The basic principle would be to navigate through an ever-decreasing set of hexagons, as though you're trying to get through a maze.
Super Hexagon has already been recognised as you of the top games in the iTunes Best of 2012 list, so that you can play on your Apple device. We reviewed it on Android, where it appears to be enjoying equal success.
Super Hexagon is referred to as a “minimal action game” and it is really. There’s little to the game’s design, but to explain it as basic would be a disservice, because although it’s minimal, it’s one of the most difficult games we’ve come across.
The basic principle would be to navigate through an ever-decreasing set of hexagons, as though you’re trying to get through a maze. Many will be just a single wall, others may have only one gap in them. Because they approach the centre, on their own hexagonal path, the spaces get smaller.
The only real controls you have are left and right, which moves your tiny pointer around a central hexagon. You are able to spin around to make it with the gaps, but at the same time, the whole level is spinning, which means you constantly have to move.
It may sound like a basic alignment task, but all of this happens at a furious speed, along with a pumping techno soundtrack and changing flashing colours. This is an immersive universe of psychedelic polygons and your aim would be to escape.
There’s little else to state, except that it’s incredibly difficult. The sport offers varying levels of difficulty, beginning with “hard” (which is apt), and even though you will possibly not finish these levels, it’s worth playing others as the levels are different.
Now we’ll be totally honest along with you. We’ve not had the best success with Super Hexagon. Currently we’ve discovered that about 14 seconds may be the longest we can survive, before we’re caught behind a wall. And that is not for a want of trying. We’ve played it over and over again.
One of the excellent things is that there’s no messing around. You die, you tap the screen, you’re playing again. There is no progress saved or anything, you’re back at the start and trying again, repeating exactly the same mind-bending dance through the land of hexagonal wonderment.
You’ll detect patterns and as you play you recognise what’s about to take place next – which makes it much more frustrating when you fail to go ahead and take right steps.
But that’s part of the addiction so that as much as Super Hexagon has frustrated, we revisit for more. It’s not graphically interesting like Temple Run 2, there’s little in the manner of variety, but surviving on Super Hexagon seems like something worth bragging about.