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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"Fantastic puzzle game, give the sequels a shot if you want a harder challenge."
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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.”
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Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.

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    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
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    • OS: OSX 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
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    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
I usually satisfy myself with mindless clicking at things that move, clubbing zombies and “flamethrowing” aliens enough to make a batter-happy Flintstone giddy. After a while the repetitive slashing and gouging puts a strain on my steadily numbing mind and I need a break. Brainiac games like Hexcells provides that pause from the world of action titles that many gamers find soothing from time to time. The minimalistic interface calms you to the core like entering your hotel room, the first day of your sunny beach-filled holiday. Easy-peasy controls and rules, as most strategic puzzle games tend to excel in, are explained through directions (though for Level 1 I felt the couple of trial plays planted in the beginning of each rule change, would have sufficed). I’ve seen plenty of reviews exclaiming it as comfortably easy to finish, which isn’t quite true as new rules are added regularly and consistently starting at Level 11. This lessens repertoire and makes Hexcells highly entertaining for a puzzle game of its kind. It calls for the elimination and deduction tools we have honed through countless hours of playing games such as Sudoku and Minesweeper. There is no timer so in a sense is closer to a Sudoku that’s pleasing to the eye. Hexcells adds the “chic” that Sudoku lacks and the logicality which Minesweeper is deficient in through functions which allow no room for the guessing games and visuality to match. No function is lacking or overdone in Hexcells. As Goldilocks would say, “It’s just right.” It is one of the most accessible and convenient game I have ever played. The UI looks fantastic for touch screens and as I’ve been marooned on my laptop for a few months, it’s always heaven to play low spec games that won’t freeze mid-play and still provide high quality content to keep me amused for consecutive hours. It is also a great game for a few minutes here and there as an easy to start, continue and leave at any time type game that doesn’t bore. For example, the widely loved classic, Peggle will have me dozing off in a few minutes flat although it’s a sweet little thing.

The intermediate level starts around Lv. 18-19 and I started finding it mind boggling beginning at Lv. 22. After that point some are comparatively easier than others which didn’t reflect the actual order or the levels. Thank goodness because the couple of easier levels here and there let me hang on to my sanity!

Most of the reviews I’ve read stated plenty of appreciation towards the needlessness of guessing the answers. There is 0% need to speculate and everything must be calculated if you want to play the game to its maximum. Keep in mind that if you mess up once you’ll end up with the obvious answer which means it’s extremely easy to use trial and error to pick through the games effortlessly. This sucks all the fun out of it so I suggest you aim for 100% accuracy each time you play or try and forget the hex you just wrongly clicked and move on to something else so you won’t end up getting everything easy. Another tip I have is to try playing it as fast as your mind will think and fingers will click because the music sounds better that way. It has one of those almost interactive tracks so that what and how you click will determine a different sound that in turns melds into the original score underneath it.

In all honestly, the aspect the feature I enjoyed the least was the music in Hexcells as it is repetitive and some parts sound like an orchestra of mobile phones with annoying, monotonous ringtones. (Note: I understand that there was only so much the developer could do and it wasn't that bad, I'm just used to better soundtracks is all. ;D) Which is why I eventually turned down the volume and even then I still couldn’t quite stand it. It wasn’t the relaxed ambience I was hoping for but it wasn’t as noticeable when playing at a faster pace (clicking hexes in acceleration) for reasons already noted above. A better example would be Duet, the strategic arcade game by Kumobius (iOS/Android). The music is directed via the player’s fingertips as they go through the puzzles and it is scored in a way that’s surprisingly meditative for a game of somewhat high difficulty. The fluidity of a game’s soundtrack influences a massive portion of its play mood in any genre. Other than that, I’m interested in buying the other two as well for a rainy day and hope the background music is a tad better than the first one.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Hexcells is one of the best logical puzzle games on Steam. It has a nice clean look and has a no-nonsense approach... it gets you right into the puzzling and teaches you how to play with a very unintrusive "tutorial". Every puzzle can be beaten without hints, and the harder levels will really test your lateral thinking skills. For that matter, I can't think of any game on Steam that test your lateral thinking more than Hexcells, with the exception of the sequels which include more approaches to solving puzzles.

You cannot go wrong with the Hexcells games if you want some quality logical puzzlers.

