CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Grasshopper (3) - jumps in a straight line over any number of pieces.
Ant (3) - slides anywhere legal.
Beetle (2) - crawls 1 in any direction, including atop the hive.
Spider (2) - slides 3 spaces without backtracking.
Ladybug (1) - moves 2 atop the hive, then 1 down.
Queen bee (1) - slides 1 in any direction.
Mosquito (1) - copies the movement of any single pieces it touches.
On the first turn, players place one of their piece adjacent to each other, and this forms the Hive. No move may be made which separates the Hive. On each turn, a player may do one of the following:
1. Place a piece so that it doesn't touch an enemy piece.
2. Move a friendly piece.
To win, surround the opponent's queen bee. Quite a delightful game. This set is identical to the Hive Carbon set, except that the pieces are smaller. Each piece is roughly the size of 5 stacked US quarters. The game comes with a nice carrying bag. One draw back -- the rules are now a larger fold-out sheet which works okay if the game is kept in the original plastic case, but not so well if you want to carry a copy of the rules. A more portable version of the rules should have been provided.
The is also an excellent Hive app, in case you'd like to try playing the game.
The Hive is the mass of bugs you and your opponent are creating, one at a time. You can only place your bugs next to your own bugs -- not touching your opponent's. You can't "split the Hive," which means that every piece must be on, adjacent, or linked by a chain of adjacent pieces, to every other piece.
You win when your opponent's Queen is surrounded by 6 pieces.
Play is simple and elegant -- a clear classic.
The colors resemble those of the original version. (Personally, I prefer the black and white of the Carbon version.) This version includes the same pieces as the Carbon version -- which means you get the Mosquito and Beetle "expansions" -- which amount to a total of four extra tiles, compared to the original.
This version is the obvious choice if you are looking for a very portable version you can toss in your bag. Highly recommended for fans of Hive who want to play on the go. And it's great for introducing gaming to non-gamers.
Fans of language games may also enjoy THE Book of Word Games: Parlett's Guide to 150 Great and Quick-to-Learn Word Games. The very imaginative may want to check out Dixit.
The rules are simple. You place tiles in an effort to surround the opponents Queen. Once the Queen is places, players can also move the tiles already on the board. Each of the tiles has special movement abilities. Some are more defensive, and some are more offensive.
This version gets particular praise, because it includes some errata and clarification in the rules, it includes the two optional pieces that came out since the original game was published, and it is truly portable.
I highly recommend this game!
I've always been into abstract strategy games (e.g. chess, Gobblet, Go, Lines of Action, Phutball <33, etc.) and studied computer science/game theory in college. The game of Hive is certainly one of my favorites. I enjoy how it's a game with perfect information but you're not certain where or when that information will become relevant.
I recently spent some of St. Patrick's evening playing this game with a nine year old girl and she picked it up quickly and I was able to teach her the basic concepts in only a few minutes. I let her play as white without observing tournament rules and she intuitively decided to play the queen first (she's an aggressive, assertive, intelligent little lady). The game ended in a draw (SUPER DENSE HIVE) with me struggling against her aggressiveness as black. She also suggested a game that was more like checkers sans board using the hex pieces and I helped her polish that idea. It's essentially hive with the pieces flipped to just black and white using a queen and a spider to represent "key pieces" while using your other pieces as hoppers.
My older friends and coworkers also enjoy playing this game with me and they know I carry it in my coat/hoodie pocket. I've been in quite a few games where the tension feels much higher than in chess and have loved it win or lose. If you aren't playing and teaching Hive you don't know what you're missing. Also: to iterate, flip the tiles upside down and you can make your own boardless abstract strategy game using hex tiles; the possibilities are truly limitless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun game to take to the pub and play. Gameplay is about 20 minutes.Published 3 days ago by kez panel project
Like chess with bugs. Except that when I play, there's zero chance that my opponent has been a Hive master since they were 5, which significantly evens the playing field for a... Read morePublished 11 days ago by L. Nicolini
I bought the travel set because it comes in color and includes all expansions except pill bug ( the new one which I bought separately and it comes with 2 travel and 2 full size... Read morePublished 25 days ago by J. Booth
I was looking for a good two person game to surprise my husband with, and I discovered HIVE. This game is a hidden gem. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kristen S
What a fun game! I've been searching far and wide for a game my husband and I could play together. Neither of us are particularly intellectual or good at chess, but we were both... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Hope Henchey
The tiles are higher quality than I expected out of a $20 game. Great interesting take on the chess style boardgames that usually finishes up in about 10-15 minutes for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Chislow
Our favourite, travel friendly, 2player game (for my 6yo son and 10yo daughter).
Nothing else even comes close at the moment!
great game, I am a wilderness guide and work with 13-17 year olds and this is a great time passer, small and light so it fits in my pack.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer