Hive Mind by Calliope Games – Review

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The groups that I have played Hive Mind with have really enjoyed it. There were lots of laughs and tons of wonderfully silly answers. Hive mind is a perfect party game for large groups. It lets everyone play and keeps everyone engaged.

Ally

8/10
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Theme and What is it?

5/10

The beehive is a busy place. Bees don’t get that stereotype for no reason. As a proud bee you love to work really hard. Your hard work makes you fit in and feel like you belong in the hive. Your worst fear is to not bee like everyone else and slowly get pushed out of the hive. How would you survive something like that? How could you survive beeing an individual?

Hive Mind is a word game for 3-12 players. Where players try to bee like everyone else.

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Gameplay Mechanics

5/10

In Hive Mind your goal is to think like everyone else. Players are asked questions or asked to make associations. Each player’s goal is to write down an answer that will be shared with the rest of the hive. The more people that choose that answer, the better off they all are. Those bees that think for themselves or aren’t able to conform to the hive standard get pushed toward the exit of the hive. 

Once a player or players have proven to be well outside the hive mind, they are then forced out of the hive and lose the game. All bees remaining in the hive are the winners and get to stay and work their little stingers off.

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Initial Impressions

5/10

I really love word games and I love party games. Having a word party game was perfect. My first play through was with a large group. We actually had more than the 12, which is all the pencils, pads and beeples in the box. We just improvised and made it work.

Hive Mind is not a game where you are going to learn a lot about other people because you are trying to guess what the most popular answer is going to be and that is what you provide. You learn what people think other people will say, not necessarily what they think for themselves. I really enjoyed that and it was refreshing. Some get-to-know-you party games get way too personal. Hive Mind is light and entertaining.

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Game Build Quality

5/10

I like the way they did with everything in Hive Mind. It all looks awesome and the beeples are super cute. The pencils match the theme and I liked that too. I have to say that it all worked for me.

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Artistic Direction

5/10

There is not a whole lot going on with the artwork. It is all bee themed. There are not too many components that are different from each other so you see a lot of the same artwork on everything. Since this is a party game, that is not a big deal. People are spending way more time hanging out than looking at the game. 

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Fun Factor

5/10

Like all party games, the fun lies with the group that comes together. If the group is willing to let themselves enjoy the game and be silly around each other, the game will be a success. Hive Mind allows players to do this without having to get personal. People can be goofy and it is not personally about them. I know that for the groups I have played with, everyone has been involved and have seemed to enjoy the game.

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Age Range & Weight

5/10

Hive Mind has an age recommendation of 8+. That all depends on the group you have playing. Different age groups will tend to answer questions differently. I feel like Hive Mind might work best with similar age groups since there are questions about pop culture. But I could totally be wrong.

I do think that Hive Mind would be a great mind exercise for young kids to have them think about what other people might choose instead of them focusing on what they think the right answer might be.

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Conclusions

10/10

The groups that I have played Hive Mind with have really enjoyed it. There were lots of laughs and tons of wonderfully silly answers. Hive mind is a perfect party game for large groups. It lets everyone play and keeps everyone engaged. 

If party games are your thing then you will want to check out Hive Mind. If you have been hesitant to get into party games, Hive Mind might be a nice launching board. It lets people be witty but not over the top or they won’t fit in with the other answers and the game will be over quickly. That provides excellent balance.