Hexxagon for Telehealth

When I was young, so many years ago, we had a CD of various flash games that passed the time before we got dial up internet. My favorite was this game where I was a battleship dropping bombs on submarines, but Hexxagon was a close second.

Hexxagon home screen

Hexxagon is a strategy game where you take turns, either with the computer or with another player, moving gems around the beehive-shaped board. When you move a gem to an adjacent space, the gem clones itself, and when you land next to an opponent’s gem, your gem converts their gem to one of yours. You want to have the highest number of gems when the board is full. It’s a fun game that requires focus and strategy, but it’s not so consuming that you are unable to have a conversation while playing.

The game starts with gems in each corner.

There used to be a way to play Hexxagon over Skype, but they removed the game feature years ago. Since we can’t use Skype for HIPAA-compliant video sessions, this would not be an option anyway. But you can still use Hexxagon in your telehealth sessions! Simply go to this website, choose “Player vs Player,” and share your screen. Take turns with screen control with your client to play the game, and you’ve added another simple but fun strategy game to your telehealth toolbox.

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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