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Hive: The Ladybug

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Hive The Ladybug Essentials:

  • No. of players: 2
  • Playing time: 20 minutes
  • Age: 9 +

Hive The Ladybug - Rules of Play says:

Hive is a game you want to win but struggle to play - the clinking pieces are so gorgeous you'd prefer to keep them in your hands! Add that to the game's use of tactical strategy and it's a miracle a game ever gets finished! Each player is assigned counters that feature various minibeasts. Every insect has a different function in the game, e.g. the grasshopper can jump forward over counters, but only in a straight line, while the beetle can climb on top of other counters to freeze them still. The first player to surround their opponent's Queen Bee with assorted creatures is the winner and new leader of all creepy crawlies! It's nature's chess!

The Ladybug moves three spaces; two on top of the Hive, then one down. It must move exactly two on top of the Hive and then move one down on its last move. It may not move around the outside of the Hive and may not end its movement on top of the Hive. Even though it cannot block by landing on top of other pieces like the Beetle, it can move into or out of surrounded spaces. It also has the advantage of being much faster.

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Hive Awards:

Hive has won the following awards:

  • International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Two-players, 2003
  • Mensa Select Winner, 2006
  • Spiel der Spiele Hit für Zwei Recommended, 2006