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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“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

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

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    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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Puzzle games are easy to come by these days. Unfortunately, for every Tetris or Panel de Pon out there, sometimes you can get a puzzle game that feels like it's cheating you by not giving you all the hints you need to solve the puzzle or worse, requires you to guess your way through puzzles leaving them to sheer luck.

Hexcells is not that game.

It starts simple, as most puzzle games do with a number on a hexagon that tells you how many hexagons are directly adjacent to that one. From there, the game builds on its rules, adding layers of complexity at a nearly perfect pace. The puzzles in this game and its two sequels are truly fun and challenging to solve in a way that only the best puzzle games are, leading to what really makes the game special :

Hexcells makes YOU feel smart.

You start to see patterns and infer more information than is just presented to you plainly on the screen. Your brain naturally takes over and starts to work within the rules provided in the game in a way that really makes you feel like you've accomplished something when you complete a puzzle with no mistakes. Every puzzle in this game can be solved through logic, no guesssing required.

Absolutely recommended as a great way to keep your mind in shape.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
This is one of those games that screams "why didn't I think of that?". At its core it may look like hexagonal minesweeper, but that is just the most visible aspect. You see, as a puzzle game, minesweeper has quite some randomness and, at times, guesswork. Hexcells manages to maintain and even improve the depth of that game while removing the randomness element. Every level is solvable, but at times, it introduces extra information about the columns or the adjacent blocks. But as you can guess, the trick to properly SOLVE the puzzle (meaning: reducing all guesses) is to combine the bits of data you have to come to clear knowledge on whether a block is a "bomb" (okay, "part of the pattern") or not.

I haven't played plus or infinite yet, but it's not hard to see why other reviewers treat these games and this one as a single game. It's because it is. And to be frank: the only reason the developer gets away with it is because even the single parts are easily worth the small asking price (3 bucks? You can just as well call these games stand-alone DLC). So even with this warning, this is a very easy thumbs up. :-)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Minesweeper meets Picross. On a hexagonal grid. This game has a lot of good ideas: it is a great experience for puzzle games aficionados and casual gamers alike. It's only a shame it has so little content.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Great puzzle game. A combination of minesweeper and crosswords. It's better than minesweepers because there is no randomness. Every level is designed so that it can be completed without guessing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Genius, complex, and relaxing ambient puzzler. No guessing, although sometimes I guessed because I hadn't figured it out yet. If you spend time trying to figure out the "rules" to these puzzles, then you will find this game very satisfying.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Minesweeper with music
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Very fun game. In my opinion this is a different take on Minesweeper. The puzzles were great. The game itself is not too long but it's pretty good. I would have preferred it to be a bit longer at least towards the end where the puzzles got a bit more challenging.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Got it as part of a bundle with the other hexcells. If your looking for a long lasting puzzle game get Hexcells Infinate because it has custom levels as well as procedurally generated ones. Other than the length its a great puzzle game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Best way I can describe this is it's a sexier version of minesweeper.

8/10 so far, a slick casual puzzle game. I'm hoping it gets more challenging soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
A fun, cute-looking minesweeper game that's just perfect for anyone. No matter whether you hate or love puzzles.
I've 100%d the game and in all honesty it's difficult for me to give you any more information on it.
I'd definitely recommend it.

Overall
7/10
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XenoLair
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 30
Hexcells is a fairly simple game, much of it employing a combination of mechanics from minesweeper and nonograms (Picross) on a non standard 2D grid. It is a logic game were rules of the levels are defined by numbered brackets (minesweeper style) that give information on whether nearby brackets are false or true. This is sometimes mixed in with column markers that do the same, but for a column (picross style). To deepen the gameplay a bit more, you are sometimes also presented with special rules beside the numbers which frankly, in my humble opinion, make minesweeper look like a joke. It feels like the kind of game you'd see in the crossword puzzle section in a digital newspaper of the future.

It's all good fun, really. Perfectly balanced, not hard nor easy. If any of these aforementioned games interest you, give this a try. For the low price point the developers are asking, you owe it to yourself to play this. Took me a good two and a half hours to get to 100%.
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Syrsly
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 29
For $3, you may be hesitant to buy this game, because it looks like Minesweeper. It's a lot more than that, though, and it has some nice, relaxing tunes. The game is a little too short, so I would not recommend buying it at full price. However, it's part of a few bundles, and it will be on sale every now and then. Good game for a buck; pushing it at $3.
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♔籠女籠の中
5.0 hrs
Posted: September 28
Superb game if you enjoy puzzles. I've beaten all three and hope the dev continues this series. The puzzles make you think, but not too hard which makes them fantastic for relaxing. 10/10
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Leyashka
19.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
If you like Minesweeper, you'll love this game. As simple as that.
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Mattix526
5.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
I really enjoyed it. Tested my brain at times, but in a satisfying way.
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VahidSlayerOfAll
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Minesweeper JR
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ratrogue
2.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
Neat, addictive puzzle game, but much too short. More levels please!

To the developer: "{5}" is superfluos, "5" is the same. ;)
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b.c0013y
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
I really enjoyed the first few hours that I played. Sadly, after that, the game becomes more about guessing than logic - not really what I'm looking for in a puzzle game.
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LBrown8534
2.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
An enjoyable puzzle game, for about 2 hours, if you play quickly. Then you decide to perfect every level... You accidentally right-click instead of left-click and almost punch a hole through your monitor. Realizing that it is all your own fault, you try again. After making the same mistake four times, you decide that it might be smart to slow down for a few minutes and concentrate purely on which mouse-button to click.

I enjoyed the game until the penultimate level. That level is pure BS and you will not get a perfect on it the first, I almost guarantee it. It took me about 30 minutes to finally perfect that level, some accidental wrong-mouse-button-clicking may have taken place... but nonetheless an enjoyable experience overall.

I would recommend this game for people who want to kill a couple of hours. It is a decent, somewhat repetitive puzzle-game. You either mark the hexagon, or clear it to see numbers underneath. Simple as that. I bought all three of the games (Hexcells Plus and Hexcells Infinite) on sale. I expect the others to be similar to this one, with new features and quirks. I don't know if it is worth full-price, but for US$3 or whatever your currency may be, it is a decent purchase.
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Kythlyn
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
Hexcells and its sequels are absolutely essential to anyone that loves logic puzzle games like Picross and Sudoku. Contrary to the belief of the occasional negative (bad) reviewer, there is ALWAYS a logical way to proceed, without any guesswork. It often requires that you change the way you think about solving the puzzles, as following the same rules will only take you so far. Particularly, when it gets to the point that you have to start systematically eliminating cells as possible answers one at a time, or weighing your options based on the number of blue cells remaining, I can see why certain players would simply give up and call it impossible. It's not; I promise. Keep at it, or try to find a spoiler free hint to give you an idea of how to think through it rather than just giving you the answers.
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