Hexic 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Live Arcade title, Hexic HD, which came free with the Premium console. Hexic 2 contains a few new features, some good and some that aren’t all that exciting. One of the better new features is Battle mode, in which you go head to head against either the computer or on Xbox Live, and try to wipe out all the Hexics first. Creating clusters, disarming bombs, making stars etc increase your energy and also your power well, which can unleash some distractions to slow the opponent down, such as locking their pieces. Another new feature is online play. This is a welcome addition as i’m sure many people wanted to go online with the original game. The other modes, Marathon, Timed and Survival, are still there from the original game.
The graphics of the game are a bit bland. The backgroud on which you play is just black, which gets boring quickly. The explosions however look very nice. The sound is great. The music is very similar to that of Hexic HD, mixing etheral sounds with a bit of techno, which gets you pumped up to play.
There is only one big problem I have with the game. This is the control of the cursor. The cursor is used to move the Hexs round. The problem with it is that sometimes it is over responsive and shoots straight past where you want it to go. This can be very frustrating during timed and battle modes, when you want to make clusters quickly.
Overall, this is a good puzzler with great music and some fun modes. The price is a bit steep for what it is, but once you buy it you’ll be hooked.