The Hive is a new story-driven fantasy game. Gorgeous music and a beautiful visual design takes you to planet of New Eden. There you assume control as the Insectoid Hive mind and face the challenges ahead. How long can you survive?
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Release Date: Oct 9, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access essentially puts us in dialogue with the community and the players. We want The Hive to be easy to access, and we would like to involve and address player feedback as the game progresses.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our plan is to release The Hive on 2016, depending on feedback and content added.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Full version is going to have more content available. If you support us on Early Access now, you will immediately get to play the current version of The Hive.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Current 0.13 version has all the Story missions available.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“No. The game price will remain the same during and after Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community is a vital part of our development process. Community suggested ideas are commonly brought up in team discussions, and we value highly the input each individual player can have.”
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May 13

The Hive 0.15 Released & Upcoming features

The Hive 0.15 Released & Upcoming features

Hello everyone, today we are releasing update 0.15 for The Hive

Our plan for this update was to increase performance and continue to integrate The Hive to new Unity 5 engine.

We also worked hard to fix bugs caused by change of engine, for example how new physics work.

We also wanted to talk about upcoming features we have planned for The Hive and community feedback.

Difficulty modes

Our plan has been to introduce Difficulty modes for those that have already completed The Hive and seek more challenge.

Survival Difficulty that let's you keep all the units you have from one level to next and in the same time making the game world more dangerous.

Each difficulty would have it's own save file that you choose from mainmenu

  • Normal difficulty (the current one)
  • Survival (Units, resources, dna, items and everything carry over to next mission, monsters are much harder and you resources are more scarce)
  • Hard difficulty (Unlocked after completing campaign on normal, increases monster difficulty)
  • Insanity difficulty (Unlocked after completing campaign on Hard, more monsters, more difficult, more boss abilities, damage greatly increased)

Steam Achievements

  • 40 Unique Achievements total
  • Some Achievements are tied to boss battles, avoid X ability etc
  • Style is based on pixelart
  • Simple, clean, easy to read the picture and what it represents
  • We would like to design interesting achievements based on player feedback and suggestions
0.15 Bug fixes & Features:

  • Physics performance increased
  • More light optimizing, increased ammount of light spots
  • Game music and sound effects now always play on priority 1 (stops stuttering)
  • Physics collision improved, units now only hit correct layers
  • Shadow casters improved on all levels
  • Shaders updated for several objects and creatures
  • Boss ability timers and values tuned
  • Item drag bug fixed
  • Several colliders updated
  • Debug spam greatly reduced (developer console)
  • Unit "mass" updated for better collision
  • map02 treasury jewel now glows red so it's easier to spot
  • Smoke now uses right color
  • Building chimneys now have right particle effect
  • Wasp shader fixed
  • "Shadow" unit shaders fixed
  • "Bomb" guy now properly shows the target it's fixated on
  • Ara'desh and ???? ability colliders now work again
  • Map10 developer window is now hidden
  • Lightray flickering fixed

Please leave feedback on the new changes!

Best of wishes


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April 17

The Hive 0.14 - Unity 5 update is now available

The Hive 0.14 - Unity 5 update is now available

Hello everyone, today we are releasing update 0.14 for The Hive

Our plan for this update was to upgrade whole project from Unity 4 to Unity 5.3.4p2 version,
We also wanted to focus on fixing known bugs and improve certain boss fights.

Bug fixes & Features:

  • Whole project upgraded to use Unity 5 engine
  • Shadows are now enabled on all levels on default
  • 95% of all shaders now use new one
  • Lights on every level optimized and changed
  • Camera movement speed increased 1 -> 1.5
  • Units no longer get stuck underground
  • Better pathfinding
  • More abilities added to ????
  • More special monsters added
  • Queen attack now has a slightly larger range and quicker attack speed
  • Second mission ambush units are now stronger
  • Powerfield and Necromancer skills fixed
  • "Under attack" audio no longer plays during cutscene
  • Egg laying mechanism fixed
  • Music volume level is now same if another song starts
  • "Shadow" units have more hp
  • Hive and barracks both increase population cap
  • Worker den increases worker build cap by 2
  • Attackmove bug fixed
  • Right clicking on unit no longer deselects its target circle
  • You can no longer shift select multiple enemy units
  • Retreat button now has small cooldown to prevent spamming it
  • Shader issues related to transfer fixed

    Please leave feedback on the new changes!

