Rubik’s Flip, the newest installment to University Game’s collection of Rubik’s games, puts another fun twist on the classic brainteaser. The fast-moving, two-player game is easy to learn, but requires skill and strategy to win. The player that gets three of his or her tiles in a row—horizontally, vertically, or diagonally—wins.
The clear flaps on the game board open up to hold each player’s two-sided tiles. One player takes eight of the red and blue tiles, and the second player takes eight of the yellow and white tiles. The first player to make a move places one of his or her tiles anywhere on the game board, choosing the color that he or she wants face up. The second player then flips the opponent’s tile, reversing the color and moving it horizontally or vertically to an adjacent square. Before player two’s turn is up, he or she also places a tile either side up on any vacant space on the board.
Play then continues with each player first flipping a tile, and then placing his or her own tile on the game board. Basically, once placed on the game board, players will never touch their own tile again, BUT they’ll change the position and color of their opponent’s tiles. Sneaky, sneaky!
While players can flip the tile that their rival just placed down before finishing their turn, they also can choose tiles that were placed on the board at any point during gameplay. This allows them to try to prevent their foes from aligning three of their same-colored tiles in a row. That being said, flipping and switching tiles may not always work in someone’s favor. Regardless, each player must always flip a tile and place his or her own tile on the game board, even if this move results in a win for the opponent. Win some, lose some. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The first player to create a “locked” vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line of three is the winner. A locked line is one where none of the three game tiles can be flipped because all adjacent spaces are occupied. After play, the clear flaps of the game board fold up, making for compact storage and easy travel.
Rubik’s flip is a combination of strategy and luck, and players will have to think two steps ahead in order to outsmart their opponent.