10 years later, Super Hexagon just got a major update

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Minimalist psychedelic rhythm game Super Hexagon is nearing its 10th anniversary, so you wouldn’t blame its developer Terry Cavanagh if he ever tossed it aside and said “this is it” (especially that it has the much newer Risky Dungeons (opens in a new tab) Maintain). But Super Hexagon lives on, as the developer announced that it’s now verified for Steam Deck and received a major engine update that should make an already great game a bit better.

The “Neo Update” (opens in a new tab) (marked by Play on Linux (opens in a new tab)) is a complete rewrite of the game’s code at the system level. Super Hexagon now uses SDL (which makes the game window resizable and offers full controller support), the audio engine has been replaced, and the graphics rendering has been revised to provide proper upscaling up to 4K . With Super Hexagon’s visual relying on crisp straight lines and sharp angles as you move your little triangle between the fast-spinning walls, it’s nice that you can now blast it for the big screen without it all getting jagged.

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(Image credit: Terry Cavanagh)

The update also initially promised “smoother frame rates”, although when users started reporting that it was still limited to 60 frames per second, the developers admitted their error and said that higher frames would arrive in a future “Part 2” update. The mobile version of the game already supports higher frame rates, along with other features, and the ultimate goal is to merge all desktop and mobile versions into one final super super hexagon.

Cavanagh says there’s no deadline for Neo Update Part 2 to be complete, but what’s a few years for a game that’s been around since the early days of the indie gaming revolution? In the meantime, with modern conveniences like high resolutions and proper controller support, you can kick back with Super Hexagon on a big TV and get sucked into its mesmerizing vortex of geometry and electronic music like never before.

Super Hexagon is ridiculously cheap and you can grab it on Steam (opens in a new tab) and GOG (opens in a new tab).

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