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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

List Price: $37.50
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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

Hive: Carbon has the following expansions available:

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.8 in 6 reviews

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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.
Fast and Fun
October 20, 2002

I am a big time gamer and Hive is a wonderful, simple to learn, difficult to master, 2 player game. It is a definite 5 star game in the category of 2 player games. The no luck factor goes along way with me. It goes anywhere since there is no board and has endless replay value. It is kind of like chess in 10-20 minutes. Great wood figures as well.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Beetle-Mania... but with spiders, ants and bees too
October 09, 2002

Having an interest in insects and other arthropods, purchasing this game was a given. Having it be a quick, two-player game that plays well was a bonus. I have found it to be a very enjoyable game, though lately I've been getting my abdomen handed to me. Although it is an abstract game, something about the different movement types (jumping, crawling, etc.) seem to really fit with the various arthropods depicted on the pieces. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I have.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by Dr Jay
What's the Buzzzz?
January 13, 2004

All that Hive lacks is the Indonesian House Cricket scenario. Since those insects hop and hop fast, that would add to the liveliness of the game.

When my opponent, referred to as the Silver Player, started to play the game, we had no idea that three different games would result. The game starts out with a simple premise: Protect your Queen Bee from being taken over by your opponent's pieces.

Pieces consist of Three Driver Ants, Two Spiders, Two Beetles, and Two Grasshoppers. You must conserve your pieces, and the Silver Player did just that by holding back the Driver Ants. The Driver Ants remind one of the power of the chess pieces, Rook and Knight. The Driver Ants can move in any straight line direction around the blocks and can prove quite formidable when blocking the opponent's pieces.

The Grasshoppers were particularly enjoyable to move, because they can hop in any straight line. However, the Silver Player pinned my two grasshoppers in the third game. That brings up a nasty feature of the game. You must always form a chain with your blocks, and the chain can never be broken. If I had moved one of the pinned grasshoppers, I would have broken the chain.

The game starts with the Queen Bee having to appear by the fourth turn. You have two choices for each turn: move or place. You cannot do both, and that creates some fascinating dilemmas in deciding what to do.

As one discovers quickly, it is not a good idea to surround your Queen Bee with two of your pieces for protection. Then, the Queen Bee cannot break the chain. Also, the rules state you can surround a queen bee with your own pieces and your opponent's. That constitutes a win for either the Silver or Blue Player.

Spiders are quite troublesome in the game. As I discovered, the spiders can only move three spaces (no more, no less) around the periphery of the blocks. In the third game, the Silver Player effectively used his spiders to pin some of my blocks from moving to surround his queen.

One must keep a wary eye on colors matching. You cannot end the movement, say, of the Blue block next to another block of a Silver color. The colors have to match on all sides of each hexagonal block. That creates a hair-raiser when one is running through all the possibilities of trying to move an insect.

The third game proved our closest one for the Blue and Silver players. Each of us immediately placed two blocks to start surrounding the queen. Then, it became a contest of who had the most moves and pieces to finish the surrounding effort. I made an error by allowing two of my grasshoppers to be pinned and not taking advantage of the beetles' capability.

The beetles move one block or space. They can pin whatever is underneath and, for a time, change that opponent's color to the beetle's color. It is important to use the beetles wisely instead of letting them languish among the blocks.

As you can see, Hive hooks you, creates a buzz, and provides endless possibilities to pin the Queen Bee.

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

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