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Doodle Hex trailer lacks doodling, hexing

To be honest, this Doodle Hex trailer completely vexes us. For one, it's entirely devoid of gameplay footage. For us, when we check out a trailer for a game, we usually expect gameplay footage from that game. But, hey, maybe that's just us.

Then again, it's a puzzle game. So we pretty much know the score.

Gallery: Doodle Hex

[Via Go Nintendo]

Doodle Hex's vexing video

We fully approve of video tutorials for puzzle games. It's often a lot easier to show us the new mechanic of a puzzler than it is to describe which blocks you arrange in what formation, etc. Unfortunately, the tutorial for Doodle Hex is no help at all. It starts off well, introducing all of the onscreen elements -- but then it skips the part about what those onscreen elements do or how to use them or what's going on. We feel more confused now after seeing the rapid-fire combat than we did before watching this "tutorial."

At least we can enjoy the announcer, who delivers his lines with hilariously false, sarcastic enthusiasm. "You draw magical symbols known as runes! That's ... so great! I am completely enjoying this job."

Doodle Hex casts first screenshots

And it's about time, as well. We last heard about Tragnarion's spell-casting title way back in August 2007, if you can recall such a time, before the game seemingly disappeared in its own puff of smoke.

It's back now, however, along with a publisher (Pinnacle Software) and the first half-dozen screenshots. As described previously, the touchscreen is to be used for scribbling out your hexes (and contains all sorts of gauges and meters that we don't fully understand yet), while the top screen is reserved for the game's hand-drawn art. We like that pig, but some of the other examples look kinda janky.

The gallery below has the first six screens, each super-imposed onto a DS. It's almost like the game itself is in your hands! Or not.

Gallery: Doodle Hex

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