    Best of wishes


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About This Game

Game setting

The Hive is new story-driven fantasy game. Assume control as the Insectoid Hive mind. Captivating back-story and a beautiful visual design takes the player to a fantasy world, which offers new surprises and challenges as the game progresses.


Through strong storytelling and a broad world, Hive offers the player a diverse exploration ground. Having many different endings and possibilities, the player can create their own unique route, strategy, and story.

The World

The barren and deserted surface of planet Eden hides springs full of life underground. Travel through ancient temple cities, sunken ruins, desert oasis, swamps, volcanoes and underground fountains, facing the dangers of the environment, floods and other species.

Visual Look

The calming serenity of the blooming springs, the aggressive heat of volcanoes and the ruins holding a story of a sad history make up the world of Hive. Filled with exotic animals, plants of varying sizes and little details like colorful fish swimming in the springs and hieroglyphs in the ruins, this game offers a wide and interesting visual look while combining many different styles of environments and eras.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: OS X Mavericks 10.9
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
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Mostly Positive (117 reviews)
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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 28
Was bored.
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( 5.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
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( 16.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 2
*Includes spoilers*

It took me 16 hours to complete all the CURRENT 10 levels just because the game is missing a save function. I play one level for an hour and then a couple random ♥♥♥♥♥ers come from behind and råpes a whole insect family and burns their homes. All that time wasted.

Otherwise a fun game and I would recommend this game even though there are bugs like my insectoids not moving when I'm telling them to having to highlight them again to work.

These are some things that I did not enjoy:

1. Unbalance. Levels 4 and 5 are way too hard compared to other levels. All of the rest I got through in one try including the final boss.

2. (The most annoying one) Lack of guides and hints ingame. I had no idea where to get DNA or how the items worked or how to use them. I also had no idea that you could destroy the enemy buildings aswell.

3. The Drowned God boss. He is surprisingly easy but still incredibly frustrating. Having to wreck all of his 7 tentacles 3 TIMES is just simply annoying and it felt really dull doing the same thing over and over again along with the jihadists attacking me while the boss is ♥♥♥♥ing all over the field.

4. Not being able to save your game. As I mentioned the save function is definitely required in some form atleast. If I would have died in the final boss battle, I would've never touched this game again. It took me over 1 hour to just get to the boss and then half an hour to kill the boss itself.

I would pay max 15$ for this game in it's current state being an early access game.
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( 1.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 1
Product received for free
The Hive is an early acces game, and you notice it a bit. It has some slight frame drop issues (which I only noticed because my recording software told me, it\\\'s not noticable in game). Beside that, I had some issues with disengaging enemy units sometimes.

That being said, so far, this game is quite good. It has the feel of an older strategy/base building game like AoE, but it\\\'s not a copy at all.

The soundtrack is atmospheric, the controls are quite good if a bit stiff at times, the story as far as I\\\'ve discovered is not bad and makes me want to play more.

As for the price, I think it\\\'s a bit steep for an early acces game, but I think that of every early access game that costs more than 10 bucks. I would recommend this game to anyone I know that loves a good strategy game, and have done so already. So, buy if you can, wait for a sale in any other case! But do get this game!
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( 12.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 31
Why I would recommend this game:

First- this game just looks gorgeous. I just love the looks and the style.

Second- the music and sounds are great and very atmospheric.

Third- the storytelling is nice, I really like how the game is told by scripted scenes.

Fourth- gameplay- so far very typical for a RTS (build your base, gather resources, build different units), reminds me a bit of Dawn of War II, although the Hive is much slower, less hectic and more laid back (at least in the beginning).
I love the puzzles, just solved the second level and it took me a bit until that puzzle finally clicked. Good one. Makes you think but does not require a PhD in rocketscience to solve.

What I really love- the slower pace, the atmosphere and it just looks awesome. Great and enjoyable game and I really would wish for the developers that this gets a bit more popular.
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 29
Product received for free
Extreamly fun game to play very relaxing and enjoyable :D
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Lord Obamakiin
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 25
Has great Potentiual
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 13
Cool and interesting style. I've always wanted something like this.
- Great Visuals
- Pretty polished (nice music and graphics that go with the game)
- Stable gameplay (haven't seen any bugs)
- Optimised (haven't experienced lag)

- Slow paced
- Spelling errors. (d's at end of dialogue).
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( 13.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 30
Enjoyable game, looking forward to more <3
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( 2.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 22
looks cool
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
134 of 143 people (94%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7, 2015
** Key was provided by developer for review purposes **
*This review is of the 0.071 version of the game*

The Hive

The Hive is a fun strategy game where you control The Hive and your Insectoid units and destroy the opposition you will face. I will add a TL;DR at the end.


