게시 일시: 2015년 6월 28일
If playing Hexcells is like going to college, Hexcells Plus is like returning for graduate school.
The game does a little less hand-holding than its Minesweeper-inspired predecessor, quickly ramping up with the assumption that players have already learned many of the basic strategies and mechanics taught in the first game. About half-way through the game, it throws yet another curve ball with a new, well-implemented mechanic where players now work with the knowledge of how many hexes are within two spaces in any direction of a given space (the game thankfully provides a visual aid for this mechanic).
The puzzles here are much more challenging, many of them significantly more complex than anything in the first game (and are actually harder than many of the ones this game's sequel, Hexcells Infinite, offers). They take quite a bit of patience and care to complete without making a mistake (I finished the first game with all perfect solutions in three hours; Hexcells Plus took me close to twelve).
The same issue with replayability exists in this version of Hexcells. Because the puzzles are always the same, there is little reason to play them again beyond trying to complete them without making a mistake. It is also possible to learn the patterns without doing the hard logical detective work, making those replay attempts for a perfect play a bit less satisfying.
Even with this issue, Hexcells Plus is still more of what made the original Hexcells a triumph: the same brilliant mechanics featuring well-crafted puzzles and an ambient soundtrack that keeps players relaxed yet focused. Only this time it will push the brain even more.
I recommend Hexcells Plus to anyone who enjoys a good logic-based puzzle - though I strongly recommend finishing the first game before taking this master class in puzzling.