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Snake CubeThe little Snake Cube is popular among puzzlers because it is unusual. Unusual and difficult. Very difficult.

The cube is all one piece - that is, it’s made of 27 cube pieces that are joined together in segments to make one flexible snake like piece. Each joint rotates 360º

So, you unwind the cube into the snake shape - not too difficult, and fun.Then try to curl it back-up into the cube shape. That's very difficult. To see this puzzle unwound, click here - then use your browser’s “Back” button to return to this page.

There are two instruction diagrams provided. The first shows you the starting configuration of the snake. If you don’t have the right starting configuration of the snake you’ll never be able to wind-it-up into the cube. The second diagram shows the 17 sequential moves needed to make the cube.

All the pieces are made of dark samena hardwood and light helvea hardwood.

Two other versions of this puzzle are available: the Twist Puzzle (medium snake cube) and the Big Snake Cube

Here’s the maker’s description:

The Cube Snake demands much skill and patience when turning the snake back into the original cube.”

bulletOne piece made of 27 cubes joined into segments
bulletDifficulty: Very Difficult
bullet1.5" cube - 1.5 ounces
bulletInstructions – 2 assembly diagrams
bulletSamena and helvea hardwoods
bulletMade by Philos GmbH, Ltd.
bulletGerman name: Schlangenwürfel
bulletSlocum Classification: 1.3

#527 - Snake Cube - Small: $10.00

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A mechanical puzzle is a self-contained object, composed of one or more parts, which involves a problem for one person to solve by manipulation using logic, reasoning, insight, luck, and/or dexterity.” - Jerry Slocum

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