Officially licensed version of the "Mensa Select" award-winning board game! Hive is a board game with a difference. There is no board! The pieces are added to the playing area thus creating the board.
User reviews: Very Positive (53 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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The base game of Hive plus the Pillbug, Ladybug, and Mosquito expansions!

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October 13

Hive Update released - with new Online Group Chat

While we were making Khet 2.0 (also on Steam), we built a Group Chat into the Online Game Screen so that players can see who else is currently online, hanging around.

Since we wrote one engine that powers both Hive and Khet, it was easy to pull that back into Hive!

We also made a bunch of other fixes, so here's an overview of the fixes to Hive that we made over the last several weeks and released tonight (and remembered to write down ;)):

  • Redesign Online Game Menu with a new Group Chat and member-list
  • Made the progress bar update in real-time (it was too jumpy before)
  • Fix the initial Loading progress bar (it went to 50% then back to 25%).
  • Made the loading time slightly faster
  • If you press "Home" key to set the camera back to the default position, it won't spin around in a bunch of circles to get there (even if you've spun the camera to get to where you were).
  • Disabling sound in windows was causing the game not to boot for some users.
  • Made the "Play Hive Like a Champion" links in the credits actually open a link (instead of just being text).
  • Turned all links in Credits into clickable links.

This is a free update and was released tonight on PC, Mac, and Linux. If you don't have it right away, restart Steam and that will force it to check for updates.

Thanks for being Hive players! If you haven't checked out our other game Khet 2.0, you should have a coupon in your inventory for it. Please keep giving us more feedback & stay tuned as all of our games continue to improve!

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August 1

Maintenance update - bunch of fixes

Long time, no release! :) Things have been fairly stable, so we haven't had to do any emergency releases. If you've been following @bluelinegames on twitter, you might have noticed that we've even been able to start on our next project, Khet 2.0 - the Laser Game!

In the meantime, we've been making regular tweaks to Hive & then this morning we finally routed out a couple of Online errors that were causing certain users to have a whole barrel of trouble when trying to make online games. Tonight, that build went live & should automatically update for you the next time you run Steam.

Here's what's in the release we just pushed to PC, Mac, and Linux:

  • Dropped the number of games needed to get a full Elo Rating down to 15 games (too many people were getting discouraged in the 20's... that's sad!).
  • BUGFIX: Under certain cases, some players would start online games which would be confused about whose turn it was, so the game would basically be locked.
  • BUGFIX: Under other conditions, players could start a game where one player would have a different set of pieces enabled, which lead to crashing.
  • Performance improvement to rendering... on low-end systems that had framerates that were low, this should increase the frame-rate by about 50%! (Geoff is such a baller at this stuff)
  • Made the "Esc" button clickable on the screen to exit the game.
  • Automatically remember the FullScreen setting (made it "sticky") so player doesn't have to go fullscreen manually, every time they play the game (if that's how they prefer it).
  • Capture STDOUT and send it to our logfile... this will make debugging customer issues even easier in the future.
  • At user-request, updated the coupon-code in the Credits to be the 2nd Edition of the "Play Hive Like A Champion" book. Thanks to Randy for creating a discount for the new version also! :)

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“I can't believe how fun this game is...I really really like it...I highly, highly recommend it”
Wil Wheaton (on the physical version of Hive)

“I'm a really big fan of Hive”
Jerry Holkins (TychoBrahe from Penny Arcade on the physical version of Hive)

“So let it be said that Hive, a simple adaption of a cult board game, is the game that ended the Leaderboard’s losing streak.”
Approved – Indie Gamer Chick

About This Game

Officially licensed version of the "Mensa Select" award-winning board game!

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 (surround) the opposing Queen Bee.

  • Play locally or online.
  • Play against the Computer - AI with five difficulty levels.
  • Includes "hot-seat"/"pass-n-play" mode for players with who want to share one mouse/keyboard or gamepad.
  • Full 3D with camera-control
  • Switch seamlessly between playing with mouse/keyboard and gamepad.
  • Dozens of Steam Stats & Achievements.
  • Same expansions as table-top version: the Pillbug, the Ladybug, and the Mosquito expansions are available as DLC.
  • Each expansion can be turned on/off for any individual game. Play with these pieces online even if your opponent does not own the expansions! (they will also get to use the expansions during the game)
  • The Hive board game is a winner of many awards including "Mensa Select", "Dr. Toy: Product of Excellence", "Spiele Hits", "International Gamers Awards", and "Juego del año".

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Mavericks 10.9.2
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit, S3TC texture support
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
One of the classic experiences of modern board gaming, in a 100% faithful digital adaptation.
Posted: September 30
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
So... I'm still not sold on this game. It's fun to mess around with, but I guess I'm not gonna be part of the "cult" that made the boardgame popular. I guess it'd be a lot more fun in person... I think it might lose something online. Although several (read damn near all) the other reviews say the game is awesome online, I haven't found that to be the case for myself.

