Hexcells Infinite is the third game in the series of ambient logic puzzle games.
User reviews: Very Positive (267 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 1, 2014
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“...the sense of artistry behind the crafting of the puzzles, puts this a level above.”
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About This Game

Hexcells Infinite is the third game in the series of ambient logic puzzle games.

It includes a new set of 36 puzzles as well as a random puzzle generator and now supports mid-level saving and cross platform cloud saves.

The level generator uses an 8 digit seed number to generate each puzzle so they can easily be shared.

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
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    • OS: OSX 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
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    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 57 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Hexcells Infinite offers more of the same logic puzzle awesomeness that you find in the rest of the Hexcells series. If you were just going to get one of the trilogy, this would be the one I'd recoomend. The random and daily seed puzzles, plus the level editor and ability to download and share custom puzzles gives this third title in the series a replayability that the first two Hexcells games can't touch.

I was a little hesitant in picking this up at first, since I found the difficulty jump between Hexcells and Hexcells Plus a bit daunting and couldn't imagine a similar jump in complexity between Plus and Infinite, but fortunately that wasn't the case. I found the difficulty level overall in Hexcells Infinite to be somewhere in between that of the first two titles. The game is a challenge, but not a frustration.

I do still recommend the entire series, as it's one of the best puzzle games I've found on Steam (or elsewhere), but if your budget is limited, Hexcells Infinite offers the most for your money.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Ah, the purity of a good logical puzzle, with nice ambient sounds to soothe. With an infinite mode as an added bonus. But do get the two others in the series as well.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Minesweeper V34.0 - 10/10

Introduction:
Imagine Hexcells Infinite as a modern version of Minesweeper, only with hexcells, an increased difficulty and well thought out new game mechanisms. You don't need to have played the previous Hexcells games before (count me in), but it's the first Hexcells game, which includes a random puzzle generator, if I'm not mistaken. Therefore the prior titles are obsolete and Hexcells Infinite could be all you need. The objective is similar to Minesweeper: identify all blue fields (bombs) and reveal the whole stage. The hexcells themselves and the new game mechanisms like indicators, which will reveal, how many blue fields are widespreaded in one straight line or how many have to be in a certain area and in which order (in sequence or detached), are great innovations and can deliver a great and satisfying challenge for your brain, especially in huge levels, where you can easily loose the overview and have to count a lot. On average most levels can be solved in 7-20 minutes.

The game has 2 modes: chapter mode (6 chapters with 6 levels per chapter) and infinite mode (generate random levels (8 digit seed number), share your level by sharing your seed number, import seed numbers from friends or simply use the date of the day as seed number)


Pro:
  • easy to learn, hard to master without doing one single mistake
  • no gameover if you've done a mistake (BUT you have to replay the whole level, if you want to gain 100% in every level and the related achievement)
  • no time limit (time will still be logged)
  • relaxing and zenlike atmosphere/music
  • 36 challenging predefined levels plus random puzzle generator = more puzzles than you will ever play, probably
  • the random generated levels can be shared with other people
  • extremely addicting
  • very high replayability
  • mid-level saving possible
  • price


Neutral:
  • you could get the ambition to punch someone or destroy something, if you did an unwary turn (again) and have to repeat the same level (again) for perfection (that's no contra, because difficulty is an essential part of logic games, but still....AAAARGH)


Contra:
  • surprisingly nothing


Conclusion:
Hexcells Infinite is the perfection of an ancient logic puzzle game, simple as that. It's another useful game for a healthy brain workout and I have absolutely nothing to complain about. If you've played Hexcells or Hexcells Plus before and liked it, but you've missed a random puzzle generator, then here it is, the true INFINITE version! It's no problem, if you haven't played Hexcells before. You can learn it easily and have a great time staring at your screen until your eyes pop out of your head. The random puzzle generator guarantees a very high replayability and endless fun. You can get a lot of entertainment for a very fair price. Absolutely recommendable for logic puzzle lovers. Requirement: brain.


