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.
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Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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August 29

Hive designer's new game Tatsu, now launched on Steam

After a few months of Early Access, all the kinks are worked out and Tatsu by John Yianni, is fully launched on Steam!!

The tabletop version is available in Europe and is working its way out around the United States.

At launch, Tatsu is available in English, Spanish, and Polish on Steam! As time goes on we're planning to add more translations (and we also have plans to release translations for Hive as well!).

Thanks for your long-term support!! For anyone who doesn't know the history, Hive was our first game on Steam.. and now we're still here in 2016, releasing our 5th game in 5 years! :D

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June 20

Months of updates!

There is no special occasion for this update, other than that we've had a ton of fixes piling up and I really wanted to get them out there... so we did it!

Windows, Mac, and Linux all have these fixes & should be as identical as they can be.

  • Rules bug!! Pillbug was able to use its special ability right after being moved. (thanks for reporting this, andypie!)
  • The build is about 100megs smaller on your hard-drive. This is mostly due to changes in the compression by cutting out the Monogame content pipeline.
  • The buttons for the second-player in a Lobby had regressed to not be mouse-clickable anymore (hotkeys still worked). Thanks dani_as0 and bentley_maniac for the reports.
  • Fixed regression that was causing log-spam of loading SDF fonts.
  • Fixed the occasional crash on Mac/Linux that occurred especially when entering the Online Game Menu screen very quickly after starting the program.
  • Fixed the case where you Leave a game during LoadingFromServer, then started another game (eg: local, or just a NEW online game) and the game thought it was still loading from server... forever.
  • Fixed game-reconnections (if it says "Loading from game server..." at any point during a game, now it should succeed again. That was broken for a while... we just didn't notice because that only happens in weird cases anyway).
  • Fixed the use-case where a host starts a game asynchronously with the opponent moving first, then a guest joins and makes a play, then the host would previously freeze in "Loading game from server...". Creating async games and having the opponent move should be fine now.
  • Game warned "this game is rated" when forfeiting, even if it was not rated.

I fixed some of these bugs recently while coding on, so tune in, if you're into that sort of thing :)

Thanks everyone, for your continued support of Hive! :D

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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)
  • Asynchronous play - you can play even when your opponent is offline.
  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 1 gHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ w/ GL_ARB_framebuffer_object
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Mavericks 10.9.2
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2015
Love the board game and this is a good port. AI is decent enough, but seems to weaken with the added DLC, perhaps due to their complexity? Anyway, got it for 75% off ($4) and it was worth that. I waited for the sale because if I was going to pay $16, I may as well get a friend another board game of it and play offline.

Get it on sale at around $4-5 and you won't be disappointed. You may even want to get the board game version and rejoin the real world (ok maybe not).

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62 of 85 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19, 2014
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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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
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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.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
some gameplay with all the dlc

TL:TR 7/10 - Fantastic

Game type- Turn based board game
* a board game made into a videogame.
* simple gameplay yet has very complex strategies.
* great buy if your into short co-op games

This is a good port of the "board" game and does a really good job. It's fun and has depth.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
Awesome little strategy game, based off a great little board game. Fun and challenging. Wish more were playing it...
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 10, 2014
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
Hive is a fantastic game, and this is a pretty good implementation. However, there is some minor wonkiness with the interface:
1. You can't pan around because it really isn't necessary, but this causes an effect with some tile placements where you have to find the portion of the tile at the top which isnn't being obscured by other text.
2. There are announcements that are displayed when a move repeats a previous hive configuration that are very distracting and practically useless because they obscure the playfield.
3. The developers used this 3D zoom-out display mechanic that automatically scales the playfield to hold the tile configuration, even when there is only one huge tile on the playfield at the very beginning of the game.

Despite these minor problems, the game is very enjoyable and is the perfect distraction for ten minutes between other activities.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2015
Great boardgame!

