★★★½☆ Hive; a game that feels like chess, but with bugs and a bee.

Check out this game if: you like strategic games like chess and you like bugs.

This game stands out because: There is no luck to this game. Similar to chess, you choose every move you make and you opponent has the same opportunity. Highly strategic but most games are over in 15 mins.

Positive:
1. Easy to teach (don’t let your bee get surrounded).
2. You could play again and again (if you’re the type of person who enjoys testing new strategies or losing to your 15 year old nephew).
3. Game feels classic (and maybe it will be when I’m 90).
4. Quick games (which makes losing less painful).
5. The game components are fantastic.
6. A bunch of expansions give this game variety.

Negative:
1. Only two players (but some people like that).
2. No luck means a poor winner can hurt the game.

Brief Overview:
In this game, you have 11 tiles of 5 types of bugs. The Queen Bee is kinda like the King in chess, if your opponents surrounds the bee (with theirs, yours, or a combination of tiles), they win.

In order to surround the Queen Bee, players take bug from their available pile and places it in the play area. Once a piece is in the play area, it can move, but each bug moves differently.

Versions:
Versions include Hive Pocket (smaller version) and Hive Carbon (classy black and white). Expansions include Pillbug, Ladybug, and Mosquito. All expansions add a new bug that moves in a unique way and I recommend them all. 

Teaching Advice:
My best experience teaching this game is setting up a quick example. It’s such a visual game, that setting up an example will end up saving you a lot of time because you can show everyone how pieces move in addition to telling them.

The one rule that seems to trip new players up is that you can lose by being surrounded by your own pieces (or a combination of yours and your opponents).

Number of Players 2
Age 9+
Time 20 mins
Friendly ☆☆☆☆☆
Teachable ★★★☆☆
Replayability ★★★★★
Creative Freedom ★★★★☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★☆☆☆
Interaction ★★★★☆

Link to tutorial video on YouTube.

Link to Hive on Amazon

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