Sometimes a simple puzzle game gets under your skin and challenges what you know. It's why we love tonypa... his games are unexpected, they make you think, and yet they are excessively simple in design. Welcome to the party Doyu Hexcontrol by Doyu Games, a game that's is easy to figure out and challenging to master, to say the least. Built on a hexagonal grid, you and the computer or another player take turns making moves. First you place your color on the board, and then you can either take another space, or fill one of the dots in the space you've chosen. Each space has 2, 3, 4 or 6 die-like dots, which are a part of the strategy. As soon as you fill the dots in a hexagon, it explodes, conquering all the spaces around it. As you take over a new hexagon, you automatically get one more dot than was in that space to begin with. So, if the space is empty, you receive one dot; If it has one or more, whether your color or your opponent's, you gain one more than it held before.
And that's where the heart of the strategy comes into play. If you set up a chain of explosions, you can take over a large portion of the board. You can also leave yourself open to a chain-reaction of explosions from your opponent if you don't watch your dot placement. Like chess and other multi-layered strategy games, you always have to look ahead as many plays as you can to determine both the best placement of new hexagons as well as how many dots to place in each one. And once you get past the Easy levels, you'll find that the AI won't always follow a standard set of plays. The blue and green are similar in hue so color blind players may have some issues, and we hope to hear from you if that is the case. Beyond that, it's a well-designed game with infinite replay value. Put on your thinking cap... you're going to need it for this one!