Protect your Queen and trap your opponents - a highly addictive strategic game for two players. With no board it can be played on any flat surface and the pieces in it all have a unique way of moving.
- Players: 2
- Play Time: 20 mins
- Ages: 9+
Hive is made up of twenty two pieces, eleven for each player, resembling a variety of creatures such as grass-hoppers, beetles, spiders and ants.
There is no setting setting up to do the game begins when the first player puts down a piece, and subsequent pieces must be connected to the expanding 'hive' so that the pieces themselves become the board.
Each piece moves differently ants scurry around the edge of the hive, grass-hoppers can leap over other pieces, while the slow and stately beetle can climb on top of other pieces pinning them in place.
This means that each has its strengths and weaknesses, and the pieces you choose to bring out (and when) allows for a huge variety of strategies.
Unlike other such games, the pieces are never eliminated and not all have to be played you are always choosing between bringing out a new piece, and moving one of those already in play.
With play that is simple to learn but full of strategy, coupled with quick and set-up free play time, Hive is a fascinating abstract game that is entriely it's own animal - or in this case insect.