Hexcells Plus is a standalone expansion to Hexcells that contains 36 new and more challenging puzzles.
User reviews: Very Positive (469 reviews) - 96% of the 469 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2014

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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.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • OS: OSX 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
If you had one of the older Microsoft Windows versions, than you might remember the game Minesweeper. You had to find the mines and avoid them by marking them. It worked with some clues, since numbers gave away how many mines are close by.

The Hexcells games are very similar to it, but they are not working in square blocks, they come in hexagon shape and often remind of chemical combinations when you open the next level. These shapes make it sometimes hard to figure out what is going on and in later levels you get extra clues for the lines of hexagons and stuff like that.

playing Hexcells is fun in a kind of weird way. Even if you don't want to make your math homework, you sit down to "calculate" the grids, but it is not that much math anyway, more like drawing lines from dot to dot.

Later versions of Hexcells (Hexcells Plus & Hexcells Ininite) are basically the same thing on harder levels and Infinite includes an Endless-Mode that let's you play levels created by chance. Start with the normal game and get infected, this game is addictive and you should consider buying the complete pack right from start.

10/10 I think I've seen more hexagons than a beekeeper did
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
118.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
What is it?
Hexcells is a challenging puzzle game set to an ambient score for relaxing brain-exercise! The style of gameplay is somewhat similar to "Minecraft" in that you must reveal all the highlighted hexagons based on surrounding clues, but that's where the similarities end...

  • Offers clues horizontally, vertically and diagonally
  • Always has a logically constructed solution (random guessing is not required if solved properly).
  • The variety of clues offer more interesting challenges than Minesweeper
  • In addition, Hexcells Plus offers further clues beyond the immediate perimeter cells

Is it worth it?
If you play the game PROPERLY (ie: no cheating with 'random guesses') and solve each puzzle based on logical deduction, you will find the game deeply engrossing and will find many hours of play. If however you play it like Minesweeper and click on an unknown cell with a wing and a prayer(!), the game will likely feel unremarkable and no different to Minesweeper (especially as it will permit you unlimited mistakes without penalty). Since not allowing myself to guess and setting myself the goal of ZERO mistakes, the puzzles have been a huge challenge and really enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
My thoughts on Hexcells Plus are essentailly the same as my thoughts on the original game, so read my review for Hexcells to understand my stance on the gameplay and style.

Hexcells Plus is more or less a standalone expansion pack for the original Hexcells, but definitely more difficult and challenging. There are a few new obstacles and hints in the puzzles that have been introduced since the original game too, which can make problem solving a little more thought-prevoking.

If you enjoyed your time with Hexcells, you will definitely enjoy your time with this too. There isn't much else to say here, this is definitely another one to pick up for puzzle fans of all ages.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Sequel to Hexcells, Hexcells Plus offers more of the same as the original, excellent logic puzzler but with considerably more challenge. This can be both a good and a bad thing. Because of the higher challenge level, I strongly recommend you to first play the original Hexcells.

Game has changed little from the original Hexcells. User interface (UI) is exactly the same as before. Just like in Hexcells, you have to deduce whether hexes are blue or black based on simple rules similar to Hanjies and Mine Sweeper. However, the puzzles are completely new. The sequel adds one new mechanic: now blue cells can also have a number on them that dictates how many hexes in two cells' radius are blue. Still no guessing is required at all: everything can be logically deduced.

Music has changed a bit but it retains the ambient theme from the original.

Just like in Hexcells, there are 36 well-designed, challenging puzzles. Unlike Hexcells, the challenge level jumps up very quickly, and the further you get, the longer the puzzles will take to complete (assuming you are not guessing and strive for perfection). Coming straight from Hexcells it's alright but starting out it would be a bit too much. Especially the new mechanic of numbered blue cells can make it difficult to understand what's going on, though the UI has a convenient helping function to keep your thoughts straight. Unfortunately at least I had to resort to the infamous "try and exclude" deduction strategy way more often in this sequel than in the original game, so the puzzles can drag a lot longer. The lack of saving option within puzzles can become a drag if you find yourself in a hurry.

I still recommend Hexcells Plus to anyone who liked the original Hexcells and was left craving for more. The upped difficulty level is more hardcore though and I can't emphasize this quality too much. For me the game took some 10 hours to complete fully, while original Hexcells was just a 2-hour stroll. If you want a smoother difficulty curve and a more pleasant a sequel considering the difficulty level, you should skip straight to Hexcells Infinite that also finally adds saves and random levels.

In that effect Hexcells Plus shares many problems of its predecessor: it has limited content that lacks replayability after being completed and saving feature before that. However, it also shares most of its virtues: well-designed, albeit (perhaps) too challenging puzzles (when compared to the original one) with pretty much perfect user interface and audiovisual outlook for its game type. For challenge's sake it continues from where Hexcells was left so in that effect it is also a fine sequel for the puzzle enthusiast.
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