Hexcells Plus is a standalone expansion to Hexcells that contains 36 new and more challenging puzzles.
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Very Positive (14 reviews) - 85% of the 14 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
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.

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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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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Minesweeper JR Plus
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
blue hexcells killed the fun
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53 of 57 people (93%) 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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XenoLair
11.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
Hexcells plus is the devil spawn of the simple logic puzzle game that stole our hearts, Hexcells.

While at its core, Hexcells is a fun, loving simple logic puzzler, Plus is what happens when demons spawn on the streets and start dragging people to hell. For how the game feels, you can read my review of Hexcells. Plus is the same game but with much harder levels, which you shouldn't be playing unless you've tasted the sweet fruits of the first one. Plus is hard to the point of getting stuck in a level and just not seeing any way to progress through it any further. It had me guessing on some levels which really should not be done in a logic puzzle. I'm not sure whether I just didn't see the clues or if the puzzles were designed that way.

Think of it like eating chili peppers. The mild ones have a rich taste, not too hot and spicy enough to open a pallet of flavors. Plus is what happens when you eat that 700.000 scoville habanero pepper and just cannot taste anything for a week after that. That's kind of how I feel about Hexcells plus. It's still fun, I still kept coming back to it after failing many times. I'd only recommend it if you tried the first game and were left wanting more. 11 hours to 100%.
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andregurov
4.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
If you've played Hexcells - and you should! - then you already know what this game is about: Minesweeper-like logic puzzles where you process out hexes that are occupied and those that are empty. But if you've played Hexcells you are still only slightly ahead of the curve, as these puzzles are much more difficult and require much more attention and deduction than the predecessor. The first Hexcells took me 3 hours to master all the levels (without a guide, natch) while Hexcells Plus has already taken more than that from me and I've only FINISHED 1/3 of the puzzles so far! Granted that may say more about me than the game, but I think the general truth of the proposition holds. A unique introduction is the ? hex, which can lead to a puzzle board dead end that can only be solved by looking off the board rather than on it; no numbered hexes to assist you, and only the beauty of logical deduction can remedy it.

As with the first Hexcells, you can always guess (ala Minesweeper's early game "cheat" method) but that frankly defeats the purpose of playing a logic puzzle game. You can also refer to the Steam guides to solve overly difficult puzzles, but I would recommend doing neither; this game is immensely rewarding when you defeat a level using only your reasoning faculties and that is how it should be played. Highly recommended (even though I haven't finished it yet!), and the best $3 game on Steam I've yet found.
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Ageispolis
7.6 hrs
Posted: September 27
Hexcells Plus is 36 more levels of the wonderfully satisfying (and somewhat melodic) puzzle game Hexcells. The difference here is that whereas Hexcells is beatable in a couple of hours, Hexcells Plus is much trickier and will probably take you longer. This is good in that it's more challenging, although sometimes the puzzles got so big and tough that I found myself pulling hair more than "enjoying" them. Nonetheless, I recommend this game if you love simple but challenging puzzles.
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Grim
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Polar opposite of the first one. The first one only had a couple puzzles where you had to resort to guessing due to lack of data, whereas this one is more guessing game than puzzle.
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clarkkent7280
1.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
There is really nothing I can add that other Positives haven't already said. Logic is all you need!
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OrionNM
11.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
Cross-posted on all 3 games
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Save yourself 3$, 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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