I might as well continue the theme of single-player puzzle games that we’ve started enjoying taking turns at. We’ve covered The Shell Game and Gravity Maze by ThinkFun and found a few Thrift Treasures this year that also kept us busy. Brick by Brick and IQ Link both made it to the pages of SahmReviews, and now we have another one that only set us back 88 cents at our local Goodwill: Hexus.
Hexus is very similar to IQ Link from a couple weeks ago. Using an included setup guide, you pre-populate the board with some of the pieces and must figure out where the rest fit.
Each piece can be inserted from either side, so what strategy works on one level may not work on the next. And because there is only one solution for each level, you’ll want to consider all of your options.
But to our budding puzzle expert, Hexus was not near a challenge as IQ Link. The latter levels are hard enough, but because the board is basically a bunch of intersecting circles, it wasn’t too difficult to solve in a few minutes per level. That is also a blessing, as the later levels of IQ link were extremely difficult and might discourage younger players from conquering them all. All of the objectives of Hexus are well within reach of anyone 8 and up.
Hexus is published by Brainwright, maker of a number of puzzles and brain teasers. If you’re looking for a challenge in a travel-friendly package, consider Hexus at under $12. You will probably also find it at your local Walmart or Toys R Us among the dice games and playing cards (and on sale this time of year)!