Hexcells Infinite is the third game in the series of ambient logic puzzle games.
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Release Date: Sep 1, 2014
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September 29, 2014

Custom Level Support

Hexcells Infinite now supports custom levels created using the sixcells level editor.

A new "load custom level" button has been added to the title screen. Simply copy a level (or group of levels) into the clipboard and click the button to play.

A subReddit has been created for sharing puzzles which can be found here;
http://www.reddit.com/r/hexcellslevels/

More info about how the level editor works can be found here;
http://steamcommunity.com/app/304410/discussions/0/613936673556813085/


Thanks to BlaXpirit and sekti for creating the excellent level editor!

Look forward to seeing what puzzles people come up with :)

-Matthew

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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.

System Requirements

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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
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0+
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • 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
108 of 110 people (98%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
The Hexcells series are my favorite puzzle games. It's true that minesweeper is an easy comparison, but also unfair, as it would be to compare a modern car to a Model T. A bit of math, much more logic, an infinite puzzle generator, and you've got yourself a puzzle game that will last forever! Buy it now!

DISCLAIMER: Forever is a really, really long time, and you won't be around to see it. Rest assured though, that whoever is around will be able to enjoy Hexcells forever! Just not you. Sorry.
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47 of 48 people (98%) found this review helpful
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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36 of 36 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
This thing is intense and a marked improvement over its predecesor. The packaged puzzles are mind-bendingly difficult. I've played for six hours and I'm only 50% of the way through the game.

However, there's also an "infinate" mode -- where you can use a random number generator (or today's date) to create a puzzle that is less imposing but still a lot of fun. This adds the replayability that was missing from the first title.

All told: I found it very enjoyable and recommended for anyone who likes Minesweeper, crosswords, and other such puzzles.
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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
The only game series I must 100% and my favorite puzzle series. Smart, clean, and it's got jokes. If you believe that hex grids and numbers can be jokes. (Jokes are usually in the form of ? hexes and are always on you.)

The auto-generated puzzles are less tidy but great for quick <10 min breaks between whatever else your doing. A+
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
The third and most likely final sibling in the Hexcells family, Hexcells Infinite, like its title suggests, provides an infinite game experience: in addition to another set of 36 hand-crafted levels, it includes a random puzzle generator!

The hand-crafter levels are about as difficult as the ones in Hexcells Plus, or marginally easier (either that, or I'm just getting better at solving them.) I regret that only one of them provides special instructions (in this case "each column contains an odd number of blue cells") as I feel more of them would benefit the challenge variety. This absence is also partially responsible for the scarcity of satisfying "aha" moments, when several clues combine beautifully into a challenging part of the solution. Previous games had me complaining about the puzzles' less than perfect elegance: you usually have quite more clues than you really need. This is still a problem, even if it's now marginally less severe than it was. Another issue, especially for newcomers, is that nowhere in the instructions does the game direct your attention to the box at the top left corner, containing the number of yet undiscovered blue cells, even though it's an essential information for many of the puzzles. All of that didn't stop me from enjoying the 36 puzzles and feeling a real satisfaction each time I could perfect one. They are more missed opportunities than mortal sins.

The real attraction of Hexcelles Infinite, of course, is the randomly generated levels. There are 100 millions of them, so there is no risk of running out before growing completely tired of Hexcells. You can let the computer choose or you can specify a seed yourself, so it's easy to share a level with your friends . There is an option to use the date as a seed as well, and have a "puzzle of the day", but don't expect a leaderboard for it, à la Spelunky. The real question is this: "Are the randomly-generated puzzles as good as the hand-crafted one?" Predictably, the answer is no. Mainly because the elegance issue, that I mentioned above, is considerably worse. Random levels are chock-full of redundant clues, and lack any kind of the symmetry that makes a puzzle attractive. I find that a real shame, as it shouldn't be too difficult to devise an algorithm that gets rid of some of the redundancy, and maybe couple it with a difficulty setting. Are the random puzzles good enough to sustain interest? Your mileage may vary, depending on whether you play casually, or seriously. "Serious" players will lament the low difficulty. Most of them took me less than 4 minutes and I've yet to find one that I couldn't solve in less than 10. But that may be exactly what you're looking for, and as a way to relax and pass a bit of time, the random puzzle generator is serviceable. Nevertheless, my impression is that those that enjoy the kind of challenge offered by the 36 main levels, will find the random ones too trivial for their taste.

Audio-visually, Hexcells Infinite is identical to its predecessors. You get the same white, blue and yellow colours, the same menu presentation, the same ambient soundscapes... It's all very nice and stylish, but a bit of variety, like selectable visual themes, for example, would have been welcome.

Hexcells Infinite is the best Hexcells yet. It feature another 36 good, difficult puzzles and the random number generator has the potential to satisfy your need for casual puzzle solving during a great many hours.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
The Hexcell series has the best puzzle games I've found since SpaceChem. Not as fiendish as that, but difficult enough to make you very smug when you manage a difficult puzzle. Dirt cheap, too.
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
This is a great game for testing your IQ.
I Love the random puzzle generator and the daily puzzle, this game is highly replayable. <3
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
One of the best puzzle games ever. Really makes you think. It's similar to Minesweeper that comes with Windows but much more complex. There were new ways to think about the puzzle added from Hexcells to Hexcells Plus and now even more into Hexcells Infinite.

The reason this third release beats the previous games a million times over is the infinite play. You can endlessly generate random puzzles, making the game endlessly replayable. Puzzles are short, taking anywhere from 1:30 to 15:00 minutes depending on complexity, so it's a nice way to kill a short bit of time.

