Hive TLDR game review:
Hive is a player vs player competitive abstract game. In Hive, you are seeking to surround your opponent’s Queen Tile by moving other insects in the hive using their special movement abilities. With no board you are unrestricted with your insect tiles and play becomes a moving swarm of insects that move slowly into new patterns and shapes.
With such a dynamic game state you have to be very tactical and cunning in executing any strategy. It also means that, unlike Chess and Go, possible game states are endless. The reduction in size has this game even easier to pack and take away. Yet the pieces do not seem to have lost that heft that makes the tiles so satisfying to play in the larger version.
I have spoken about Hive on many occasions. It is easily one of my favourite abstract game as well as being one of my favourite two-player games and travel games. That is, it used to be a favourite travel game until the release of Hive Pocket edition. Hive Pocket is a smaller more compact version of the game with a little bonus thrown in. Each edition you get of Hive Pocket comes with Lady Bug and Mosquito expansions included.
One of the benefits of such a simple system of play is that you can teach it very quickly to a broad range of ages. I have taught it to year 6 and had some wonderful games. But there is a stunning strategic element that, as you build experience, can add depth and intrigue to the game. It is no wonder that this game was honoured by Mensa for excellence in gaming. I love this game and have had great success in teaching it to others. It’s a win for me. So if you love abstract games like me, especially competitive games, Hive Pocket might be the game for you.