Hive (Board Game)

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Hive is a highly addictive strategic game for two players that is not restricted by a board and can be played anywhere on any flat surface. Hive is made up of twenty two pieces, eleven black and eleven white, resembling a variety of creatures each with a unique way of moving.

With no setting up to do, the game begins when the first piece is placed down. As the subsequent pieces are placed this forms a pattern that becomes the playing surface (the pieces themselves become the board). Unlike other such games, the pieces are never eliminated and not all have to be played. The object of the game is to totally surround your opponent's queen, while at the same time trying to block your opponent from doing likewise to your queen. The player to totally surround his opponent's queen wins the game.

22 pieces in total, with 11 pieces per player:
1x Queen Bee (Yellow-Gold)
2x Spiders (Brown)
2x Beetles (Purple)
3x Grasshoppers (Green)
3x Soldier Ants (Blue)

Product Details

Boards & Dice
15 Dec 2014
Abstract Games
Board Games
Game Mechanic
Year Published
# of Players
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players, Recommended with 2 players
Suggested Ages
9 and up
Playing Time
20 minutes
Game Designer
John Yianni
Game Artist
John Yianni
HUCH! & friends
User Suggested Ages
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
  • 2003 International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Two-players
  • 2006 Mensa Select Winner
  • 2006 Spiel der Spiele Hit für Zwei Recommended
  • 2007 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
  • 2007 Juego del Año Finalist
Expansion Sets
  • Hive Colony (fan expansion for Hive)
  • Hive: The Ladybug
  • Hive: The Mosquito
  • Hive: The Pillbug
Supply Source

Customer Reviews

Hive got five

Reviewed by on

I bought Hive for my husband (knowing that he loves chess). Discovered the game in Italy, earlier this year, but wanted to buy ourselves an English version. SO glad I found it on Raru.

Fun shortened version of chess

Reviewed by on

This game is a fun 2 player game that provides all the strategy and complexity of a game of chess but with a much easier learning curve and quicker game play that doesn't get boring. Highly recommended.