Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (68 reviews) - 95% of the 68 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (2,069 reviews) - 95% of the 2,069 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2014

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Includes 3 items: Hexcells, Hexcells Infinite, Hexcells Plus

 

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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 (68 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (2,069 reviews)
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Hannie Bananie
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
If you liked wasting hours of your day playing Minesweeper as a kid, then you will love this game.
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Residoo
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
Delightful and scratches an itch. It's a combination of Minesweeper and Sudoku. No guesswork needed, just figure it out.
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Caterpillar
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Got the complete hexcells pack in a humble bundle. Finished this game in about 2 hours. It's a lot of fun - a challenging game, but all levels are well designed and doable without any guess work. The sounds are very satisfying, too. My only complaint is that a few of the mechanics aren't explained that well, so I had to figure those out on my own (which got me stuck a few times). Will definitely play the other games in the pack, too!
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mrmuk
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
Fantastic Puzzle Game!

It's kind of similar to Minesweeper, BUT, while Minesweeper always requires some guessing, some trial and error, this game is 100% logical. There is a clear solution to every level which can be solved without guessing even once. In that sense, it's similar to Sudoku, but simpler.

It took me about 2 hours to finish it, which really isn't much, but the experience was pretty cool. It was literally an LOGICAL ♥♥♥♥♥♥, that's how nice it feels when you see how your logical conclusions actually turn out to be true.

So, yeah, good game. Try it out :)
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Meneth
2.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Tiny little game, but fun. Finished it in about 80 minutes.
For a dollar or two I'd say it is worth the price.
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ctwmitch
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Long time didn't play Win's mine game....

With new feature and system, it is very enjoyable!
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iBear
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
Interesting puzzler. Finished in a single sitting of about an hour an a half, enjoyed every moment of it.

Not the hardest of puzzlers, but enjoyed it very much. It gently introduces new concepts to make the game more diffucult, and the puzzles grow larger as well. Where the first ones take several seconds, the last few can take up to ten minutes. Not having an undo button is logical, as mistakes are immediately made known, but when your fingers don't follow your brain (i.e. when you want to left-click and you right-click, or the other way around), this is frustrating, as you have to start the puzzle anew entirely to perfect it.

I would recommend to people who enjoy a quick challenge and puzzles in general. Otherwise, I'd steer clear of it - then again, why would you be looking at a puzzler review if you are not interested? ;)
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Fistandantillus7
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
A great twist on the minesweeper type logic game.
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Hyp3r
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Very fun, light puzzle game. It kept me hooked enough to stay up into the early morning trying to beat it. Well worth the money. The puzzles have a decent variety of mechanics to keep it interesting.
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Ks2_
6.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
Really wish it had a random puzzle generator to help with replay value, but for the price you still can't go wrong.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Delightful and scratches an itch. It's a combination of Minesweeper and Sudoku. No guesswork needed, just figure it out.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
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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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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