P.S. If you really like Minesweeper and have played it for more than a few hours you're going to want to switch the keybinds in Hexcells since they are the opposite of Minesweeper (left click by default marks "mines" and right click clears safe spots). Never understood that, I guess the developer never actually played Minesweeper
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
If you had one of the older Microsoft Windows versions, than you might remember the game Minesweeper. You had to find the mines and avoid them by marking them. It worked with some clues, since numbers gave away how many mines are close by.

The Hexcells games are very similar to it, but they are not working in square blocks, they come in hexagon shape and often remind of chemical combinations when you open the next level. These shapes make it sometimes hard to figure out what is going on and in later levels you get extra clues for the lines of hexagons and stuff like that.

playing Hexcells is fun in a kind of weird way. Even if you don't want to make your math homework, you sit down to "calculate" the grids, but it is not that much math anyway, more like drawing lines from dot to dot.

Later versions of Hexcells (Hexcells Plus & Hexcells Ininite) are basically the same thing on harder levels and Infinite includes an Endless-Mode that let's you play levels created by chance. Start with the normal game and get infected, this game is addictive and you should consider buying the complete pack right from start.


10/10 I think I've seen more hexagons than a beekeeper did
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Hexcells is a minesweeper like games with much improvent.
Just started the game and been hooked up for 2 hours and suddenly I have finished the game with 100% achievement.
Really simple and entertaining.

I would recommend to buy the whole series.
There is trilogy of this game (Hexcells, Hexcells Plus, & Hexcells Infinite).
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Deduction and puzzle game lover, here's a perfect game series for you!

Hexcells is the first one of the series. In Hexcells the game area consists of hexes, each having zero to six neighbours. Hex is either blue or black with a number. Mechanics familiar from Mine Sweeper (MS), the number states how many blue hexes are next to the black hex. Your job is to reveal for all hexes whether they are blue or black.

Unlike in traditional MS, everything can be deduced - guessing is not required at all if you know what you are doing. The controls are similar to MS, with left- and right-clicking determining whether you think the hex is blue or black one. Also, in case of a mistake you don't need to start at the beginning, though if you do more than one mistake, you have to start again if you want a "perfect" score (and ultimately an achievement).

The learning curve is very smooth, the challenge rising gently towards later, larger puzzles. As you get further, new mechanics are introduced, with similarities to nonograms/hanjies: a number will state that a column or a diagonal will have certain number of blue hexes. There are two special cases to this that either say that all blue hexes will be interconnected or that they must have a break in-between. All mechanics naturally introduce new ways to think and deduce through the puzzles.

Music is ambience like "glowing crystals", and when you make right moves there's a distinct "ding!" sound echo that adds fluidly to the ambience.

All the 36 puzzles are well-designed and fairly interesting. This is also its biggest drawback: there is little replay value after beating all the puzzles, a task that takes just a couple of hours. The other drawback is the lack of a save feature (for single puzzles; game obviously remembers if you have beat a puzzle before), so you have to complete each puzzle fully or either leave the game running or start the level again later. If these features are a bottleneck for you, both of them are introduced in Hexcells Infinite, the third part of the series.

If you're left craving for more, Hexcells Plus is the de-facto sequel. You should really play Hexcells first and only then go to Plus though, for the sequel is way more challenging and introduces all the mechanics from early on and even adds one new one. Hexcells Infinite is a good alternative to both: it has its own puzzles and all the mechanics and features from Hexcells and Hexcells Plus, but the challenge curve starts from easy like Hexcells and goes to difficult like Plus. In that respect it's more stand-alone than Plus sequel.

All three are nevertheless good puzzle games. As for challenge, Hexcells is the easiest one and therefore the natural place to start. Also, it's a fairly cheap investment.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Traditional Rating - 93/100
Recommendation - Minesweeper fans rejoice!!

Remember the free old Windows game Minesweeper? Remember how fun it was finding those hidden mines, and how you could feel your brain scream "NOOOOOOOOOOO" whenever a mine would pop its stupid head up and kill you? Remember how immensely frustrating it was when it was entirely impossible to solve levels without guessing?

WELL, NO MORE! Hexcells to the rescue.

Hexcells is very similar to Minesweeper in that you have to use various clues and reasoning to find the hidden blue cells on each level, but unlike Minesweeper, Hexcells' soultions can ALWAYS be reasoned, and if you're doing it right you will never have to guess.