You start off with a single worker and must build a Hive (your primary building) which allows you to construct more workers, a hive queen and eventually a medic. You will need to gather food to allow you to build more units. You must then construct a barracks to get your first fighting units; one melee, and one ranged. The melee unit comes in a pack of 6 while the ranged comes in a pack of 4. Resources are what allow you to build these building however food is vital. The game is nice but the camera controls seems off to me. The RPG aspect that the developer has added is fun but still unrefined along with the DNA aspect as we are never formally introduced with the features as of yet. On Act 4 the difficulty curve is immense right now and It is hard to beat as your enemies clearly outnumber you and are quick to strike in force. However, from what I know the developer is planning to add a turret type building and I can see the potential for this game.


The graphics are nice and I do like how the Hive and the units are designed and displayed. I do wish that the enemies exact attack or amount of health would be displayed if possible. The scenery is nice to look at and the music is well-done.



+ shows potential
+ story is well-written and fun to play through
+ scenery is amazing
+ units are well designed
+ music is enjoyable
+ in discussions developer is happy to listen and reply to you

**Note that since this game is currently in early access that most of these issues will be fixed when the game is done**

- options are locked down (cant click on them)
- camera controls are a bit slow
- huge difficulty curve currently existing in Act 4 (as more items will be added this level will of course become easier but as of now huge curve)
- RPG and DNA are not explained early on even though they are available from Act 1
- Intro still does not make sense and instead of introducing the insectoids we find out about humans (currently not in the game but will be added later)


I would like to suggest something I personally would think would improve the game.

- quick selection of units
- an random map generator where you can just fight
- expansion and mention in-game on the RPG and DNA systems
- ability to change the color of your hive and units once you complete story mode

Final Thoughts

The Hive is an amazing game and I cannot wait to see it finished. I hope the developer takes their time and polishes it. Currently, as you would expect from an early access title (V 0.071) there are going to be difficulties and problems, but this game shows potential and I believe it can be reached. I will be happy to redo my review once the game is done or a major update arrives. The game is currently unrefined and I hope to see it progress into a great refined game.


The Hive is a fun strategy game with a good story. The scenery is nice along with the music, however two of the game mechanics are not mentioned (RPG and DNA). There is currently a huge difficulty curve existing within the game but the developer is planning to add more content which should help even that curve out. The developer is in the discussions and will be happy to reply to you. I suggest getting this game if you like the trailers, but I suggest doing your research to see what has been added/ going to be added. Currently the game is unrefined but its future seems bright.

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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 9, 2015
*** This review contains spoilers ***

My reason for buying this game in early access
I got a 75% coupon for this game, the description and media material looked promising, and since I´m a strategy/rpg/scifi fan, why not.

Starting the game
First, an option dialog opens and lets you choose a resolution and window-mode as an option.
This seems to be the only way for it, since the in-game "Option" option doesn´t work so far (can´t click it). Besides that you have options for "continue", "new game", "load game" (you can´t save games atm, so nothing to load), "credits" and "exit". Continuing a game, you can choose the first and second map (a third to be expected soon), it also says "Page 1 of 5".

There is a countdown timer until the next big release is scheduled.

Starting a new game, the intro sets you in Earth´s +100ish years future. One day meteors literally start falling out of the sky. This comes as a total suprise to its inhabitants. (If you plan on becoming an astronomist, don´t, there obviously is no market for it in the future.)
Humanity then goes on to build one (1) spaceship.
After three years of meteor rain, the ship is launched just as earth is destroyed, and mankind boldly goes where no one has gone before.
After some time of travel a planet is discovered. The planet seems to be inhabited by monsters, living in a harsh environment. Oh, and there are underground ruins.

Despite being a nice intro, it has nothing to do with the actual gameplay. Like, at all.
After an intro showing earth´s destruction and humanity escaping into space, you would think that you actually play a human civilisation, right?
Obviously you will play bug-like aliens, who have to kill lizard-like aliens to satisfy fire demons.
True, the title says "Hive", but still. Well, maybe it´s just me.

