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Atari Video Cube (Atari 2600)

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Description

In this game, you control Marvin the Cube Master. You move him around a six-sided cube with nine squares to a side. The object is to get all nine sides to be one color each in the least amount of time or fewest moves, depending on the game variation you select.

Marvin changes a space's color by standing on it and you pressing the fire button. Marvin will then exchange the color he is with the space. Marvin cannot move onto a space of the same color as he is.

To rotate the cube, just move to the edge and press the joystick in the direction to rotate.

The game variations allow for normal or fast speed or timed race or fewest moves. Other variations cause the cube to show all the spaces as black except when it rotates, so you don't know what color your on. Two of the game variations, one a timed race and the other a fewest moves challenge, restrict you rotations to up and right only, but do not black out the spaces.

Eight of the game variations have the computer play the game itself.

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Atari Video Cube Atari 2600 Rotating the cube up
Atari Video Cube Atari 2600 A blacked out spaces, fewest moves variaton
Atari Video Cube Atari 2600 A blacked out spaces, timed race variaton
Atari Video Cube Atari 2600 Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Rubik's Cube" -- Re-release title

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The Video Game Critic Apr 05, 2002 C+ 58

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Release history

This game was initially sold only through the Atari Club by mail order. After Atari was sold by Time-Warner, the remaining copies were sold through stores.

This game started out as Atari Video Cube but then Atari changed their minds about licensing the Rubik's Cube name and sold it as Rubik's Cube initially. Later, perhaps because they could no longer afford the name Rubik's Cube or to just save money, Atari returned the game to the name Atari Video Cube.
LepricahnsGold (77748) added Atari Video Cube (Atari 2600) on Mar 10, 2006