The levels start out easy, with simple rules and puzzles, but new tricks are added just regularly enough to fully grasp, and before you know it, you'll find yourself scanning through 15 different criteria to find the 1-in-100 blue cell to start a level off. It's very satisfying.

Speaking of satisfying, the puzzles here never seem overwhelming or too tricky. Take my opinion with a grain of salt (since I have always loved games like this), but the level of difficulty in these puzzles was just perfect, and while some levels did force me to stare at them for a while, the solution was always there somewhere just waiting for me to grab it.

The Hexcells series is really 3 games: Hexcells, Hexcells Plus, and Hexcells Infinite. They each have different puzzles, and they are each worth getting, but Hexcells Infinite is the one to get if you're on a budget. It has the most advanced puzzles, and it includes a random level generator, so you can literally play to your heart's content. All 3 of them will slowly progress you through the mechanics of the game, though, so don't feel like you will be overwhelmed if you jump right into Infinite.

It's worth mentioning that the random levels in Infinite are mere pale shadows compared to the premade levels (they are often quite easy), but for fans that cannot get enough and don't want to go back to the guess-fest Minesweeper, they can be a lot of fun.

I highly recommend this game. If you're a fan of logic-based puzzle games, you can't go wrong with any of these 3 games. The prices are cheap, and the series is rather unique. If the devs could have just tightened up the infinite level generator ever-so-slightly, this game might be the only game I've rated to pass Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Scratch that Minesweeper itch, my friend!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Awesome puzzle game

Both idea and visual are nice and simple.

I like playing Minesweeper. And I really enjoy this game.

It's not really like Minesweeper but it is similar in some ways.

It does require your thinking but, for me, I could say it's a relaxing game. It does not put you in a trance, not that kind of relaxing moment. But you rather give all your focus on the game, careful not to make mistakes. And when you give your total focus on something, you don't think of anything else but the task at hand. That, in itself, is kinda relaxing, providing that the task is not too stressful. (For me at least). Therefore, I enjoy every moment of it.

Again, this game obviously isn't for everyone. Some people don't like thinking that much or don't like this kind of game in general. I guess you can ask yourself whether you like Minesweeper or not. As I said, they share some similarities. Still depends though!

I don't usually give stars to these kind of games. 0.o

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

But I like it :) Will be playing other Hexcells next.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
When I was a child, before I knew that computers were the key to the universe, I used to climb up into my dad's chair and play the classic, the only, the original—that's right, Minesweeper. Of course, at such a tender age I had no clue what I was doing. I clicked random squares and there were numbers and I could put flags down if I wanted to, but they didn't seem to actually change anything because sometimes I lost and sometimes I won, but I wasn't quite sure what caused it to go either way. And then I typically got kicked off of the computer anyways.

Hexcells is a game that will take you back to the days when Minesweeper was the only game that the school computers could run. It's an updated version of a classic strategy game with a bit of added style: you play with hexagons instead of squares. The board starts with an oddly shaped field made of orange hexagons. Mines are marked by left-clicking a hexagon, turning it blue. Hexagons are revealed by right-clicking, showing the number underneath if you click correctly and shaking the piece and adding a tally mark to your mistake count if you're too hasty in your decisions.

Unlike the original Minesweeper, Hexcells adds more complex features as the player advances further in its six sets of levels. Soon the board will be marked with various clues. Symbols mark whether or not the mines surrounding a hexagon are grouped together or spread out and how many mines are in a column on a board. These clues are cleverly used in each level to prevent players from reaching the frustrating Minesweeper stalemate: the point in the game where you are forced to rely on chance and click a random piece in order to continue to advance.

The downside to Hexcell's logic-friendly gameplay is its inability to randomly generate levels (at least, in the original Hexcells—more on that in a few seconds). Each level is hand-crafted to prevent players from getting stuck, which means that when you run out of puzzles, well, you run out of puzzles. However, for the cheap price point Hexcells provides a good few hours of entertainment, particularly if you're already fond of Minesweeper or enjoy puzzle games in general. In addition, Hexcells also offers a purchasable expansion called Hexcells Plus, as well as the inexhaustible Hexcells Infinite, which includes a rather effective level generator and the ability to play user-generated content. As such, the Hexcells Complete Pack is a cheap must buy for all puzzle aficionados.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Hexcells Plus is an atmospheric puzzle game with really logic levels on which you never have to guess, but cross-analyse clues to make the right decision. You have some different kind of clues and it's variations to deal with, which can be hard and confusing, but the game provides you marker features to help you with it.