There's not much else to say. The background music is relaxing. The game is easy to learn but still pushes you to think through each puzzle. And you can't beat a $5 price tag. I didn't even wait for a sale on this one after playing the previous games. No regrets.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
51.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
After a couple of hours playtime, I can honestly say that the game is everything I was hoping for.
If you didn't like the first two installments, don't bother with this one either since it didn't bring anything new to the table gameplay-wise when compared to Plus. It's essentially an ultimate version with some _really_ hard levels, where you can stare at the board for ten minutes at a time before you have deduced the next possible step.

The logic involved seems to me to be a bit more advanced than in Plus sometimes. There are for example more occasions, in which the puzzles require counting the remaining blues and determining by addition of unsaturated column-restrictions and number-blocks, that there is no possible way that some unrelated cells could be anything other than blacks (or blues), often giving you the decisive hint to complete the puzzle.

I'm three levels short of completing the game, but will pause for now, since it's getting late and sleeping during work hours is for some reason frowned upon at my job. But the level-generator is certainly great for long-term motivation and I can see myself going back to it every now and again, even if the resulting puzzles don't seem to be as challening or clever than the hand-made ones.

In terms of presentation, little has changed compared to Hexcells Plus. Wouldn't have needed to anyway, in my opinion. Saving puzzles is nice though when you're stuck, and as someone who enjoys watching tv-shows or listening to music while playing, the option to turn off music and sound separately is great and much appreciated.

In conclusion: Truly good successor with very well designed puzzles and another difficulty-increase. The level-generator is the icing on the cake, I recommend this game to every puzzle-fan. Though if you've never played any hexcell-game, you might as well start with Plus (or even the original, which I've personally found a bit too easy, but still makes an excellent tutorial to the series). Just play them all in order, and continue playing infinite for the random-puzzles once you're done with the handcrafted levels! :)
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
35.2 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
88.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2014
After 20 hours of gameplay, I have completed the game, made more than 5 levels in the level editor, and won +100 randomly generated levels, and perfected every single level (the other hours are there because someone else is playing on slot 2), all I can say: this game is one of the best puzzle games i've played.

Remember when you thought that Hexcells Plus was hard? Ha, Hexcells Infinite just laughs at that.
The puzzles are so well made and most of the time you'll stare at your screen for a good 10 minutes until you see what you have to do for the next step, and often it turns out to be the most simple thing, the game hides its clues very well in the least obvious way possible, so I really recommend playing the first two games before this one to get you ready, but before you do that, i'll let you know, that no matter what, there is no need to guess in all of the Hexcells games at all, so try to think twice before you make your next move!

And now, the new stuff! Randomly generated levels, I find them pretty enjoyable, they are all possible without guessing, which is impressing! The only problem I have with them is that they are kind of "too easy" compare to Hexcells Infinite levels, but I don't blame the creator for that, they are still very enjoyable to solve.

And the last thing left, the level editor, yes you heard me, a LEVEL EDITOR, everyone likes level editors (Ri.. right??), however, the level editor does not come with the game and needs to be downloaded from the Steam Community, but I didn't really mind that, the level editor also has an auto-solver that tries to solve your puzzles to make sure they are 100% possible without guessing, and I find that neat, the editor is fun to mess around with, and will sure give you a few hours of enjoyment.

And now for my final opinion:
Hexcells Infinite is a MUST for any puzzle fan, it's great, fun, and cheap, and has a great replay value because of the randomly generated levels, and the level editor.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Overall: Excellent

Likes:
- all puzzles can be solved without guessing
- campaign puzzles well-designed and can be very challenging
- has procedurally generated puzzles
- now supports custom levels! See reddit.com/r/hexcellslevels
- pleasant, relaxing
- quite satisfying when you solve a puzzle

Dislikes:
- procedurally generated puzzles are too easy
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
Played Hexcells before and this is a worthy sequel.

The Puzzles are of a very high quality & the infinite puzzle generator adds serious longevity. No guesses required!

If you like logic puzzles then you'll love this game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
Hexcells Infinite: it's still the solid puzzle game I keep pointing out in Hexcells/Hexcells Plus, but this time it's on a slightly tighter engine and it comes with an "Infinite" mode where, in addition to the usual 36 handmade levels, there's now a seed-driven set of "infinite" puzzles you can go through. It literally turns the game into hex-grid Minesweeper. I will probably never uninstall this because of that. It's still only $5. HOP ON THIS GAME.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
A fantastic game. It has been called a cross between minesweeper and picross, and the description fits the basic mechanics. The game is soothing, with great sound and visual design, and with no time pressure. Although it doesn't end when you make a mistake, instead allowing you to continue playing, it does encourage you to keep mistakes to a minimum by giving you a score at the end of the puzzle, which is used to unlock furthur puzzles.

As for the puzzle design itself, the puzzles that come with the game have a great difficulty curve, but one which works best if you've played the first two games. It starts off with a refresher on the mechanics, but quickly becomes devilishly difficult. I fully recommend sleeping on some of them and coming back with a fresh pair of eyes; this is something the game lets you do, as you can end a puzzle and come back at any time. One potential issue with this is that it forgets which clues you have highlit or dismissed, although you may consider that to be a good thing as it forces you to reconsider every clue when you come back to the puzzle.

The automatically-generated "infinite" puzzles are much less difficult, but still fun for the most part. There is also a level editor that can be found on reddit, and a subreddit for user-made levels, which can be very fun.

I heartilly recommend getting the complete pack and playing all three games in order, for anyone even mildly interested. A fantastic puzzle game all round.
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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