Developer: Smiling Cube Studios
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5

Graphics/Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Hexuma isn’t a game that will appeal to everyone. This puzzle game focuses on mathematics, and it requires players to be on their toes in order to solve the equations.

An in-game tutorial makes learning how to play fun and quick. Players are presented with a grid of numbers and mathematical symbols that must be used to solve the equation. The green hexagon indicates the number where they must start and the red hexagon dictates the solution to the equation. Players must drag their finger from the green hexagon across various numbers and symbols in order to create a correct calculation that ends with the red tile.

hex 4hex 1The levels start out relatively easy, but become increasingly more difficult as players progress. There are three free hints that they can use for when they get stuck. Scoring is based on three factors: completing the level, using no hints, and having a time bonus. A bonus bar is at the bottom of the screen, and the more time left on it means the bigger the score. Hexuma players can compete with others from around the world as well as friends through Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

The downfall to this enticing math puzzler is that there are only 32 free levels, which go by pretty quickly.  Those who crave more will need to shell out $0.99 for a medium, hard, or phantasy pack of 96 levels or $1.99 in-app purchase for all 288 additional levels. Hints can also be purchased at a price of $0.99 for 10. While hints seem like an unfair advantage, the game penalizes players who use them by not awarding additional points — which helps make things a little more fair.

Hexuma offers plenty of free fun for players who wish to give it a try. There aren’t any annoying advertisements, and the game has a solid minimalistic design that makes it look great on iOS 7. Math whizzes and Sudoku fans should most certainly add this to their collection today.


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