Hexcells Plus is a standalone expansion to Hexcells that contains 36 new and more challenging puzzles.
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Very Positive (31 reviews) - 83% of the 31 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (737 reviews) - 94% of the 737 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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“The puzzles themselves, and clearly this is the most important point, are sublime. They are so well designed, so utterly brilliant in construction and delivery, that I wonder at Brown’s brain. There’s even a wit to them, moments that make me smile as I play, as I realise how carefully and deliberately a puzzle has been designed...”
Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game

Hexcells Plus is a standalone expansion to Hexcells that contains 36 new and more challenging puzzles.

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Windows
Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
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Very Positive (31 reviews)
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Portly McFatter
2.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
Yes. Good. Do it.
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JadeMason
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
My only gripe about Hexcells was the small number of puzzles. I finished the original in 2 hours. This took over 3x as long! The puzzles here are much tougher, with some new mechanics thrown in. The white overlay is a bit hard to see, but otherwise, wonderful puzzles!
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robocamel
11.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
This game is much harder than the original hexcells, but it is still fun. It introduces a few new mechanics, but otherwise stays true to the original. Pretty much what you'd look for in a sequel. Overall it's a very good game with a nice and clean look and calming music.
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ctwmitch
14.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Really funny game it is.

Complete 2 of them within 3 days...?
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davidthewalker
19.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
An awesome game that expands upon the rules and techniques from the first game.
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castalyst
8.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
This game builds on the techniques you have learned in the original Hexcells, but it does explain the rules briefly for those who have not played the previous game. The puzzles in this version do require a lot more thought to get them right -- on one hand this makes for a fun challenge, but if you want to get the "perfection" achievement it can get a bit frustrating during later levels.

Good puzzle game!
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TheTitaniumDragon
8.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
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.

That said, Hexcells Plus, as a sequel to the original game, is designed for people who have beaten it; if you haven't beaten the first game, this is much harder (and some of the puzzles, especially the very last couple, were extremely frustrating; I still don't know how you are supposed to solve the very final puzzle correctly).

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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Hyp3r
7.3 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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fabs();
46.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
If you like Minesweeper, but you also like to play games that are really well designed, well now you can. No, don’t leave! Seriously, this game is so much better than minesweeper, but also tickles a lot of the same grey cells. What I will say that makes it an outstanding game design is that there is never any guessing going on. If you are careful, you will never get stuck with a coin flip decision. If you think you are left with one, then you probably haven’t thought about it deeply enough. Also, when you’re done with it, if you really enjoyed it, there’s a bigger version available (Hexcells Infinite) that has procedurally generated levels to keep you going forever after you’ve finished the new content.
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Dorque
8.1 hrs
Posted: August 18
White-on-white highlight, and going back to the menu doesn't save progress. The latter is a puzzle game requirement, and the former is just ridiculously eye strain inducing.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Did you enjoyed Hexcells? This is the sequel, and you can play it even before playing the original.
There's a couple of nice changes in mechanics, and the levels are much harder­.

If you enjoyed Hexcells and wanted more, buying this is a no-brainer.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
THIS GAME SCORES [1 2 3 *4*]

I recommend that you buy the Hexcells Complete Pack with all 3 games - that's why this review text is identical for all 3.

It's a great puzzle game series that strongly reminds of Microsoft Minesweeper, but not only is the grid hexagonal (meaning 3 instead of 2 axes), the games even 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 feature that numbers at the grid's periphery say something about the grid's content, I made a (very crappy) puzzler in a few hours after finishing the Hexcells games that helps a bit with those needs.

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
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Very recommended. This picks up where Hexcells left the player screaming for more. Working through puzzles is highly enjoyable and solving them doesn't happen too quickly. Great atmosphere, although the framerate still feels sluggish, the slight flickering is annoying.

Must-play for Minesweeperists.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
51 of 54 people (94%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
I have died and gone to Minesweeper Heaven. This makes the original Windows game look like a joke. The number of strategies you need to use to solve the puzzles is incredible and gives the game far more depth than Minesweeper. The only reason I wouldn't recommend this game is if you could not beat the original Hexcells. The puzzles here are brutally difficult, much harder than the original, and some may take you hours to figure out. If you're up for a challenge, you'll find that this game truly hexcells.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
[I know this shows 0 hours played, but my achievements should prove that I'd previously bought and beaten this game. In fact, I played it three or four times over!]

