Super Hexagon Review
When you see a game that lists it’s lowest difficulty setting as ‘Hard’ you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a title with something of a chip on it’s shoulder.
However this classification is perfectly justifiable in Super Hexagon, as despite the simplicity of the game visually and in terms of the controls, this game is wickedly difficult.
Fast reactions and strong focus are essential, as you control an arrowhead that orbits a central hexagon your screen.
From each of the five sides come wave after wave of walls that you must avoid, as they come closer they form multi-sided barriers, and you must use the simple left/right controls to manouerve through this neon maze.
While this sounds simple enough there is plenty to overcome in order to see your survival time even get past the 20-second mark. The ever-shifting camera angle makes concentration more challenging, playing with your perspective and making spotting the gaps harder.
At times it is constantly moving, bringing genuine dizziness into play. As well as that the general tempo of the game is constantly increasing, and when combined with the shape-shifting nature of the obstacles this is an assault on your reflexes and your vision at times.
It’s hard to describe what’s going on, but trust us, it’s really fun.
A solid strategy is to try up the levels, even when you’re struggling with the first one, just to see how tough things can be.
Yes, you might let out a yelp when you try out the hardest difficulty as all manor of bright green shapes fly at you, but it will make the opening level feel almost serene when you drop back to it.
The thing about Super Hexagon is that you’re first few games are so terrifying, the pace and intensity of the gameplay catching you so unawares that when you do start to make headway, it is so satisfying, and it keeps you coming back.
It is that perfect gaming recipe of simplicity and enjoyment that makes a title so memorable, no matter how it looks.