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Quick Look: Hexinos

Designer: Michael Ott
Publisher: Nanolocity Games
Year Published: 2020

No. of Players: 2-5
Ages: 4+
Playing Time: 15-20 Minutes

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com  


Been a while since you tried Dominos, try Hexinos!

Set Up

-Place the starter tile face-up on the table

-Turn all the other tiles upside down on the table and scramble them up. (4-5 player game            remove 2 tiles)

-Each player chooses 2 tiles from the pile.

-Person with the tile with the fewest total dots on goes first, then play continues clockwise until   all the tiles are placed.

Game play

-Player places 1 of their 2 tiles against 1 or more tiles in the center array, matching dot counts.   for all edges.

-Points are scored, then the player takes another face down tile.

-You always start and end your turn with 2 tiles.

-Your tiles are always hidden from the other players.

-Play continues until all tiles are placed, or someone scores a “perfect match”


There are two ways of scoring Hexinos tile placement: Basic and Advanced. Basic can be used with younger kids or just to make the game play go a bit faster.
Basic scoring is super basic – if the player matches:
+ one edge of their tile to one edge of a tile already on the game table: score one point
+ two edges of their tile: score three points
+ three edges of their tile: score six points
+ four edges of their tile: score ten points
+ five edges of their tile: score fifteen points
+ all edges of their tile – the “perfect match”: that player wins immediately.
Advanced scoring requires both addition and multiplication:
+ one edge of their tile to one edge of a tile already on the game table: score one point for each pip on that matching edge of the player’s tile (e.g. if the matching tile edge has three pips, its three points (not six))
+ two edge match: count total pips on the matching edges of the players tile, then multiply that by two
+ three edge match: count total pips on the matching edges of the players tile, then multiply that by three
+ four edge match: count total pips on the matching edges of the players tile, then multiply that by four
+ five edge match: count total pips on the matching edges of the players tile, then multiply that by five
For both Basic and Advanced scoring – if the placed tile closes off an empty tile space (called “bridging”), the placing player scores as usual for the edges that match, then a bonus of six points for each empty hex that has been closed off.

A note about younger players:

As long as the player can hold and place the tiles, Hexinos can be played at any age. For younger players it encourages both pattern matching and spatial recognition – seeing their tile with an edge with 2 pips next to a 3 pip edge, but does that match what is on the tiles already on the table, or is the 2 & 3 “backwards”? And with the basic scoring system, kids easily grasp the benefit of “more edges matching is better” without needed to know addition or multiplication.

Component Quality

The prototype that I received included: Everything you need for a 2-5 player game: 42 unique 1/8″ thick white acrylic tiles and a high quality, US-made tile bag big enough to hold the tiles, score pad and ruleset (with the Founders names on it). From looking at the Kickstarter page it appears that basic supporters will receive pretty much the same thing that we received.

What my 13 year old daughter had to say about Hexinos “The game play was a lot like dominos. It’s a well thought out, fun matching game.

Final Words

From what I remember from my childhood, I enjoyed games in this order: Card games (like Skip-bo, Uno and Phase 10), Dominos and then classic games (Sorry, Monopoly, Battleship, Clue). But after growing up and getting into hobby games then trying the older classic games as we sometimes call them I realized my tastes have changed a lot. I know because I remembered loving Sorry, I picked it up a while back so I could share the joy it brought me as a child with my own kids. After playing it with them and even during, I was like “what did I like about that again?” I haven’t really got back into dominos with the kids other than setting them up to knock them down. 

From the moment I got Hexinos it’s been a different experience than these so called “Classic Games” Even just the packaging is an awesome bag. This would be a game we could take to the park or go play outside if we wanted to. But first off I love the little burlap bag or whatever kind of bag it is. It’s simple enough to hold the tiles and have the game nam on the outside as well as their website (Which might come in quite handy if one of the kids walks off with the small sheet which consists of the simple straightforward directions.). The bad also has one of the Hexino tiles attached to the string of the bag. Which I thought was an awesome touch!  Even being just. a prototype the directions are nicely typed out on small high quality kind of card stock like paper. Directions were simple enough that my 13 year old daughter was able to learn and teach myself and her 7 year old sister how to play the game. The tiles are quality and I feel this game won’t easily fall apart. It also came with a blank notepad with additional game and game company branding on it. My wife thinks it’s sacrilege to write on the paper pads that come with games. So Nanolocity Games might want to consider some kind of laminated sheet on which you can keep track of your score. But, either way, I’m hoping the game comes with some sort of writing utensil in order to keep track of the score. It might also be an added touch if they had something with boxes or something to mark for each different match each player gets to make it easier to track our scores at the end.  

Final Verdict

This Tetris99 Lover in me gives Hexinos a solid 9. Will definitely play again!

Disclaimer: The publisher provided the prototype copy of Hexinos. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.

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Sun, November 15 2020 11:59 PM PST.

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[Reviewer Name] – Lake Leafty

Lake was a pharmacy tech in just about every facet you can think of including as a veteran of the United States Air Force. He’s also a husband to his wonderful wife with whom he has been blessed to be the father of 5 great children. Due to circumstances beyond his control he got thrown into the world of Tabletop gaming. As an overachiever he couldn’t just sit there quietly playing games. So he started podcasting about games in May of 2017. Ever since then has been slowly trying to grow his evil regime starting with The Giveaway Geek and now EBG.

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