This is an abstract game, with easy to learn rules, but with as much depth as Chess, or Go.
Put some thought into your moves, and you'll have a wonderful time with this game :)
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
One of the classic experiences of modern board gaming, in a 100% faithful digital adaptation.
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Flying Shisno
2.3 hrs
Posted: October 24
A fun board game. A good amount of strategy involved, and it's pretty easy to learn as well. There's about 4 or 5 levels of difficulty for the CPU, and there's online and 'Pass and Play' multiplayer as well. I definitely recommend it.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: September 4
The boardgame it self is good. It is simple but sophisticated.
But the video game is totally an unfinished product, it's not worth the whole price. And don't expect multiplayer because nobody plays it. If you want to play with your friend in hotseat, that's ok, but don't buy it for the whole price, it's too expensive for the simplicity and the lack of polish of this game.
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bambozzled by the weatherman
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
Product received for free
Seems like an ok game. Nothing super special. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a free flash version of about the same thing somewhere ont he web.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 8
Product received for free
Just like Othello, very creative, unique, and strategic. I like this type of game. I'd love to see more of this!
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0.9 hrs
Posted: August 2
It's an excellent digitalised version of the board game. Hours of fun guaranteed without the hassle of moving actual physical pieces around.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: July 30
I own and played this game on another account, and bought it again, with all DLC.
Yes, its that good.
If you like to combine thniking and fun, this the the game for you!

Absolutely recommended!
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0.8 hrs
Posted: July 9
Pro: cool board game, recommend as a board game
Con: software is a resource hog without options of turning off animations

SImilar to chess, a genius board game idea, but the software is just excessive. Animations can't be turned off. Microsoft knows how to make a good card or board game for computer. They aren't resource hogs, and they look good. Yes, I just complimented Microsoft.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: June 3
I own the actual board game version of this and love it. I usually win when I play someone else, but this Steam version has amazing A.I.! I cannot beat it on the medium level! I can get it to a draw, but it's a challenge. I cannot imagine what the two levels above medium are like! The interface for the game evokes the board game very well.

So if you never played the board game, will you like this? I think the game is genius. It is more brilliant than chess because it has all the elements of chess plus a "board" that gets built by the players, so each board is different each time, all driven by another brilliant aspect--you start with no pieces and decide which to introduce into the game, one by won. Maybe you love grasshoppers (they are a key piece against good players) or hate spiders (I do too...the most worthless piece...which is why I usually make it my anchor starting piece). The fun of the game is seeing how the various pieces move and work together and how they counter each other.

I would say if you hate pure strategy games, including chess, avoid this game. If you like games like chess, this is better. Get it!
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6.2 hrs
Posted: May 21
nice fun board game for multiplayer hotseat or online
but single player ai is too easy
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2.0 hrs
Posted: May 21
Should You Buy This Game?
The game succeeds in allowing you to play the strategy board game Hive on Steam utilizing different match parameters including local/online coop and solo play with various difficulty levels. It's pretty rare to see PC versions of board games on Steam with a solid AI. If you like strategy board games at all, I definitely recommend getting this game. If you want to add another layer of depth and difficulty to the game, get the amazing DLC.

Hive is a Mensa Select award winning board game, and this Steam game with the same name manages to bring the tabletop fun to a virtual platform. For those that have never played Hive before, your objective is to surround the opponent's "Queen" with your various "Insect" pieces. Each "Insect" has a particular moveset, similar to Chess pieces, that will force you to really think hard about where to move your bugs. The board is created using the "Insect" tiles you place.

Game Modes
From the same developers that brought Reversi to Steam, similar game options are present. You have the ability to: play against AI with multiple difficulty levels, pass and play for local coop, or play online against other users. The online feature provides a game browser with custom matches including ranked play. You even have the ability to utilize asynchronous play - you can quit the game and receive a notification when it's your turn. The online community seems to be present, with a decent amount of open games observed on the online browser.

AI Difficulty
Regarding solo play, the AI is moderately difficult on Queen and above difficulty levels (Brood < Drone < Worker < Queen < Hive Mind). Even though the DLC "Insects" greatly enhance the depth of Hive, the base game is already robust enough for complex matches. I am glad the game shows you possible move locations as the rules can get a little tricky to keep track of.

The Pillbug, Ladybug, and Mosquito expansions add three new "Insects" with new and unique abilities. The Pillbug is the only method to directly move an opponent's piece, and also has the ability to lock the opponent from moving that piece in the next turn. The Mosquito inherits abilities of any piece it touches, while the Ladybug combines the movement of the Beetle and Spider pieces. From this description alone, it should be easy to imagine how these DLC "Insects" will change your gameplay.

You have the ability to activate each expansion separately, in case there is an "Insect" that you don't like playing with. Unfortunately, the game only allows one piece of each DLC "Insect" to play with if enabled. Allowing the ability to modify the quantity of each piece, adding more personalization options/improved graphics and upgrading the UI are the only suggestions I can think of in order to improve this game.
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