Game: 8.5/10
Graphic: 8.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Simple (in a good way!) logic puzzle.

Minesweeper has been mentioned in sever reviews already. I feel this game is more interesting.

I love the way that more rules / concepts are gradually induced. The game looks very clean, no unnecesarry clutter and effects.

Short but rewarding and good price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
I'm a fan of Minesweeper and the game is really fascinating.. for me.

At first, the author(s) changed gameplay in a very interesting way. It's not about hexes. They changed numbers (bomb-number in Minesweeper) and they mean in some cases a bit differ. As a result, you need use familiar logic, but differently.

The second gameplay feature is that designer(s) made fixed levels which are created by hand. It sounds strange for classic Minesweeper, but here it's amazing. The author(s) made up tricky and interesting levels. You can pass all of them without single step on bomb, but you need to think and the answers make you feel great.

Achievement hunters will be delighted to get to know the game. You can easily get all of achievements in three games, and they cost little money (specially with discount).

If you want to play or check it, I recommend to buy "Infinite" version. The most trickiest and interesting levels are there, and there is inifinite game and you can endlessly relax and enjoy it, as much as you like.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
As soon as I started playing this charming puzzle game I fell in love. Hexcells is basically a mix between Minesweeper and Picross which works shockingly well.

My favorite part about these puzzles is that they're all designed to be solved logically. Even though it might seem like it at times, you're actually never required to guess. The sound in this game is amazing too: Unlocking cells is incredibly satisfying because the resulting sound syncs with the great ambient music.

The only downside is that it's short and only gets remotely challenging towards the end, but the sequel Hexcells plus ramps up the difficulty enormously and you can get both bundled cheaply. The third game I have yet to play, but apparently it allows for user created and randomized puzzles (that are still 100% logically solvable).

If you get any enjoyment at all from puzzle games, get this ASAP.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Hexcells is a fun if very short logic puzzler. The objective is to reveal the number of blue hexes in each puzzle level. There are only thirty or so puzzles to beat and the game can be completed in a few hours. Early levels are relatively easy to complete but as you can imagine the last few are pretty complex to overcome without making a mistake.

Each level begins with some hexes providing some initial clues as to where the first blue hexes may be found. Numbered hexes reveal the number of possible adjoining blue hexes. Additional elements such as connected or unconnected chains, blues in a row providing additional clues. Together with these assisting functions the player must use their powers of deduction to complete each puzzle without making a mistake. Though each puzzle is entirely solvable, trial and error is possible though making a mistake with affect a "perfect" completion.

If you arent a whizz with logic or deduction then you will become frustrated on these harder levels. The fun though is completing each puzzle entirely through deduction rather than through trial and error.

I thought it was very enjoyable though personally I preferred LYNE.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Simple. Relaxing. Achievements are attainable. A great puzzle game to pass the time. For $2.99 its well worth the purchase.
I recommend this game.

8.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
hexcells is good minesweeper like game to play. but it too short and not have a random level.
7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Hexcells shows us that original puzzle games are still not dead (and does so in impressive fashion).

Couldn't recommend enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This is the first of a trilogy of Hexcell games, and you should definitely play this one before attempting the others. It sets the foundation for the remainder of the trilogy.

The way I'd describe Hexcells is that it's a brainy love child of Minesweeper and Sudoku. The puzzles are all solvable, despite how frustrated you might originally get when attempting them. There is a nice endorphin rush when you realize you've figured out which cell to click on next because you made a second-level deduction that isn't immediately obvious. However, the first time you play you'll probably just accept that you made a mistake and keep going. When you're done, you'll want to do it all over again, but trying for the "Perfectionist" achievement (no mistakes). Even if you do make a mistake, you can simply start the level over again to try it mistake-free.

Hexcells probably has about 2-3 hours of game play in it, but you might come back to try again for that achievement...

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone that enjoys logic puzzles or spatial puzzles. When you are done, you'll immediately want to pick up the next game in the series (Hexcells Plus).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Short puzzler, but a unique combination of mechanics from picross and minesweeper makes an engaging experience.
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