hox_release.PNGLooking for a good strategy game to play hotseat with your friends? Good, because Daniel Haazen's HOX is here. All players have the same goal: be the last person who can move. The rules are simple, but a randomized board means the game will never be quite the same twice. And if you can't find people to play with, the game still has you covered.

The board is a grid whose center square is marked with an X and whose other squares are randomly filled with one of the numbers between 1 and 3, inclusive. Each player starts at the center of one side and will always be on a numbered square as long as they are still in the game. Whatever number is in a given player's square is how many squares the player who started to their left (if you imagine the players sitting at a table) must move on their turn, with the center square allowing that player to jump to any open space on the board. Squares to which the player can move are indicated in blue. When a player leaves a square, that square is blocked off and can no longer be landed upon, though it can be passed through. If a player cannot move the exact number of squares indicated, they are out. The last person standing wins.

For people who want to play alone, there are two options. One is to play multiplayer with AI opponents. The AI is totally decent, and although there is only one level of AI, you can set a time limit on turns to 10, 20, or 30 seconds to modify the challenge. Or turn the time limit off altogether and take as much time as you wish. The other option is a single-player mode which is more like a strategic puzzler in which the goal is to block off as much of the board as possible without getting blocked in.

If you want to play with real people but don't have anyone around, you're out of luck for now... but Haazen plans to add online multiplayer in the future.

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The game also has a colorblind mode, pictured above. Rather than changing any of the colors in the game, it adds numbers to each player and stripes to blocked off areas to make it clear who blocked off which area.

HOX will be available on Desura on November 22, though you can preorder it now for €1.99. Alternately, you can get it now at itch.io. The game is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and is DRM free. Linux users will need to install the free Love2D application, but Windows and Mac users can play the game without any additional software. If you want to know more, check out the game's entry on IndieDB.