Hexcells Plus is a standalone expansion to Hexcells that contains 36 new and more challenging puzzles.
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Very Positive (15 reviews) - 86% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (725 reviews) - 94% of the 725 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

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

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    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
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    • OS: OSX 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
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    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
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clarkkent7280
1.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
There is really nothing I can add that other Positives haven't already said. Logic is all you need!
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OrionNM
11.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
Cross-posted on all 3 games
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Save yourself 3$, buy the complete pack.

I spent a week going through this series, and it's done my heart good. Brilliant puzzles. Several times I was convinced that a particular puzzle would come down to guessing. I was wrong. There's always a way.

I'm especially impressed with the random puzzle generator in the last game. They're not as ingenius as the hand-crafted ones, but I won't have to wait for that 4th game that will never come. Still haven't run into an unsolvable puzzle.
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nph5025
11.2 hrs
Posted: September 17
Just beat it. As brilliant as the original Hexcells, and MUCH harder. I took 2.8 hours to perfect the original Hexcells; I took 11.2 hours to perfect Hexcells Plus. Same number of puzzles (36), same brilliant design, same great ambience, way upped difficulty.
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matthew is the best
11.1 hrs
Posted: September 15
Product received for free
the only possible way to beat some of these puzzles is if you're a super computer or just by cheating, i did not have any fun playing this game, so screw it.
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Astix
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 13
Hexcells Plus is like it's predecessor, but it solves the problem of the low difficult, therefore I enjoyed it more.
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Ava Tris
9.6 hrs
Posted: September 13
I never want to get off Matthew Brown's puzzle ride. More of the same, which is cool.
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Morphy
19.7 hrs
Posted: September 13
An OK sequel to Hexcells. More or less the same as the first game, some tougher puzzles. It's a fine puzzle game.
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Thunder Katz440
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
Don't believe the rules. There is a puzzle where {} is NOT connected at all. And yet a solved puzzle does so. It picks and chooses. Cells connected "over the air" is at the discretion of whoever made the puzzle.
Minesweeper is still far superior, but this is an attempt at something new.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
This is probably my favourite of the three Hexcells games, all of which I enjoyed (I also like Squarecells, but haven't finished it or been back to it in a while). It develops ideas that are only skimmed in the original game, which seems much simpler in comparison. If you haven't picked up any Hexcells games yet, I think you could start with this one rather than the first without getting lost or missing much (but why do yourself out of more puzzles?). If you're a bit nonplussed by the praise for the first game, give this one a go.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Difficulty of puzzles went up, compared to 1st one. Really good mind bender.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Like Hexcells, but extended.
Not bad overall, a cute looking simple Minesweeper-like game.

Overall
5/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
I feel bad not recommending this game, but it really cranked the difficulty past the point of being fun for me.

Many levels have "bottlenecks" where there are only one or two moves you can deduce as being risk-free, and these sections feel deliberately, artificially hard. The signal-to-noise ratio is such that you feel like you're looking for a needle in a haystack.

I feel no shame in stating that I had to consult a guide (which had so many pictures that it frequently crashed the Steam browser) just to know which column or blue hex I should focus on to deduce my next move - there's no option to save your progress and resume later, and real-world obligations meant that being stuck for tens of minutes on a single move would mean the difference between finishing the level or starting over from the beginning the next day.

Even then, it took me 11 hours(!) to complete Hexcells Plus, versus just 2 hours for Hexcells. And that says it all, really. I had fun, overall, with Hexcells Plus, but it felt too tedious too often for me to recommend it in good conscience.
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53 of 56 people (95%) 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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41 of 45 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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26 of 28 people (93%) 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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25 of 28 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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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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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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