Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (52 reviews) - 96% of the 52 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,933 reviews) - 96% of the 1,933 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

About This Game

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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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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Recent:
Very Positive (52 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (1,933 reviews)
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Marzipan
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game is similar to Minesweeper, but with some interesting twists. It's also incredibly short, yet satisfying. I bought it on sale and am so impressed I want to buy the others in the series now. I'm kind of on the fence whether the full price is worth such a short play time but if games like Minesweeper are your thing, this game is definitely something to experience.
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desolation0
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
The whole Hexcells series are really great puzzle games. The blame is totally on you for any mistakes you may make. They give you all the tools to figure out each puzzle if you can figure out the logic. The learning curve for figuring out that logic is spot on. Ideally play through the series straight, as the second and third game do start with more complicated puzzles and slightly new variations sooner. The feel as you go through a puzzle is likewise great. Occasionally you may get stuck for a solid length of time. The payoff is well worth it though. When you figure out a new bit, you get a solid rush as you suddenly can tick through another dozen cells with the new information provided.

Only two small complaints for the whole series. There is no separate toggle for the music and sound effects. Fortunately the music track is quiet enough that you can play something else over it and mostly not notice it. The music is nice and mellow if you want that, but not really the most engaging when you are stuck at the same spot for a long while. I went with the Classical Complete Works station from Pandora and it suited the mood quite well.

Second, the puzzles towards the end get quite long and there is no means to save mid puzzle that I could find. I assume this was so that you couldn't cheese your way to perfection. I would prefer the game at least give you the option to save in the middle if you were quitting and have the save auto-delete when you continue to prevent that. They did implement this in Infinite though. 5/5
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seserakh
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Good game. Hard, but not totally unforgiving. I spent a lot of time chilling to the soundtrack and making those little blue hexagons appear. I felt like a math genius whenever I figured out where the next one had to be, and a math dumbass whenever I made a mistake. Any game that makes you place the blame solidly on yourself for screwing up instead of on it for being buggy is a good one in my book.
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giamic
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
In Hexcells, much like Minesweeper, you have to put a flag on dangerous cells, while marking the others as safe.

You start with a pattern of hexagons and with a small amount of information that allows you to mark the first hexagons; in turn, the hexagons you mark give you additional information to mark some more, and so on and so forth.

The technical realization is very simple but effective: clean graphics and relaxing music. However, I had some problems with the music because it has a rhytmic structure that sets my pace at marking cells (I know it sounds crazy, but if I try to go off-beat I often make mistakes!).

The game is quite addictive and works brilliantly. The main concern is its shortness: just a handful of levels than can be completed in 1-2 hours at most. Two sequels exists, however.
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txster
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Makes me think of a mix between minesweeper and picross. Good enough puzzler I went back to have all levels cleared perfect :)
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Monkeypro7
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Very fun puzzle game. Not too hard but not too easy.
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chinglish
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
i can't stop this feeling
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Jake Hawke
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Peaceful, logical, and satisfying.

It brings in the very few info-symbols at an excellent pace, that gives you plenty of time to adjust to the new ones. It's just a very pleasant puzzle-to-puzzle progression.

There is always all of the information available to puzzle out what your next step should be. I know that some of the other reviews said that they had to guess sometimes, but I suspect that they just couldn't figure out that point in the puzzle. If you get stuck, just set it aside for a while, and come back to it later with fresh eyes. :)

At less than $1 during the Summer Sale, Hexcells is one of the best values on Steam for a money-to-quality ratio. I recommend it.
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Allan
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
As any review can tell you, this starts out as Minesweeper on hexagons. Later levels introduce interesting twists, like rules about adjacency and totals for columns of hexes. Puzzles range from trivial in the beginning to vast and complex in the end.

My only real complaint is that the game is short; it's just 30 levels, and much of that is spent ramping up through puzzles that hew to the easy side. All in all I spent just 100 minutes clearing Hexcells. Still, for just 90 cents I do feel like I got good value for this purchase.
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Bluelomida
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
HOLY CRAP THIS gAME NEXT GEN AND IS THE ABOSULTE PINEAPPLE OF GAMING, YOU WOULDN'TT BELIEVE HOW GOOD THIS GAME IS, TILL YOU PLAY IT
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
great little puzzle game akin to minesweeper but with extra flavour.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game is similar to Minesweeper, but with some interesting twists. It's also incredibly short, yet satisfying. I bought it on sale and am so impressed I want to buy the others in the series now. I'm kind of on the fence whether the full price is worth such a short play time but if games like Minesweeper are your thing, this game is definitely something to experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
An interesting take on a Minesweeper-like game. Wish there were more levels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Bought game for about $1.

Well designed update on minesweeper.

Pleasant experience, well worth the small cost.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
94 of 98 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
This is what Minesweeper should have been. Basically, this game is six-sided Minesweeper, but with the guessing element completely removed. You never have to guess a single time in any of the puzzles, and you will always have enough information available to you to make the next move. It's a game of pure logic and deduction, and one that will truly test your skills in the later levels. My only complaint is that the game is pretty short, but there is also Hexcells Plus and Hexcells Infinite to play.

Highly recommended if you even remotely enjoyed Minesweeper.
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103 of 123 people (84%) found this review helpful
121 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys brain stimulating puzzles, its fun and I love the music.
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Step 1: Install
Step 2: Play
Step 3: Finish world 4 and look at the clock
Step 4: Run like a madman to where you were supposed to get to an hour ago

10/10 would miss appointments again.
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68 of 75 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
Hexcells uses similar logical reasoning skills to Minesweeper, but without the timed aspect. Great puzzle game but way too short.
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54 of 62 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2014
This is a brilliant puzzle game with a great ambient feel to it. The interface and music would almost lull you to sleep if your mind wasn't working to seek out the next path to completion. Definitely recommended.
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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
This is probably the best puzzle game I have ever played. The music and sound effects are spot-on fantastic, the puzzles are lovingly and painstakingly crafted, and the difficulty progression is just perfect from one puzzle to the next.

The mechanics are similar to Minesweeper and if you find yourself clicking the wrong mouse button (like me), you can change the button configuration from the Input tab of the configuration menu when you first start the game.

I have now bought this game twice at full price (I bought again when released on Steam) and I don't regret it in the slightest. This game is worth well more than the $3 asking price.
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36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Great puzzle game. As others have mentioned, its minesweeper, with some added gameplay elements. Relaxing music, no time limit, and a very zen like vibe going thru-out.

Acheivement hunters, its an easy 100%. Took me 2 hours.

Only drawback is its short, so try to find it on sale.
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