Don't stray away from the game on my account. I'll probably play several more games before putting it in the "probably not gonna play again" folder, just to give a completely fair shake, but its not looking good so far.
Posted: September 27
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1.1 hrs on record
Rather buggy. The rules screren has examples that contradict the rules.
Posted: October 8
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Genre - Board Game Conversion
This is a 2 player game that can be played against adjustable difficulty AI, Hot Seat or Online, this covers all bases unless aliens exist or we can some how get monkeys invoilved. It is a game that MENSA backed and I can see why. It has the mechanics to make each game a quick strategic test, the more moves you think ahead the more chance you have to win. Each bug moves differently (like chess) and the aim is to suround the enemy queen. They have included many achievements for those who are interested and different bugs have been added to allow customised games and re-playability.
Posted: May 19
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Análisis en español aquí
I can barely recomend this game. It is good but a small amount of issues makes it not so pleasurable as it should.

For start I should explain what this game is about, without going into details about the rules and moves of each type of piece.
Hive is a well known tabletop game for two player. It doesn't use a board, instead players take turns to place or move their hexagonal pieces (representing bugs) contacting one another and thus forming the playing area (hive). Each type of piece has its own move (like chess). The goal is surround the opponent's queen bee while we protect our own queen.
Hive is a very good game, awarded over here and over there, by these and those people. The description of the Steam store handles make it clear that it is a awarded game. It's a game with not too much rules to learn, easy to play. Still the game has a lot of strategy to consider. Move or place? Attack or defend? Which and how many bugs play or conserve?

The game stays true to the rules of the tabletop game and therefore it's played practically the same, except for the difference we not have to wonder if every move is valid. Just click on on of your pieces and it will be show the places where we can place it with another click.
About the AI, it can take too long time to decide to move, especially in higher difficulties, so the match will always be interrupted. Also the AI is not very smart in higher difficulties.

*Graphic user interface
The menu is simple and minimalist. That is usually good, but this time it's taken to the extreme scarcing in basic options such as selecting screen resolution.
When a match is created you can choose how to compete with our rival (remember that it's a two players game). We can play against artificial intelligence on 5 difficulties, on line through Steam, and two local modes, each player with its own peripheral (keyboard and gamepad) or sharing the same peripheral (pass and play).
During the match, the playground is a wooden surface, on which we will place the pieces. The pieces are placed or moved, first by clicking them and then clicking on one of the marked areas. The pieces can't be dragged.
We can control the point of view but not the zoom, which is automatically adjusted to make visible all pieces.

It can be summarized as boring and repetitive. Little choice and very boring. I know it must not distract players, but it is soooo boring that is annoying and you will end up turning it off. As a curiosity I can mention that some sound effects and music are free from and OpenGameArt.

* Online gaming
As multiplayer game, online gaming should be an important part. In this section we can create and join public and private lobby, although the private ones can only be joined by invitation.
It has an ELO rating system (like chess and go). This is a scoring system to calculate the skill level of the players. So when creating a game we can choose whether we want it to be "rated game" or not. That is if we want to bear in mind that rating system for the match or not.
It doesn't have online player waiting to play. It's one of those games you must play with friends since you can not find random players.
An important negative point is that the online game often fails, forcing you to restart it. That doesn't always happen, only in matches you think you are going to win. I don't know how that affects your score because I have not played with that option enabled, but I suspect it should not be good since my opponent informed me that the game notify him I abandoned the match when it failed and we had to start another one.
One last detail in this section. The game requires Steam to play online. An important detail to note as it is advertised as DRM-free on the dev's website via Humble widget.

Something you should know is that the game is incomplete, it has missing pieces. These missing pieces are sold separately as DLC. As a result you get an incomplete game and additional parts cost almost as much as the base game ($10 base game and $3 each of 3 DLC, $19 total), although there are discounts for purchasing bundles. Unfortunately, developers planned to sell the game this way from the begining. Probably they developed the game thinking about the DLC. They justify this by comparing it with the physical version of the game (a comparison that does not seem appropriate to me). As if that were not enough to buy an intentionally incomplete game, each DLC gives only one piece which is distasteful (remember that it's about pieces of a tabletop game, not hats or skins). These extra pieces already existed at the time of game release, they didn't have to think and create new pieces.
If you own a DLC, you can use it in a match although your competitor doesn't own it, both player obtaining additional parts. That means that content is included for all in the game and is not an optional extra download, but is locked until you shell out more money. Note that we talk about pieces of a tabetop game and not about hats or cosmetic items, for a paid game, not a F2P in which would be acceptable.

+ It's Hive and maintains its rules.
+ Online multiplayer.
+ It has artificial intelligence so that those who are "forever alone" can enjoy it.

