Hexcells is an ambient logic puzzle game for PC, Mac and Linux.
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Very Positive (61 reviews) - 95% of the 61 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,944 reviews) - 95% of the 1,944 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

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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Very Positive (61 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (1,944 reviews)
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Jamfrost Jamiro
( 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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chaiinchomp
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Fantastic logic puzzle game which combines elements of minesweeper and nonograms, all with a hexagonal twist. It's a refreshing take on an old classic with clean, minimal visuals and relaxing music.

It is a little short, but for the price it's well worth it. I played through the whole thing in one sitting and then immediately bought another copy to give to a friend, will probably end up getting the other games in the series as well.
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No
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Excellent little puzzle game, and when i say "little" i mean 80-minutes-to-100% little.
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Marzipan
( 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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desolation0
( 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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seserakh
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Good game. Hard, but not totally unforgiving. I spent a lot of time chilling to the soundtrack and making those little blue hexagons appear. I felt like a math genius whenever I figured out where the next one had to be, and a math dumbass whenever I made a mistake. Any game that makes you place the blame solidly on yourself for screwing up instead of on it for being buggy is a good one in my book.
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giamic
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
In Hexcells, much like Minesweeper, you have to put a flag on dangerous cells, while marking the others as safe.

You start with a pattern of hexagons and with a small amount of information that allows you to mark the first hexagons; in turn, the hexagons you mark give you additional information to mark some more, and so on and so forth.

The technical realization is very simple but effective: clean graphics and relaxing music. However, I had some problems with the music because it has a rhytmic structure that sets my pace at marking cells (I know it sounds crazy, but if I try to go off-beat I often make mistakes!).

The game is quite addictive and works brilliantly. The main concern is its shortness: just a handful of levels than can be completed in 1-2 hours at most. Two sequels exists, however.
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txster
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Makes me think of a mix between minesweeper and picross. Good enough puzzler I went back to have all levels cleared perfect :)
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Monkeypro7
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Very fun puzzle game. Not too hard but not too easy.
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chinglish
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
i can't stop this feeling
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) 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
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
great little puzzle game akin to minesweeper but with extra flavour.
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
An interesting take on a Minesweeper-like game. Wish there were more levels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Bought game for about $1.

Well designed update on minesweeper.

Pleasant experience, well worth the small cost.
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1 of 1 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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
95 of 99 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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104 of 124 people (84%) found this review helpful
122 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 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 75 people (91%) 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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