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 (62 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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December 4

Small update - pillbug fix & Mac back up to date

A bug was reported, that the AI was able to move a piece which had just been moved by the human's Pillbug on the prior turn. This is fixed now.

We fixed our Mac test environment, so Mac now has all of the fixes from our previous release. All three environments (PC/Mac/Linux) are in sync once again. HARMONIOUS! :D

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November 17

Update: AI fixes & Online Game Menu improvements

Hey there! As "unforseen4ce" pointed out, we had some regressions in our AI on the last release... especially on the Drone level. That's been sorted, and all the AI now will actually be better than it's ever been (by a little... most noticeable on Hive Mind).

The release today is only Windows & Linux so far (I've b0rked our Mac dev environment when I upgraded to Yosemite... will get that solved soonish though).

Here's everything that got pushed today:

  • AI (especially Drone level) made some dumb errors. Fixed that. This was a regression that we introduced in our last push. The fixed version is better than the AI was before the push that added the brokenness.
  • When someone joins the Online game global lobby, now there is an audible sound effect (the volume is controlled by the SFX slider in Settings) this will help you notice when someone else shows up. That was a huge problem when waiting around before... if you just had Hive open in the background, you wouldn't even notice when someone else showed up.
  • Now when people join/leave the global lobby, there will be System Messages in the chat box which will announce the person so you can keep track of who is coming & going.
  • Made it easier to see how to join a game in the new Online game global lobby.
  • Fixed display of Game Modifiers on Game Settings screen (that was another regression in the last push).

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Reviews

“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.

Features:
  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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.

*Introduction
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?

*Gameplay
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.

*Audio
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 Freesound.org 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.

*DLC
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.

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

Cons:
- 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.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
One of the classic experiences of modern board gaming, in a 100% faithful digital adaptation.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Awesome logic board game. "Mensa select" award says it all.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
A very interesting strategy board game! The variation between bug types offers quite a challenge. Definitely recommend for anyone who is into "chess-likes".
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
347.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
This is our first game & we're really proud of it! :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Think chess with Insects.
Hive is an excellent game and I highly recommend it.
I bought this because I have the original physcial game and it's a faithful digital re-creation.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
If you like the meat space version of this game you will like the video game version. The AI provides a good challenge and you can play online against other people. It also allows you to custom the look of the pieces (carbon, classic, animated). The only problem is that you have to pay extra for the mosquito, ladybug, and pillbug pieces. Overall very well done.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Simple rules, simple game, a lot of challenges. I played a bit live and vs CPU.
The tiles are well marked, and game goes straightforward.
A several difficulty levels gives you some sort of fun, where level 1 means - you should win easily and CPU works toward your victory and level 5 is a bit challenging and you need to think a bit to win.
I think real players will give you more difficult games but... if you have no friends then... play vs CPU :)
I like the game and from time to time - play one or two matches.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
A favourite abstract tabletop game, the Windows implementation of Hive is a brain-burner that can be played in as little as five minutes while still providing a strong strategic gaming experience similar to Chess.

This isn't the first implementation of Hive for the screen, including iOS and Android versions. The iOS version is fairly well-done, but the Android version left something to be desired. In comparing both to this version, this version comes out dominating, not simply because of the extra features and ease of implementing a Windows game, but also for a well-designed, slick game and interface.

The game is best suited to board gamers, particularly fans of abstract games. The addition of the Mosquito, Ladybug and Pillbug expansions makes for an even nicer gaming experience. Having the option to play vanilla Hive or with any number of the expansions turned on makes for a great game to have in any abstract fan's collection.

Play online or against the AI, which has a range of skill levels from the incredibly random to the master Hive player.

Worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Clever abstract strategy with a solid AI. I'm seeing people compare this to chess, but I'm not getting the same feel- it's got a very different mood and rhythm, fast and surprisingly brutal. Great game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
59.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Hi there, im having some trouble with the pillbug, everytime that i move the ladybug with it the AI move it back right after i move the piece with the pillbug... shouldn´t be paralized for 1 turn ??? .... i guess this is some kind of bug that should be fixed. Aside from that, i just love this game !!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
[EDIT 6/21: I'm finding the multiplayer community to be extremely small. Wait time for an online game is usually upwards of 20 minutes. It's best to get this game if you already kind of have someone you're going to play it with.]

The boardgame version is an instant classic, and so I got really excited once I saw it on Steam. My brother and I love the game, so I picked up a 2-pack and sent him a copy. Thanks, steam sale!

For those of you who haven't played it before, think of this as a fast-paced version of Chess based on insects. Instead of your pieces arrayed on the board, you actually create the board as you lay pieces down one by one and move them around. Very fluid. A typical game will only take you around 5 minutes, though, not 5 hours. The base game is fun, though the expansion DLC is a must-buy to enjoy the game's full potential.

My main concern was with how the game would look and play, especially since it's a port. The trailer left a bit to be desired.

