Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.
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Release Date: Feb 19, 2014

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“It quickly reaches those magnificent moments where you’re working out new rules on the fly, realising that if you apply previously acquired understandings you can make logical leaps and eliminate or highlight in a brand new way. Those are special moments that only very few puzzle games manage.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

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Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Storage: 60 MB available space
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Very Positive (124 reviews)
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ON3WAY
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Great fun. I play it when i have no wifi thats why i dont have many hours but its challenging and fun you just need to get used to it.
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xarvh
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Beautiful, intelligent, involving.
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Voxelated
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
A nice relaxing puzzle. Very reminiscent of minesweeper, and additional elements added later on also reminded me of Picross. I completed the game on a lazy Saturday and it gave me enough challenge that it didn't feel like a breeze. Additionally, it never vexed me by being too difficult or requiring me to know the intricacies of how everything worked (those hidden rules you find after doing a puzzle for a long time).

If there's one thing to note, it's that the "Perfectionist" achievement does NOT require you to get 0 mistakes on all levels, just to get all of those hexagonal "points". This is good, because there's several levels where I got 1 honest mistake and it didn't deduct anything.

The game also punishes random "spam n' solve" play by making it impossible to unlock later levels without X number of aforementioned hexagonal points. Why you would do that anyway is beyond me.

My only critique of the game is a lack of puzzles with all the elements added. Initially, the game starts off by showing you the base points, then shows you that lines and columns can have numbers too, and then shows you how to toggle everything; and suddenly, you're two-thirds of the way through the puzzles. Just a minor gripe, but getting Hexcells Plus & Infinite solves that problem nicely.
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megazver
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Lovely.
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Brownittoya
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
don't play this game while sick or tired

i would do it again though, 10/10
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SAVAGEYT
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Take minesweeper and make it a hexagon, give it some nice music really swag graphics and actual levels and you have hexcell. This is a nice calm amazing game. Ive not gotten Hexcells plus or infininte because I dont have the steam cash and i havent finished the first one. You have to know how to play minesweeper to play which alot of people dont. But if you do this game is for you. The levels or "patterns" are interesting and cool and not just a box like in minesweeper.
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Upsilon
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Very stylish minesweeper-like game, all levels are well designed, so there is no randomness involved. Once you learned most of the tricks, you are already at the last level, which will take you good ~half an hour to complete pefectly (without mistakes).
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BluePaw 🐾
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
It's pretty much minesweeper but instead with squares it's with hexagons along with other hurdles and mechanics into the mix.

Good puzzle game. I would get Plus and Infinite too as this version is Easy, Plus is Medium, and Infinite is Hard and higher. I would get them in a bundle instead of individually. Worth it.
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Mad_Man_Moon
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Nice game, like it a lot. Casual.

This is not a logic puzzle, there is *definite* 50/50 moments (like minesweeper) that you just have to guess. This can get frustrating if you've gotta catch 'em all, but I advise adjusting your mindset, because this can be a peaceful release of a few minutes here and there.

Play it like a cross between a nonogram and minesweeper. You can unlock all of the later levels if you just screen shot your current one (before finishing) and go again, so don't stress about that error, and retry in a second to ensure you have enough blues to unlock the later levels. You don't have to high score it, just unlock the later levels, so do enough to do that and you're good :-).
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s_ikari
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
When you need a break from all of your favorite games or when you wish to stimulate your mind this is the go to place. This game requires for you to actually use your brain. The game is about as good as the graphics and is for those who like a casual challenge.
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LurkusMcGurkus
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This game couples painful brain teasers with soothing music and sounds. I'd reccomend it if you're looking for an impulse buy or as a way to kill a few hours. I think these puzzles are moderately challenging, and so if you enjoy mindsweeper-esque problem solving and sleek and simple modern design, then this game is for you. If you're looking for something more challenging but similar to this I would check out its sequels, Hexcells: Plus, and Hexcells: Infinite.

