# The 23 best bite-size games for busy lives

I am dad, hear me whinge. Too many games, not enough spare time, for all my non-work hours are spent kissing grazed knees, explaining why you cannot eat the food in that cupboard, constructing awful Lion King dioramas out of toilet roll tubes and being terrified that the next jump from the sofa to the armchair will go fatally wrong. I’m lucky in that my job to some extent involves playing games, so by and large if there’s something I really want to check out I can find a way to, but I appreciate that there are many long-time, older or otherwise time-starved readers for whom RPS is a daily tease of wondrous things they cannot play.

Now, clearly I cannot magically truncate The Witcher 3 into three hours for you, but what I can do is suggest a few games from across the length and breadth of recent PC gaming that can either be completed within a few hours or dipped into now and again without being unduly punished because you’ve lost your muscle-memory. Read the rest of this entry »

# Game Swap: Hexcells Infinite

Game Swap is a series in which one person recommends another a games they might like. This week, Pip suggests Graham play logic puzzle game Hexcells Infinite [official site].

Pip: When I recommended that Graham play Hexcells I wasn’t just doing my normal thing of assuming EVERYONE should play and enjoy Hexcells. NO. This was a reasonable recommendation for reasonable reasons. Graham has been playing a fair bit of the picross puzzler Pictopix recently and Hexcells shares a lot of gaming DNA with picross puzzles. Hexcells is a game about using logic to figure out which hexes on a grid should be blank and which should be filled in. You only have a few pieces of information at your disposal – you might know how many filled-in hexes are in a column, for example, or how many adjoin a particular hex. You then work your way through the possibilities until the grid is complete. You don’t get pictures at the end like you do in picross, usually, but you do get that same logic puzzle satisfaction. I adore Hexcells. I hope Graham likes it too.

# Have You Played… Hexcells?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Okay, it’s fair to say I went on about Hexcells rather a lot in 2014. The reason? It remains the best puzzle game I’ve ever played. And I play puzzle games.

# The 25 Best Puzzle Games Ever Made

The world’s most accurate ranking of the 25 best puzzle games ever to reach a computer. Plucking the peak of PC puzzling, we break down what makes them so special, and put them in the correct order. Read on for more time travel, rearranged tiles, hidden objects and hexed cells than you could ever want.

# The Bestest Best Puzzles Of 2014: Hexcells Infinite

There really wasn’t any competition for this one. As a straight, purest puzzle game, Hexcells Infinite stands heads and shoulders above anything else. As the closing entry of a trilogy, it’s the finest, most refined of the three, and a puzzle lover’s joy.