It has 26 pieces so it is on the same level as the 3x3x3 cube. I can easily solve the 3x3x3, I think the problem isn't so much getting the pieces in the right place, but getting them in the right place going in the correct direction. I'm sure there is some simple solution to this problem, some maneuver that will solve this issue.
As for the 2x2x2, no, I haven't done it. However, I have done the 4x4x4 in which I always get all the middle sides first (essentially doing a 2x2x2 rubik's cube).
As for checking on youtube etc ... there is one that I know of, but it doesn't explain it, and you can't really see it that well ... it's not much help :)