Hive - Pocket Edition

Hive is a bug-themed tabletop game, designed by John Yianni and published in 2001 by Gen42 Games. The object of Hive is to capture the opponent’s queen bee by completely surrounding it, while avoiding the capture of one’s own queen.

Summary Review

Hive is a quick game – to teach, and to play.  This handy pocket edition also means that it is super portable and one that I take on business trips or family holidays.

The object of the game is to beat your opponent by surrounding their queen bee tile.  They, in turn, will be trying to do the same to your queen bee.

Each player has 13 tiles, with symbols for different insects that each have their own unique way of moving.  For example an ant tile can scurry around the edge of the connected tiles, whilst a grasshopper jumps in diagonal lines.  The queen has the most limited movement, with only one space per turn.  Once tiles are added to the game they must stay connected to other tiles.

A game can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes and is the usually followed by a “best of three”, ” best of five…?” with new players quickly picking it up.  Another huge draw in the game is the quality of the tiles – they are super tactile (and more so in the larger standards set).

Our Ratings:

Repeat Play Score: 4/5
Gateway Score: 5/5
Thematic Score: 4/5
Component Score: 5/5

In the UK, you can get this from Amazon for about £40, from Smart-zone.


The game includes two sets of tiles, one in black and one in white, each with:

  • 1 Queen Bee (Yellow-Gold)
  • 2 Spiders (Brown)
  • 2 Beetles (Purple)
  • 3 Grasshoppers (Green)
  • 3 Soldier Ants (Blue)
  • 1 Mosquito (Gray)
  • 1 Ladybug (Red)

In addition, the game has a cloth bag with draw string to carry the game.

Hive – pocket edition
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