Hexic (WP) Reviews

  • Comrade SpannerComrade Spanner821,513
    01 Aug 2014 01 Aug 2014
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    Hexic as a concept is a plenty enjoyable game - it's essentially a restyled Bejewelled - and I used to really enjoy the free copy I got (way back when) for the 360.

    So, seeing this on offer for the princely sum of nothing, I thought 'why not?' Well, after a few hours with it, here's why.

    This is a properly pay-to-win game.

    You can accrue up to 5 lives at a time, but once they're gone you have to wait for them to build up again (each life takes 30 minutes to refill). By definition each individual game of Hexic is only a couple of minutes long, and when you get to a tough level you can burn through all your lives in about 10 minutes - then have to wait at least 20 minutes for one more life.

    In practical terms, this means play for (as little as) 10 minutes, then wait over 2 hours to play another 10 minutes.

    When you run out of lives the game offers the option to buy more, with real money. These are not cheap! 5 extra lives costs £1.49 - as I said above, that could be as little as 10 minutes of playtime.

    Of course there will be sections where your lives will last longer as you clear multiple levels in a row - this means the first half of the game is pretty pleasant. On the other hand, be warned that when the game crashes mid-level, you lose a life; especially bothersome on some levels which crash the game out repeatedly.

    Another element is the boosts and assists. These are unlocked as you progress through the game, and you get given some of the assists for free - these allow you to do things like shuffle all the tiles on screen and so on. The boosts are another matter; these give you things like extra moves in the game. You have to buy these and again they're not very cheap; annoyingly there appears to be an achievement tied to these, so completionists beware. Note the achievement solution on TA states you get some free - I haven't, not sure if this is a recent change

    There are a number of levels where it's a real struggle to get through without the boosts - a standard PTW trick if ever I saw it! This next section is my personal experience - yours may differ (and I hope it does) In particular, level 49 seems to be impossible to clear without a boost; the layout of initially-unspinnable encryption hexes means it's pretty much luck of the draw whether you'll have any hope, or if your 20 moves will get wasted desperately trying to make any headway. Worse, this level especially seems to suffer from the crashing issue I mentioned above. It took me about 4 days to finally luck my way through that one.

    Another issue, since upgrading to WP8.1 on my Lumia, the game has a tendency to crash when you either lose or regain data signal, making it useless as a portable game - don't bother trying to play it on a train.

    All told, this is a fairly enjoyable casual game but it's pretty much ruined by the PTW aspects - a shame, as I would happily have paid £1.99 for this without all of the nonsense
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    DeviSlatorNice review, thanks for the heads up. Having recently completed Hexic HD I just saw this and thought sweet but I hate shitty PTW and won't download this
    Posted by DeviSlator on 12 Aug 14 at 22:35
    Comrade SpannerGlad to help, really wish I hadn't started it.
    Posted by Comrade Spanner on 14 Aug 14 at 22:09
    DeviSlatorDamn! I made the mistake of starting this. Christ what a torture it is. Completely ruined in their attempt to get money out of you. I really like the game but waiting for lives to replenish is so bad. I would've happily paid £1.99 like you say.
    Posted by DeviSlator on 17 Nov 14 at 11:31
    DeviSlatorOh, and it crashes every other game. Can't combine 5 hexes without it crashing making the levels even harder
    Posted by DeviSlator on 17 Nov 14 at 11:32
    AgentZachMorganThis game is broken beyond belief, I'm amazed it hasn't been removed already. It was fine up until level 26 but now it crashes all the time whenever you make a block of 5. I've lost count how many times I got fucked over on the end bonus when it randomly deletes blocks, I swear it does it on purpose so I have to go through the same shit over and over again.
    Posted by AgentZachMorgan on 02 Feb 15 at 23:20
    Sambawebi have the same issue like @AgentZachMorgan
    Posted by Sambaweb on 23 Apr 15 at 13:58
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