You start your civilisation with one worker, being able to build 3 buildings: Hive, Barracks, and Worker Den (storage building).
You can build Workers (building and ressource gathering), Legionnaires (light melee), Hunters (light range), Hive Queen (heavy melee).
On the first mission, you have to build up your base, an army, an then venture out to kill some mobs and some more mobs. You´re finished after killing the boss, which a fire demon tells you to do.
On the second mission (which I´m currently playing), you have additionally a puzzle to solve.

Pro´s and Con´s
This is an early access review, so I will not bother to list any con´s or complain about missing content until the game is actually released. From the actual content it seems to be more like a pre-alpha, but still, by far not the worst early access I´ve seen.

On the positive side, the game sets the ground for a lot of nice things and has lots of potential. Despite being labeled as adventure/indie/strategy it is more a strategy/scifi/rpg.

Could be compared with Age of Empires. You can collect ressources, at the moment food and ressource, and have a population cap. You can build different units in different buildings. I´d like more buildings, units, hopefully research.

The fact that your units have the slots for items (Weapon, Shield, Helmet, Armor, 2 Rings), even though you can´t build items yet, gives me great hope for the final release. Units have attack and defense values, and the ability to level, even though you don´t see any xp values so far. Looking forward to this.

The fact that you´re playing alien bugs on a different planet is just awesome, right?
I´d like to see more races, maybe some humans mentioned in the intro could venture out into the game.

Besides your UI on the bottom you also have a minimap. The view can be rotated 360° horizontally and about 30° vertically (meaning almost birds-view to almost overseeing the entire map). The game has decent graphic and atmospheric voice acting.
I personally am really hoping for a crossover between Age of Empires and Heroes of Might and Magic. Also, multiplayer would be appreciated.

If you happen to come across this game and like the genre, but don´t want to buy an early access game, it´s at least worth putting on your watchlist.


I did some reading about the game, it seems that humans will be introduced into the story later, so the intro actually WILL make sense at some point of the game release.
Really looking forward to the finished game.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 17
The developers have patched out most of the problems I had with The Hive so I've edited my review. Complaints that are no longer relevant have been crossed out and new comments added to explain what exactly changed.

The Hive is a stylish, narrative driven, single player real time strategy game with some RPG elements mixed in. It is currently in Early Access and as such many features are unfinished, unpolished or simply missing so take everything I say with a grain of salt as it might change in the coming months.

As of right now though, The Hive is an interesting blend between genres that does many things right but is unfortunately hampered by a complete lack of difficulty but still needs a bit more work when it comes to mission variety.


Visual Design
Despite coming from an indie studio The Hive looks on par with many of the modern "big" RTS games out there and is full of nice looking enviroment that have plenty of little details to them. My favorite example of this is how busy your base looks with your worker drones catching fish & butchering meat while small pill-bugs run around and collect materials only to pile it in neat heaps next to the main Hive. These are small touches that don't matter on first glance but actually go a long way towards making the game a better experience.

Base Building
Its hard to explain why but a combination of the sleek visuals, very zerg-like audio and some creative unit design makes building up your bases in The Hive very enjoyable. Since there are only a couple of buildings the majority of the complexity comes from positioning your hive in order to optimally harvest resources, spawning the right type and amount of units before being attacked and so on. In other words, its a simple system but a fun one.

RPG mechanics
Killing enemies, bosses and looting chests can result in some shiny loot for you to equip your insectoid warriors with. The amount of items you get it seemingly numerous but you will only ever have enough to make a couple of your units in to badass killing machines which I do like. When everyone is special, no one is so only having a few powerful veteran units makes them feel unique and worth taking care of.

Unit ablities
The abillities your units have don't seem relevant at first glance but after playing through the entire campaign I've come to realize that every single one of them actually has a role to play. Most importantly, they are very satisfying to use due to the visual feedback you get. For example, using a medic's heal will bathe the targeted area in green light which makes all of your units slightly shimmer green, a nifty looking effect.


Extremely easy
Outside of mission 4 where you get bum-rushed by 20 enemy units before you've had time to build up your base you will never, ever be threatened in The Hive. This really is a shame because there are so many cool mechanics you can play around with but won't since just attack-moving across the map is equally viable.

After the recent patch the enemies are much tougher and require tactics beyond press attack move on map which is a very welcome change. Turrets still remain as strong as ever but overall The Hive is a fair bit more challenging and a lot more interesting as a result.

