By Terry Cavanagh
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Super Hexagon is a minimal action game by Terry Cavanagh, with music by Chipzel.
Super Hexagon was a best of 2012 runner up for game of the year on the app store.
"A masterpiece of design purity" - EDGE 9/10
"This is the kind of game you’re going to pass off to your friends and say, “You’ve gotta check this out.” It’s dangerously addictive." - IGN 9/10
"One of the best mobile gaming experiences I've had this year." - Destructoid, 10/10
"Knows exactly what type of game it wants to be and executes on it spectacularly. Merciless difficulty meets brilliant design." - Gamezebo, 5/5
What's New in Version 1.2
Added iPhone 5 resolution support.
This is one of those games that's so well conceived it makes most others look a bit short-sighted. It's strength is in its simplicity and uniqueness. Yes, it is incredibly difficult - avoid if you tend to give up easily - but that's what makes it so rewarding when you get it right (i.e. lasting more than about 20 secs). It definitely has that 'just one more go' thing that makes you go a little bit insane, but that's impressive on an iPad game.
Main quibble so far is the tendency to over-shoot with the little triangle. You get the impression this isn't part of what was intended to be the challenge, so it gets annoying. If the controls made the triangle jump and 'lock' into the middle of each side of the hexagon, you would be able to focus more on the reaction-time aspect of the challenge, rather than fiddling about and re-compensating.
The soundtrack suits it perfectly (although it gets repetitive after the inevitable 100th go). It helps you get into the kind of zoned-out rhythm you need to progress.
Overall a great game. No others like it. Shame about the price, given the very simple nature of the game.
I see where people are coming from with bad reviews - It's a very difficult game that seems to make no sense at first as you can't make out the shapes from the background (at least I find that confusing!). But as other reviews say - keep trying (there's no load time when you press retry so its not infuriating) and eventually you begin to get the hang of it and love it.
It's a really simple, good game that keeps you wanting to try again and again. Perfect for those short moments where you have time to kill - waiting for a bus, a friend to arrive etc. I strongly recommend using (good) headphones when playing though - its a much better experience.
Equally though, it could keep you amused for a good while during longer periods - flights etc, just from continually getting further, which advances you to a new level with new features. Or by playing on different stages. Even more fun when the game is shared with friends and you all have a go & laugh at each others failure!
More Than Meets The Eye!
If it wasn't for Journey, this would be my game of the year. Such a simple idea, yet what Cavanagh manages to do with it makes the game oh so engaging. Just like VVVVVV was two years ago, Super Hexagon is a triumph, a challenge that'll leave you on the floor, black and blue with bruises, yet somehow yearning for more.
If I may suggest a stats screen, for I'd love to be able to view my average time alive and such, and also a mute button, because as nice as the soundtrack is (Which is also worth all of the money in the known universe), I'd also like to be able to listen to my own music or chat with friends while playing.
Other than those two minuscule gripes, this is easily worth the 2 quid price tag, if not even more. Don't be fooled b he simplistic art style - Give it your patience and you'll easily be playing this for much longer than those supposed "kings of the iOS Store", like Angry Birds, Temple Run and Fruit Ninja.
Tl;dr, great game. More than meets the eye. THIS GUY MADE VVVVVV. VERY MUCH RECOMMENDED. BUY NOW.
- Category: Games
- Updated: 05 October 2012
- Version: 1.2
- Size: 23.3 MB
- Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Developer: Terry Cavanagh
- © Terry Cavanagh 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.