles, but just like Rubik’s Cube Rubik’s Race is a wonderful abstract exercise in logic thinking and spatial arrangement, based on simple rules and providing lots of intellectual fun!


Players: 2

Age: 5+

Time: 15+

Designer: not named

Artist: not named

Price: ca. 20 Euro

Publisher: Jumbo 2011


Genre: Sliding puzzle

Users: For families

Special: 2 players

Version: multi

Rules: de fr nl

In-game text: no



Simple rules

Compares to Rubik’s Cube only in colors and the topic of pattern formation

Variants listed


Compares to:

All sliding puzzles within a given frame


Other editions:

Currently none


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