+Challenging
+Pretty
+lightweight
+inexpensive
-essentially a browser game
-no replayability

Overall 7.25/10.0
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bamdorf
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Hexcells is a relatively simple puzzle game similar in some ways to mineweeper. An array of hexes is presented and you need to left click (reveal a filled cell) or right click to reveal a non-filled cell. However, it is vastly different from minesweeper in that each puzzle can be solved logicially wihout guesswork. Each revealed cell shows the number of adjacent filled cells, but there can be other clues as well, for example, the number of filled cells in a column, row, or diagonal. In this way it also reminds me a of sudoko puzzles. There is no timer, and if you make a mistake you can either continue on or restart to try for a "pefect" solution, so one can procede at whatever pace you like.

Very enjoyable if you like this sort of logic puzzle.
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Chazz
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
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I got this ♥♥♥♥ing hip ♥♥♥ game from the lovely hosts Frank "Jonny Fairplay" Lastname and Grant "Host Austin" Other Lastname thanks to their smash game SURVIVOR: PURE JAMAICA (remember tails never fails).

I, Shamar, give this game a rating of 4.5 Thumps ub out of the 5 thumps.

The game is super duper well made and carefully crafted, only the touch of Gods with such beautiful, elegant artisanal hands such the mighty and loving Boob Ernis could create such a game as this.

The downside to this game? It's SHORT, shorter than my gray matter if it was laid across a beach.

So all in all, I give this game a rating of STAY VORACIOUS.

Stay voracious
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tusloth
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I have always been a fan of minesweeper so the concept of Hexcells caught my eye. I thoroughly enjoyed Hexcells as it brought a classic minesweeper like challenge with extra twists to the information revealed. It was a pretty short playthrough unfortunatley, but it was great every step of the way.
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Some1xx
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
A fun and challenging logical puzzle game similar to MineSweeper.
Using the numbers to work out which tiles to mark.

The big difference between Hexcells and Minesweeper is that you never need to guess at any point, there's always a way to work out where to click.
Also, numbers can be shown on the outside of the grid and show a different symbol with the number to tell you how the tiles you need to mark are laid out.

The only issue I have with this is that it's really short and there's no replay value in it.
If you wish to save a bit of money then I suggest only buying HexCells Infinite which contains the same as this but also has a random level generator for.. infinite.. replayability.
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DarthCircles
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Hexcells is like a much better version of minesweeper. Really great puzzles and it's a lot of fun. Doens't take too long to get through the whole thing. If you enjoy puzzles, play it!
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Tabulation
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
A+ puzzle game.
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Six
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Absolutely loved it, including the 2 sequels. Made me realize that the world doesn't have enough of these mathematical puzzle and logic games.

Despite this being "just" a puzzle game, trying to finish it perfectly (all levels while making no mistakes) will have you sitting at the edge of your seat, biting your tongue, and making sure that your left mouse button is really your left mouse button before you actually click.

Definitely worth the price.
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Adrienaline
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This game and its sequels are marketed as puzzle games, but the puzzle within them are usually quite easy. Don't be fooled by the "you have to guess" club, you can solve all of them without guessing (or remembering solutions from your previous run throughs) but it takes a hunt sometimes to find the number you have left to complete. This is where most of the real difficulty lies in the game.

Saying that, the big blue thumb next to my review implies that this is not a bad thing. The games are well programmed, oddly compelling, and aside from the potential for misclicks (which is always on the user, not the game) well paced, with a soundtrack that works, but is ignorable, I can't honestly not recommend it if you are into this sort of thing.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
It's similar to MineSweeper with one major difference: The placing of mines goes along with the LEFT mouse click and the numbers with the RIGHT; that was very confusing for me at the beginning, because I a mused to that MineSweeper controls. Another difference is the additional parameters like numbers at the columns and a few other; but you better find out yourself. :D
But you get used to it very soon and might only do some misclicks occasionally.

