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 (110 reviews) - 94% of the 110 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 15, 2013

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December 15, 2015

Ton of updates

Due to the work we've been doing on our other games, along with the various issues that have shown up in the Hive forums on Steam, there have been a ton of changes since the last big update.

Everything mentioned here is now pushed for Windows, Mac, and Linux (some might have appeared slightly earlier on Windows).

If I've been keeping track of it correctly, here is a fairly complete list:

  • A handful of FNA/OpenGL fixes which will make the game work on more of the Intel HD Graphics cards that had problems, but not all of them.
  • A smaller log file (again)
  • Better display of users with Apostrophes in their names, in the Online Games Menu Screen (OGMS).
  • Fixed a rare crash in the OGSM ListView.
  • Added visible Menu button to the game screen. This makes the game now fully functional for mouse-only players. This is actually pretty important for accessibility. See the "Accessibility" section of a recent Khet announcement for more info on this.
  • Made it so Passes get sent to the server by the last-mover since we know that player is online. This keeps the activePlayerId in sync better.
  • Fixed an error when a pillbug-enabled mosquito moved an enemy disabled-mosquito. Thanks to user Quodlibet for reporting this!
  • Elo Ratings can't be replayed from Steam Notifications now.
  • Fixed some really bad edge-cases that were caused by playing an online async game, then leaving it, then finishing a local game in the same run of the program. This should solve a lot of the more mysterious bugs that were being seen.
  • Since the last release of Hive, we rewrote our entire font rendering system to use a more scalable system. On users with huge high-resolution monitors, they should now be able to see the fonts as clearly as someone with a standard monitor. The new system is "Signed Distance Fields". For the curious, here is a youtube video that shows the general way in which they work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGZRHJvJYIg This change also allowed us to completely re-write how string-measurement works. After a ton of obsessing over the details, you'll notice that now, text is centered better in several spots in the app, and the Chat box looks less wonky. This is all due to being able to measure text very accurately.

    Hive runs at a slightly lower resolution than our other games (so the fonts tend to be larger) and the fonts actually look REALLY nice in the latest version (I may have been staring at fonts too long).

Sorry that I waited so long before releasing that huge batch (we usually do more smaller releases) but I hope the changes make the game a little nicer for everyone! :)

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
- BlueLine Games (Sean & Geoff)

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September 19, 2015

Recent Updates - plus FREE GAME :)

Improvements!
It's been more than a month since the last announcement about Hive releases, so here's what's new:
  • Fixed a weird edge-case bug for some async games which had passes in them, and then would not let users re-connect to the game.
  • Fixed the Online Game Menu Screen crash that was happening on Mac OSX.
  • Redid our release-process to remove a bunch of un-needed assets that were left around but weren't being cleaned up. This leads to less hard-drive space being used for the game, and significantly less bandwidth used for the initial install. This was a pretty big change. If you were to install Hive game 3 times (once on Windows, Mac, and Linux) the total download required would have been 909.4mb and now it is 583.5mb... for installing on all three OSes, the total hard-drive space required would have been 321.4mb, now it's 247.9mb. :)
  • The logFile now has a .txt extension instead of .log. This makes it easier for users to open it, and makes it easier for us to open on our mobile-phones so we can provide support to people even when we're afk.
  • Reduced some of the log-spam so logFile.txt will be smaller.
  • Added "Join Steam Group" button.

Free game!
BlueLine Games has released our next game, "Simply Chess"! It's a straightforward Chess game made to be widely-accessible and is geared towards casual and intermediate players.

Also unique: this one is Free-to-Play! To encourage the widest use (we felt that Steam needed a flourishing Chess community) we made ALL FEATURES FREE. After a couple of matches, you'll see a 7-second cross-promo for one of our other games. If you upgrade to Premium (~$4.99) then you won't see the cross-promos (soon, if you own all 3 of our games, we're going to remove that promo automatically, so you won't have to have Premium). Since 7-second cross-promos aren't such a big deal to most people, you can think of the $4.99 is kind of a donation to say thanks... and we do appreciate it! :)

This style (free-to-play) is likely just a one-off for us and our next planned game will likely be sold the same way as Hive, Khet, and Reversi. People love Chess but very few people want to pay for it since there are so many free Chess features scattered across different platforms... even if you bundle a ton into one game, people don't feel like it. I've always wanted to be able to play Chess on our engine, and now we can! :D Also, we're hoping this increases the number of people exposed to our game engine, so people might consider taking a look at our other games... which should grow the Hive, Khet 2.0, and Reversi communities! :)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/312280/

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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
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or better
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mavericks 10.9.2
    • Processor: 2 gHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3+
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
I own the 'board' game and I'm a big fan. I find very refreshing the concept of the bard game withiut a board. It can be a challenging and addictive game to those who would love a simple game with depth nevertheless. The interface is quite and gives you the views and feeling you get while playing the bord game. The AI is not so strong nevertheless still makes your games challenging (make one mistake and the AI will not be foregiving). The weak point of the game is its online aspect. I understand that the only activity is through "play by e-mail games", i.e. submit moves in turns, as no people were online when I tried a quick online challenge.
9/10 from a strategy game fan.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
The controls and animation are tiiiight. This is a superb implementation of a very fun tile game.

+ Buttery graphics and animation
+ Achievements cover a lot of cool niches
+ Online ranked multiplayer
- The extra bug DLCs really should be part of the base game
- AI does really stupid ♥♥♥♥ in certain situations, regardless of level
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
This is an awesome game. The original tabletop/boardgame was designed by John Yianni in 2001 and for me it's an modern classic. The steam version is very pretty and gives you the tabletop expirience and has some nce visual features to help you play like highlighting your possible moves for the selected piece. Other features are pass and play, async online play and five AI settings.

If you like boardgames and want a quick, easy to learn but hard to master strategygame i can recommend this.

I also recommend you get a copy of the boardgame. It is very portable and you can play it anywhere with a friend, a little space and about 5-15 min. time.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Hive is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- is indie & casual
- have strategy
- have trading cards

Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
Very cool board game. Easy to learn the basics, but it's really deep. The DLC extras add a lot of different strategies.

Thumbs way up.
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