Flexagon History

Flexagons are not a new discovery by any means. The discovery of the original flexagon puzzle is attributed to Arthur H. Stone, while he was a student at Princeton University.

The year was 1939, and it appears that even 70 years ago, some classes were just perfect opportunities to discover new distractions.

Stone discovered flexagons by folding discarded scraps of paper that he had used for notes, and a new game was born.

Though originally limited to the Princeton campus and among Stone's colleagues, flexagons would garner attention in 1956 when Martin Gardner published his first article in his Mathematical Games column for Scientific American.

From here flexagon puzzles grew to become a favorite distraction for school children, and even adults as they found a fun activity to pass time and entertain.


Fast forward almost twenty years. While on vacation, Robert Matte was intrigued by a simple magic trick that he witnessed in which a coin was made to disappear within the folds of a folded piece of paper. That mechanism turned out to be a flexagon.

Intrigued, Robert examined the flexagon puzzle and deduced the sequence of moves to reveal all six faces of the game.

But more than that, Robert realized the oft-unseen truth behind the game : while a sequence of manipulations could easily reveal all 6 faces, the orientation of the pieces themselves was likely to be changed. What was once the center corner of a flexagon piece could become the outside facing point. This discovery led to the development of flexagon manufacturing.

By using images on the faces instead of simple colors or equally distributed geometric patterns, the flexagon puzzle took on a greater degree of challenge. Faces and images could appear scrambled, and this a new sequence would be necessary to appropriately decode the puzzle.

Fascinated with flexagon, and it's hexa hexa flexagon arrangement it seemed like the logical next step was to produce the games commercially. Unfortunately, production limitations were too big an obstacle, and flexagon was shelved for over a decade.

Now with apps and game technology reaching a level of popularity and technological advancement, the media is available to make FLIPAGON® the flexagon puzzle game available for iPhone and IPad users everywhere. With the ability to manipulate the flexagons on touchscreen phones, FLIPAGON puzzles can be enjoyed whenever the player has a moment and a need for some fun-filled distraction.

See if you can break the code, and deduce the perfect sequence to unscramble all of FLIPAGON puzzle images. 1, 4 and 7 piece FLIPAGON puzzle games await to entertain, frustrate, and fill your in-between minutes with some old school fun.