I am through the game with all achievements in 87 minutes. So I guess, it is a game for a nice afternoon/evening after work or maybe at the weekend (but it might go even faster at the weekend when your brain is relaxed).
It was very fun and not really hard if you focus, so I can recommend this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Completed the game with 100%, Loved it.

Can recommend it to people who like Puzzlegames like Nonograms (Mario's Picross) combined with a bit of Minesweeper and Sudoku.

Pick up the bundle as long as it's in a cheap deal!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
A fun little puzzle game like minesweeper.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Pretty good but it lacks an undo button in case of an accidental reveal. Also a flag feature would've been convenient.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Absolutely loved it, including the 2 sequels. Made me realize that the world doesn't have enough of these mathematical puzzle and logic games.

Despite this being "just" a puzzle game, trying to finish it perfectly (all levels while making no mistakes) will have you sitting at the edge of your seat, biting your tongue, and making sure that your left mouse button is really your left mouse button before you actually click.

Definitely worth the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
It's pretty much minesweeper but instead with squares it's with hexagons along with other hurdles and mechanics into the mix.

Good puzzle game. I would get Plus and Infinite too as this version is Easy, Plus is Medium, and Infinite is Hard and higher. I would get them in a bundle instead of individually. Worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Hexcells is like a much better version of minesweeper. Really great puzzles and it's a lot of fun. Doens't take too long to get through the whole thing. If you enjoy puzzles, play it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
A fun and challenging logical puzzle game similar to MineSweeper.
Using the numbers to work out which tiles to mark.

The big difference between Hexcells and Minesweeper is that you never need to guess at any point, there's always a way to work out where to click.
Also, numbers can be shown on the outside of the grid and show a different symbol with the number to tell you how the tiles you need to mark are laid out.

The only issue I have with this is that it's really short and there's no replay value in it.
If you wish to save a bit of money then I suggest only buying HexCells Infinite which contains the same as this but also has a random level generator for.. infinite.. replayability.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Hexcells is a logic puzzle, similar in some ways to minesweeper or pic-a-pix/gridders/nonograms/macross/whatever other name you use for those games - you have to figure out which parts of the board are blue versus yellow, using logic based on numbers inside the cells (referring to how many blue cells touch it) and numbers on the outside of the cells (referring to how many blue cells are in that column). Then some numbers are marked to let you know if the blue cells have to be all continuous or have at least one space in them.

It's a fun game, but very short. The puzzles increase in difficulty at a decent rate, never getting either boring or too frustrating. But I was left wanting more puzzles. (Fortunately, there are two other games.) The music is terrific, and surprisingly relaxing. Sometimes the chimes when marking a hex got on my nerves, but most of the time they were enjoyable.

Overall, it's a great little game, but the length means it's not worth the full price, in my opinion. I tend to require about 2 hours worth of enjoyable playtime per dollar spent to feel like I got my money's worth, and if I'd bought this at full price, it wouldn't have reached that. If you can get it for 40-50% off, however, I think it's definitely worth picking up, or if you have less harsh criteria for money spent (or do puzzles a bit slower). I haven't yet played the sequels, though I picked those up, too - I understand the third one has a puzzle generator with thousands of possible boards, which would take care of the shortness issue.

One other minor critique - one of the achievements is to finish every level with a perfect score, but I could find no indication in the level menu of which levels had finished with a mistake. (I may have been missing it, of course.) If you don't care about Steam achievements, it's no issue, but if you do, I suggest immediately replaying a level if you make a mistake.

Since I've seen a lot of reviewers do personal scales, and it's helped me a lot to decide what to buy, I put my own here. I give Hexcells a 4 out of 5. Additionally, I usually only give a thumbs up if I got at least two hours of enjoyment out of it for every dollar I spent, and this game did that. (It wouldn't have if I hadn't bought it on discount, however.)

