App description: There is something for everyone in this unique four game suite! A magical blend of wordplay, cards and dice... Hexo is the board game redefined!

"Is it OK to fall in love with an App? I mean- its ONLY an app right? Not really- its a great way to kill my time, AND help my boys learn something in the process! Thanks!" - FLboyzmom
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Hexo includes the following new and exciting games, all played on a hexagonal board with up to four human or AI players:

HEX-N-SPELL
If you like crosswords, you'll love Hex-n-Spell, a new twist on an old favorite. Take your wordplay to a new dimension and spell words in three fun directions. Overlay existing tiles to form new words. Discover hidden, magic multipliers and take your score to the next level! Get definitions on all words played*.

WORDS AND SUITS DELUXE
Words and Suits Deluxe is Hex-n-Spell taken to the next level! Use it's unique blend of letters with the suits from a deck of cards to form two pairs, three of a kind, four of a kind or a full house for up to a 5x word score. Like Hex-n-Spell, overlay existing tiles to form new words and get definitions on all words played*.

RUNAWAY STRAIGHTS
An unusual take on everyone's favorite game of cards, lay down straight runs like 2, 3, 4 or Jack, Queen, King on a hex board to score it big. Aces play either high or low and Jokers are wild! Discover why the Joker's Wild and the Courts Gone Mad, play Runaway Straights today!

TUMBLING DICE
It's dominoes taken to the next dimension! Match three sides of dice played on the unique hexagonal board to send your score into the stratosphere! Special "bunny" dice are wildcats and will play anywhere. Easy to learn, devilish to master, Tumbling Dice will push you to the limits the longer you play!

*-Hexo includes a 180,000 plus word dictionary, most words with definitions
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SEE HEXO IN ACTION
We have posted several videos on our website that showcase Hexo in action and display many of its unique features.

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AMAZINGLY CONFIGURABLE
Using our unique option system, each of the four games inside of Hexo are amazingly configurable! Adjust everything from the way redraws are handled to the smarts of the AI players, make it your Hexo, your way! Adjust the games for infinite replayability!

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FOUR CHALLENGING AI PERSONALITIES
No one to play with? Compete against one or more challenging AI personalities: the Queen of Hearts, the Queen of Diamonds, the Queen of Clubs or the Queen of Spades! Adjust their smarts to fit your needs.

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FEATURES
* Integrated with Game Center! Report your scores and shoot to the top of our leader boards. Win challenging Achievements.
* Multi Player - Play against other people or one of our four AI personalities on a single iPad
* Learn to play each game with built in quick help
* Save each game type separately
* 180,000 word dictionary, most all words with definition
* Lookup or browse the dictionary at any time
* Overlay existing tiles on the board to form new plays
* Can have up to two tiles touching that don't form a word
* Hidden or card suit bonuses
* Joker's Wild and special Wildcard Dice
* User defined options to modify game play for endless playability

A magic mix of wordplay, cards and dice... Hexo is the Board Game Redefined!

LordGek's comments:
Hey Gang,

While I have yet to pick this up it looks interesting.

I like how they work in very different mechanics from mode to mode. Everything from a hexagonal based Solo Scrabble to some Solo Dice/Dominoes based game.

They all share the hexagonal playfield and basic idea of solo play trying to lay down tiles to maximize your score until you can't make any more legitimate moves (well, I'm guessing a bit as I don't have it yet, but this is what it appears to be about).

11-19-2010, 09:32 AM
#2
About Hexo

Hey all!

This is Kevin from Appracatappra, LLC. First I'd like to thank LordGek for setting up this forum post on Hexo, we really appreciate it.

Second I'd like to point out a few things about the game.

Hexo is actually a multi player game that allows form one to four players on the same iPad. So You can play against any combination of three other people or computer controlled AI players. There are four different AI personalities to choose from: the Queen of Hearts, the Queen of Diamonds, the Queen of Spades and the Queen of Clubs.

The object of each play mode is to play out all of the tiles available in the tile bag. The current count of tiles remaining is listed at the bottom of the game board. After each turn the player's tile rack will be repopulated with tiles from the bag until no more tiles remain. The first player to play all of their tiles out ends the game and the player with the highest score wins.

If anyone has any questions I'd be more than happy to answer them.

11-19-2010, 02:55 PM
#3
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Redding, CA, USA
Posts: 11,064
Game Impressions

Here is my 5 Star iTunes review:

The devs have taken the basic concepts of Scrabble and UpWords but then twisted things up by putting it on an hexagonal board and then adding whole new twists by having modes based on dice and cards as opposed to just the straight letters.

