Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Puzzle, Education, Board Game & Other
Release Date: June 12, 2018 (EU & NA)
Sometimes, you need to sit back and play a relaxing game. Unfortunately, rather than calming your mind, most video games tend to get them pumped and running; I mean, you can’t fall asleep while playing DOOM or Splatoon 2!
This is where puzzle games strive, they can give players a short burst of gameplay while keeping the core concept of the game a layer of depth any normal game can achieve. One of the world’s most well-known and oldest puzzle games is sudoku – a game all about numbers, this game has been built upon for generations, all keeping the same core mechanic. Now, on Switch, Hexologic reinvents sudoku’s rules in a simplistic way to create a whole new, fresh, addictive experience for all ages that left me wanting more.
Hexologic’s gameplay is as simple as it gets, you combine hexes of ones, twos and threes so that their sum matches the one given at the edge of the puzzle. It starts out fairly simple and you will find yourself mindlessly skimming through levels, adding simple numbers to complete – however, as you progress, levels become extremely complicated and I found myself scratching my head multiple times. Soon enough, the game becomes a balancing act of changing the tiles to find the correct combination of numbers, to then have another line be affected. It becomes massively addicting, as after completing each stage, I found myself feeling a wave of satisfaction that kept me going throughout the game.
Hexologic’s ambience is perfectly crafted; every time you reach further up the levels, the visuals and music changes to coincide. You’ll start in the depths of the ocean, with subtle, muffled music that give off a very mysterious vibe, eventually, you can work up to higher places, such as the rainforest, where the music becomes more clear, vibrant and relaxing. This change in ambience from both a music and visual perspective kept me wanting more, as the experience as a whole felt extremely relaxing. This is a feature I hope all small puzzle games can incorporate, as it adds some much needed charm to a game that otherwise would be portrayed as bland and boring.
If you’re in the market for a brand new puzzle experience (and you’re a fan of sudoku) then I’d wholeheartedly recommend Hexologic to you. For the price that it is at ($2.99) and the amount of content you’ll see yourself working towards over the course of the game, it’s definitely a game that’s worth its place on the eShop. It sets a new standard I believe all relaxing puzzle games should follow, as it is full of a unique charm that would not be present in any other game.
THE VERDICT: 8/10
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This post was written by Ruairi O'Brien (Lucariocios)