We at Geeky Hobbies would like to thank Studio Binokle and Sometimes You for the review copy of Hexoscope used for this review. Other than receiving a free copy of the game to review, we at Geeky Hobbies received no other compensation for this review. Receiving the review copy for free had no impact on the content of this review or the final score.
Hexoscope is a puzzle game where the objective is to connect the power sources to the power receivers. This is done by using connectors of different shapes to create a path from the power sources to the power receivers. In each level you start at the power source(s) which have provided power to the connectors next to it. To build a path to the receiver(s) you can swap any two connectors that are already connected to a power source or are next to a connector that is powered by the power source.
The basic premise of Hexoscope is an interesting idea for a puzzle game. I found it fun and surprisingly challenging figuring out how to use the connectors to make a path from the power source to the power receiver. What makes the game more interesting and challenging is the fact that most levels don’t allow you to just make a straight path from the power source to the receiver. This would get kind of dull if each level was so straightforward. Instead most levels require you to build paths off to the sides in order to retrieve a connector that you need to complete the path between the source and receiver. This creates a back and forth feel to the game where you make progress towards the receiver and then have to build off to other parts of a level to get a piece you need. This adds quite a bit more challenge to the game and I think makes the game better.
The thing I was most surprised about with regards to Hexoscope was that the game was surprisingly challenging. The game wasn’t bang your head against a wall challenging but some of the levels require you to think in order to solve them. While you can ultimately guess your way to completing a level, Hexoscope is the type of game where planning out your path is a good idea as you plot out how to get pieces that you will need to finish the path. The game can get a little frustrating at times as you feel like you are going in circles but it is satisfying when you complete a level.
Hexoscope is a fun little puzzle game and it only retails for $0.99. At only $0.99 you can’t really go wrong as long as the game interests you at all. The game has 72 different puzzles and they are apparently randomized each time you play them so if you want to replay them they should be different every time you play them.
While the randomization does add replay value to the game, it does lead to some issues. The problem comes from some levels being really easy while others can be quite hard. While most of the levels felt adequately challenging, this issue does occasionally come up. The levels that were too easy were kind of dull while the levels that were too hard felt like there was too much time wasted just trying to get one piece that you need in order to complete your path.
While I had fun with Hexoscope it is not a perfect game. If you don’t like puzzle games or don’t like the game’s premise, the game will probably not change your mind. Hexoscope is not the type of game that will appeal to everyone. I had fun with the game but I am a big fan of the puzzle genre and I enjoy most puzzle games that I play.
The biggest problem that I had with the game is the fact that while fun it is not the type of game that I would play for long stretches at a time. I don’t see myself ever playing the game for hours at a time. Hexoscope is more the type of game that I would play for around a half hour and then come back to another day. The game gets a little boring if you play it for longer than a half hour or so at a time.
Overall Hexoscope is a pretty good puzzle game. The game has an interesting puzzle mechanic that can really challenge you. People who find the game’s concept to be interesting should enjoy the game. Hexoscope is more the type of game you play for short stretches though. If you like puzzle games and the game’s concept interests you, you should consider picking up Hexoscope since it is only $0.99.