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Hive Time (2019) is a strategy game where you build a beehive and make honey. You command your bees to harvest resources, grow your hive, and produce a new Queen before the current one dies. It's unique for its buzzy subject matter, and because it opts for intrigue and discovery over simulation realism.

You assign roles and make decisions as you manage your colony. At certain points, you need to make important choices that affect the hive. Respond to wasp attacks, deal with outlaw slugs, or help a caterpillar realise a lifelong dream. Send Foragers out to find pollen and nectar, have Builders research new cell types, and ensure you have enough Beesitters to raise the next generation of bees.

Unlike other simulation games, Hive Time offers an easier experience. It approximates the life of the hive rather than perfectly replicates it. While some may miss the more nuanced realism, for younger players this works very well. It's easy to pick up, even if you haven’t ever played these types of games before. You can focus on the story of the bees rather than get bogged down in the intricacies of simulation modelling.

Hive Time is an unusual game both for its subject matter, but also as a good first management sim to play.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Hive Time 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Collecting elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 2 and a half hours and 3 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.


Hive Time

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/05/2019

Out Now: Mac and PC

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy and Collecting

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Hive Time (@Hive_Time)

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