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Hive - The Original


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Hive is a board game with a difference. There is no board. The pieces are added to the playing area thus creating the board. As more and more pieces are added the game becomes a fight to see who can be the first to capture the opposing Queen Bee.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 1.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B000EN5ZLW
  • Item model number: 5513656
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,074 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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The game set itself is very durable and very portable.
L. F. Smith
Second, and this is just an opinion, the carbon version gives it a very serious look, like chess.
Atrain
This is an abstract game that's easy to learn and quick to play.
tonyfromky

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By L. F. Smith VINE VOICE on June 30, 2009
Hive is an excellent game. It can be learned in just a few minutes and the matches are very quick. Unlike many other strategy games, playing is fun from the beginning.

The game will remind you in many ways of chess in terms of its strategy. There are, however, important differences. The rules for placement of the game pieces are very straightforward. There are only a few types of pieces, and the biggest difference between chess and Hive is that most of the game peices will ever move once they're played.

Each individual match is different from the others, because the two players create a different game "board" with their initial piece placement, and each game takes on a unique dynamic, which the two players create. The result is a a variable game that two players of different skills can enjoy equally.

The game set itself is very durable and very portable. It's a great spur-of-the-moment game that requires just a few seconds of set-up time, and it's also great for trips, rainy weather, etc.

I evaluate games on the basis of how many units of fun I have per unit of money I spent on the game, and by that measure, Hive has a great payoff. I'd recommend it very highly for those who enjoy strategy games.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By - on January 10, 2009
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This is a terrific game for two people which requires chess-like strategy, but it can be learned in just a few minutes and played in less than 15 minutes. My 7 year-old child plays this with friends and they love it. So do my husband and I!! There is no board or set up. The game starts with each player placing an insect tile on the table which creates the playing field. In addition to a queen bee, both players have four other types of insect tiles each of which has its own way of moving about the hive (grasshoppers "jump", beetles "climb", spiders move 3 spaces in any direction and soldier ants "move about the perimeter". The object of the game is to completely surround the opposing players queen bee while you prevent your opponent from doing the same to you. One wrong move and watch your queen bee quickly surrounded!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gavin McQuillan on January 12, 2008
This game is quite chess-like in the nature of its strategy, which I like. Hive is a seemingly simple game, with the straightforward rules about movement and a small number of types of tiles. It isn't easy to win, though. The biggest challenge is reconciling that none of the pieces on the board will ever leave once they're placed, and that some of your pieces (one placed) may never move again due to the dynamics of the hive (which your player tiles collectively create).

In the end you have a durable, highly portable, thinkers game. It's great for trips, indoor weather or afternoon lulls. I find it to be unique and fun, and would recommend it to most anyone who's enjoyed playing chess or go.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By lufia22 on May 20, 2011
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Let me start by saying that I think Hive Carbon is a better buy. Unknown to me at the time I purchased this product, the Carbon game contains two expansions for a few bucks extra. The expansions sell for around $7-$10 each while the Carbon set only costs $5-$10 more than the 3rd edition set. Unless you have no interest in the expansions, I would go with the Carbon game as you'll end up spending more at this current time if you buy the 3rd edition and then the two expansions.

With that out of the way, Hive is a simple game with no game board, meaning it can be played practically anywhere. It involves hexagon shaped pieces that have images of various bugs on them. Each bug has certain rules about how it can move, much like how each piece in chess has various movement patterns. Also like chess, the game revolves around "defeating" a single piece, in this case the queen bee. You do this by completely surrounding the queen bee with pieces (yours and/or the opponent's, it doesn't matter).

I wont go into full detail, but the game plays out much like a game of chess, with each player trying to bait the other into making moves while defending themselves. Games are quick and fun and the pieces feel in-flavor with the bug they represent (i.e. the grasshopper can jump over piece).

As for the product itself, the tiles are made of Bakelite and come with a zip-up carrying case if you prefer not to keep them in the box. I was a little disappointed as my tiles came with some black smudging on them. The price at the time I purchased it ($30) seemed a little high for what you get. The game is still fun to play regardless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DSMac27 on September 20, 2010
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Hive struck me like a fresh new concept in tabletop gaming when I first ran into it at the manufacturer's own website. There, you could play the game against a robot that they said wasn't all that good a player. He taught me so much, beating me 15 consecutive times before I finally beat him.

Hive has tiles with special movement rules, like chess, but there is no "board". The first tile played in the game initiates "The Hive", and all subsequent play takes place on, or adjacent to, The Hive. The tiles depict bugs, and both players get a queen bee, 2 spiders, 2 beetles, 3 grasshoppers, and 3 ants. An expansion set gives each player a mosquito too.

Players take turns adding tiles to the hive. When adding a tile, it must touch already-laid tiles of your color and no tiles of the other color (except for player #2's first tile). During the first 4 moves, both players must add their queen bee to the hive. Once a player's queen bee is played, they may elect to move a tile rather than play a new one. Moving tiles are allowed to land next to the other color in a way that newly played tiles cannot. This decision about bringing a new piece into play or working with the pieces already in play is one small example of the strategy at play here.

The object is to completely surround the opponent's queen bee. Doesn't have to be all your tiles, but if she is surrounded you win. Don't let it happen to your queen bee! The game play is strongly oriented towards "1) Don't lose, 2) Win, if you can" That was the lesson of my first 10 games against the robot at the Hive site.

Ants can move anywhere on the outer perimeter of the hive - any distance. Spiders can do the same thing, but they must move exactly 3 hexes, no more, no less.
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