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Platform iOS, Win, Mac, Android, Linux Publisher Terry Cavanagh Developer Terry Cavanagh Release Date 2012-08-31

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Flappy Bird and inspired cloning: Indie devs explore what made a controversial game fun

There have been endless words written about the game, and its creator has been painted as both a villain and a victim. Dong Nguyen may be someone who understood how to game the system, or an indie developer who is innocent of the ways of mobile apps. The game has been called a scam, while others have praised many aspects of its design and execution. Other developers have shrugged and done what developers do: They went to work making games based on, or inspired by, Flappy Bird. The results of the so-called Flappy Jam aren’t only much more enjoyable that you’d expect, they actively explore what made the original so fascinating to so many people. Flapping, parabolas and fun Regardless of how Flappy Bird came to be on the top of the app charts, the fact remains that masses of people...

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Micro Hexagon brings Super Hexagon to the Commodore 64

Developers Paul Koller and Mikkel Hastrup created a Commodore 64 version of Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon, an action twitch-based game that was originally released for iOS, Android and PC. Titled Micro Hexagon, it was programmed by Koller for the second RGCD Cartridge Development Competition, a contest where developers submit games in working 16KB cartridge ROM format. The games submitted don't have to be original works, but they have to have been made for the Commodore 64 by the developer. Micro Hexagon adapts Cavanagh's PC and mobile title to the old school personal computer. In the video above, the game is played on a CRT monitor, but it can also be downloaded and played on an emulator. Koller has previously ported other titles to the Commodore 64, such as Adam Saltsman's C...

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Terry Cavanagh's new project is Halting Problem, a 'proper, meaty puzzle game'

Super Hexagon and VVVVVV creator Terry Cavanagh's new project is a 'proper, meaty puzzle game' tentatively titled Halting Problem, according to an update on his website. "A proper, meaty puzzle game is something I've wanted to make for ages, and I'm having lots of fun just messing around with the mechanics for this one and seeing what I can make out of them," Cavanagh wrote. "It's inspired by DROD, but also things like Qrostar games, Zachtronic games, and my flatmate Increpare's games." Cavanagh wrote that he is "really excited" about Halting Problem and that he is going to make it "my main focus for a while." In April, Cavanagh posted a Vine clip showcasing several cancelled projects, including a first-person shooter and a dance-based role-playing game. Last year, Cavanagh's retro...

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Notch unveils free ceiling-inspired Unity game called Drop, playable now

Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson unveiled Drop, a free Unity game available to play now, the developer revealed on his Twitter account. According to Notch, the game was mainly inspired by a section of ceiling in his apartment, as well as Fez's ending and Super Hexagon. Gameplay consists of gamers typing in the corresponding blinking letters on the screen and pressing space or enter to advance. Bonus points are awarded if more than four letters are entered at a time. The game speeds up if the wrong letter is entered and it's game over if a letter leaves the screen. According to Notch's Twitter, he shared Drop's code with game developer Mike Bithell, the creator of Thomas Was Alone, who then built an Oculus Rift version of the game.

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Cart Life wins big at the 15th annual Independent Games Festival Awards

At tonight's 15th annual Independent Games Festival awards, held at the Game Developers Conference, Richard Hofmeier's Cart Life won three of its three category nominations, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Excellence in Narrative and the Nuovo Award. FTL: Faster than Light won one of its two nominations, which was the Excellence in Design category. It also won the Audience Award. 140 beat out Hotline Miami for the Excellence in Audio award. Kentucky Route Zero and Little Inferno won Excellence in Visual Arts and Technical Excellence, respectively. Zineth won the Student Showcase category. Each full category is listed below. Seumas McNally Grand Prize Cart Life FTL: Faster than Light Hotline Miami Kentucky Route Zero Little Inferno Excellence in Visual Arts G...