- DLC based business model. The game is incomplete and you must pay almost double for the extra pieces (every DLC offers one miserable piece). $19 for the full game is very overpriced for a game like this with all the drawbacks.
- Repetitive and boring music.
- Few options. Not much to modify to your pleasure. You can not change the game screen resolution, to do this you must change the desktop resolution. You can not control the zoom.
- Artificial intelligence is slow. This is more noticeable in higher difficulties.
- No online players (though no fault of the game).
- DLC. I have already said it, no?
- It is only available in English. It is not necessary to know english to play if you know the rules. Conversely, if you do not know them, you must learn them in english. Language can be a barrier and this may impair the growth of the community.
- Online matches usually fail.
- No low-end system friendly.

I should mention that many of the comments and analysis I read are outdated. Some corrections:
- Camara and perspective. Now we can move the camera, but the zoom is adjusted automatically.
- Options. You can play in windowed mode or full screen and can also change the volume of music (can be lowered to not hear it) and sound effects. Can not change the resolution yet.
- Appearance and aesthetics. Now you can choose the tileset between 3 options: Standard (with 3D bugs), Classic (as the classical version of the game) and Carbon (black and white as carbon edition physical version). Pop-ups are less obtrusive and pieces no longer float, now are sustained on a wooden table.
- Artificial intelligence. It has been improved both in their deciciones as in the time it takes. It is still slow in higher difficulties.
- Missing pieces. The missing pieces are sold as DLC.
- It is not DRM-free. No, it's not. It is advertised as such but to play online you need Steam. You can copy the program files but only work to play without internet connection.

Edit: Since I wrote this review, there was an update that fixes some online problems (some of which I was a victim). I didn't test it yet.
Posted: June 26
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
This game is awesome! Needs more players online!
Posted: April 30
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Plays like chess. But, with a twist. Its a must have for all strategy gamers.
Posted: May 1
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Strongly recommended!
Especially for people who like mentally demanding board games like chess...

It definitely needs some more polish in some areas, more comfort, more options and so on, but the base game works great, i have lots of fun with it, the computer is very strong and theres online play with elo ranking
Posted: June 6
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
I bought this game because I have really been getting into the abstract strategy genre of board games recently. I'd heard mixed reviews from many sources about this game, so I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. I LOVE it. It's very well-designed and fun to play. It's like chess in a lot of ways, but it's more than a chess variant. I highly recommend this game!
Posted: June 28
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Perfect boardgame, a must have!

Its very easy to learn but way harder to master.
Posted: May 8
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Said I had a bug in the game, developer magically fixed my game with in 24 hours no bull.

Fun alternative to chess.
Only negative is I can never find matches online.
Posted: May 24
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
345.6 hrs on record
This is our first game & we're really proud of it! :D
Posted: August 19
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Great game!!!
Nice board game, first really - really dont understand this game :3
but, now i can play it so well, but never win agains com xD
Great work Blueline Studios ;)
Posted: May 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
The original Hive is a great game, destined to be a classic like Checkers, or Chess. The Steam version looks good, but I initially had some problems with it.

-When playing with extra pieces online, the game will sometimes lock up when a player uses one of the "extra" pieces like the Mosquito. After contacting Blue Line, I was told that it could be an issue with my virus scanner (Total Defense), and it was.

-One time, the computer assumed that I had no moves to make. This gave the computer unlimited moves to surround my Queen. This only happened once, and it's possible that the game was correct. Unfortunately, the computer resolved the turn so fast that I couldn't see what happened.

-It is not made clear that the play area can be rotated for a better view of the pieces. When pieces get stacked, it's possible to block the view of adjacent pieces on the far side of the camera.

Besides the above issues, this version is very polished. It has online play, hotseat play, different displays, and different levels of difficulty for the AI. I hope Blue Line fixes the above issues, and creates new computer versions of awesome board games.
Posted: July 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
It's a great game, of course. There was one bug (not a game piece) but the dev fixed it right away after he learned about it. Most excellent.
Posted: May 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Awesome logic board game. "Mensa select" award says it all.
Posted: June 19
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
I love this game. Both digital and analog. It's come a long way as far as performance since the early days. I'll spare you the bug jokes. My only complaint is the hardware requirements. They should offer a minimal interface option so you can play on an older machine. Being pretty isn't everything.

Aside from that. It's great.
You can turn off the music because that gets old after a while.
Local and net play.
It's great as a teacher for the physical version.

It's a must. Better than Othello/Reversi.
Posted: June 14
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
if you have a sexual attraction to bugs get this game
Posted: April 29
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
This game is BUGGY.
Posted: May 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Surprisingly addictive! Hex tile game where two teams position their pieces to try and surround the enemy queen, meanwhile protecting your own. Each of the different bug types move a certain way. Check it out!
Posted: May 20
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