Each of the game modes are amazingly configurable.

My only whine so far is that in Hex-n-Spell, once a player or AI has discovered one of the hidden multipliers (the amount and type are customizable) it doesn't stay displayed which ends up giving the AI a huge advantage as it clearly never forgets where those magic multipliers discovered so far are at. The concept of the hidden multipliers also feels a bit exploitable as a player can simply drop tiles all over the board just to scope out their location.

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11-20-2010, 12:45 PM
#4
Hexo Review

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Originally Posted by LordGek View Post
Here is my 5 Star iTunes review:

The devs have taken the basic concepts of Scrabble and UpWords but then twisted things up by putting it on an hexagonal board and then adding whole new twists by having modes based on dice and cards as opposed to just the straight letters.

Each of the game modes are amazingly configurable.

My only whine so far is that in Hex-n-Spell, once a player or AI has discovered one of the hidden multipliers (the amount and type are customizable) it doesn't stay displayed which ends up giving the AI a huge advantage as it clearly never forgets where those magic multipliers discovered so far are at. The concept of the hidden multipliers also feels a bit exploitable as a player can simply drop tiles all over the board just to scope out their location.
Thank you for the very honest review of Hexo we are glad that you enjoyed the game. You raised a very valid point about the issue with Hex-n-Spell and the hidden multipliers. A player can simply drag a tile around the board "fishing" for the hidden bonuses. Here is the possible fixes we are considering for our next release:

1) A user option that allow the bonuses to only be played once. So the bonus is only valid for the first word played on it, then it is removed from play.

2) The bonuses would only be displayed if a full word is laid down on the board.

3) The bonuses would only be displayed after the player taps the GO button.

We would really appreciate your input on this.

I would also like to touch on the issue of the AIs briefly. While it may seem like the AIs know the location of the bonuses or remember there location, this is actually an illusion. The AIs are written as a recursive, genetic algorithm and basically uses brute force (and a bit of blind luck) to find plays. They are coded to find the best play possible and to learn from their mistakes. This means if they have the letters to play over a bonus spot and it gives them the highest score for that hand, they will play them.

If it feels like the AIs are playing a word or bonus spot too much you can make an adjustment in the Options to the way they play. In Options under General: Game AI find the slider Replay Limit: If you move the slider all the way to 9, the AIs will have to wait for 9 full rounds before they can make the same play again. You can also slide down the AI Intelligence if you feel they are still too rough.

I hope that helps and as always, I'm open to any questions or suggestions.

Thank you again for your review, and the 5 star rating you've provided to the App store is greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

Kevin
11-21-2010, 10:28 AM
#5
Joined: May 2009
Location: Detroit, MI
Posts: 1,054
Great game!


I love it!

Although I love the iPad version, any chance of an iPod 4 retina version?

it would be nice to play it from the pocket
11-21-2010, 07:49 PM
#6
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Originally Posted by colorsound View Post
Great game!


I love it!

Although I love the iPad version, any chance of an iPod 4 retina version?

it would be nice to play it from the pocket
Glad you enjoyed the game ColorSound... funny you should mention iPhone 4 and the retina display, we were just discussing this as a possible release but weren't sure there was any interest. Guess what might be under the tree for Christmas??

Something else planned for the next release is full Game Center support. This will be a free update for anyone who purchases the game.

Last edited by SerKevin; 11-21-2010 at 07:52 PM. Reason: typo
11-21-2010, 07:52 PM
#7
Videos available

For anyone interested, we've just posted a full set of videos show the many features of Hexo on our website. You can access the videos here:

http://appracatappra.com/hexo/hexo-videos

We are always interested in suggestion so please let us know if you have any ideas to improve on Hexo.
11-23-2010, 11:49 AM
#8
Hexo Giveaway!

Hey Everybody!

Just wanted to let you know that we will be giving away ten (10) copies of Hexo during the Holidays. You can enter towin here:
http://appracatappra.com/hexo/holida...ys-sweepstakes
12-15-2010, 10:01 AM
#9
New version and Holiday Special Pricing

I just wanted to let everyone know that we just released a new version of Hexo that includes new features such as Game Center support and new game play options.

We are also running special Holiday pricing right now. You can get Hexo for $1.99 USD for the next 30 days.
12-15-2010, 10:06 AM
#10
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: World, now Belgium
Posts: 3,031
LG reviews cost me always money
This looks like a fun game.

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