Pattern matching and elimination games can be a hard genre to develop in. Regardless of how original and good a game is, it is inevitably compared to classics like Bejewelled. Comparisons to a genre-defining games can create unfair expectations and leave you second guessing an otherwise great product. While Hexius is very firmly in the pattern matching and elimination genre of games, it is a great game that would stand up well against any such comparisons. While including many elements from the genre, it is unique in its own right and well worth playing.
Hexius is played by finding patterns of hexagons on a board. Hexagons on the game board are marked with either circles, triangles, diamonds, or crosses of varying color. When you select a hexagon on the game surface, you are given a count of how many similar pieces are available. Your task then is to find the other pieces on the board. Once you have successfully selected all available hexs, paths are drawn between them and all intervening pieces are eliminated. The more pieces you eliminate the higher the score for the move. Tightly packed hexs are easier to find and provide a lower score than widely dispersed pieces that require more time and skill to find.
Adding to the complexity of the game are three play modes; time attack, level challenge, and strategy mode. In time attack, you are allotted an amount of time to score as many points as possible. In level challenge, the player is given targets to eliminate within a set time limit. Eliminate the targets and you move to the next level while adding time to what is remaining on the clock. In strategy mode the object is to get as high a score as possible in 30 moves. Assisting with the scoring in all of these modes are bonus moves created by specific tasks done throughout the game.
Hexius implements social gaming through OpenFeint. It has a set of achievements and allows you to compete with your friends that also have Hexius. While Hexius is a very replayable game, OpenFeint support and social gaming adds even more replay value.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing Hexius. The three play modes combined with challenging boards and social gaming kept me coming back for more. If you like pattern matching and elimination games, Hexius is definitely a must-have for your iPhone.
- Excellent graphics
- Challenging game play
- Social gaming
Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store)
Updated: Jun 17, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1.2
Size: 5.5 MB
Seller: Phasic Labs Ltd.
© 2010 Phasic Labs Ltd.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later.