Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (70 reviews) - 97% of the 70 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (1,816 reviews) - 96% of the 1,816 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2014

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Hexcells

WEEK LONG DEAL! Offer ends May 9

-70%
$2.99
$0.89

Packages that include this game

Buy Hexcells Complete Pack

Includes 3 items: Hexcells, Hexcells Infinite, Hexcells Plus

WEEK LONG DEAL! Offer ends May 9

 

Reviews

“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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (70 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (1,816 reviews)
Recently Posted
Marinity
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
This game is like if Minesweeper and Sudoku had a baby, and Hexcells was their sweet, sweet, beautiful love child. Perfect balance of challenging and solvable, so that I still had issues and the game wasn't too easy, but I didn't feel the need to smash my head up against my keyboard at any point. If you're into puzzle games, this is a cheap go-to time-killer.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
flowmelody
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
if you want some logic exercises,then u can have a try.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Интеллигент: "Бе-бе-бе :P"
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Too short and too easy. It'll take you an hour, maybe an hour and a half at most to perfect everything. No level generation. Bought it last night to entertain myself during frequent sleepless nights, and it didn't even last so long as one. Well, it came with discount and in pack with Hexcell Infinite, which looks a little more promising.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Rubio
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
pretty good
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Liat
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Really fun to play. Some instructions are not so clear, but overall it's a really good game. Sadly, it takes about 2 hours to complete it, and you are unlikely to touch the game again. Still pretty fun.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Troll Under The Bridge
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
It's Minesweeper with a better art style and a brain-meltingly awesome soundtrack. What's not to love?
Helpful? Yes No Funny
[MwG] fyzzo
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Completed the game with 100%, Loved it.

Can recommend it to people who like Puzzlegames like Nonograms (Mario's Picross) combined with a bit of Minesweeper and Sudoku.

Pick up the bundle as long as it's in a cheap deal!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
The Reign
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
when I saw this game's store page, its overwhelmingly positive reviews and its nice pictures; I thought to myself: its gonna be a very clever mind teasing mathematics puzzle game. but in reallity its just another MINESWEEPER CLONE!!!
the developer changed the minesweeper's squares to hexagons then adds a litte clever sound design to it and finally a beautiful and simple visuals has been added to the game as spice and made the Hexcells.
Pros:
+ All Levels are Designed by Level designer, so you won't need chance to ending a level (unlike minesweeper), but you need attention and thinking.
+ You can make mistakes in levels and it isn't instant death
+ adds some new and cool elements to minesweeper gameplay
+ wonderful sound and visual designs
+ No time limit, so it's like relax mode of minesweeper

Cons:
- very low replay value (unlike Minesweeper)
- there aren't many levels to play and levels are short (I completed the game under 90 mins and refunded it through steam)
- after all tryings to changing Minesweeper into something completely new; this game feels like a Minesweeper that isn't free to play!!! :(
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Oromë
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Very nice logic game. Reminds me of Saper and fill-a-pix. The music is super relaxing.

A bit short, but there are 2 more games and I hope there are much more puzzles.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
179jokeman971
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Simple but great game
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Psychic #boi
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
This game is by far the best puzzle game that i've ever played, EVER. Don't even hesitate to buy this game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Gravitier
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
It's similar to MineSweeper with one major difference: The placing of mines goes along with the LEFT mouse click and the numbers with the RIGHT; that was very confusing for me at the beginning, because I a mused to that MineSweeper controls. Another difference is the additional parameters like numbers at the columns and a few other; but you better find out yourself. :D
But you get used to it very soon and might only do some misclicks occasionally.

I am through the game with all achievements in 87 minutes. So I guess, it is a game for a nice afternoon/evening after work or maybe at the weekend (but it might go even faster at the weekend when your brain is relaxed).
It was very fun and not really hard if you focus, so I can recommend this game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
El Cholo
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
worth the price :) if you miss the minesweeper here is the game for you.. it's just hard enough to make it challanging but not too hard and easy achievments

10/10 would buy again
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Hope
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
It's Minesweeper combined with Nonograms (or Griddlers if you will) !

Very recommended for people who like these sort of puzzle games. Tons of fun for those who like to think and challenge themselves,

*NOTE* If you plan on buying this game, I suggest on buying the complete pack for it because it will save you some money and you'll have all 3 games instead of buying them seperately.

10/10.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Scrapbookee
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
This is a pretty fun game. Picked up this one and the two follow-ups for $2.69 and I'm very pleased so far. It's basically Minesweeper, but with colorful hexagons instead of bombs. With the introduction of bracketed numbers and numbers outside the shape it can be very tricky to figure out some of the puzzles. Not overly hard, but tricky.

I'd definitely love a dark mode skin, because it does start to hurt your eyes after a little while. Great game for playing when you need to waste an hour. Would definitely recommend, especially if you can grab all three games for super cheap like I did.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Kokirin
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
It's okay. Essentially a variation of minesweeper with predesigned levels.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
coe.tony
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Fun little puzzle game that plays like the lovechild of minesweeper and sudoku.
Made me think, but not outrageously hard - I completed all levels with no mistakes in around 2 hours.