Poor AI
Outside of never attacking you The AI is rather bad at defending itself. When attacking enemy bases filled with hordes of units you don't have to worry about fighting all of them at once, no, no. Instead the AI will send only a couple of the closest units at you while the rest twiddle their thumbs and wait to be eaten like good little baddies.

No fog of war
While the RPG system encourages you to explore the map in search of fancy loot the lack of a fog of war (the dark ares of the map that only go away when you explore them) means you can pinpoint where exactly the chest is and then just go there, completely ignoring 80% of the map in the process. Its also a bit cheap that when attacking your opponents you can tell exactly how many units they have and where they're positioned so once again you're almost never threatened.

Slow start
Every single mission starts with exactly one drone from which you need to build up your entire empire. As I said before I don't mind building my base, its quite fun, but when you have to do this for every single mission without any threat to you then it start to get annoying. The way I would address this issue is by providing a more diverse starting point, so one mission begins will an entire base, another with a bunch of units that need to conquer a food-rich area in order to start building and so on.
After the recent patch you now start with varying amounts of resources but I'd say this area still requires some work because even after the change every start feels very similar.

My recommendation:

The Hive is buzzing with good ideas and real potential but as of right now it is still somewhat unfinished and lacking in mission variety. However, after the recent patch that added tougher enemies and minibosses it has become a lot more fun since you now have a reason to use all of the abilities and tactics at your disposal.

Given how willing the developers were to work with criticism I can't help but recommend you The Hive if you're up for playing a short but sweet RTS/RPG hybrid.

The video below was made before the most recent patch so a few things aren't relevant anymore but it should still give you a good overview of The Hive:
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 6
Oh this is good. This game is real good. While lacking the polish of a finished title (still early access and all that) there is no doubt in my mind that The Hive is a game I'm glad I've had the opportunity to try out. The Hive is a RTS that is very heavy on the story elements. Basically, you'll be exploring this world as much as you will be smashing your foes and managing resources.

The story is your usual, "we had to escape Earth because it got screwed" storyline except instead of taking on the predictable role of the Human Race, you actually play as a mysterious Insectoid race known as The Hive. You'll solve puzzles while also killing animals for food and amassing hordes of insects to kill Lizardmen, skeletons and all manner of bad guys. You'll meet old gods, titan-like creatures and you'll have to bring down some seriously over powered enemies.

In terms of sound, artwork, and level design, this game exceeds on levels that very much remind me of Warcraft 3. Truly, the game actually feels very similar to WC3, except if you had a whole race devoted to large number horde tactics and passive buffs that make the horde even more powerful (Sort of like the beetle guys the undead had in FT). I love all the little details in this game as well. Like when your workers are harvesting resources, they create a little pile that actually gets bigger the more they gather and a tiny beetle creature comes and transports the resources back to the base. It's so insignificant but it's just an extra piece of world building that helps immerse one in the game. Mechanically, the game is just as sound, there are a few tactics that seem more effective than others and I'll refrain from spoiling anything for now but I'm sure as time goes on, it will be ironed out.

In summation, this game is pretty solid and I can't help but look optimistically towards it's final release.

Gameplay Footage:
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 6, 2015
A lot of things about The Hive are great, but being an early access game, there's obviously many things it is still lacking.

-Great visuals, the evironment genuinely feels alive and alien and suits the gameplay well
-Great music, very tribal and gives you a sense that you're in a primordial ecosystem
-Fun as hell, I love controlling the units and getting them to attack/harvest/mine things
-Building structures is straight forward and easy to get used to
-Combat is what you expect from a game like this and is also easy to get used to
-Great voice acting, the Insectoid Advisor reminds of Waspinator from Beast Wars. Which is awesome.

-No options! What's up with that? I get that it's early access, but I'm disspointed I could not adjust the graphic quality or volume settings as well as the other options
-The difficulty ramps up increadibly quickly, too quickly. The first 3 stages were a peice of cake, but in stage 4 enemies literally swarm you before you have a chance to build up your defenses. I assume with the inclusion of the DNA resource, and the upgrade that come with it, stage 4 would be a lot more reasonable, but as of right now its too hectic and almost unplayable.
-No naming system. I want to name all my insectoid minions and build a connection with them as they level up.

With all that being said I would highly recommend The Hive and I look forward to updates that will make this game better.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 21, 2015
This is current as of Alpha Build 0.05

Simply put, this is an RTS with an interesting story and beautiful artwork. As far as game mechanics go, there is nothing groundbreaking but it holds with the tried and true mechanics in most RTS games.

