If you took the classic pen and paper puzzler Sudoku and replaced the blank squares with hexagons, you’d get something a bit like Hexologic. Developed by , Hexologic is an interesting take on Sudoku, which places connected hexagons onto a grid instead of squares, making combinations tricky, but not impossible to work out.
Of course, without a regimented grid of squares, Hexologic’s number puzzles are constructed quite a bit differently. The connected grid of hexagons in each level has little triangular tags with numbers, displaying the combined total that a particular line of hexagons has to add up to. Keeping things relatively simple, the only possible answers you can place are one, two, three and a blank to reset a hexagon. While things start out rather easy enough the game does get more difficult as you progress.
As hard it is to explain, it is basically just Sudoku with Hexagons, but that’s not to say that it isn’t challenging or refreshing to play. The game is quite forgiving with subtle hints like letting the player know what lines are correct by turning the number tag green when entered correctly, so nothing is ever impossibly hard, even when presented with a long overlapping line of hexagons to figure out.
Hexalogic encourages you to keep experimenting when you make a single mistake, instead of hitting the reset button. Inputting a number, players can either tap on the hexagon repeatedly, or cycle through the numbers with the Y button as I did on Switch. It easily allows you to keep on fiddling with the puzzle as you try to work out what string of numbers fits, potentially brute forcing your way through some situations.
Hexologic is made up of 75 single player stages, 60 standard levels and 15 special levels across four different worlds. The gameplay stays more or less the same despite the variation between worlds, as only the background and colour scheme changes. The only mechanical change that is introduced is that some of the cells on the grid will be preset, so the idea for these is to work around them. Some of these numbers will be higher than three, but you’ll still only be able to shift between numbers one to three in the surrounding cells to complete the sequence. The later levels in the game use preset hexagons quite a lot in between larger grids, so figuring things out certainly takes a lot longer as you’re progressing.
It would have been nice to have a versus mode or some multiplayer incorporated into the game, because as many levels as there are, the gameplay doesn’t really change tack at all, so the game can become a bit dull when played for too long. The game’s special challenge stages are timed though which is a nice touch in adding some pace to the puzzles.
A small redeeming factor is that when you’re completing parts of the puzzle, the hub will chime in different instruments and add more layers to the ambient background music. It’s a nice and simple touch, as it gets easier on both the eyes and ears when you begin getting bored of the same themes over and over again. It’s worth noting that the game’s overall visuals are very clean, minimalistic and consistent in quality in both the Switch’s docked and handheld modes, as you’d expect for a 2D puzzler.
Whether you’re a Sudoku enthusiast or a new player, Hexologic is a puzzle game that’s easy to pick up and learn. If you’re looking to pick your brains at clever numerical puzzles, this game will keep you busy with its wide selection. It may not be one to try and beat in one go, but it’s definitely worth picking up if you like your Sudoku with a twist.
Platform Tested: Nintendo Switch
Also available for iOS, Android & PC