Hexcells Plus is a standalone expansion to Hexcells that contains 36 new and more challenging puzzles.
User reviews: Very Positive (304 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
19 of 20 people (95%) 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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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8 of 8 people (100%) 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This game is insanely hard. It is obsurdly well designed, and a lot of fun. This will cause you significant headaches. Each puzzle can be solved without guessing, which shouldn't have to be specified. That should tell you just how hard this game is. Good luck.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
At the Time of Writing
Game: Hexcells Plus
Price: $3.29*
Genre: Puzzle
Time Played: 9 hours
Personal Enjoyment Rating: ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺ ☻

General
I did give the first Hexcells a not recommended because it was very easy and a bit pricy. At the time of writing that review, I was unprepared to spend another few dollars on Hexcells Plus. One day Hexcells Plus was on sale, and I figured I should give it a shot, and I'm glad I did.

This game is certainly an improvement on the first one and I enjoyed it a lot. The puzzles are a bit harder and some present an actual challenge, particularly if you are disciplined and refuse to let yourself make a blind guess.

Gameplay
The concept of this game is intriguing, adding a few levels of complication and being much more accurate in the solution than Minesweeper is. No guesses are required, everything can be figured out with logic and enough persistence. Harness your inner vulcan!

Some of those complications I mentioned include: cells are hexagons, there are more numbers (rather than just being on the cells they are also found on columns and rows), there are different sorts of numbers (some mean that a string of "mines" are all adjacent, others that "mine" strings are interrupted by a gap).

Controls
Very simple - right click and left click. Still no option in game to change which button does what, but you can change it at game launch. However, by now I've become mostly accustomed to them and didn't make too many stupid mistakes by hitting the wrong button.

Storyline
No storyline, doesn't need one.

Sound
Relaxing gentle zen echoie noises. Also, when you click a cell you get nice tinkling chime-like noises. I don't know why that makes it more satisfying to click on cells, but it does!

Graphics
Very crisp, clean, and clear. The numbers are reasonably large. Some puzzles form an interesting overall image or pattern, and overall, the puzzles come across as well designed.

Pros
+ crisp clean graphics whose job is to be functional
+ simple controls to grasp
+ more interesting concept than random old Minesweeper
+ improvements over the first game
Cons
- still a fairly short game
- the option to switch the mouse button actions is outside the game

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Footnotes
*With the steam store changing the currency from USD to CDN, the prices I give are in CDN.

Edit Log
27/11/2014 formatting
27/11/2014 added "help me help you" section
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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Hexcell was a fun puzzle game, but never reached that point where it was extremely challenging.

Hexcell Plus solves this with much harder puzzles! High levels of concentration required, but the satisfaction obtained from finishing it is so good!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Ok, after almost being done with the game (still got World 6 to do!), I can honestly say that this is probaby the most difficult, rewarding and entertaining puzzle game I've ever put my time into.

I bought the first Hexcells a while back and fell in love with it, but I felt it was a bit easy. Then I picked this one up. Hexcells Plus is RIDICULOUSLY harder than the original, and I love it. I almost never use walkthroughs for these types of games, but one puzzle had me stumped for so long that I had to resort to it once.

The puzzles themself are brilliantly designed, and it's clear that the developer put a large amount of time into making sure they were of the highest quality. The ambient music in the background is wonderful and calming; it also adds to the wonderful experience this game provides. The graphics are simple but gorgeous and charming.

Overall, this is by far one of, if not the best puzzle game I've ever played and there is no reason to not pick it up. However, this game goes by the assumption that you have played the original Hexcells first, so before you pick up Hexcells Plus, start out with the first one.
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
Really like this game. Though the idea is the same as Minesweeper (Hexagon version), there are some new features you can enjoy this game. The levels are well designed. There's NO single level which you have to guess, so all is about logic. This is a slow pace game. Lot of patience is required. The problem is there's only 36 levels, kind of a short game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
A creative take on minesweeper
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Significantly more difficult puzzles than the first game, and thus an improvement in my opinion. Definitely worth the sale price, not sure about full price. Would appreciate maybe a steam workshop for more puzzles, but all around a solid puzzle game. Spent about twice as much time solving these puzzles as I did in the first game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Hexcells Plus is a puzzle game and a sequel (or stand-alone expansion) of a Hexcells. A minesweeper style puzzle game, which has hexes and 36 levels of non-randomized logical puzzles.

it isn't revolution of some sorts. It's just "more of puzzles". Same logical "there is always a way". Still have to figure out a path to victory based on all info that hexes give you as you clean the field. Still same ambient soundtrack and graphics. Just 36 more levels?

