Hexcells Plus is a standalone expansion to Hexcells that contains 36 new and more challenging puzzles.
User reviews: Very Positive (399 reviews)
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+
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    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
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Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) 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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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Hmmm....what to say? This game was pretty fun. The puzzles are pretty neat, with math and logic being the primary factors. For me, it was a fairly relaxing way to spend an evening. However, there are some random aspects to the puzzles that I feel make some of them pretty cheap. Because of this, you are really needing to memorize the patterns since the occasional question mark instead of a numeric hint throws math and logic out the window.

So...what I did was finish each puzzle and unlock enough points to progress to the next set on y own, until I was able to finish the game (which took me around an hour and a half or so, then went back today with a guide and got each one perfect for the final achievement.

I would have given this game about an 8.5 out of 10, but the cheap moments sort of work to nullify actual logic and math thus defeating the actual purpose of the game, and so I knock this down to a 6 out of 10. Still a good game, but the random moments force you to rely solely on memorizing the puzzles that have the question marks (this will make more sense when you play it by the way) rather than the intended math and logic. Had they left that randomness out though, this would have been a near perfect puzzle game. Still, I recommend it. You will enjoy it regardless of that huge flaw.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Like other Hexcell games this one is definitely tougher and requires more thinking skill. Other a very enjoyable game where all achievements are attainable. And for a price of $2.99 its well worth the investment. I recommend this game if you are a fan of the previous two Hexcells games.

8.5/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Traditional Rating - 94/100
Recommendation - Like Hexcells, but Plus!

Remember the free old Windows game Minesweeper? Remember how fun it was finding those hidden mines, and how you could feel your brain scream "NOOOOOOOOOOO" whenever a mine would pop its stupid head up and kill you? Remember how immensely frustrating it was when it was entirely impossible to solve levels without guessing?

WELL, NO MORE! Hexcells to the rescue.

Hexcells is very similar to Minesweeper in that you have to use various clues and reasoning to find the hidden blue cells on each level, but unlike Minesweeper, Hexcells' soultions can ALWAYS be reasoned, and if you're doing it right you will never have to guess.

The levels start out easy, with simple rules and puzzles, but new tricks are added just regularly enough to fully grasp, and before you know it, you'll find yourself scanning through 15 different criteria to find the 1-in-100 blue cell to start a level off. It's very satisfying.

Speaking of satisfying, the puzzles here never seem overwhelming or too tricky. Take my opinion with a grain of salt (since I have always loved games like this), but the level of difficulty in these puzzles was just perfect, and while some levels did force me to stare at them for a while, the solution was always there somewhere just waiting for me to grab it.

The Hexcells series is really 3 games: Hexcells, Hexcells Plus, and Hexcells Infinite. They each have different puzzles, and they are each worth getting, but Hexcells Infinite is the one to get if you're on a budget. It has the most advanced puzzles, and it includes a random level generator, so you can literally play to your heart's content. All 3 of them will slowly progress you through the mechanics of the game, though, so don't feel like you will be overwhelmed if you jump right into Infinite.

It's worth mentioning that the random levels in Infinite are mere pale shadows compared to the premade levels (they are often quite easy), but for fans that cannot get enough and don't want to go back to the guess-fest Minesweeper, they can be a lot of fun.

I highly recommend this game. If you're a fan of logic-based puzzle games, you can't go wrong with any of these 3 games. The prices are cheap, and the series is rather unique. If the devs could have just tightened up the infinite level generator ever-so-slightly, this game might be the only game I've rated to pass Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

Scratch that Minesweeper itch, my friend!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
I really enjoyed the first Hexcells, but my main complaint is that it was far too short. While Plus technically has the same exact number of puzzles, it will last you a whole lot longer--there are new mechanics that make the game far, far more challenging than the first. The same basic gameplay is still here: it's kind of a mashup of Minesweeper and Picross, and it's incredibly satisfying to logically work out all the solutions.