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Sound Shapes, Super Hexagon and Dyad musicians to perform at Wild Rumpus and Venus Patrol party at GDC

The Wild Rumpus and Venus Patrol party — an event held during the week of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco — will feature performances by the musicians who worked on Sound Shapes, Super Hexagon, Dyad and Proteus. The party will host "video game fun times, indie games, DJs, drinking, etcetera" and will showcase indie games like Panoramical Soundself, Super Space, Samurai Gunn and a new game by Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi. The musicians behind some of last year's most critically-acclaimed indie games will also be performing at the party, including David Kanaga (Dyad and Proteus), Chipzel (Super Hexagon), I Am Robot And Proud (Sound Shapes) and Kozilek (Luftrausers, Gun Godz, Wasteland Kings). Information about the event's lineup can be viewed here. Tickets are...

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Rumpus Royale MMXIII brings 'indie game world championship' to GDC

Rumpus Royale MMXIII, Wild Rumpus' self-billed "indie game world championship," will be held March 25-29 during the Game Developer's Conference, according to the event's website. Featuring daily tournaments, a training arcade and indie games, Rumpus Royale will take place on the first floor of the west hall in San Francisco's Moscone Centre. The games will include contortionist running simulator QWOP, minimalist sports game Hokra as well as rotating puzzler Super Hexagon and bullet-limited local multiplayer game Samurai Gunn. The self-described "multiplayer indie game event organizing bunch of roughhousers" at Wild Rumpus are also hosting a Tumblr-sponsored event called "All other parties are still trite and dull" on March 27. It will also feature indie games, with the addition of...

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Journey takes the lead in BAFTA nominations

The British Academy of Film, Television and Arts unveiled this years nominees for games in 2013, revealing thatgamecompany's meditative saga Journey has taken the lead with eight nominations. A total of 53 video games are up for awards across 17 categories this year. Trailing immediately behind Journey in greatest number of awards in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead with seven nominations, Far Cry 3 with six and indie darling Dear Esther with five nominations. The awards night will take place on March 5, as hosted once again by comedian Dara O'Briain. A live stream of the event will be made available by Twitch. The full list of nominees is as follows: Action: Borderlands 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Far Cry 3 Halo 4 Hitman: Absolution Mass Effect 3 Artistic Achievement: B...

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Super Hexagon now available for Android, launched at 99 cents

Indie game developer Terry Cavanagh has released the Android port of Super Hexagon, his high-speed, polygon-navigating action game, through the Google Play store. Super Hexagon for Android is available at a launch sale price of $0.99. Cavanagh writes on the distractionware blog, "We've done lots and lots of testing and fixing to make this work well on as many Android devices as possible, but of course, on a wide a platform as Android, bugs are inevitable." The Android port of the title — first released as the Flash game Hexagon and later ported to iOS and PC as Super Hexagon — was previously held up by a bug related to Nexus 7 hardware. Super Hexagon was recently named as a finalist in the Independent Game Festival 2013 awards. The game is nominated for "Excellence in Design."

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Super Hexagon for Android is 'basically done', bug exists for Nexus 7

The Android port for Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon is "basically done" and beta test copies were sent out at the end of last year, but a bug that appears to be limited to the Nexus 7 tablet is halting the game's Android release. Writing on his blog, Cavanagh said that the bug creates an input lag issue that, at present, appears to be limited to the Nexus 7, although it is unclear whether the problem might be more widespread. Co-developer Laurence Muller explained in the same blog post that there is a noticeable delay in the game when played on the Nexus 7 compared to other Android devices, and this can render the game unplayable. Cavanagh says: Figuring out that this was happening has been driving us crazy. It may not look like much in the above video (which is running at 50%...

Super Hexagon Releases
North America
  • iOS
    • Released 08/31/2012
    • Publisher Terry Cavanagh
    • Developer Terry Cavanagh
  • Windows
    • Released 11/27/2012
    • Publisher Terry Cavanagh
    • Developer Terry Cavanagh
  • Mac
    • Released 11/27/2012
    • Publisher Terry Cavanagh
    • Developer Terry Cavanagh
  • Android
    • Released 01/18/2013
    • Publisher Terry Cavanagh
    • Developer Terry Cavanagh
  • Linux
    • Released 02/27/2013
    • Publisher Terry Cavanagh
    • Developer Terry Cavanagh
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