Well, here is a catch: it's not 80% tutorial, unlike Hexcells. It still introduces elements, for new players, but does it quickly, and then sends you to figure out the challenging puzzles, varied and with "aha!" moments. THE real game of Hexcells.
Oh, and it introduce one new element, where some blue (mines) hexes show the amount of other blue hexes in a big radius, as a number. Yay, not just new levels.

Oh. And new players, do try not to just cheat and get the map of the non-randomized puzzles by just clicking on everything and then replaying level perfectly. It's more fun to figure it out by yourself in a honest way, restarting as soon as made a mistake.

So yes, definitely pick this Hexcells Plus, possibly skipping the Hexcells, if you don't want to get whole bundle! It really is the meat. Though, Hexcells Infinite, the last in trilogy, is as good too, check that one out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014
WARNING: You should NOT buy this game until you complete the first Hexcells game, which I have also reviewed.

Hexcells Plus basically picks up where the first left off. It's basically DLC that isn't DLC, but rather its own standalone game. If you liked the first one, you'll like this too; it's pretty much the same, just much more of it.

The average puzzle difficulty has been brought up considerably; whereas I completed the first in two hours, I still have six puzzles left after more than four hours with Plus.

There's also two new mechanics: 1) black "?" hexes which give no information, serving no purpose beyond saying "Good job, you found out that I'm not blue" and 2) Numbers on blue hexes which indicate how many other blue hexes are in a two-hex radius.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
WARNING: If you don't like to stare at a screen for several hours, seeing a big bunch of colored, partly connected cells and you're not able to count -> don't waste your time with this game... and reading any further ;-)

Otherwise it's a really nice game and I "wasted" around 23h to beat it perfectly. The predecessor took me only 2h.
In mid-game the developer introduces a the new blue cell type which shows you the number of blue cells surrounding it. This new feature combined with the old known ones will crack your mind.

Level 6-5 took me 3.5h to solve it perfectly in my first turn... I wanted to give up several times because I didn't see any chance in coming further. In the middle I didn't make a click for at least 1h... but suddenly I found the solution for one single cell. And with this new information I was able to keep the track. And it was in front of my eyes all the times.
This are the moments you want to experience when you play this game! You can't really get stucked, but you have hundreds of possible locations where you could go on, but sometimes there is only one single cell which you can determine exactly. And if you find it, you will be very, very happy because you knew you didn't try, your logic succeeded.

It's awesome and mind blowing... but ONLY if you really like stuff like this. Then you get a good value for small money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
One of the most solid puzzle games I've ever played. Minesweeper meets Picross meets hexagons, held together by raw logic and deduction. That was also true of the first Hexcells. Hexcells Plus takes it up even further in difficulty, and adds a new rule to the mix to make things even more interesting. (For that reason I recommend playing the original first. This is a standalone title, but in terms of learning curve, it's a successor to the first.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
Minesweeper too easy for you? Try the Hexcells series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Ich mag diese Art von Knobelspielen.

Als ich Hexcells zum ersten mal gespielt habe war es etwa 22 Uhr abends. Als ich so etwa Level 15 erreicht habe hab ich zufällig auf die Uhr geschaut und war ganz überrascht dass es schon 2 Uhr morgens war.

Das Spiel macht einfach süchtig.

Im Prinzip ist es eine Art verbessertes Minesweeper. Das Spielfeld besteht aus Sechsecken, und man muss alle blauen Felder finden (entspricht bei Minesweeper den Minen). Dazu zeigen die anderen (nicht-blauen) Felder immer an, wie viele der 6 benachbarten Felder blau sind. Zusätzlich kriegt man manchmal noch gezeigt wenn diese benachbarten Felder zusammenhängend sind, oder wie viele blaue Felder in einer Spalte oder Diagonale insgesamt liegen.

Spätere Level werden natürlich immer schwieriger, mit immer weniger Hinweisen welches Feld man als nächstes mit 100%iger Sicherheit aufdecken kann. Es sind aber alle Level eindeutig lösbar ohne auch nur einmal raten zu müssen.

Für Leute, die Minesweeper mögen und auf Knobelspiele stehen sicherlich eine lohnende Anschaffung
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
My favorite puzzle game series. After a quick refresher, Plus picks up where the first game left off, skill-wise. Truly excellent.
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