Hexcells

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Hexcells on Steam

MSRP: $2.99 (Steam) / $1.99 (iTunes)

Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux, iOS (iPad only)

Release: 2/19/14


Most people, if they’ve ever used a Windows-based computer, have probably played Minesweeper.  However, Minesweeper can get really irritating for the player who wants to be able to always apply logic and reach a successful resolution – most game boards will lead to a scenario where you have to make your best guess.

Hexcells not only one-ups Minesweeper by giving the tiles six sides instead of the traditional square, every puzzle is handcrafted in such a way that guessing is never required.  You have all the information you need to succeed, as long as you have the patience to work it all out.

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Hexcells will also allow mistakes – there is no single click that means game over; at least not before you’ve already made more than a few misclicks. The first few puzzles are very simple, but as you progress, you’re given more variables to consider.  There are only 30 puzzles – depending on how quickly you think, you could be done with the entire game in less than an hour.  However, unless you have an eidetic memory, it’s likely you could replay it after some time away and enjoy it just as much as the first time through.

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There are two other games in the series – Hexcells Plus, and Hexcells Infinite (the latter coming with a random puzzle generator), and all three are available in the Humble Indie Bundle 17 as part of the beat-the-average tier until Tuesday, August 30th. I picked up the three games on a sale for less than three dollars, and for that price, I’m more than pleased with my purchase.  Hexcells is a game I play in bite-size increments, which will leave me with plenty of satisfying puzzling for a long time to come.

One thought on “Hexcells

  1. Ah nuts, should have read this sooner – I woulda bought that bundle. I love Minesweeper, and wasn’t aware this game was similar.

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