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bakelite edition

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20-30 minutes 2

Designer(s): John Yianni

Manufacturer(s): Gen Four Two Games

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Product Description

Hive is a boardless, strategic game for 2 players ages 8 and up. The object of the game is to surround your opponent's queen bee while trying to block your opponent from doing the same to your queen bee.

Each player has 11 tiles, all in all, representing 5 different insects. The players take turns, either choosing to add a tile to the hive or moving a tile in the hive.

Each tile has a unique way of moving (like in chess) and resembles the movement of the insect depicted on the tile. For instance, the grasshopper is the only tile which can jump.

Hive is a fun game to play because of its simple rules, yet challenging for its depth. Hive enhances each player's skills of strategic planning, tactical thinking and spatial vision. To win, you must play both the offense (surround your opponent's bee) and the defense (to protect your queen bee).

A nice decorative storage bag makes it easy to carry, store and play anywhere.

Product Awards

Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 2006
International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2003

Product Information

  • Designer(s): John Yianni

  • Manufacturer(s): Gen Four Two Games

  • Year: 2007

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 20 - 30 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 806 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #227

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #99

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item.


  • 22 insect tiles:
    • 2 queen bees
    • 4 beetles
    • 6 grasshoppers
    • 4 spiders
    • 6 soldier ants
  • rules
Hive has the following expansions available:
Hive: Pillbug
(3% savings!)
Hive: The Mosquito
(5% savings!)
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.2 in 7 reviews

This is good stuff…
September 21, 2008

This is good stuff… really good… pure strategy and tactics… no luck here. Like chess the opening is all about strategy. Which pieces will you bring out first and where will you place them. The middle game is the battle, one that usually goes back and forth several times. Often you will think you have it won… but then find you lack the fire-power… coming up one piece short of making the final kill. And the end game is pure tactics… a blunder against a better player, and you will lose. This game has become one of our favorite lunch-time games at work. It’s awesome… it’s deep… the more you play (like chess) the more you see how good this game really is. And it plays in 20-30 minutes which makes it excellent for those times when you do not have a lot of time (like lunch). It is also easy to transport, plays almost anywhere, and the Bakelite pieces are of the highest quality (thick and heavy… they feel good in your hands and stay-put on the table)… what more can I say?

Simple Rules, Quick Play, Deep Fun!
April 25, 2006

"Again!", says my wife.

"We just played three times and you want to play again?", I stammer in rapt incredulity!

"Again!", she demands...

A demand I willingly fulfill!

This game is easy to explain, easy to remember, easy to love! We play best out of five when time allows (read; when kids stay sleeping long enough). And we have had to get three copies thus far because guest keep leaving with our latest copy.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Amazing complexity in such a small game
January 17, 2004

One thing I must say is I believe that a previous reviewer thought that you couldn't end movement touching another colors piece. You can. The only restriction on touching an enemy color is when you are bringing a new piece into play, it may only touch your pieces. It can't touch an enemy piece at all.

The interaction of the various bugs is tough to coordinate as you opponent can pin and isolate your pieces even as you do the same to him.

The choices of which pieces to bring out in the first 4 are the start of hostilities. I like to start off with two beetles and the queen then a Grasshopper. This seems to allow a lot of flexibility in the early going.

A great game to carry with you it plays anywhere and always attracts people.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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