Postat: 31 martie
What is Hexcells?
Hexcells is a puzzle game that looks rather like Minesweeper. Players are presented with an orange grid comprised to hexagons and it is up to them to determine whether these cells belong to the blue pattern or not (black cells). The black cells not part of the pattern have a number in them to indicate how many blue cells are adjacent to them, thus providing a clue as to how to proceed.
After completing a puzzle the player is awarded blue hexcells based on the amount of mistakes made; these in time accumulate to unlock one of five new areas - allowing you to complete more difficult puzzles. Some areas also introduce new clues and rules to help you, making the puzzles more complex over time.
Although similar to Minesweeper as mentioned, there is a key difference: there is always a logical next step. You never have to take a gamble so if you feel stuck, take a step back and focus on another area.Why I recommend the game
Hexcells is a very simple puzzle game in its visual design. The menu is simple and provides the players with the option of turning the ambient music on or off and selecting one of three save slots. The same can be said for the puzzles themselves; a grid of hexagons on a white backdrop. To me this is good design, as I'm here for the puzzles and that's where the focus clearly lies.
The 30 puzzles themselves are interesting and there are enough additions in terms of new rules/clues during the course of a playthrough to keep them fresh and interesting. I just wish there were more.
However, this does not mean that the game is without flaws. For instance, it is not possible to erase a save slot so starting completely from scratch is not an option if all three slots are in use. Furthermore, the puzzles tend to be on the easy side, for me anyways.
My biggest problem with the game is that there is no option to save mid-puzzle forcing you to either finish it or redo the part you already completed next time.
All that being said, I've had a lot of fun playing this game and would recommend it as the pros outweigh the cons for me. I would encourage those interested in puzzle games to give this one a try.