Gaming App Of The Day: Can You Last 30 Seconds In Super Hexagon?

After two weeks of careful study, I have determined that Super Hexagon is the bull-riding of video games. It may not look it. It may look and sound like an old Atari game that fell through a timewarp and re-emerged on the iTunes store today.

But it is, in fact, an experience that will break you, repeatedly.

It is a game that you will only be able to handle, at first, for five seconds. Maybe six.

Super Hexagon is a brilliant little game from Terry Cavanagh, the sadistic creator of the tougher-than-Mario sidescroller VVVVV. The game is as simple as it looks in its trailer. You control a little triangle and rotate it through a maze that is constantly converging toward the centre of your iPhone or iPad screen.

Cavanagh sent me an early copy of the game a couple of weeks ago and warned me that this game was the toughest thing he'd ever created. I emailed him back a little later just thrilled with myself that I'd managed to survive in his game for 15 seconds. He emailed me back with the equivalent of a pat on the head and told me to keep at it. There was lots of depth, he told me. I had to keep playing. Today, I can proudly report that I can now survive for 24 seconds. (Confession, I'm playing on the game's "easy" mode, which is called Hard... my record in Harder mode is 5.3 seconds; in Hardest it's 5.0 seconds.)

Anyone can make a game that is brutally tough, but it takes a craftier individual to make one that I won't stop playing even as I fail again and again. I credit the graphics, which spiral and pulse in a way that will make you think you're being hypnotized. I credit the controls -- press on the left side of the screen to rotate the triangle one way; press on the right to go the other way -- which seem digital but reveal themselves to be deeply analogue. I credit the music, the voice-acting. Hell, I credit the whole thing.

This game is worth well more than the 99 cents being charged for it.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, not getting this game would be a grave mistake. Pay the dollar. Get on this bull. See how long you can survive.

Super Hexagon [iTunes App Store]


Comments

    To answer the title, yes, yes I can. Played briefly this morning, and it's a lot of fun. Will take some effort to get better though.

    Watching the video almost gave me an epileptic seizure. This looks brutally hard.

    I don't know what I just watched but I think it was awesome.

    When does this happen in other places? Actually, is there some kind of iPhone/Pad emulator out there? >_>

    Just a heads up, the provided link seems to lead to Avengers Initiated not Super Hexagon.

    Man this game looks awesome, i love how it goes with the music, bringing in another sense to help keep the rhythm, much like guitar hero.

    Also he needs to port it to android so i can play!

    Can I just say that the controls for Super Hexagon are in no way analog. They are purely digital (left and right). No faster or slower movement with harder or softer touching. The background spins though, and this effects avatar movement speed.

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