Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.
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Very Positive (50 reviews) - 94% of the 50 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (2,049 reviews) - 95% of the 2,049 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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Very Positive (50 reviews)
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Borge
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Nice and relaxing puzzle game, music is all right and it makes you want to just play one more game and perfect every puzzle.
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S
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
It's a great relaxing mine-sweeper like puzzle game with a pretty artstyle
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davidthewalker
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Got this off of Humble Bundle (like I would imagine most people have recently) and was pleasantly surprized by the amount of enjoyment I got from this game. It is similar to minesweeper, but with hexagons instead of squares. Instead of being randomly generated, though, each level was crafted carefully, meaning you don't ever have to guess to beat a level. While it's certainly not the first game I pick up to play (Though a mobile version might pique my interest a bit more often), it's a very relaxing, not-to-hard game to play once in a while when I feel in the mood for a casual puzzle game.
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Walter O'Dim
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
I finished it too fast...
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TheTitaniumDragon
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Hexcells is, on the most basic level, a more sophisticated version of Minesweeper. You are given a layout of golden hex tiles, possibly with one or more of them already highlighted or flipped. Flipped tiles have numbers on them, and also labels indicating whether or not adjacent tiles which should be highlighted are continuous or non-continuous (or no designator at all). There are also row and column labels which allow you to see how many tiles need to be highlighted in any given row or column.

Each puzzle mixes these up in a unique way to push you to solve it.

Thinking about this game as a more sophisticated version of minesweeper is, I think, fairly ideal, because that is more or less what it is, and the function it serves. It is something to throw away a bit of time on, not sit down and play continuously.

But even then, you’re not looking at it taking all that long to complete; the whole game takes less than two and a half hours to solve, and that’s assuming you’re trying to get a perfect score on every stage.

It is about as fun as Minesweeper is, and I’d basically consider it filling that role in your game library.

My advice? Pass. It isn’t a bad puzzle game, but it isn’t anything remarkable either. If you did get it as part of a bundle or something, it isn’t a terrible thing to install and just screw around with when you’d mess around with solitaire or minesweeper or whatever, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this.
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macguffinman
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
74 minutes? 74 minutes well-spent. I pretty much opened the game and didn't stop until I hit 100%.

A short puzzle game with a very nice difficulty curve (all with completely logical solutions, no guessing required), beautifully simplistic graphics, and fantastic musical effects. Pay what you think the time is worth; $2.99 isn't bad, but you'll find more bang for your buck in a sale (or Humble Bundle 17, if you're reading this before the end of August 2016!)
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WeKilledGod
2.4 hrs
Posted: August 23
Sudoku and Minesweeper combined in a great game. Doesn't take that long to complete, but entering the flow of solving the puzzles feels completely natural. Very well designed and highly recommended.
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Diglet
11.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
Werry good puzzl gamee. 10 out of 10, would bang my head in my desk in frustration again
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Dorque
2.7 hrs
Posted: August 16
Minesweeper plus Picross. Definitely worth a few bucks.
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Wheelie Bin Driving Instructor
3.5 hrs
Posted: August 16
Very good game which requires only a short time to get used to, however actually playing the game fully immerses you in to almost a new world - one of hexagons (and thank the Lord that they're not super hexagons (other game reference)). Such a simple game but was created in such a beautiful and intelligent way that you thank yourself for spending the little money that it costs to play. As people say it should be worth an hour per pound/dollar that you spend, this game is worth it on those guidelines because although I've only played a few hours, it cost me 69p and I have enjoyed this game a lot more than even some £20 games.
There's beauty in simplicity
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
A very short puzzle game which increases in difficulty the more levels you unlock and play.

Graphics: 10/10
It shows itself in a minimalistic way with almost only 5 colours present at the screen at the same time. With this, it achieves a simple yet deceiving look.

Storyline: 1/10
It has NONE at all. Just do the puzzles and finish the game. No story to be seen here.

Sound: 10/10
The soundtrack is really ambient. You would hardly notice it due to the fact that you are concentrating so hard to complete the puzzle. But if you take the time to listen to it, it sounds very good, even for a £2 puzzle game. I am impressed by this.

Gameplay: 10/10
If you’ve played Minesweeper before, this uses the same concept, but it is a lot more forgiving and a lot more relaxing as it doesn’t put you in pressure. Other than that, it has a smooth gameplay with absolutely no lag whatsoever.

Price: 10/10
At only £1.99, this game is totally worth the price. It even comes in a bundle with 2 other games if you’re interested in getting those as well. (You save money if you get that). If not, you can wait until it goes on sale and get it for a VERY cheap price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I recommend that you get all 3 Hexcells games: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/50074/ (That's why this review text is identical for all 3 of them.)

It's a *great* puzzle game series that strongly reminds of Microsoft Minesweeper, but not only is the grid hexagonal (meaning 3 axes instead of 2), the games go well beyond mere neighbor-field estimation.

The levels eventually get very hard, and the procedural mode in "Hexcells Infinite" that exists in addition to the hand-crafted levels all three games have is a bit too chaotic (and hard) for my personal taste - well, it's procedural, its levels are not nicely designed and organized like the other levels.

Anyway, since I wanted *more* of the easier puzzles and especially of the numbers at the grid's periphery saying something about the grid's content, I made a (very crappy) puzzler in a few hours after finishing the Hexcells games that pushes those buttons: http://dreamspace-president.com/index_crappyGames.html#StupidLittleMinesweeper

Hey, Matthew Brown, if you ever make a game like this again, I'm very likely to buy it, and I bet there's a bunch of people out there who think alike.

For those who like this kind of puzzle game, I can't recommend the Hexcells games enough.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Nice way to relax if you like number puzzles. A few features of the game are explained as new levels are unlocked, a few are revealed kind of late in the game. It would have been helpful to see them sooner.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Very good game which requires only a short time to get used to, however actually playing the game fully immerses you in to almost a new world - one of hexagons (and thank the Lord that they're not super hexagons (other game reference)). Such a simple game but was created in such a beautiful and intelligent way that you thank yourself for spending the little money that it costs to play. As people say it should be worth an hour per pound/dollar that you spend, this game is worth it on those guidelines because although I've only played a few hours, it cost me 69p and I have enjoyed this game a lot more than even some £20 games.
There's beauty in simplicity
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I finished it too fast...
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
100 of 104 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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106 of 127 people (83%) found this review helpful
124 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 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 76 people (89%) 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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45 of 50 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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