Who needs exorcise? Spirit snaps at maddening brainteaser

I had a family once. I haven’t spoken to them in months, and yet it only arrived this morning. In between the joyous screams and irksome sighs, I recall how, six months ago, I’d given up smoking.

While the devil himself takes time out from his apparent misdeeds to make work for idle hands, without their familiar accomplice, I’d found solace for mine wrapped around a rubik’s cube. Having basked in the smug vernacular for long enough – world record pace being only the chalice of miscreants – I sought a new challenge, and if I’m to believe that this Ghost Cube is as difficult as everyone says it is then I’m going to need a new hobby.

All in all an experience that feels like being beaten up while drowning

On a scale of ‘breathing in and out’ to ‘seeking the affections of a prom queen from Mars’, the Ghost Cube boasts a difficulty rating of four and a half stars. Taunting you through the perspex, like a prison visit to the local nincompoop, it curiously lures you in with it’s apparent simplicity.

From a visible mishmash of battle scars draped around its perimeter, it’s immediately obvious that the rails align with a distinct irregularity and as Pandora’s box slides open, an ethereal wisp is seen escape its snare as its proud rigidity sags. Lurking now in its peculiar form, this decent into madness begins.

Logic and reason fritter away like stardust into the void as a turbulent beginning effortlessly slides into tectonic meltdown. Fingers cling on to comparable shapes that vanish in the instant your gaze detracts – a single slip costing you an hour’s progress that you’d trade the first cherished relative to hand to get back. All hope is then lost as you realise you’ve been going in circles this entire time.

A wholesome experience that feels like being beaten up while drowning, this is apparently my life now. Destiny left to chance, as stress-laden unease becomes a freight train charging down a line of concentric circles, this noble beast has seemingly welcomed oblivion.

Adam Meffert’s ‘Ghost Cube’ is available to purchase online

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