10/10


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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
A very clever, very addictive puzzler. Can get frustrating at times, but very satisfying once you completed a level that initially seemed impossible.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Good puzzles with simple ideas that go up in complexty but are presented in a clear way. There are markers to help you see every clue more clearly.

The regular levels are, as in previous games, very well designed in the sense of using every clue to advance and solve the puzzle.
My only problem is with the "infinite" puzzles: they have no personality, have superfluous clues and are easier to solve. Therefore, I didn't get the same satisfaction from solving them.

If you found Hexcells Plus just right in difficulty this is just more of the same (with small improvements) and I'd wait for a sale, but if you thought it was a bit too hard you might enjoy the infinite levels.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Если первая часть Hexcells была "разминочной", а у Hexcells Plus - была "нормальная" сложность, то, совершенно логично, у продолжения Infinite сложность местами достигает зубодробительных величин. Несмотря на то, что, в общем, никаких новых механик не возникает - это всё тот же "Сапёр" на гексагональном поле с тремя базовыми методами пометок - вокруг клетки, как у "обычного" сапёра, вокруг помеченной клетки и линиями. Но там, где в первой части можно было просто щёлкать по клеткам, практически не глядя, а во второй - просто подмечать локальные закономерности, в третьей приходится думать глобально. Видно, что головоломки составлены вручную - автогенератором такой сложности не добиться никогда.

Кстати, о генераторе. В отличие от первых двух игр, где после 36 головоломок игра заканчивалась, здесь по завершении "ручных" головоломок открывается режим "бесконечных" этапов - сделанных генератором. Кроме того, можно, по всей видимости, делать головоломки вручную, но этот режим мне пока не открылся (я вижу только неактивную кнопку Load Custom Puzzle). Конечно, рандомные уровни довольно хаотичны и в подмётки не годятся ручным, но в качестве Coffee-Break - вполне подходят.

Из недостатков можно назвать разве что проблему, уже отмеченную ранее одним из моих друзей: в "больших" выделениях - линиях, и с блоками вокруг - очень не хватает счётчика "сколько уже выделено". Считать руками 12 блоков вокруг или 11 в линию через всё поле - удовольствие сомнительное.

В целом же получилось очень хорошо. Рекомендую!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Same opinion as the previous one

Good casual game. Enjoyable puzzle. I still don't like the feature of whiten area where the first Hexcells game doesn't have. Other than that it's a good game.

See previous reviews of Hexcells games for more information. Players who are interested in this game should start from the first one anyway. This is the third. It doesn't matter that much though.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Simple as good Hexcells puzzles + added puzzle generator for even more fun.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
158.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
The Hexcells series (Hexcells, Hexcells Plus and now Hexcells Infinite) has been an incremental polishing of a strong concept. The game base mechanics feel like a mix between Sudoku and the old Microsoft Minesweeper.

One difference should be pointed out, though: Sometimes in Minesweeper, you would end up having to guess, because with the information available to you, there were more than one possible solution. Not so in Hexcells. There's always enough info to get you one step further. You just have to be able to process the information properly. Don't get me wrong - there are times when I've been completely stuck. Some of the later pre-made levels are monstrously tough to do flawlessly. The fact that you know it's all down to you and your abilities though, makes it more of a challenge and less frustrating.

The ways the information about the board is communicated to you, has been one of the primary points of evolution in the series. To my mind, the developer has been extraordinarily clever in devising new ways give you hints. If you haven't played the earlier games, the major difference for you as a player, is that the boards are much more varied in this version, simply due to the developer having more tools available to play with. The earlier games are good, but this version truly shines.

This latest iteration is called Infinite for a reason, though. He has finally been able to make a level generator, which only needs an 8-digit seed to produce a board. That means if you really want to, there are 100,000,000 boards to play. It's not really infinite, but for all intents and purposes, it might as well be. One of the fun things about this level generator, is that it gives you the possibility to challenge other players to complete the same boards as you do. All you have to do is tell them the seed for that board.

