Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (86 reviews) - 96% of the 86 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (2,006 reviews) - 96% of the 2,006 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 (86 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (2,006 reviews)
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Blue_Lotus
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
I love games that combine fun and thinking, and the Hexcells games just blow me away!

Yes, there is no real tutorial, it takes a bit of time to really understand the mechanics and the game is really bare-bones, but the quality of the mechanics and puzzles is incredible!

Thinking has never been so much fun!
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Shannanigans
( 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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Jack the Ripper
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
One of my most favorite puzzle games of all time. its just kind of short. definitly check it out if you like puzzles.
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giturox
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Superbly soothing minesweeper like tingie, but much better.
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bondi
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
The game introduces you to different game logic incrementally. If you use all the clues there is no need to guess, although sometimes this is easier said than done. :)

Great game! I recommend getting the bundled pack of 3 games since you will probably want them all anyway.
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Kagome-hime
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Hexcells is a minimalistic puzzle game in which one has to decide if orange hexes are either grey or blue ones with the help of several hints.

  • The puzzles slowly become more complicated with more clues to look at over the time. All three games (Hexcells, Hexcells Infinite and Hexcells Plus) have different mechanics added to the original in the beginning.
  • The game is extremely relaxing. There is no "Game Over" screen and no timer. You can solve the puzzles at your own pace with calm music in the background and fitting melodic sound effects.

    I highly recommend trying to solve the puzzles slowly without making any mistakes for the most enjoyable experience!

  • Every single puzzle of the three Hexcells games is entirely solvable with logical thinking and without the need to guess during any of them.
  • Hexcells Infinite offers an additional mode in which you can generate puzzles with random seed codes.

Without doubt one of the most polished puzzle games I've seen, and even though I dislike Minesweeper, I loved this game to bits.
Highly recommended.
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Strawberry Feels Forever
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
The biggest challenge is clicking the left button when you meant to click the right one and vice versa.
Brings a new twist to minesweeper. Good to play when you're listening to a podcast or something. Would recommend to people who didn't get all the minesweeping out of their systems.
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MyFaceToYourFistStyle
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Already finished with the game, but it was really enjoyable while it lasted. Like, REALLY enjoyable. It's basically Minesweeper, but with six sides per tile. So if you like that, you'll love this. And I don't think I had to guess here at all, which I can't say is the case for Minesweeper. Get it as a bundle (I got the bundle for under $3 during the summer sale) with the other two Hexcells games.
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Alenarne
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
This game was a ton of fun. Easy relative to the later versions (I've cleared Hexcells Plus) and a good introduction to the series. Kind of a cross between Minesweeper and Sudoku.
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Mirianda
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
What can I say about Hexcells? If you enjoyed Minesweeper or similar games - you will enjoy this game. I'd recommend picking this up when it's on sale or in a bundle. Enjoyable, but not very long.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This game is AMAZING, if you like good old minesweeper, you will LOVE this one! :) This game is great to relax, way more forgiving comparing to minesweeper, way more variative, and way more fun:

+Visuals - nice and soft color palette
+Sound - Super soundwork - all the clicksounds fit the background ambient music (when you click on hexcells those sounds fits the background track srsly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯), each pack of levels has its own relaxing music track.
+Gameplay - this is step forward from classic minesweeper, it has additional mechanics *japanese crosswords* like + various forms of the gamefield.
+Steam achivements
-No steam cards

Got this game (3 games pack) on steam sale, expecting some kind of minesweeper, but this game is way better! Totally recommended.
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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Do you like Minesweeper? How about Sudoku? Do you like logic and deduction puzzles involving numbers? Then let me introduce you to Hexcells. It’s a short and reasonably priced game that will give your brain some much needed exercise involving a bunch of “Aha!” moments.

It starts off like Minesweeper, but then gradually adds more and more layers of complexity. The gameplay involves deducing whether the hexes need to be saved or destroyed. Black hexes contain numbers that you can use to determine if there are blue hexes (the ones you mark/save). For example, if you have a 0 hex, then 0 hexes around it need to be saved while a 3 hex means 3 hexes must be saved. You do that for a while until the game starts throwing symbols and numbers on the outside at you. A 2 at the top of a column means there are two hexes to save in that column. A -2- in a hex means that there are two hexes to save that cannot be adjacent to each other. The trailer is good about showing the gameplay. Not a single puzzle relies on guesswork. It’s all about your brain processing the information so that you don’t make mistakes. My playtime reflects the time it took me to have 0 mistakes on all the puzzles.

If number logic puzzles are your thing, then Hexcells really is a good choice of game that’ll last you a couple days.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
It's a nice, little minesweeper-esk Puzzle-Game. It remains rather simple until the last 2-3 Levels.
There could be much potential with an integrated public "mod"-system. Playing user-generated Levels could proof fun and challenging.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
It's a great game, but its original price is a tad too high. Only get this game on sale if you are a big fan of any puzzle games, but most noticeably Minesweeper, Picross, and Sudoku. I simply say the original price is too high because there's not too many puzzles. I consider myself an "experienced Picross player" so I finished this in less than 2 hours (with perfect score mind you, so no guessing). For a buck it's a steal. Do not guess anything, everything is given to you. Sometimes you may have to deduce it logically
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Took around 5 hrs to 100%. Good difficulty curve. Grab the whole series on sale if you're into puzzle games at all.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Hexagon Cells?

Highly Recommended

Hexcells was the most fun and challenging puzzle game I have played in a long while. Hexcells is pretty difficult to describe but it uses hexagons with numbers to tell you how many bordering hexagons you should light up to complete the stage. The game incorperates more factors later including how many light up hexagons are in a line or if they are all in order or split up. Hexcells was a pretty short game and it wasn't the hardest but I have heard the others in the series are much harder and they are on my list now.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Early 1990s review: Battle Isle meets Minesweeper.
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