I am a huge fan of just a few genres of gaming. Brawlers (Final Fight, Streets of Rage, etc), Full Motion Video (stop laughing) and puzzle games (Tetris, Columns, Tetris Attack, etc) are all at the top of my gaming go to genres. I discovered hex puzzles when I had an old Nokia smart phone (prior to their Windows Phone line), I think it was called Hexic or something and cost a buck or two to buy the full version. This was my first mobile game purchase and I don’t regret it one bit. Over the years, I have learned of other hex based puzzle games, some were great, others not so much. Make Hexa by BitMango is one of the better ones. What makes it better is also what sets it apart from the competition.
First, there is no worldwide score leaderboard, sensible In App Purchases and just two boards. To say Make Hexa is simple might be an understatement in today’s market. Sometimes a return to the basics is the best option. For me, this made Make Hexa even more desirable to play.
Okay, for those that do not know about these puzzle games, the idea is to create hexagonal, six sided, shapes. There are multiple colors and you are going to have to plan more than a few moves, and watch in horror as the game absolutely screws you over with additional pieces. This is what makes Make Hexa so challenging.
The board only has so many open spaces to begin with. After you accumulate 2,000 coins (or purchase them with real world money) you can open the much larger “big” board. This bigger board allows for higher scores, duh, easier planning later on when you start getting new colors, and can just as quickly screw you over when the wrong pieces are available for placement. As you make hexagonal shapes they disappear clearing the way for more pieces.
That brings me to the other In App Purchases available. Make Hexa offers sensible IAP, something you don’t see often in mobile games. If you want to destroy one piece on the board then it will cost you a few coins. Same for throwing away one piece from your available assortment to place. The thing is, these prices go up with each use during the current game (they reset when you start a new game). If you don’t want to use those things then you can play Make Hexa completely for free (outside of ads that pop up – also removable with a small In App Purchase).
If you enjoy puzzle games then you could do worse than Make Hexa. Just don’t blame BitMango when you lose track of time.
Make Hexa by BitMango
Platform: Android (ZTE ZMAX 2 used for review) and iPhone
In App Purchases: Yes
Rated: E for Everyone on Google Play and 4+ on iTunes
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store