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Spirit Games (Est. 1984) - Supplying role playing games (RPG), wargames rules, miniatures and scenery, new and traditional board and card games for the last 20 years sells Hive



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Hive is a fantastic, award winning game for two, played with highly tactile quality game pieces the aim of the game is to be the first player to surround your opponent's Queen Bee using a team of assorted creatures of both your own and your opponent's colour. Because each creature has its own way of moving about the Hive, the game is sometimes called 'nature chess', yet simpler rules, no need for a board and an added dimension make it a far more flexible and accessible game that can by played anywhere. Simply great fun!


  • 22 quality game pieces
  • travel bag
  • illustrated rules leaflet

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By Oridyne From Staffs in United Kingdom

This is a fantastic 2-player game, the pieces are of extremely good quality and comes with a Hive branded zipped bag to store them, easier to take as a travel game.

There is a lot of strategy here with all the pieces having unique moves so players have to think carefully how to place and use each one. This game is always a lot of fun, plays quickly and provides a lot of replayabilty for players of all skill levels.

The game is expanded by Mosquito and Laybug expansions which add additional playing pieces with unique new moves, both are worth a look as they are inexpensive additions to the main game.

By Rusty Bullethole From Derbyshire in UK

What a great game. Easy to play, easy to transport and you can play it anywhere. Good quality pieces ensure a long life for this game and it can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Aside from the logistics it is also an excellent tactical game with much variation in the game itself. The play is well thought out with challenging thought processes akin to a range of classic games (chess, draughts, noughts and crosses - take your pick). However, each game is different and gameplay is relatively short (10 to 20 minutes usually) but interesting and fun.

For a small amount of cash this one will definitely get the brainbox ticking over. Worth investing in the Mosquito Add-On too for only a small additional charge.


Rusty Bullethole

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By timlloyd From x in uk
Phil sold me this game just after xmas and its cool. Great quality components and a hand carry sack allows for easy 'on the go' play. Basically use you tiles to surround your opponents queen, but different tiles with different insects move round each other in different ways (hopping, flying, skipping round edge, clambering over top etc) which allows fo a great degree of skill and planning. The games take about 30-45mins so low boredom level. Its cheap and for the quality its a bargain.

By Loughborough Gamer From Leics in UK
A quick, fun abstract game with a well matched theme. If you like abstracts, you may well like this. Some of its strengths are its portability (you could take this to the pub or play on a train), its value for money, it's speed (each game is often less than 5 mins), it's ease to learn, its viability as a game you can play with kids, its attractiveness. It has about the right amount of depth for a game of its type.

By Pallet Ranger From Staffs in UK
Surround your opponents queen bee before they do the same to yours. A very easy to understand concept. A slightly more difficult to execute result. I find this game very addictive, and despite playing it quite a bit, still manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on a regular basis. Each insect has their own unique way of moving and the only rule is that the hive can never be split.

A wonderful simple-to-learn, hard-to-master game. Buy it.

And I can confirm the below reviewers comments regarding the colours. The second edition is far easier to seperate which piece belongs to which player.

By Wizball From Staffordshire in United Kingdom
Every where you look Hive is being praised and this review is going to be no diffrent.

I love playing this game it is portable, can be played almost anywhere that has a flat surface, easy to learn yet has enough depth to keep even the most harded game player interested.

The only complaint that I have is that I have a first edition copy that has a little problem with the colours under certain lighting. I have been told that this second edition solves that problem.

If you love games of stratergy and do not mind that fact that it is abstract you will love this game (I also know someone that does not like abstract games that loves this game)

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Playing Time
10-30 minutes
Game Type
Tile laying Games
Strategy Games
No. Players
2 Players
John Yianni
8 +

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