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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

User Reviews

Beautiful graphics, ludicrously difficult gameplay. Trixter (9119) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
An addictive alien shoot-fest! Macintrash (2643) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Mar 14, 1996 92 out of 100 92
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Oct 04, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Dec, 1995 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1995 57 out of 100 57
Joystick (French) Jan, 1996 50 out of 100 50
PC Joker Dec, 1995 44 out of 100 44
High Score Feb, 1996 2 out of 5 40


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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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robotriot (9069) added The Hive (Windows) on Jan 02, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Adam Baratz (1484)