If you played the first game, there's two new types of tiles. Black hexes can have a question mark on them; they serve to severely limit the paths one can take to fully solve the board. These end up being an effective way to resolve the primary issue with the game's structure, in that it is otherwise far, far too easy to finish puzzles. The second new mechanic is blue tiles with numbers--the number represents how many blue hexes are present within a two-tile radius. They're great additions; I found them to be a pretty clever way to expand the basic structure of the game.

It's absolutely wonderful to have a sequel that provides more of what I enjoyed while also resolving every issue I had with the initial entry in the series. The first Hexcells honestly just feels like a prototype after playing Plus; I'd still recommend it, but there's no reason whatsoever to play it if you've skipped to Plus. Either way, though, Hexcells Plus is a must buy for anyone who enjoys puzzle games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
This game is like a combination between Minesweeper and Picross/Nonogram. 36 puzzles in total, and a great soundtrack. I found the difficulty to be just right, though once you beat all 36 puzzles, you've finished. Still it's totally worth it, and definately worth $3.

I recommend buying the Hexcels Complete Pack, which costs $8.99 at full price. The pack includes Hexcells, Hexcells Plus, and Hexcells Infinite. They each 36 unique puzzles, which adds up to a total of 108 puzzles. However, Hexcells Infinite includes a puzzle generator, where you put in a string of 8 numbers, or have the game randomly pick, and will generate a puzzle based on those numbers, so you can challenge you friends. Also, instead of pressing the "generate random number" button, you can press a button to use the days date, so you can have a 'daily' puzzle too.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
This game is like minesweeper except that you can solve every level with sheer logic, no guessing required. This is really interesting though because if you don't understand what next to do, you can leave the tiny game minimized in the background and return to it after a small break with a new mindset and generally that helps you solve the problem! It's a good little thing. The puzzles are truly hard though.
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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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Much like the original Hexcells, Hexcells Plus is an updated version of the classic strategy game Minesweeper with a bit of added style: you play with hexagons instead of squares. The board starts with an oddly shaped field made of orange hexagons. Mines are marked by left-clicking a hexagon, turning it blue. Hexagons are revealed by right-clicking, showing the number underneath if you click correctly and shaking the piece and adding a tally mark to your mistake count if you're too hasty in your decisions.

Unlike the original Minesweeper, Hexcells is a much more complex game involving a board marked with various different types of clues that give the player hints about how many mines are in each column or in the surrounding area of the board. Hexcells Plus expands upon the original Hexcells by giving players an additional thirty-six puzzles to complete with a couple of added gameplay elements. These elements include the dreaded ?, a marking that denotes a hexagon that has an unrevealed amount of mines around it, as well as numbered mines that indicate how many mines are in a two-piece radius surrounding the hexagon.

Unfortunately, the addition of ? hexagons adds a somewhat frustrating element to an otherwise well-balanced game. I often found myself encountering large walls of ?'s that split the board in half, preventing me from continuing on without making a few risky clicks based off some logical guesswork. Altogether, I found Hexcells Plus to be fun, but slightly less enjoyable and more frustration-inducing than the original Hexcells (although that, perhaps, might have been caused in part by the ridiculously long span of time I had been playing Hexcells for by the time I reached some of Hexcells Plus's more challenging levels).

Nonetheless, Hexcells Plus is an engrossing way to spend an afternoon. Hexcells Plus can be seen as an expansion to the original Hexcells, adding thirty-six new levels for players to complete, or it can be played as a standalone experience, with the basics of the original Hexcells being explained in the earliest levels of Hexcells Plus. After completing the set of levels contained in Hexcells Plus, be sure to check out the original Hexcells or the inexhaustible Hexcells Infinite, which includes a rather effective level generator and the ability to play user-generated content.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Hexcells Plus is much harder than Hexcells, and requires a lot more brain power. It introduces more requirements for solving a puzzle, and you'll spend more time in this version than the previous.