Hexcells Plus is everything I am always looking for in a puzzle game, distilled to a deceptively simple interface. Though comparisons to Minesweeper are not unwarranted, these comparisons miss a crucial difference: in Minesweeper, the final moves often (and annoyingly) come down to chance, debasing all the carefully planned moves you'd made before should you--at the end of a long game--happen to click a mine.

In Hexcells (and Hexcells Plus), however, the game gives you JUST enough information to never, ever have to guess. But you will often spend many, many minutes searching for and debating your next move. While the game provides various clues as to where you can find Hexes and numbers, it does not (at least past the first few levels) make this obvious (as it is in a game like Picross, for example, where every column's number of squares is provided). It only provides clues for a limited number of columns, rows, sections, etc.; based on this, and based on tricks you'll pick up and teach yourself as you go along, you'll have to very carefully make your next move.

And this is the crucial difference: any mistake you make in Hexcells is your own fault--thus Hexcells corrects an unfortunate norm in the puzzle genre. So, between chess-like demands on your every move, between the security of knowing the game will not force you to guess, between the pleasing visuals and soothing ambient soundtrack, Hexcells Plus is one of, if not THE, best puzzle games I have ever played, and I play many.

5/5
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
Regular Hexcells is like super happy fun puzzle time. Hexcells Plus is the diabolical demon from hell version of the game. It's a whole lot harder than the regular version. There were points where I couldn't find the next logical solution in the puzzle and had to guess. That doesn't mean there wasn't a logical move, just that I couldn't find it! The boards are much bigger and there are added game mechanics that result in more complicated play. It's way more like sudoku, with times when you have make complicated deductions based on the overlap of number clues.

If you want a nice, relaxing puzzle game, buy regular Hexcells. If you want a challenge, grab Hexcells Plus. Better yet, both. I think I slightly prefer regular Hexcells just because I like the more relaxing puzzles, but there is a certain sense of accomplishment to be found in Hexcells Plus that regular Hexcells lacks.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Hexcells Plus is a solid zenlike puzzler that has the player use minesweeper-esque logic to determine whether adjacent hex cells are part of a pattern or not. Addictive, challenging, but also relaxing and satisfying.

This definitely ups the difficulty from the first Hexcells.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
After Hexcells Plus, previous Hexcells looks like mere demo. Or easy mode. Or rather tutorial for the _real_ game. Hexcells Plus looks visually the same as previous game, including the same achievements and same amount of puzzles. But Plus version adds new mechanics, and is much, much more challenging. I enjoyed it. Too bad that all puzzles are handmade, so no more games possible after finishing existing set. Otherwise I could use this game as substitute for Minesweeper on the regular basis. Recommended!
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
Like its predecessor, this is the best puzzle game I have ever played. This is more of an expansion than an actual separate game, but the price is so cheap that it doesn't matter. Both games are worth far more than the asking price, in my opinion.

The music and sound effects are spot-on fantastic, the puzzles are lovingly and painstakingly crafted, and the difficulty progression is just perfect from one puzzle to the next. Hexcells Plus adds a few things over its predecessor: additional types of puzzles, a couple of new types of clues, and a bit more difficult end puzzles.

I simply cannot recommend both games enough.

The mechanics are similar to Minesweeper and if you find yourself clicking the wrong mouse button (like me), you can change the button configuration from the Input tab of the configuration menu when you first start the game. Also, keep in mind that there is never a time that you must guess.

This game makes me feel smart.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
The first Hexcells game is basically the tutorial to Hexcells Plus. If you thought the first game was too easy (and let's face it, that surely includes everyone) then this is the real game right here. The first Hexcells only gets interesting in the last few levels; well, Hexcells Plus starts off from that point, so it's logically a much better game. The concept is simple: find which cells are occupied and which are empty using surrounding clues that tell you how many occupied cells are in a row, how many occupied cells are adjacent to each occupied cell, and how many occupied cells are found within a certain radius of an occupied cell. It looks like Minesweeper at first glance, but it's far more interesting than that. Some of the later levels here get pretty tough, and there are times when you find it difficult to believe that it's possible without guessing, but then suddenly you'll spot a line of reasoning that you've missed and a few more pieces of the puzzle fall into place. It's highly addictive, and not to be played at 2am when you're half-asleep. Great puzzle game, recommended, but if you're new to the series then start with the first one.
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