In short, if you're a fan of abstract, number-type puzzles, this game should keep you occupied for quite some time.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Traditional Rating - 95/100
Recommendation - The Best Hexcells Yet!

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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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Hexcells Infinite is just an improved iteration of the Hexcells games with the single added feature of a random set generator.

That's pretty much it. Nothing more to add. 2/5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Much like the original Hexcells and its sequel, Hexcells Plus, Hexcells Infinite 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.

Hexcells Infinite expands upon the original two Hexcells games by giving players an additional thirty-six puzzles to complete that contain familiar gameplay elements for Hexcell veterans. 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 also includes 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. These clues come together to create a thought-provoking experience that provides players with more depth and interaction than the traditional game of Minesweeper.

Of the three Hexcells games, the original Hexcells remains my favorite. Both Hexcells Plus and Hexcells Infinite include a few gameplay elements that I find more frustrating than enjoyable (namely the addition of ? hexagons that make an otherwise well-balanced game irritatingly challenging and often cause the player to have to make risky clicks based off of luck and some logical guesswork). However, if one were to purchase only one Hexcells game, that game would have to be Hexcells Infinite. As the name implies, Hexcells Infinite is the only game in the Hexcells series to include a puzzle generator, opening up endless gameplay and increasing the value of the game ten-fold.

Hexcells Infinite can be seen as an expansion to the original two 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 Infinite. This is the third and final game of the Hexcells series, with the developer not intending to produce more. After completing the set of levels contained in Hexcells Infinite, be sure to check out the original Hexcells games for more hand-created puzzles or continue on playing Hexcells Infinite with some of the randomly generated Hexcells levels.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Quick Breakdown: A puzzle game in the vein of Minesweeper, but more complicated. It’s the best of the Hexcells games, and the random level generator on top of the main game’s levels gives it more gameplay.
Length: 4-8 hours (Main game)
Score: 7/10

Full Review: For those not familiar with the Hexcells series, the gameplay is similar to Minesweeper in that you must determine which cells on the board contain blue hexes, and which are vacant. There are various ways the game indicates which cells contain hexes, and which are vacant.

Vacant cells will often contain a number indicating how many adjacent cells contain hexes (though sometimes they merely contain a question mark). Simply left click to mark a cell as containing a blue hex, and right click to mark it vacant (the game will indicate if you’ve made a mistake).

As you progress through the game more ways to determine which cells contain hexes are introduced. Columns (even diagonals) will contain a number indicating how many blue hexes are in that column. Numbers (for both in vacant cells and columns) will sometimes be encased in curly brackets indicating that the hexes are all connected in a line. Numbers may also be surrounded by a hyphen, indicating that not all the blue hexes are in a line (so there’s at least one break).
Blue hexes may even contain a number, indicating how man blue hexes are in a 2 cell radius.

The main new feature to this game compared to past games in the series is its random level generator. So after you’ve completed the 36 levels in the main game, you have the option to keep playing as many randomly generated levels as you please, giving the game more longevity than past iterations.

The difficulty of Infinite is greater than the first game in the series, but notably less than the second. The difficulty curve is much more natural, and lends itself well to players who are new to the series. Depending on if you’ve played the past games or not, Infinite will probably take you about 4-8 hours to complete the main game.

Hexcells Infinite manages to fix one of my main criticisms towards its predecessors, namely that you may now exit a stage mid-way through and save your progress, allowing you to resume playing later.

Unfortunately, the game doesn’t manage to the other main criticism I’ve leveled at the series. That being to introduce something akin to Picross’ overlay feature, allowing you to map out a potential solution before applying it to the board. This would be especially useful in more difficult stages when you must look at how many different cells and numbers interact together to determine which cells contain hexes, and which cells are vacant.

