How to use a GeoCube

Transforming the Cube can be more difficult than it seems. There are over 70 possible configurations and some of them are easier to achieve than others. This page is intended to help the beginner on the first steps to mastering this puzzle.

 
 

Opening the Cube

The GeoCube can be openend on only 2 of its 8 Corners. One has to pull the three tips in that Corner open and the Cube will snap into Shape #2. If one practices and pulls on both corners at the same time the Cube will snap into the Star (Shape #3) 

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Closing the GeoCube

There is a trick to closing the Cube - it is not the reversal of the opening!

Just reversing the initial movement ends in a lock. One has to overcome that lock by opening an additional hinge.

 

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The "Main Shapes"

When transforming the Cube one will automatically come across shapes of specific beauty and symmetry. I refer to those as the "Main Shapes"

For ease of use I have named them, but please feel free to come up with your own system.


The Main Sequence

The next step in the exploration of the GeoCube is the order in which the Shapes can be achieved and what transformations are necessary to do it. Each line in the following diagram depicts one move/transformation. The Cube and Star are close together whereas the Cube and Halfdome are on opposite sides of the transformation.

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The Transformation Tree

The final step in unlocking the possibilities of the GeoCube is to realize all different shapes and the order in which they can be created. I summarized my findings in the image to the right.

The Cube can be found as Shape #1 in the top middle of the diagram.

Each line stands for one single, direct transformation.

There are some hidden shortcuts within the Transformation tree as well as a few extra Shapes that are not displayed. Those are for the curious mind to discover!