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Store:  2-Player Games, Family Games
Edition:  Hive
Series:  Hive, Essen 2010 Releases
Theme:  Bugs / Insects
Genre:  Abstract Strategy

Hive: Carbon

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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 Carbon is a new edition of Yianni's Hive that plays the same as that classic two-player game, but with stylin' black-on-white and white-on-black pieces instead of the multicolor bugs running around in the current edition. What's more, Hive Carbon will include the mosquito piece that was previously sold separately as well as a new ladybug piece, the details of which Yianni has yet to describe. The ladybug will also be available in the iPhone version (iTunes link) of the game, but Yianni hasn't announced when that update will take place.

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Product Information

  • Designer(s): John Yianni

  • Manufacturer(s): Gen Four Two Games

  • Year: 2010

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 20 - 30 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 910 grams

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #70

Hive: Carbon has the following expansions available:
Hive: Carbon: Pillbug (Temporarily Out of Stock)

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.8 in 6 reviews

Similar to chess! A must buy for the abstract strategy lover!!!
February 12, 2012

I received Hive Carbon as a Christmas gift this year (2011) from a friend and we haven't stopped playing! The game has many similarities to chess (e.g. both are abstract strategy games that help develop critical thinking skills), yet the rules are simple enough that Hive Carbon can be learned to play in as little as 5 minutes. The pieces are made of bakelite and are durable. Game play lasts around 10 minutes. The inclusion of the mosquito and the ladybug makes Hive Carbon a better buy than Hive. The game is portable and is a fantastic pub game. If you enjoy abstract strategy games that you can take anywhere, Hive Carbon is a must buy!!!

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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