Neuroshima Hex Puzzle, a clever puzzle game from Big Daddy’s Creations, is now available from the app store. Utilizing the same rules and player tiles as the full game, Neuroshima Hex Puzzle offers 100 scenarios of increasing difficulty that will both teach and hone your battle skills.
Neuroshima Hex Puzzle Pros:
- Same rules and tiles as the full game
- Clean graphics and great artwork
- Simple touch controls
- 100 puzzles of increasing difficulty
- GameCenter integration for achievements
Neuroshima Hex Puzzle Cons:
- Lack of hint system counter-productive for learning
- Learning curve may frustrate new players
- No ability to create own puzzles and share with other users
Each scenario pits your severely weakened HQ against the healthier HQs of one or more opponents. Your task is to annihilate the other HQs or, at the very least, put them in a weaker position than your own. Given that you typically have only a point or two remaining on your own health meter, you’re usually looking to destroy the opposition. You have but a single turn to accomplish your goal, and you follow all of the same rules as the full game. Pieces are already preset on the game board and the opponent never actually makes a move. You receive 3 tiles, one of which must be discarded right away. You place the other two on the board and make any other necessary acceptable moves (such as repositioning or moving tiles capable of this power). At the conclusion of your turn, a battle is waged and the outcome of this single battle determines whether or not you will successfully move on to the next level or be sent back to the drawing board to re-strategize your attack. Early puzzles are quite simple and serve more to explain the game’s mechanics to new players, but by the second set of 10 puzzles, even seasoned players may find themselves scratching their heads and rethinking their opening salvo. While many of the situations that you find yourself in are unlikely to naturally occur through the course of play, it’s a lot of fun to find an adequate solution to get yourself out of the corner that you’ve been backed into.
Visually, the game looks exactly like the full version, utilizing retina display graphics for sharp imagery. The soundtrack is brooding and the sound effects are serviceable, mostly consisting of gunshot sounds. Controls require simple taps, and managing the tiles is very simple. The most difficult aspect of the game remains learning the abilities of the various pieces and determining the most effective use, which was our biggest knock against the full game when we originally reviewed it. An update made it easier to access the extensive and helpful manual on-the-fly, and it just takes a bit of time working through a few games to get a good handle on the mechanics. It quickly became one of our absolute favorite strategy games and the release of these puzzles has been on our radar for a while.
Replay value is pretty good, as some of the solutions are intricate and a bit devious. The likelihood of remembering all solutions for the second go-round is unlikely and will continue to challenge again and again. Any opportunity to delve into this brilliant game is a worthwhile venture. GameCenter support offers an achievement system tied to solving sets of puzzles. It would be nice to see some sort of hint system incorporated, as the game is essentially a teaching tool. We’ll also be interested to see if this offering will be supported in the future with additional puzzles or a shareable puzzle creater. At $2.99, Neuroshima Hex Puzzle is a solid 4-Dimple challenge.
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