Game of the Month: MiQube

This selection for our game of the month series is a challenging strategic logic puzzle. miQube from MindWare is recommended for kids ages 7 and up and while I often think games can be played by kids younger than the recommended age, I agree with MindWare.

miQube from Mindware is a challenging strategy game and puzzle.

We’ve actually had miQube for several years. I had it on our list of favorite math-inspired games because Kiddo enjoyed playing around with the cubes and trying to complete the solitary puzzle, but at that point we hadn’t actually played it as a competitive game.

After I started writing this post, I noticed miQube was not on MindWare’s website so I tweeted them to inquire. Sadly, this was the response:

Well, that’s a bummer.

I considered abandoning this post, but 1) I had already done up the photo, written most of the text and it was too hard to trash it all; and 2) you can find miQube a few places online, at least for now. So, if this looks like a game your family will enjoy, snap it up while you can. (This post contains affiliate links.)

About Playing miQube:

  • miQube is a puzzle game in which players attempt to control territory with irregularly shaped pieces on a checkerboard. Each 6 sided piece displays a different color on each face.
  • There are 5 different ways to play miQube, four competitive games with two or more players and one solitary game.
  • The game vigorously exercises your spatial awareness skills so be prepared! This is an area where my older son excels, so he enjoys playing against me because he always wins.
  • The game can be tricky, but it’s also very satisfying when you win!
  • It’s made entirely from wood, making it a great choice for families looking to introduce less plastic into the world. (We are one of those families.)

Alternatives to miQube:

I feel compelled to share some alternatives, since the game is rapidly disappearing from the market.

Kanoodle is another 3D puzzle game. We always take ours along for long trips. It’s a lovely, portable size. However, it is a single player game. Also, it’s plastic (boo).

Other games of the month which focus on spatial awareness skills: Qwirkle, Perplexus, Blokus, and Swish.

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Comments

  1. says

    What a shame that it has been discontinued! I bought Emma Blokus a couple years back, but she hasn’t played it (or any other board games) much. Johnny and Lily adore Rush Hour.

  2. says

    Have you heard of Q-Bitz? I can’t remember if we bought it based on your recommendation or not. Anyway, we bought it for Christmas, and it’s similar in that it has cubes on a board, but it is simple enough that my five-year-old can do the puzzles. We really like it.

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