Well worth the money and time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
More awesome Hexcells puzzles! Harder then the original Hexcells, lots of fun, and an extra information piece with the blue cells sometimes having a number counting other blue cells within the 18 cells around it in a circle.

Again, Hexcells is a very clever puzzle game. Simple idea, but because you need to use 2 or 3 levels of counter-logic to complete certain sections of some puzzles, with the extra information piece, and harder puzzles, this was a great sequel to the original. I got about 3 times as much time out of Plus going for the perfectionist achievement as I did with the original.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
This is the second game in the Hexcells trilogy, and I HIGHLY recommend you play the first game (Hexcells) before attempting to play this one.

While the first game provided wonderful puzzles and brain-stretching "Minesweeper crossed with Sudoku" logic, the second one cranks up the difficulty. Don't be too alarmed, because the game also provides a new puzzle mechanic that adds a whole new twist to solving the puzzles. When you solve these new puzzles, the sense of satisfaction is also cranked up another notch.

The number of puzzles and the increasing difficulty of these puzzles definitely makes Hexcells Plus a 15-to-20 hour endeavour to finish, assuming that you feel the need to get the "Perfectionist" achievement for solving the puzzles without an error.

I highly recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Get the Hexcells Complete Pack - Hexcells, Hexcells Plus, and the fixed puzzles in Hexcells Infinite all complete a single difficulty curve that properly ramps up.

If you have zero interest in fiendishly, deliciously difficult puzzles and only want more of a zen puzzling experience, you can maybe sorta kinda skip right to the procedurally generated puzzles in Hexcells Infinite.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
This series is criminally overlooked.

After the simple breeze through Hexcells in comparison, Hexcells Plus dialed up the difficulty significantly. This installment is where the rubber met the road for me.

If you enjoy games like sudoku, you will find logical puzzles here that work your brain for hours. While a naive comparison, the game plays similarly to a very advanced Minesweeper. By the second act, though, you'll have discovered the futility of that comparison; this game is on an entirely different level and has an elegance in the solutions that random Minesweeper puzzles cannot ever hope to achieve.

A couple of the puzzles stumped me for more than an hour, and my roommate rapidly grew tired of me talking the solution out loud as I moved my mouse around. There's a brilliant simplicity to the gameplay and yet, while playing, one must keep a large amount of logic in their head. It's easy to get overwhelmed by logic in one area of the puzzle while overlooking the simple move forward in another area, and the feeling is intense when you slap your forehead in stupidity on discovering it.

The soundtrack is quite relaxing, and even after working on the same puzzle for an hour it did not grow tiresome. It's really fun when you get on a "roll" of solving the puzzle, too, because you generate little ditties as a reward.

The entire Hexcells series contains puzzles that are among the greatest I've ever solved. I highly recommend the entire collection, and also very strongly recommend that you start with Hexcells. It is easier than the other two, this one included, by far. For perspective, I am not the greatest logician, and I invested about 15 hours solving this campaign -- for 15 hours of gameplay, this game is a steal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
For fans of Picross, Sudoku and similar brain-racking puzzle games. One of the few offerings on Steam, but absolutely worth your time. Perfectionists beware, you WILL restart the same puzzle multiple times. Cheaters need not apply.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Great puzzle game. More advanced and challenging than the first with a new element added.

It plays much like a cross between minesweeper and picross and any fan of either of those will love this.

If I had one complaint, I wish there was a way to mark hexes with a ?, similar to minesweeper, to help visualize possibilities. Some of the puzzles get quite complex and it would help a ton.

Highly recommended. Again, praise to Matthew Brown for coming up with this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Another excellent installment in the Hexcell series, of entirely logic-based puzzling. Considerably harder than the first game, but entirely possible without any guessing. Each puzzle needs to be done in a single sitting, which can be a pain.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Thought it would be an easy game to 100% achievements on. 22 hours later still have 4/6 achievements left. So many mis-clicks...

It is pretty much minesweeper but harder.
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