Hexic 2

Texas Hold'em, Hexic 2 updates

Microsoft has said Live Arcade titles Hexic 2 and Texas Hold'em will be given a few tweaks in the coming days.

Changes to the poker title will mean you will have to stump up the adequate amount of cash to start a game, and no longer be able to exploit the competitive bankroll. The quality of language translation has been polished up, too, so you should no longer accidentally offend people from different countries.

Bankroll Leaderboards will be wiped clean when the title update goes live in the near future.

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Hexic 2

Hexic 2

Turn it on again.

As you know, the original Hexic was bundled with all premium Xbox 360 hard disks back when the console launched in November 2005. This was a great way for Microsoft to introduce people to its frequently wonderful Xbox Live Arcade, and the back-to-basics pick-up-and-play ethos behind it. Sure, the game wasn't new - it had been available on PC for some time - but for many of us, this was the first time we'd encountered Alexey 'Tetris' Pajitnov's new puzzler.

The game's deceptively simple concept was to clear coloured hexagon tiles from the play area. You did this by rotating a cluster of three hexagon-shaped pieces until the one selected lined-up with two or more of the same colour. When they matched up, the pieces above them fall into the space created, often setting off a chain reaction. And so it went on: you levelled up after you've matched a specific number of tiles, and then had to cope with a greater variety of colours thrown into the fray - making matching tiles progressively more difficult. Occasionally, bomb tiles would appear, and unless you defused them within a set number of 'moves' it'd be game over. Damn bombs.

Out of the sinking

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