5: Amazing game, easily worth the full price.
4: Good game, solid addition to the genre, might want to wait for a discount.
3: Pretty entertaining game, but some issues. Buy at a discount unless you love the genre.
2: More cons than pros, a lot of issues. Only buy with a strong discount, and only if the game truly sounds like something you'd enjoy.
1: Don't get this game unless it's free. Even then, consider spending your time playing something decent.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Very stylish minesweeper-like game, all levels are well designed, so there is no randomness involved. Once you learned most of the tricks, you are already at the last level, which will take you good ~half an hour to complete pefectly (without mistakes).
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
I bought this because all three Hexcells games were on sale for less than three bucks. A great puzzler that is as much sudoku as it is minesweeper. Towards the end of the first game I realized I could occasionally see blue when mousing over a hex. Kinda ruins the puzzle. I requested a refund.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Hexcells is a minimalistic logic puzzle very similar to classic Minesweeper. You need to find blue cells and numbers show you how many of them are nearby.

What makes Hexcells better than Minesweeper?
  • For one, there is no instadeath. If you make a mistake, you just keep going.
  • Most importantly with a little bit (and sometimes with a lot) of thinking you can figure out where each blue cell is located. Unlike minesweeper where sooner or later you come to a point when you have to close your eyes and guess randomly.
Music is very nice and the game itself is relaxing.

The first game is short and puzzles are easy to crack. It took me ~3 hours to perfect all 36 levels. It helps to learn mechanics of the game but it won’t last long. I recommend buying Hexcells Complete Pack (Hexcells, Hexcells Infinite, Hexcells Plus) because you will definitely want more.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
That game is insane...!

Its the rightfull heir of Minesweeper. İts better, more clever, more challenging, more reasonable, more addicting.

You will always find yourself to go back to the game and solve 1 more puzzle. 1more, 1more, 1more...

I want more...


Good brain exercise. Sometimes it gets you frusturated, but take a deep breath and check again, you will see the solution.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Starts out easy but before you know it; there's number everywhere and every one is important! make careful choices or restart the level aiming for 100%
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
It's basically reverse Minesweeper with additional twists. A must-have for anyone who enjoys games like Picross.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
One of the finest puzzlers I've ever played. The music is soothing and the levels get better as you progress. I'm ashamed that I didn't pick up Hexcells sooner!

I highly recommend this game to everyone, even those that aren't into the genre. You will not regret it.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
Game Series

Hexcells is the first game of its' series.

Game Visual/Audio

There isn't much can be said about the game's visuals asides from that they're minimalistic. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game's audio.

Gameplay

There is no difficulty mode option that's assigned. But each of the puzzles has their own difficult.

Hexcells is closely similar to mine sweeper game. So the objective is rather simple to figure out which cells to make blue and which cells to make black.

There are total of three slots with six world that has twenty-four puzzles to solve. The first world for each of the three slots are automatically unlocked. Completing one world will unlocked the next one. All of these puzzles can be replayed after the first go around. Please do note that the puzzles in the other two slots are the same as the ones in the first slot.

There's no time limit in this game. Allowing the individual take as much time that they want to solve each of the puzzles.

There six achievements for this game. Each of these achievements has certain requirements before they can be unlocked.

Miscellaneous

Final thoughts, it's an neat game to play and enjoy. As for the game's replay value it's low. I would recommend this game but not at the full price.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Fun puzzle game to play, and easy to enjoy in short time. Worth playing.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Lovely little game. The developer should've included a dark skin option. It's very straining on the eyes to look at a bright white screen for long periods. I used Windows Magnifier tool to invert the colors of the game. I suggest you do the same if you find your eyes getting tired. Try to play this game without making mistakes otherwise you will reach the end in 15 minutes.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
1732 Review extremely positive so the most like it and i like this puzzle game too. For puzzles fans like Mini Sweeper a short but good brain training game.
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