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The Hive is very similar to Rebel Assault. All levels are rendered, with limit interactive influence by the user (works best with mouse). At the beginning, the game seems to be cool because of the different level designs, but later it gets repetitive, the designers ran out of ideas.


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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Beautiful graphics, ludicrously difficult gameplay. Windows Trixter (9110)
An addictive alien shoot-fest! Windows Macintrash (2633)

Critic Reviews

PC Multimedia & Entertainment Windows Oct 04, 1996 90 out of 100 90
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
High Score Windows Feb, 1996 2 out of 5 40
GamePro (US) PlayStation Apr, 1996 2 out of 5 40
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1996 3 out of 10 30


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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.

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