Thrift Treasure: Hexus

Thrift Treasure: Hexus

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.

This week's Thrift Treasure is a single-player puzzle game with dozens of challenges. Take a look at 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.

This week's Thrift Treasure is a single-player puzzle game with dozens of challenges. Take a look at Hexus! - SahmReviews.comThe single red hexagon doesn’t move, but the white level indicator does. It’s placement determines the difficulty of the puzzle and conveniently reminds you which level you are on.

This week's Thrift Treasure is a single-player puzzle game with dozens of challenges. Take a look at Hexus! - SahmReviews.comEach 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.

This week's Thrift Treasure is a single-player puzzle game with dozens of challenges. Take a look at Hexus! -

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)!

Scott Brady

About Scott Brady

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an award-winning board game designer with notable titles such as Hues and Cues and boop.

16 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Hexus»

  1. Alana says:

    Interesting, as I can see an older adult working with puzzles like this. It challenges the brain and would be easy to manipulate. I also enjoy games and puzzles that don’t require batteries – I guess I’m a bit old fashioned (I’m 62) in that way.

  2. Jen says:

    This looks like something my teen would enjoy! He’s very cerebral and loves puzzles.

  3. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    My little guy could use some work on his gross motor skills, so I bet a game like this would really help him!

  4. Theresa says:

    My oldest daughter would love this type of puzzle. Glad I can pick it up in most retailers. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Michele says:

    I am here to tell you that although I would probably love attempting that game—your daughter would definitely beat me out!

  6. I think I could get lost ion thought with this! My son loves these games! Thanks for sharing

  7. My first time learning about this game. But it seems like it would keep kids engaged for a while.

  8. Maggie says:

    this looks like a great brain game! My boys would love this!

  9. I don’t recall ever seeing this in a tabletop game before. I played a computer game or video game similar to this a while back. It was lots of fun!

  10. Debbie says:

    Wow. that looks like a fantastic and interesting one. I love it

  11. This looks like a great game for homeschool learning! I love games that make you think.

  12. What a cool game! Right now my toddler would just want to eat them, but I will have to check this out in a couple years!

  13. This looks like a lot of fun. I love that you have to think while you are playing with it.

  14. Eliz Frank says:

    It looks like a challenging game for the mind, and one that requires focus and strategy… I like it! 🙂

  15. Hi Scott,

    Looks like a real fun game for kids! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Lozelle says:

    My kid is too young for this game, but I know my husband would love it. It looks
    interesting and entertaining.

  17. Lozelle says:

    My son is too young for this toy, but my husband would love it. This seem very interesting and entertaining.

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