If you’ve never played Hexcells before, this game is a good one to get. The series pack often goes on sale for under $3 if you want to get all the games. If you only want one game in the series, then it’s best to just get Infinite. It has all the features of the prior games, a reasonable difficulty curve, and the level generator should help keep you busy if you want more stages to complete. If you’ve played the first two games then the decision really comes down to if you want more levels or not. However you choose to go, it’s worth giving Hexcells a chance.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
This is far and away the best Hexcells. It's like Super Hexagon, in that both have hexagons; whereas Super Hexagon is as fast and twitchy as they come, this is in the same degree slow and deliberate. This is the yang to the yin in that regard, but with hexagons instead of circles.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
This is the third game in a series of addictive puzzlers (Hexcells, Hexcells Plus, Hexcells Infinite), and I would not recommend starting here -- go back and play through the others as the difficulty here is tuned assuming you've already taken the training wheels off.

The overall idea is not that complex; like Minesweeper and Picross, you use partial information to slowly reveal whether a tile is "on" or "off" until you are done. You never need to guess; the information is always there. The magic here is in the ways the information is presented (at varying times you will learn how many tiles are on in a given column, row, or diagonal, how many tiles adjactent to a tile are on, how many tiles in a region are on, and whether the tiles that are on are contiguous or not). Early in the game there is enough information to happily click through and solve the puzzles; late in the game, every bit of information has you trying to figure out how it can combine with existing information to yield one more "yes" or "no."

The end result is incredibly satisfying, a well-earned "perfect" score.

It also has replay value with a random level generator, but the real magic of the game is in the hand-crafted puzzles that force you to collate all the available information until the next logical action pops out.

It's a thing of beauty, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys logic puzzles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I won't go into explaining the game as I will make it sound awful or confuse, so to put it simply this is my game of the year.
Thanks to the randomly generate levels I find myself returning for a puzzle or two frequently. Theres so much content for such a low price, I've still got the main levels to perfect, then theres the user made levels that I've not even touched yet.

If you want to pick this up I strongly suggest getting the bundle that contains: Hexcells, Hexcells Plus & Hexcells Infinite
this will slowly get you used to playing and you'll have plenty to do.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Warning: Beat at least one game of minesweeper on expert before trying this game.

This is minesweeper in a hex-based grid. It's a fascinating puzzle game, and if you're like me and play minesweeper for fun, then you will like this. Likewise, if you like this game, then minesweeper will be much easier for you.

This is seriously a good puzzle game. Sometimes you will have to guess (but not really because there is never a point where you have to guess) and it's really good fun. There's an infinite mode wherein a custom puzzle is generated daily, but you can also put in your own seed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
This series is criminally overlooked.

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 90 minutes, 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 only negative of Infinite compared to the rest of the series is the randomly-generated puzzles. The developer added these so that he could put a bow on the series and call it done and, while they do indeed fill a gap, you can tell they're a far different experience than the handmade puzzles (don't worry, Infinite has the same number of handmade puzzles as the previous two). Sudoku has this issue, too, and it's just the nature of puzzle generation algorithms. Still, if you're dying for a new puzzle, they might hold you over, otherwise I'd just play them for the achievement.

At any rate, I've found if I step away from a puzzle or play others, I forget a solution, so you could probably revisit the entire series in a few weeks' time and have a whole new game.

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. Definitely, though, work up to this one. Absolutely worth your purchase.

For perspective, I am not the greatest logician, and I invested about 13 hours solving this campaign -- for 13 hours of gameplay, this game is a steal.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Yet again another great collection of mind-benders. Plus the welcome addition of an "infinite" mode - randomly generated puzzles.

My only feature suggestion would be a "strict mode" - mistakes are not allowed; the puzzle restarts from scratch on your first error.

Overall beautifully made, gentle learning curve, subtle audio. Recommended to all.
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