Join our Discord to chat with fellow friendly gamers and our knowledgeable contributors!

atari kombinera


The Hive is an on-rails shooter similar to Rebel Assault within a sci-fi setting. All levels are pre-rendered, the player controls the cross-hair to fire at enemy ships and turrets. The levels are connected with cutscenes using the same visual style of the actual levels. The shooting happens both in space, within the atmosphere of different planets, and even indoors. Control alternates between spacecraft, turrets, ground based vehicles and on foot. In some cases such as when controlling a turret the player has camera control.


There are no user screenshots for this game

Promo Images

The Hive Magazine Advertisement
The Hive Magazine Advertisement
The Hive Magazine Advertisement
The Hive Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "The Hive Wars" -- Japanese Title
  • "ザ・ハイヴウォーズ" -- Japanese Spelling

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

Beautiful graphics, ludicrously difficult gameplay. Windows Trixter (9115)
An addictive alien shoot-fest! Windows Macintrash (2633)

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Windows Mar 14, 1996 92 out of 100 92
Power Play Windows Dec, 1995 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Feb, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1995 57 out of 100 57
Joystick (French) Windows Jan, 1996 50 out of 100 50
PC Joker Windows Dec, 1995 44 out of 100 44
GamePro (US) PlayStation Apr, 1996 2 out of 5 40
High Score Windows Feb, 1996 2 out of 5 40
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1996 3 out of 10 30


There are currently no topics for this game.



The makers of The Hive evidently thought people were "sissies" for wanting an easy mode, so they didn't build one into the original program executable, only a "practice" mode that plays two levels. After much public outcry that the game was too hard, they finally released Hive 1.01, which included an "easy" mode. But the creators released it begrudgingly:
By popular demand, here it is...a build of The Hive's executable that supports an "easy" level of difficulty.


Keep in mind, this new switch doesn't make the game a gift by any means. It might better be labeled: easier. The enemies all attack you with the same ferocity as "normal", but your health bar repair rate is higher.

Related Web Sites

Contributed to by robotriot (9068) and Adam Baratz (1484)
atari asteroids