If you don't want to read a (somewhat) detailed review, here's a first impression video of the first ~15 minutes of the game:

The controls are extremely intuitive especially if you've ever played an RTS before. 9/10

The artwork is amazing. It's all relatively low poly with surprisingly detailed textures. At one point I spent a full minute just staring at a leaf because I was so impressed with it. While the lifeforms in the water are very good, there aren't many bugs or animals roaming other than the turtles you kill for food. 8/10

As for mechanics it's like any other RTS game. It functions almost the same as Age of Mythology which came out 10+ years ago. 8/10

The story has some cool and interesting possibilities to it but I still don't know how the opening trailer relates in any way to the game so far. It's just too early to tell. ?/10

Overall this is a fun game, with good artwork and an intriguing story but it is too soon to give a real rating for it. If I were basing a rating on potential and vision I'd say 9/10. But it's just too soon to say much other than it's ?/10.

If you're undecided here's a first impressions video of the first ~15 minutes of the game -
At this stage in the build I'd say buy it if it's on sale or just give it a little more time.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 8, 2014
The Hive is in a very, very early state at the moment so a review hardly means much. The concept is awesome (IMO) and this is subjective, I know. However, from just the early gameplay, basically a tutorial, I would reccomend this game. It has a very zerg like feel to it.

I recommend The Hive BUT be warned it is very basic right now so don't expect anything major for quite awhile but the concept is spot on, THE DEVS ACTUALLY COMMUNICATE. Unlike a lot of other early access games. Which to me is a good sign this game will go places.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 21, 2014
I've only played about 20 minutes of The Hive (you can see those 20 minutes in my video here.

However, the game already shows potential. A couple of things were missing when I recorded my video (such as tool tips) but the developers have assured me that those problems have been fixed now.

Essentially, you are a bug overlord and you have to create troops and workers in order to establish your magnificent bug civilization. However, there are fantasy-based enemies around your base, so you have to strategically fight your way through them on your journey to the surface.

I get a bit of an Age of Empires feel from the game, and I think with a bit of work it will become a really good game.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 1, 2015
EDIT: This review was made a year ago, so most of it is probably moot at this point. I will rewrite this review next time I play it.

tl;dr: As it stands now, I cannot recommend this game. There are some minor to moderate bugs, and a complete lack of an options menu, but the biggest point is the amount of content relative to the current price.

I bought this game while it was on sale, for $10. It looked neat, had good reviews, all the works. However, as it is now, do not spend $19 on this game.

The Hive is an RTS, but it does a couple things differently. There are (albeit very simple) puzzles in the maps, and it handles resource gathering in an unconventional way (workers gather the stuff, make a pile behind them, little guys automatically come out of the main building or a resource drop off point and unload the goods). It is, as others have said, a very pretty game. However, I am not one to be swayed by graphics alone. The game also has a great atmosphere though, I can't quite explain it, but it has a little bit of mystery and wonder built in, and the highly manuverable camera helps out with that.

But, like I said, I can't recommend it for $19. I beat the entire game in an hour, including me leaving the game on as I went to go do something (took like 15 minutes). There are 2 medium sized maps, and that is it. There are a total of 4 units you can produce, and although the resource drop off point promises upgrades, there are none to be found. There is also no strategy, just make a bunch of units and fling them at the enemy. There is one unit that supposedly buffs other units, but it currently is just a big queen thing with a bunch of health. There is a level up mechanic (which sometimes breaks) for the units, and what appears to be slots for items, but the items are not implemented yet. There is some basic RTS commands missing (most notably double clicking on a unit does not select all the units of that type on the screen), and at one point the camera broke so I couldn't look around using the mouse, I had to use WASD. Also, if you build a building where units are, they won't move. The worker just builds the building right on top of the units, and even if you destroy the building you can't move the units any more. Given that this happened in a "survive for x amount of time" objective, this was a major problem.

Given the current rate of development (seems to be one small-medium update a month) I would say this game needs over a year to be reasonably priced at $19. As it stands now, it's worth, maybe, 3-5 bucks.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
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2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 26
Good RTS game. Runs very smooth, no bugs...(pun intended). Long & challenging missions that will keep you on your toes right from the start.

I phazed out on the story though. How did the threat to the extinction of the human race relate with the bugs? Maybe I missed something. Maybe someone can explain it to in more detail in a comment below.

gameplay video:
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