REVIEW: Hexologic

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oprainfall | Hexologic
Title Hexologic
Developer MythicOwl
Publisher MythicOwl
Release Date May 29th, 2018
Genre Casual, Indie, Puzzle, Strategy
Platform PC (Steam), Switch, Android, iOS
Age Rating N/A
Official Website

Hexologic is a simple number puzzle game that is in some ways similar to Sudoku. Some rows have a number hint on one end that you must use to find the correct value for each hexagonal space. There isn’t really a story to the game, but rather it’s just a relaxing puzzle game. Can you solve all the puzzles the game has to offer?

Hexologic | Tutorial

Hexologic starts with a short and fast tutorial.

The rules of Hexologic are quite simple, but the puzzles can get fairly tricky later in the game. Each puzzle is made up of hexagonal spaces. Some rows have a number tab on one end, which is a hint that tells you the sum of the values of all spaces in that row. Rows can go horizontally, or in either of the two diagonal directions.

Hexologic | Multiple rows

An early puzzle with multiple intersecting rows.

Puzzles can become tricky when you have numerous rows all intersecting with each other. When a row with a hint number on one end has a green border, it means that the values you’ve set in that row add up to the correct number shown on the hint tab. This does not necessarily mean the row is configured correctly, though. You may find that you need to change it around if an intersecting row isn’t working out for you. Not all rows have hints, either.

Hexologic | Level selection

The level selection screen / menu.

Hexologic has an artistic level selection screen that can scroll up and down. The blue icon at the bottom lets you replay the tutorial quick any time you want. Each hexagon represents a level, and a green border means you beat it. You have to beat the current level to unlock the next one. There are a handful of sections, or worlds, that the level select is divided into. You start underwater and work your way up. Each area has a yellow hexagon hiding in it somewhere. Clicking on it unlocks the three special levels for that world. These are much trickier than the rest of the levels in that area of the game.

Hexlogic | Special levels

One set of the special levels on the level select screen.

Once you get a little deeper into the game, you’ll encounter a new mechanic where some tiles are linked together, meaning they will always share the same value. In the image below, the two hex spaces with blue borders are linked. If you set the value of one of them, the other will automatically be set to the same number. This adds an extra layer of trickiness to some of the puzzles in the second half of the game. Some levels have multiple sets of linked tiles, and sometimes there are more than two in a set.

Hexologic | Special tiles

Special linked tiles make some puzzles a bit trickier.

Hexologic is a fairly short game, but it does have a built-in level editor that you can use to craft your own puzzles. Unfortunately, the game does not include a built-in way to share them. On Steam, there is no Steam Workshop support. The level editor is very simple and easy to use so you can craft your own levels quickly and playtest them right in the editor.

Hexologic | Level Editor

Hexologic features a simple, easy to use level editor.

The gameplay in Hexologic is simple but enjoyable. If you like Sudoku, then you will probably like this game too. Unlike Sudoku, you can have the same number appear multiple times in a row in this game.

Hexologic | Trickier later levels

Later levels get much larger and trickier.

Hexologic also features some very peaceful, relaxing music that makes the game a calming experience. It’s a very serene soundtrack. The sound effects are fairly simple, but they do their jobs well.

Hexologic | Locked Tiles

Some tiles in Hexologic are locked. They appear gray and you cannot change their values.

Hexologic is a simple and enjoyable little number puzzle game. It’s very easy to get into, but beating every puzzle is not so easy. There are a handful of Steam achievements to get in the game as well. There are 60 normal levels and 15 of the harder special levels. I got through all 75 levels in a bit less than 5 hours. That was across multiple play sessions, though. Hexologic is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS. You can get it on Steam for just $2.99. The one downside is that the game feels like it’s over too soon, but it’s a fun little game while it lasts. Can you beat the game and defeat all 15 special levels?

Review Score

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About Michael Fontanini

Michael is a veteran gamer in his late 30s, who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES, SNES, and N64 among others. He loves Nintendo, but also plays a lot of games on his PC. Michael also enjoys going for walks/bike rides, loves animals, and enjoys thunderstorms (and science in general).

Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called Pre-Computer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode (a bare-bones version of BASIC) which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.

Putting programming and gaming together, Michael became a hobbyist game developer, which may give him some good insights on game development! Most recently, he has been playing with the Unity 3D game engine (a powerful and easy-to-use engine) and learning 3D modelling in Blender.

I love Nintendo but I also play a lot of game's on PC, many of which are on steam. My favorite Nintendo game's include Zelda, Metroid, and Smash Bros to name a few. On PC I love the Half-Life games, as well as most all of the Source Engine games just to name a few.