I purchased this in a sale, bundled with both the sequels (which I haven't played yet, but I hope will present a greater challenge), so can't complain for the money. Definetly worth a look for puzzle gamers.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
D-Nice
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
It's finals week and I was looking for a game that would relax me rather than stress me out or make me rage. I've done the first few worlds and I now see why it's under the tag "relaxing," I am more calm now than I have been in the past few weeks and I had fun too! Good game if you like puzzlers as well and good music. I do wish it had a sort of night-mode though.

Overall good ♥♥♥♥ and a fantastic pickup if you want to play a calm game during finals.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
oats
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Nice little game, great puzzle mechanics and provides a good challenge to kill time.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Sixty Space
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I was really excited about his game after the first hour, but then as it progressed, more and more levels required me to guess and gamble, which screwed up my game, instead of using logic to figure out which tiles were which.

Would recommend if it was all possible to figure out logically.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
It's similar to MineSweeper with one major difference: The placing of mines goes along with the LEFT mouse click and the numbers with the RIGHT; that was very confusing for me at the beginning, because I a mused to that MineSweeper controls. Another difference is the additional parameters like numbers at the columns and a few other; but you better find out yourself. :D
But you get used to it very soon and might only do some misclicks occasionally.

I am through the game with all achievements in 87 minutes. So I guess, it is a game for a nice afternoon/evening after work or maybe at the weekend (but it might go even faster at the weekend when your brain is relaxed).
It was very fun and not really hard if you focus, so I can recommend this game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Completed the game with 100%, Loved it.

Can recommend it to people who like Puzzlegames like Nonograms (Mario's Picross) combined with a bit of Minesweeper and Sudoku.

Pick up the bundle as long as it's in a cheap deal!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
1732 Review extremely positive so the most like it and i like this puzzle game too. For puzzles fans like Mini Sweeper a short but good brain training game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
I finished the whole thing and all of its thirty-ish levels in one day because it was that fun. I'm exhausted.

Hexcells is a logic puzzle that's similar to other number games like Minesweeper and Picross, as you use processes of elimination and deduction to fill in patterns of tiles. The distinction here is that since the tiles are hexagons, they're not restricted by square grids, and most puzzles look like abstract shapes or very loosely defined objects. Black-background hexes have numbers on them from 0-6, indicating how many of the gold tiles around them can be clicked to turn blue, which counts toward stage completion.

Those hexes are a mixed blessing--finding all of them is the whole point of the game (though you do have to mark every single tile, whether you believe it to be a blue "hit" or a black "guide"), but unless you know how many blue tiles are in a given area, these don't often give any information on the tiles around them. The numbers themselves eventually adopt additional characteristics that give you more information on how to complete a stage, but it's well worth remembering that making a decision about one tile necessarily is effectively making a decision about all of the tiles next to it as well. Levels are divided up into groups and sometimes able to be completed out of order, and completing each level perfectly will often mean you unlock the next set even without fully having to finish the previous one.

The game is easy to learn, with simple controls and all of the rules explained as you need them, and there are no hectic time limits to worry about. (I don't know if there's a way to save during levels.) You'll probably build up enough stress just by trying to finish levels without making mistakes, as difficulty ramps up quickly and there's no quick way to restart stages, that I know of, without exiting back out to the level-select menu. This may serve the purpose of discouraging cheating, though. It would be nice to be able to turn the music on and off during a level, but the little 'bloop' sounds the tiles make when clicked go really well with the gentle soundtrack, so much so that you might not notice them at first.

You can make guesses about what tiles are where, but it's much more satisfying to finish a stage or even a small section of one because you understood the rules than because you happened to get lucky. The game doesn't need reflexes, but it expects and encourages patience and discipline (try not to scream if you misclick toward the end of a level you've been chipping away at for half an hour), all for the cost of a small meal.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
Hexcells is a puzzle game in which you can use hard logic and intuition to solve the puzzles. If all the numbers put you off, t is less mathematical it appears, focusing more on deciphering patterns. The relaxing sounds are a nice contrast to how hard your brain will work. I thoroughly enjoyed all three and highly recommend them.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Hexcells is a minimalistic logic puzzle very similar to classic Minesweeper. You need to find blue cells and numbers show you how many of them are nearby.

What makes Hexcells better than Minesweeper?
  • For one, there is no instadeath. If you make a mistake, you just keep going.
  • Most importantly with a little bit (and sometimes with a lot) of thinking you can figure out where each blue cell is located. Unlike minesweeper where sooner or later you come to a point when you have to close your eyes and guess randomly.
Music is very nice and the game itself is relaxing.

The first game is short and puzzles are easy to crack. It took me ~3 hours to perfect all 36 levels. It helps to learn mechanics of the game but it won’t last long. I recommend buying Hexcells Complete Pack (Hexcells, Hexcells Infinite, Hexcells Plus) because you will definitely want more.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
That game is insane...!

Its the rightfull heir of Minesweeper. İts better, more clever, more challenging, more reasonable, more addicting.

You will always find yourself to go back to the game and solve 1 more puzzle. 1more, 1more, 1more...

