**Octo-Star Cube**is an absolutely wonderful twisty puzzle which should be in everyone's collection! It's a mass-produced version of the Octocube, first designed by David Pitcher. It's made by Calvin's Puzzle, and this is generally known as the Pitcher Octo-Star cube from Calvin's Puzzles. It shape-shifts, but is in cube shape when solved. To buy this puzzle, click here.

**The Basic Plot**

- Return to Cube Shape
- Reduce Centers
- Reduce Edges
- Solve Reduced Cube
- Fix Parity

**1. Return to Cube Shape**

When this puzzle is properly scrambled, it sometimes gets very tricky to turn. To start with, find 4 corners which are in an edge position. Place these corners onto one face, so that the corners are sticking out, not up. In other words, if the face is the Up face, the corners will be pointing out towards the F, L, B and R faces. Now, find 4 edges and place them between those corners using simple turns. When this is done, you'll have 4 corners in the edge positions, and 4 edges in the corner positions. Once they're all there, turn that face 45°. This alone will improve the situation significantly.

After this, the goal is to twist any edges in the edge position which have been twisted. To do this, turn the face containing the edge 45° so that the twisted edge is in a corner position. Now perform (F'RFR')x2 or similar, to orient the edge correctly. Then turn the face back 45°. Do this for all such edges.

From here, the goal is to place all remaining corners into the corner positions and all remaining edges into the edge positions. This is done with simple turns, always by turning the desired face 45°.

The entire process is shown in the video below.

After this, the goal is to twist any edges in the edge position which have been twisted. To do this, turn the face containing the edge 45° so that the twisted edge is in a corner position. Now perform (F'RFR')x2 or similar, to orient the edge correctly. Then turn the face back 45°. Do this for all such edges.

From here, the goal is to place all remaining corners into the corner positions and all remaining edges into the edge positions. This is done with simple turns, always by turning the desired face 45°.

The entire process is shown in the video below.

**2. Reduce Centers**

Reducing centers is the longest stage, because the cube keeps coming out of cube shape briefly. It's not difficult to do, rather just tedious.

The goal here is to place 4 small triangles around the large center, on each face. Do each face one at a time. It can take some figuring out to get edge pieces lined up correctly to enable the appropriate 45° turns to be made. Find a desired triangle and position it in the FL position. Turn the upper face 45° so that its position is now in the UL edge position, move the triangle up, then return the upper face 45°. As with most things, this is far easier to understand by watching the video below.

**3. Reduce Edges**

Reducing the edges is fun, and is definitely the most interesting and rewarding part of the solve. A completely reduced edge contains a small triangle, a large triangle, and two kites. For these purposes, a reduced edge initially does not need to contain the large triangle.

To match either a small triangle with a kite piece, or else a small triangle/kite with another kite piece, place the pieces at UL and UR. Rotate the upper face 45°, either clockwise or anticlockwise, so that the move L2 R2 D2 R2 L2 will bring together the two pieces. This is the basic, and very simple move to reduce edges.

Sometimes it's necessary to change the position of a kite within the edge it's sitting on. It's much easier to see this than to have it explained, so I'll leave it for the video. Similarly for the situation when the last edge needs to be reduced.

To match either a small triangle with a kite piece, or else a small triangle/kite with another kite piece, place the pieces at UL and UR. Rotate the upper face 45°, either clockwise or anticlockwise, so that the move L2 R2 D2 R2 L2 will bring together the two pieces. This is the basic, and very simple move to reduce edges.

Sometimes it's necessary to change the position of a kite within the edge it's sitting on. It's much easier to see this than to have it explained, so I'll leave it for the video. Similarly for the situation when the last edge needs to be reduced.

**4. Solve Reduced Cube**

At this point, the puzzle may be solved as a 3x3x3 cube, using whichever method you prefer. I do basically an edges first approach, but in the video below, use only the EPS for the whole thing, not the CPS. If you do not encounter the parity of two swapped corners, you're done. Otherwise, see the next section.

**5.Fix Parity**

To fix the parity of two swapped corners, turn once face 45°. This completely fixes the parity issue, but of course, the cube is now out of shape and unsolved. We then re-solve the cube, starting with re-reducing the centers, then re-reducing the edges, and finally re-solving the 3x3x3 cube. It doesn't take long and is a very simple process to carry out.

And that's it. Your Octo-Star Cube is now solved. I trust this site has been helpful. If you have any questions or want some clarifications, please use the comments to do so. To buy this puzzle, click here.