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Trent Howell
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While it may be hard to call Hive a "board game" (since there is no board), it’s very easy to call it a fantastic 2-player game. In fact, it didn’t take long for Hive to rocket onto our favorite family board games list.

Hive may have a simple objective and simple rules, but that doesn’t mean it’s not loaded with strategy. In fact, we think it’s the simplicity that makes this family board game so appealing.

How do you play Hive?
It simple really - try to surround your opponent’s queen bee with insects (either your tiles or theirs) and you win. The tricky part is in how you control your tiles.

Each player starts by selecting one of their tiles and placing it in the play area. The first player places first (obviously) and the second player must then place their tile touching the tile of the first player. After that first connection, when you place a tile in play it must connect to your color tile and not touch any tile of the other color. Also, the tiles in play must stay connected as a unit - the Hive cannot separate.

Within each player’s first 4 moves, each must place their queen bee in play. Once your queen is in play, you can start to move the tiles you already have in play.

Each tile has their unique moves once they’re placed on the board.
Bee: Can move one space around the hive at a time
Ant: Can move as many spaces around the hive as you desire
Spider: Must move 3 spaces in any direction around the hive (no more, no less)
Grasshopper: Jumps over tiles in a straight line to the next open space (jumping at least 1 tile and up to as many as are in that line)
Beetle: Can move one space around the hive at a time but can also go on top of other tiles. Then it can move one space on top of the hive or back down.

Another thing to note is that you don’t have to place all of your pieces in play. Use just as many tiles as you need.

Once a bee is surrounded by 6 tiles (of any color) that side is defeated.
Simple play - but tricky because of the different movements of each insect.

Can the whole family enjoy Hive?
Without a doubt!
While the recommended ages on the box are 9-99 we don’t think you should hold it back from kids younger than 9. In fact, younger kids will love playing with these fantastic insect tiles and moving their pieces around. Sure they may not grasp the strategic elements right from the start, but they won’t care about that.

But Hive isn’t just a kids’ game either. It’s also a great board game for adults or teenagers who want a good head-to-head challenge. In fact, dad frequently challenges Trevor and Jaden to matches (or re-matches when they beat him).

Durable components can’t be beat
The insect tiles in Hive are expertly crafted. They’re nice and bulky, made of durable materials, feel great in your hands, and have great insect images on each. In fact, mom gets creeped out by the spider tiles because the spider image is realistic and she hates spiders. They can also be cleaned up really easy - which makes them perfect for playing outside as well.

Have game, will travel
As you can see in the video review and the photos, Hive comes with a cool travel bag that makes it easy to take the game with you wherever you go. You don’t have to worry about odd size boxes (even though the Hive box is small) fitting in with your travel plans. When we hit the road last week, it was a no-brainer to grab Hive and toss it in our travel case. And if you’re just heading to the park for a picnic, just grab the Hive bag and you’ve got a fun game with you.

And because Hive is such a great 2-player game with durable tiles and a cool travel bag, dad will be taking with him and the boy scouts when they go on their week long scout summer camp in July. From experiences at previous scout camps we know that the scouts love strategic 2-player camps. And we’re sure Hive will be a hit.

How much luck is involved in Hive?
Hive is all about strategy. There isn’t any luck involved in the game because every piece you place and every movement you make is completely up to you. You also can see exactly what your opponent can do so you can plan accordingly in order to anticipate their moves.

How does Hive score on the "Let's Play Again" meter?
I don’t think we’ve every just played a single game of Hive. Hive scores super high on our "Let’s Play Again" game meter for a few reasons. The first is that it plays so quickly. While some games make take a little longer, our games average between 5 and 10 minutes. The second is that it’s so easy to grab the bag off the shelf and just start playing. There isn’t any set-up time at all.

The third reason is that it can be played anywhere. It doesn’t take much space and any flat surface will do. The forth reason is pretty straight-forward, it’s fun!

We have absolutely no reservations in recommending this board game (tile game) for every family in the world!



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Bill Kunes
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I've been thinking about this game for some time. I think you have pushed me over the top. I plan on getting it next time I see it.

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Trent Howell
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BK - thanks for the comments. We're happy to push you over the edge on this one.

And our 15 yr old son that did the video review noticed your microbadges (Memoir '44, Power Grid, and Killer Bunnies) and immediately said "I like this guy!"
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Andy Andersen
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Just picked up Hive: Carbon. Thanks for a great written and video review of the game. Great job. TV news in the future?
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Jason Weed
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Alot of game in a small pouch, I wish more games were as transportable, also.
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The tiles look similar to dominoes. Are they similar in construction?
 
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toebus wrote:
The tiles look similar to dominoes. Are they similar in construction?


Yes - they are similar to many popular domino sets. But the Hive tiles are thicker (very chunky and nice).
 
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