I want more...


Good brain exercise. Sometimes it gets you frusturated, but take a deep breath and check again, you will see the solution.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Starts out easy but before you know it; there's number everywhere and every one is important! make careful choices or restart the level aiming for 100%
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Excellent mini game to keep the old dying brain cells alive.

The concept is super simple. The UI is so subtle and minimalistic. Sound and music fits right in with the slickness of it all. It's so well done.

The puzzles increase in difficulty as you progress. Every time a new concept is introduced, it is explained with a single sentence. No need for lengthy tutorials here. Also, every puzzle can be solved by logic alone. You don't have to guess.

Eventually you will get to a level where you just sit and stare at the screen, desperately trying to find an opening. When you finally find that opening, you can't help but feel a little cool. You make a couple of moves, only to get stuck again. That's when you realize there is more to the logic than what meets the eye. You learn to think outside the boxes.. or hexes, if you will. When you perfect a level that otherwise seemed impossible to do, you feel like a genius.

Any game that makes me feel like a genius deserves a big thumbs up.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
(9/10) Very intriguing premise for a puzzle game, sort of a hybrid of picross and minesweeper, but on a hex board of course. The only thing holding it back is a very finite number of puzzles but hey thats what sequels are for.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
It's basically reverse Minesweeper with additional twists. A must-have for anyone who enjoys games like Picross.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Hexcells is a clever puzzle game. It's very similar to Minesweeper, but with hexagons. I played the game on Linux and it worked flawlessly. I didn't encounter a single bug.

The first few puzzles are easy and a bit boring, but they build up to the great ones at the end. To make things more interesting, I exited out of a puzzle every time I made a mistake and did not allow myself to guess, even though I had partially completed the puzzle before. It was frustrating, but it made the experience of finishing the game more satisfying.

I'd reccomend this game to anyone who likes games like Minesweeper or Sudoku and anyone wants to exercise their puzzle solving abilities a bit.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
This is a very enjoyable game, albeit a little brief. There are only 30 levels, and a couple of those are freebies. I was able to finish the game and all achievements in just under two hours, including a couple of breaks for phone calls I received. If you like the kind of puzzle solving in the Minesweeper genre, then you'll appreciate this game. Unlike Minesweeper, every move can be deduced. There is also no recording of time, so you can take it at whatever pace you enjoy.

I grabbed the bundle with Hexcells Plus and Hexcells Infinite, so I have more puzzling in store for me.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
The game eliminates the negative aspects of Minesweeper and pushes the concept further.
There are far more rules to follow which allows smart level development and eliminates guessing.
If the level is correctly setup, then, if someone thinks there is no next logical move, then he has not analzyed the situation in depth.

Of course, someone looking for the achievements can directly download the images of the levels, as often with puzzle games.
Mistakes" do not restart the level but just diminish the score, which is nice and does not push in complicated levels to look towards a spoiler.

In order to obtain the perfect score, this usually leads in higher levels to a Replay need to finish the level without error, which I needed to do in three levels.

Since it is a is a fine game for occasional play, I think I will replay some levels. But, since I bought the series together with Hexcells Infinite, I am interested to see additional levels from the community.

It is definitely a game to pay for, at least for a reduced price.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
ᴿ ᴱ ˅ ᴵ ᴱ ᵂ ⁞
Minesweeper 2.0

⁵ ᶜ ᴼ ᴿ ᴱ ⁞
2.0 out of 2.0
(would make mistakes again)

ᴵ ᶻ ᵐ o ᵣ ᵣ ....
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
One of the finest puzzlers I've ever played. The music is soothing and the levels get better as you progress. I'm ashamed that I didn't pick up Hexcells sooner!

I highly recommend this game to everyone, even those that aren't into the genre. You will not regret it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
Game Series

Hexcells is the first game of its' series.

Game Visual/Audio

There isn't much can be said about the game's visuals asides from that they're minimalistic. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game's audio.

Gameplay

There is no difficulty mode option that's assigned. But each of the puzzles has their own difficult.

Hexcells is closely similar to mine sweeper game. So the objective is rather simple to figure out which cells to make blue and which cells to make black.

There are total of three slots with six world that has twenty-four puzzles to solve. The first world for each of the three slots are automatically unlocked. Completing one world will unlocked the next one. All of these puzzles can be replayed after the first go around. Please do note that the puzzles in the other two slots are the same as the ones in the first slot.

There's no time limit in this game. Allowing the individual take as much time that they want to solve each of the puzzles.

There six achievements for this game. Each of these achievements has certain requirements before they can be unlocked.

Miscellaneous

Final thoughts, it's an neat game to play and enjoy. As for the game's replay value it's low. I would recommend this game but not at the full price.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Fun puzzle game to play, and easy to enjoy in short time. Worth playing.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2015
Lovely little game. The developer should've included a dark skin option. It's very straining on the eyes to look at a bright white screen for long periods. I used Windows Magnifier tool to invert the colors of the game. I suggest you do the same if you find your eyes getting tired. Try to play this game without making mistakes otherwise you will reach the end in 15 minutes.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny