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What do you guys think of Hexplore?

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by Outmind, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Outmind Augur

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    Seeing as though people here have played some pretty obscure games, it surprises me that i wasn't able to find a topic about this not so well known gem.

    Basically, Hexplore is a hack & slash game (diablo has topics in here, so i trust no one will object that i put my thread in the rpg discussion as well) where you control four characters - your main character, the adventurer, who uses various explosives, melee and short ranged weapons, and three other characters which you pick up on the first level. The archetypes are archer (long range, traps, sneakiness), warrior (heavy melee and some short range / explosives) and wizard (long range heavy damage spells and buffs). You had to lead these four through ten huge levels filld with monsters, traps puzzles and loot, as each of their abilities could get upgraded three times.

    The game came out in 1998. i believe, and i remember playing the demo a gazillion times as a kid. I finally managed to get the full version a couple of years ago and loved every minute of it. Here are a few screenshots to help jog your memories:


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    Oh, and if you want to try it out / play it again, don't forget to get WinThrottle, as the game will crash on a modern system which isn't slowed down this way.
     
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  2. MisterStone Arcane

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    Oooo it uses voxels, p. damn cool. I poked around a bit trying to learn more about it, but I don't understand if it's RTwP, TB or what? Just out of curiosity, what kind of 'puzzle' solving is involved in the game?
     
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  3. Outmind Augur

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    The game plays in real-time, and you can controll either a single character or all of them at the same time. Kinda like your standard black isle rpg, without the emphasis on tactics (although you can't just rush in either).

    As for the puzzles, they aren't that difficult - find this switch, press that stone etc. One cool thing about solving them though is that each character gets to play a part - the adventurer is the only one who can activate mechanical devices, the archer can fit into tight passageways, the warrior can push certain switches, and the wizard can decipher arcane texts. Basically all this does is it opens up new parts of the map, but it is an interesting feature.
     
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  4. Lockkaliber Magister Patron

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    Played this when I was younger and came quite far if I recall correctly. I remember appreciating the puzzles when I got the hang of the controls. Also it was cool that you could recruit different party members.

    edit: I played it with a bro in LAN which was quite fun, figuring out the puzzles together.
     
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  5. spectre Arcane

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    I remember I played the first level to death when I had the demo, and it was pretty freaking awesome, but when I got the full version, somehow I quickly lost interest.
     
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  6. Elwro Arcane

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    I also played the demo a zillion times back then, but never had access to the full version.
     
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  7. Angthoron Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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  8. Lightknight Liturgist

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    Cutscenes in this game are quite awesome, editing is on Blizzard level, i'd say.

    What i do remember about this game, is that you could start it without a disc, but it would crash in exactly 10 minutes, no matter what you do. Caused me a lot of grief, since i wanted to play it coop with a friend.
     
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  9. sgc_meltdown Arcane

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    the party member portraits all look like they're veterans in performing nonconsensual acts of love
     
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  10. Same here.

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  11. sgc_meltdown Arcane

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  12. Lonely Vazdru Pimp my Title

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    I played and finished it when it was released (I'm a patriot) but I didn't like it (I'm not that much of a patriot). Fighting was more of a "20% simple puzzle solving/80% precise timing reload fest inducer" than any real hack and slash. Plus characters didn't really level-up. Not my kind of game. Nice graphics though.
    I guess I was more stubborn when I was younger since nowadays I wouldn't finish a game that I like so little.
     
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  13. ZbojLamignat Educated

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    This game went completely next-gen with experience being a drop left by the mosters.

    I also remember really liking it, probably one of the most original hns games I know, have a non-inventory-removal copy somewhere on my hdd waiting for a replay.
     
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  14. flabbyjack Arcane

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    My thoughts on Hexplore:
    "Almost as good as Rage of Mages or Rage of Mages 2!"
     
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  15. Lightknight Liturgist

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    Allods were basically expansion on the old Warcraft idea of no base missions, whereas Hexplore is pretty much Lost Vikings : MiddleEarth.
     
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  16. reaven Educated

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    The first level song still plays in my head.
     
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  17. Archibald Arcane

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    Strange game, i remember finishing it to the end(for that time had kinda cool story) and i can`t say a single amazing thing about it yet i remember enjoying it and sometimes think about replaying it.

    I wish we would still get games like that, nothing spectacular but fucking solid.
     
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  18. toro Arcane

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    This is GoG material.
     
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  19. Angelo85 Magister Patron

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    My thoughts exactly.
    It's been quite a while since I played this and I don't remember much about it, but I did like it.
     
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  20. Wolfus Cipher

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    Ooooh, I almost forgot this great game... I never finished it (I get stuck in one dungeon near the and and I still remember music from that level), but I loved it.
     
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  21. dragonbait Augur

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    I've never seen this before, but it does look mighty cool. May have to pick it up sometime.
     
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  22. dark_savant Novice

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  23. Bad Sector Arcane Patron

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    Insert Title Here RPG Wokedex
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  24. DraQ Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Why does a game with hex in the name use square grid?
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    Eh, at worst still only unilaterally non-consensual.
     
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  25. DeepOcean Arcane

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    Very nice game, it isn't exactly a straight Diablo clone with all the flaws that imply, it is a very simple but fun game. It plays more like Blood Omen or an isometric version of Trine with very light RPG elements. You go around hack slashing monsters while navigating puzzle traps to get treasure, using the different abilities of the characters. A long time since I plyed this, but from what I remember, the game isn't randomly generated and I got impessed at that time with the amount they did with so little they had.

    I think what I liked the most is how they managed to simulate dungeon delving, you go on a dungeon, killing shit, evading traps and get loot, you feel like you are controlling a bunch of low level adventurers hunting for loot. It is very simplistic but it is a charming game.
     
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