Hexcells Plus is a standalone expansion to Hexcells that contains 36 new and more challenging puzzles.
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Very Positive (751 reviews) - 94% of the 751 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...”
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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+
    • OS: OSX 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
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    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
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53 of 57 people (93%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
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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42 of 46 people (91%) found this review helpful
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.

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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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
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
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
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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2015
Game Series

Hexcells Plus is the second game of its' series. Previous game: Hexcells.

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.


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

Hexcells Plus basically has same formula as its' predecessor Hexcells. So the objective remains the same. Which is to figure out which cells to make blue and which cells to make black.

There are total of three slots with six worlds that has thirty-six 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.


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.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
118.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
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 "Minesweeper" 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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3.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
Enjoyed this game a lot! Gives a minesweeper kind of feel, which adds in more puzzle enhancements as you progress through the levels. Starts off very basic so that you get a feel for the game, and then you look up and all you want to do is perfect all the levels. So the games goes, there are a few blocks with numbers on the board and you have to puzzle out whether the block is another number or a blue block. The block has 6 sides (obviously) and the number says how many blue block are touching it. As the game progresses, it adds {} around a number to say the blue blocks are sequential, or -- around a number to say they are split. It then goes father to say that there are so may in this line by putting the number on the outside of that row or column. The easy feature which helps a lot for bigger puzzles is that you can click on the outside number and it draws a line through that row or column to see which ones.

All in all lots of fun and challenging at the same time. Gets more challenging as the game goes on. Has new additions from both the infitine version as well as the origional Hexcells.
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6.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
Hexcells Plus the sequel of Hexcells. It is a puzzle game that shares some similarities with nonocross.

The game is exactly equal to the original but with harder puzzles. The game is easy to understand, the music and graphics are calm and the puzzles are challenging. Great game for those who like sodoku or nonocross.
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6.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
This second version of Hexcells was more frustrating than the first. Whereas in the first game, I never felt that my mistakes were unmerited, it seemed that this game forces you to make leaps of faith. Either that, or the game doesn't teach you how to solve more complex configurations in the same way the first game does. In both cases, I felt the quality level/puzzle design was inferior to the first game.

Still, I played all the levels, so if you like the first one, check this one out too.
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17.2 hrs
Posted: October 14
Did you like Hexcells and want more? If yes, buy.

The tutorial and ramp up time is a lot shorter this time and you start getting into the puizzles faster which makes this feel like "world 2" for hexcells but overall, it gets reallyh hard at the end. So if you're looking for a challange, get to it.

---About the game in general---
Hexcells is a logic game sort of like minesweeper but at any given point in the game, you always have a logical way to solve the problem. This part is important because it gives puzzle fans something that relies only on skill and not on guesswork.
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10.1 hrs
Posted: October 11
Now, compared to the first Hexcells game, this is something worth buying. A much steeper learning curve and harder levels mean that 100%-ing Hexcells Plus is no longer something you can do in one, two-hour-long seating. If Hexcells was the tutorial or the demo, Hexcells Plus is an actual game. As of writing this review, I still have 5 puzzles to do perfectly, and I've already played almost 3 times as long as it took me to 100% the first game.

As for what the game is - it's the same as the previous one: a brilliant, addictive fusion of Minesweeper and Picross. This time around, the interactive soundtrack is more rigid - sounds play according to the rythm of the ambient background music as opposed to the rythm of your own clicks.

Overall, a good puzzle game that's worth the price, especially if you grab the Hexcells Complete Bundle during a sale.
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11.2 hrs
Posted: October 11
The second part in the Hexcells series expands and improves on the rather lackluster first part. A new mechanic is introduced and in general the levels are much more challenging and demanding. As a seasoned player of logic puzzels this game took me around 10 hours to complete and brought me much more enjoyment than the way too easy first part of the series. Sadly there still is little replayability (this is only fixed in the third installment). My only real gripe is that far too often this game derives its difficulty from a bigger quantity rather than a better quality. Most of the later levels are huge and the challenge becomes less figuring out logic puzzles than it is spotting the one tile bottleneck that lets you continue. Still each level typically has an area that is very interesting and makes you feel really satisfied after figuring it out. The absolute high point of this game were the three small levels providing tough nuts to crack with little distraction.

Design and UI are the same as the first installment. The soundscape created is still interesting but I had to mute the game an hour in because it started to become grinding. During some of the larger levels a save functionality would have been nice to have. I've never encountered a bug, error or crash.

If you like challenging logic puzzles this might be worth full price to you. I can wholeheartedly recommend picking this up as part of the trilogy compilation or at a discounted price.
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Star sniper
1.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
challanging game, easy acheivments
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8.7 hrs
Posted: October 10
Logic Puzzles. Simple rules, yet complicated puzzles.
The later puzzles are quite hard, but it gives a real sense of achievement when you solve them.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: October 10
Excellent game, would definitely recommend to others. This game will be perfect for you if you like any game such as Minesweeper. It uses your brainpower a lot, I learned through the game, at first I thought this game really depends on guessing but soon I found myself wrong. Just keep playing the game, come back hours later and you will know what it's like. 10/10

DO NOT listen to people who says that the game depends on guessing!!!

By the way, if you find this game is too hard but you like the way it is, recommend "Hexcells", "Hexcells Plus" is more like a inferno version of "Hexcells".
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 9
Like the original Hexcells, I believe this game offers too little value for your buck, but it's still worth getting at a slightly reduced price. I simply wish it was longer. This would be an easy game to 100% if you're into that, but the original Hexcells is much easier. Expect about 2 hours worth of gameplay if not cheating.
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