Created By: nabaduco on November 14, 2011 Last Edited By: nabaduco on November 24, 2011

Hexagons are edgier

Reimplement a game, with hexagons!

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A game is fun and may even be a classic. How could it be improved? One way is to update and revolutionize the mechanics in a sequel. Another way is to make a version of the game that, instead of using the more common square grid, uses a different kind of grid. Hexagon grids are popular variations, but there can also be triangle grids.

It is very common to find puzzle games spin offs that are based on this idea. If the usage of hexagons does nothing else than increase the number of choices and thus the search space in the puzzle, it may degenerate into Fake Difficulty. It is possible, however, to make new games that are genuinely interesting variations and use this idea. Game Spin-offs and sequels that do this have had varying degrees of success.

Some games go the extra mile with offering a chance to choose the kind of grid to use.

Examples Video games
  • Hexion, a Konami-made version of Tetris with hexagonal shapes.
  • Hexoban - The hexagonal version of Sokoban.
  • Hexamine and other minesweeper clones that use a hexagonal grid.
  • Civilization 5, of course.
  • Inverted with Bejeweled Twist, which is similar to an older game, Hexic but uses squares instead of hexagons.
  • Speaking of Pop Cap, this interview with Pop Cap talks about how they think that hexagons turn people off from a game.
  • The Match-3 game "The Lost Inca Prophecy" can be played in either square grid, hexgrid, or randomly selected grid.
  • The Mario Party 2 minigame "Hexagon Heat" is a remake of the Mario Party 1 game "Mushroom Mix-Up" with hexagon tiles instead of mushrooms.

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PS: I tried very hard not to name this Everything Edgier With Hexagons
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • November 14, 2011
    HumanaUox
    Short-lived Wizards Of The Coast game Hecatomb had a Darker And Edgier Fantasy Kitchen Sink setting, and hexagon-shaped pieces.
  • November 15, 2011
    Antigone3
    The Match-3 game "The Lost Inca Prophecy" can be played in either square grid, hexgrid, or randomly selected grid.
  • November 15, 2011
    callsignecho
    "Everything's Edgier With Hexagons" Ha! Cause it has more edges!

    As much as I love a terrible pun, I applaud your self-control.
  • November 15, 2011
    NESBoy
  • November 15, 2011
    Maxaxle
    Most combat-based Table Top Role Playing Games fit into this trope, though a few turn-based strategies fit in here too.
  • November 16, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • November 17, 2011
    yogyog
  • November 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    TNA: from 2004-2010 they used a hexagon ring.
  • November 18, 2011
    HumanaUox
    I've gotta vote up "Everything's Edgier with Hexagons" :3
  • November 18, 2011
    X2X
    Either that or Hex Appeal (although that could be mistaken for love charms/jinxes or something of the sort).
  • November 18, 2011
    LuxExterior
    I suppose this might apply in areas other than video games. Consider, for film:

  • November 18, 2011
    LeeM
    Cute name, though technically hexagons are less "edgy" because the edges are shallower angles.
  • November 19, 2011
    MorganWick
    "Edge" can refer to the side as well as the angle.
  • November 21, 2011
    Kayube
    The Mario Party 2 minigame "Hexagon Heat" is a remake of the Mario Party 1 game "Mushroom Mix-Up" with hexagon tiles instead of mushrooms. (Though, the mushrooms might have been hexagonal anyway...)
  • November 21, 2011
    kenshinta
    Title Sexagon? Get it? 'Cause Sex is also a prefix for six, and a hexagon yeah okay.
  • November 24, 2011
    nabaduco
    Although it probably should be applicable to things other than games. The intent of the trope is related to changing something from the square grid to the hex/triangle grid. So, mentioning something that has always had hexagons probably does not fit.

    We probably need to clarify that in some regards in the trope description. OR we could change the trope to actually just talk about the inclusion of non-standard grids.
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