First impressions after a half hour of play:
- Visuals are crisp and fluid, much better than you'd think from viewing the trailer.
- Music gets old, fast.
- AI is good enough to give you a challenge, especially if you're new to the game or just kind of rusty. I've busted through the first 3 tiers of AI in about 30 minutes.
- Love having the ability to change the visual style of the pieces. Charcoal (the grayscale) is my favorite. Wasn't too keen on the '3D' style. A little disappointed that there isn't any way to visually customize the, er, 'table' that you're playing on, but this is a tiny gripe at best.
- Multiplayer seems ... functional? I guess? There were only 3 people on when I tried, all of whom I guess were AFK, so couldn't test it. There is an online mode though so that makes me happy. There's also hotseat for those who want that.
- Multiplayer lobby lacks a chat function. That sucks. I've had to deal with the same problem in other games, though, especially with XBox ports. Form a steam group, I guess -_-

All and all it's a faithful representation of the game with only very minor drawbacks, and well worth the money. A 2-pack with all DLC is going for 11 bucks right now for the summer sale.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
189.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
I can't really do an unbiased review, but I will say that I think that this is by far the best game I've been involved in making, up to this point! :) - and no, it's not my first game. :P

I'm really happy with how fun the Steam features are, although I'm a bit surprised how few people have gotten the Barrel Roll achievement ;)

We've had a blast adding more and more features over the last few months since launch. At the time of this writing, there have been at least 9 notable updates since the launch 4.5 months ago: http://steamcommunity.com/app/251210/announcements

While we're supporting Hive we've already begun work on our next game, Khet 2.0. The exciting part is that all of our board games are likely to be built on the same engine we've written... so any new features we add into Khet will likely result in another upgrade to Hive!

...for instance, this week I've been working on teaching the AI to think during the opponent's turn. If that works out, it should be in the next Hive update, also.

We have a bunch of fun stuff planned for Hive in the future. Our only limitation seems to be the 24 hour day... but over time, you should see more and more of the cool ideas we have in our head!
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57 of 78 people (73%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2013
When one measures the strength of a game that is an adaption of a previous title to a new medium, it becomes vital that one takes into account the strengths and weaknesses of both the original and the quality of the implementation of the new game. The version of Hive I played is a pre-release version and thus subject to changes, but with 6 hours under my belt I feel I am able to give at least a reasonable assessment of what BlueLine Game Studios have done with Gen42 Games' work.

Published in 2001, the original Hive is a strategy board game without a board, like with Settlers of Catan the game uses a hex based tile system to create the environment of play, but Hive differs greatly from the beloved German classic. Hive has no fixed play area, it's tiles are it's units and can be played and moved based on a very Chess-like set of structured rules. The game is an enjoyable and varied one which lets players go through a game quickly against their opponent with no need to set up the board or learn too many rules. An additional bonus to the game is that it is largely language-agnostic, once the rules are known nothing in the game requires any kind of reading to cause issues between players.

This PC version of the game sticks well to the original game and implements the ruleset in a very by-the-book manner that gives no room for house rules, like modifying the unit list of the two players, which is a double edged sword - on one hand you aren't overloaded with a multitude of options in your face from the onset, but you are also limited in what you can do with the game, there are no handicaps. The game comes with the original Hive's expansion, the Pillbug, a single unit that most players would make a cardboard stand-in for when playing the physical game, in the game as purchasable DLC, which most PC gamers will agree has a sting to it, after seeing the PC version of Settlers of Catan, called simply Catan, one would hope all developers put as much love into their titles, including all expansions and many differing options for how to play.

Artificial Intelligence in this game on the lower levels is not overly resource hungry, but suffers from being a little daffy at times, on the highest level the opposite is true however. When playing on the 5th difficulty level you can occasionally wait a couple of minutes as it plays out possible moves it can take before settling on one and it makes for a much better fight, if a sometimes boring wait.

The musical selection is somewhat boring and repetitive, the game has a single and rather short track that repeats before you eventually disable audio playback after hour one of the song playing with your mind. One assumes it is a placeholder awaiting a little more variety in the playlist.

Interface for the game is a rather bare-bones at this stage, clean and responsive, but not overly attractive. The camera auto-zooms and includes the entire play area in your view, this is again both a good and bad thing, as I could find no means to change my camera angle, which is helpful in a game when you are in a difficult situation and want to get a fresh perspective on the game. Tool tips are in your face, unavoidable, and unclosable, you have to wait on them to fade away on their own, which is quite bothersome when you only want to see if a unit can move or not. There is presently no customization to the game, one cannot change the game's colours, nor use alternative tilesets to make the game more aesthetically appealing.

As there are no options to change resolution, modify volume, go to fullscreen instead of windowed mode, or change the graphics of the tiles, the game feels a little more limited than what many PC gamers might expect or even demand from a game. But the game is enjoyable in spite of it's presently simple presentation, one hopes that BlueLine will take what they have and move forward with the ability to control the camera, to change tilesets, unit lists and add a little more polish to the visual and auditory aspects of the title. I can easily say the game is a good one, I am just unsure if Steam users will be able to get past it's aesthetic limitations to the boardgame underneath. For strategy board game fans, this is likely a no-brainer to pick it up, but others will probably be less enthusiastic about the title as when it comes to boardgame adaptions, PC gamers tend to be more into Axis and Allies level complexity, and less into Chess.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
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.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
This game is like the original board game in play. You can enjoy the same tightly woven gameplay as the original anywhere you can connect to the internet, and to boot it's cheaper than the boardgame also.

Pretty easy to learn, but to become a real master might take more time for those who are challenged by strategy games like chess. Find a friend who likes this style of game and get all those achievements!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Awesome little strategy game, based off a great little board game. Fun and challenging. Wish more were playing it...
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
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.
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