I think I’ll start out with something witty…… Lol. Yeah right. So some of you know that I love 80’s arcade games and I’m starting to really like mechanical puzzles. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could combine those two hobbies? In a way, I have with my Illusion 7 by puzzle manufacture Verdes Innovations also called V-Cube. The man behind the technology for this cube is a Greek engineer named Panagiotis Verdes. This guy was the first puzzle inventor to successfully create a 6x6x6 and 7x7x7 cube for mass production. It is my understanding that they hold the patent for the 11x11x11 cube but they have not released their version as of yet. As the name implies, the Illusion 7 is a 7x7x7 cube. However, unlike a traditional cube that requires the puzzler to make each side a solid color, the Illusion 7 is in a solved state when each side is in a checkered pattern. You would think that since it is a 7x7x7 and has an unusual solution requirement that the puzzle would be difficult. This is not the case. Please note that I’m not a puzzle cube wizard. I just solved my first traditional Rubik’s 3x3x3 cube a few weeks ago and in my opinion, this cube is a lot easier. The Illusion 7 does not require the user to memorize any algorithms. In other words, you don’t have to memorize any sequential movements to solve it. You can solve this cube intuitively. This quality alone would make it an awesome cube but the fun does not stop there.
As I said in the beginning, I like 80’s arcades. So how can I combine my interest with arcades and the puzzle you might ask? Well it’s not like you don’t already know. The images tell the story. Through making cool 8-bit art with this cube! Let’s face it. If you own this cube, you will find solving this cube to be easy after a short while but why should the fun stop there? I’m having a blast trying to make all kinds of interesting designs with my Illusion 7. Where the hell was this cube in the 80’s! It would have fit right in with Pac-Man lunchboxes and Donkey Kong cereal. V-Cube if you are watching this I’d really like to see a black and green Illusion 11 so I can make a Space Invaders bad guy. While I like the cube the price is another matter. The retail price is a bit high but I got the cube on sale for a significant discount through a seller on Amazon. I would suggest shopping around to find the best value. V- Cube has hinted that they were going to be working on releasing other versions of the Illusion series. I hope that one of those cubes is an Illusion 11!!! Before we part ways internet traveler, I would like to say that if you ever get abandoned on a remote island and you had to choose a puzzle to be by your side then the Illusion 7 might be the right one for you. Think about it. If you become sad, you could give the cube a happy face. If you wanted to argue with it, you could make it look angry. However, whatever you do don’t call it Wilson.