HexaLines now available for Windows 8, coming to Windows Phone later this month

The popular Windows Mobile game HexaLines now breathes fresh air on the Windows Store as a Windows 8 title. We last looked at HexaLines with the news of the strategic game making its way to both Windows Phone and the desktop stores. The aim of the game is to expand by deploying new hexagons (all players start from the centre) and attempting to cut off or annihilate enemy colours.

So what's new in HexaLines? The developer has given the game a complete overhaul with new graphics and user interface, and has enhanced the computer controlled players (AI) to provide more of a challenge for players. Speaking of challenges, a wide variety (24 in total) are available to aim for while combatting other players or computer controlled opponents. An intuitive interactive tutorial is present to walk the player through the basics with speed so more time is spent actually enjoying the gameplay.

Gameplay is smooth and the grunge interface looks impressive on Windows 8. The developer has also made the game compatible with being 'snapped' on the larger screen for Metro multitasking. Windows Phone Central has been informed that HexaLines for Windows Phone will be arriving at some point later this month, so be sure to stay tuned for more information.

HexaLines was the 4th best selling app / game on PocketGear (as of July 2010), and the refreshed Windows 8 version is certainly well worth checking out. The limitations of the free trial include the inability to play on a large game plan and changing the game mode, or the type of the players. Players are also unable do engage with the array of challenges available.

You can download HexaLines from the Windows Store for $1.99 (£1.39) with a free trial available. We'll announce when the Windows Phone version is available, but for now you can stay up-to-date with latest news on Twitter and Facebook.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.