Hive is a board game without a board. Well in reality the hexagonal tiles that are added to the game actually create the board itself. As more and more pieces are added the game becomes a fight to see who can be the first to capture the opposing Queen Bee. In Hive, like Chess, the tiles can then be moved to other positions according to various rules, making it a very abstract strategy board game. Capture the opponent’s queen bee by completely surrounding it using your ants, beetles, mosquitos, spiders, and grasshoppers and avoid the capture of your own queen. Now John Yianni’s tabletop Hive game has been brought over to the iPhone by Lotusland Studios.
There are 22 pieces in total making up a Hive set, with 11 pieces per player, each representing an insect and a different means of moving.
– 1 Queen Bee (Yellow-Gold)
– 2 Spiders (Brown)
– 2 Beetles (Purple)
– 3 Grasshoppers (Green)
– 3 Soldier Ants (Blue)
Play against the AI that naturally increases in difficulty and a professionally composed soundtrack by John Tennant, Hive on the iPhone can become quite addictive. You can play with two players on one iPhone or play over the network. The iPhone version of Hive, the queen bee does not move first (tournament rules). Now on the iPhone you can easily pick from a variety of themes including 3D insects and the ‘classic’ wood tile set based on the original first edition pieces, plus colored backgrounds.
If you’ve ever played Hive on the tabletop, or love Chess and are looking for a wonderful complement with an exciting fluid game style, grab yourself a copy of Hive on the iPhone. New users will have to take a few minutes to learn the basic moves and rules. Once you get hooked this game is a ton of fun to play on the iPhone and great for all ages.
Here is a video demo of the Hive app on the iPhone
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