Super Hexagon

The iPhone and iPad are serious gaming devices. If you ask me, games are one of the best perks about owning an iOS device. The problem is that, just like with virtually every other genre of app on the App Store, there’s an abundance of games available and many of them can be quite terrible.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to start a new series showcasing some of the games available on iOS. Unlike a normal post, I’ll actually add video along with commentary of myself playing the game. By doing this, you’ll be able to better gauge whether or not the game is right for you.

I’ll be doing this a lot with new releases, but I’ll also dig back in my stash of previous gems that everyone should know about. The first game in this series is a game that’s been available for quite some time now—the legendary Terry Cavanagh’s Super Hexagon. This is far and away one of my favorite games for iOS, because it has the perfect mix of drama and replay-ability. Watch me play Super Hexagon after the break.

The premise of Super Hexagon is as simple as simple can be: navigate your character (which happens to be a triangle) through the maze. Navigation is accomplished by tapping on the left side of the screen to move your character left, and the right side of the screen to move it right. Besides those basic tap controls, there are no other input options.

Super Hexagon forces you to navigate through a maze of hexagons and other shapes, and requires quick movements and outstanding hand eye coordination. It’s also a game that forces you to think several moves ahead, in that it’s too late to react if you don’t.

As you venture through each level, you’ll progress from a point to a line, a line to a triangle, a triangle to a square, etc. Each progression brings on more intense mazes, faster speed, and quicker camera pans. It can be very disorienting on the later parts of each level, especially the pentagon and hexagon portions, so you’ll need to keep your cool.

Hexagon

On top of all of the crazy mazes that the game expects you to navigate through, you’ll have to handle the psychedelic soundtrack that’s piped to your ears. The music suits the game perfectly, and features a cadence that helps you time your navigation through the mazes, while at the same time making your more nervous during the process.

Super Hexagon is endearing to me, because it’s quick to pick up and play. If you die, a continue is just a tap away and the action starts immediately. In a world where games require a PhD to even be decent, Super Hexagon is an ode to the simpler 8-bit days of old, and a definite breath of fresh air.

As far as replay-ability is concerned, Super Hexagon features six different difficulty levels, three of which are locked at the outset. The game also has Game Center integration to keep your best survival times, and achievements.

Super Hexagon is an absolute must have for anyone who’s a gamer with an iOS device. You can purchase the title right now on the App Store for $2.99. Have you played it? If so, be sure to drop your thoughts on the game in the comment section down below.

  • Smuys

    Finally!! I love this game and I think it’s under-appreciated, I hope this “review” will help the devs because they deserve it. I personally finished the 5 first levels (by getting past 60 secs) and found that I practically spent days trying to do so. This game is really fun and everyone should play it.

    FYI : there’s a PC version aswell.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Thanks for that. £0.39 in Steam I don’t mind if I do…

  • weztimonial

    Cant wait to see what’s the next game. 😀 Tilt to live!!

    • jp2002

      undoubtedly the best addictive game in its genre.

  • JomanJi

    Great review Jeff! I think you should do a video about you beating thr hardest level, after some practice 😉

  • NaSty

    Nice idea for a new series, Jeffrey. I’ll be looking for these posts 🙂

  • Merman123

    iOS game reviews Jeff? I guess drastic times call for drastic measures. Join us next week on “Jeff cooks pot roast”.

    • What drastic times? I don’t see doing videos about games being a drastic measure.

      • Merman123

        I think if you take a look at Jeff’s most recent videos , as well as their reception, you will know exactly what I mean by drastic times.
        All I’m saying is that this section feels dull, you can sense that gaming isn’t something Jeff is passionate about. I’m sure if there was an iOS 7 jailbreak and new tweaks , a “gaming” section would still be on the bottom of his priority list. But there isn’t , hence drastic measures. With that said , props to Jeff for trying.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Sadly I have to agree, partly. Originally the YouTube channel was to make videos of jailbreak, hence the name of the channel. Perhaps you could try changing the name of the channel to broaden its scope so that people can no longer complain.
        Still, regardless of whether it is drastic or not, I think it’s a nice video, the quality of the image and sound is fine so perhaps it may be a good start for game reviews. Just make sure they all fall within the 2-3 minute timeframe, otherwise it becomes boring.
        Just my 2 cents. 🙂

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        They could ask YouTube for the channel name iDownloadblog. It looks like it is taken but there is no activity on it whatsoever…

      • Andrew Roth

        First of all he still has an iOS 6 device for jailbreak videos. Second, people often ask on the posts of app and game reviews “Why isn’t their video? There needs to be video!”… People WANT this!

      • Not only has jailbreaking declined to almost nonexistence, people were starting to care less and less about it, even when it was “thriving.” This isn’t a drastic measure so much as it is seeing the writing on the wall. There’s rarely anything to talk about in the jailbreak scene that warrants a post, let alone a video. The releases — I think there have been 1-2 of them in the last week and a half — aren’t coming out like they used to. The scene, and hence, the interest, is basically non existent now. We would be foolish to keep making videos on a subject where there’s nothing to talk about. You should use another adjective to describe our measures, because they’re not drastic, they make sense.

  • chumawumba

    You guys should do impossible road, such a good game. I think you guys already did it though, I’m not sure.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      He already did, I believe, months ago.

      • chumawumba

        Yeah I figured

  • David Gitman

    I bought in steam hehe and got over 200 seconds in the first level ^^

  • Alex Marwaha

    I’ve had this game for months and I love it.

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    This is probably off topic but how come the new Disqus layout on iDB doesn’t display notifications for new responses? At least not on my mobile. I can no longer read responses or even reply or follow up on them.

  • iapplestuffs

    hey jeff. i also play Super Hexagon. Though i aint a gamer…. but i love this game. Its so hard to finish levels. lol. After trying 2 days… now i came to level 3. lol

    btw, check my website. its iapplestuffs Dot com ! hehehehe readers might like it.

  • newyorkminute10

    Great review Jeff

  • James

    This game gives me seizures (not really). My cousin showed me this game a while back because he loves it and I think he knows the developer … I think.