Hive: May the best bee win!

Hive - Trap opponents queen bee with superpowered bugs


Gather your bug-loving buddies, unleash your inner entomologist, and let the insect frenzy begin!

Players: 2 players

Gametime: 20-30 minutes


Set up the game

  • Place the hexagonal game tiles facedown in a random order to create the playing area.
  • Each player chooses a color and takes all the corresponding insect tiles.

Start the game

  • The first player places one of their insect tiles in the center of the playing area.
  • Players take turns placing one of their insect tiles adjacent to any other tiles on the board. The first tile must always touch the starting tile.
  • Queen bee must be placed within the first few turns of the game

Expand the hive

  • Each type of insect has its own unique movement rules. Here are the basic movement rules for the initial insects:
    • The Queen Bee can move one space at a time.
    • The Beetle can move one space and then climb onto other tiles.
    • The Spider can move up to three spaces orthogonally.
    • The Grasshopper can jump over other tiles in a straight line.
    • The Ant can move any number of spaces around the perimeter of the hive.
  • The objective is to strategically place and move your insects to outmaneuver your opponent’s insects.

Surround the opponent’s Queen Bee

  • The game continues until one player successfully surrounds the opponent’s Queen Bee entirely with tiles.
  • The Queen Bee must be completely surrounded and unable to move to be considered trapped.
  • The player who traps the opponent’s Queen Bee wins the game.

Master the advanced tactics

  • As you become more familiar with the game, you can explore the advanced movement rules and strategies for each insect.
  • Experiment with different tactics and plan ahead to outmaneuver your opponent and secure victory.

Here is a video from Becca Scott teaching us how to play Hive


Are you ready to get busy like bees and experience the most buzz-worthy game of all time? Well, grab your magnifying glass and your best bee costume because Hive is here to put your strategizing skills to the test! It’s like a mini insect war-zone, but instead of guns, we have an army of quirky critters with some serious attitude!

First things first, this game is all about bugs, but not just any bugs. We’re talking about a superstar lineup of insects that would make even the toughest cockroach green with envy. From the speedy Spider to the crafty Grasshopper, each critter has its own set of rules and tactics that will keep you on your toes. Now, here’s where things get interesting. The goal is simple: surround your opponent’s Queen Bee and give her a taste of the ‘honey, I’m trapped’ moment. But don’t be fooled by the cute and cuddly appearance of these bugs; they’ve got some wicked moves up their tiny sleeves. It’s all about outsmarting your opponent, predicting their every move, and leaving them wondering if they’re dealing with a grandmaster of bug warfare. It’s quick, it’s portable, and it’s packed with enough strategy to make even the smartest ants jealous.

Difficulty: Medium

Likeness: 72%


You can purchase Hive on Amazon here