The Hive is a part floral, part honeyed html5 video slot whose developer Betsoft Gaming released it on June 25, 2020. The Hive has a sequel titled Mystic Hive (August 2020). Themes: insects, flowers, nectar collection, playing card values, and personification. Among Betsoft’s other games, the most relatable game is The Bees (January 2012).
The Hive’s rival games include Wild Swarm (June 2018) from Push Gaming, Money Honey (September 2019) from Spin Games, and Honey Rush (October 2019) from Play’n Go. Nine symbols (queen bee, ladybug, fire lily, crocus flower, white lily flower, A, K, Q, and J) require three, four, or five winning combinations.
The Hive Game Characteristics
Fairy, lush rolling plains form the background of the floral garden where The Hive’s irregular grid is set. It is characterized by an inverted 3X4X5X4X3 grid that is styled after a 19-celled honeycomb, with dripping hexagonal wax cells. There are 30 two-way fixed paylines, horizontal and/or vertical wins, eleven bet sizes, free games, win multipliers, locked repopulating honey jars, no side game, and regular payouts ranging from $0.01 to $900.00.
The Hive’s thirteen symbols consist of four special symbols and nine ordinary symbols. Special symbols: the swarm-calling feature is a beautiful golden-and-red queen bee in a golden tiara and carrying a trumpet; a human-faced honey meter-filling drone bee, carrying nectar in a blue miniature bucket; the win multiplier-awarding feature is a worker bee, carrying a tiny hammer; and the substitute is a “wild” honey jar and a honey dipper.
Ordinary symbols: ladybug; fire lily; purple crocus flower; white lily flower; and dripping honey-shaped golden A, K, Q, and J.
The Hive bet sizes: $0.10 (minimum bet), $0.50, $1.50, $3.50, $7.00, $12.00, $17.50, $30.00, $37.50, $65.00, and $90.00 (maximum bet).
For example, the $90.00 bet offers these The Hive payouts for three, four, and five winning combinations. Queen bee pays $180.00, $450.00, and $900.00. Ladybug pays $135.00, $225.00, and $450.00. Fire lily, or crocus flower, or white lily flower pays $27.00, $45.00, and $72.00. A, or K pays $9.00, $27.00, and $45.00. Q, or J pays $9.00, $18.00, and $27.00.
A queen bee that lands pays out. The queen bee disappears, swoops down from the left, lands atop the honeycomb, and starts trumpeting; this prompts numerous bees to approach the honeycomb (more than normally), encircling the grid clockwise in tandem with the accompanying sunburst.
The joining bees comprise of: worker bees whose amount (+1) determine the assigned win multipliers; or drone bees that empty nectar onto the vined eleven-level glass tube on the left, where filling it offers five free games that may be accompanied by a maximum of three locked “wild” honey jars. Newly landed wilds may adjoin the scattered wilds, prompting them to start repopulating. The Hive’s non-progressive jackpot is X243, which (243X90) is $21870.00.
The Hive has: desktop and mobile versions; quick spin; and 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 100 autospins. Sounds: magical, bubbling, jingling, popping, and trumpeting queen bee. The animated 3D graphics: glitter effect, splatter, sunburst, swarming bees, nectar blowing the cork off, effervescence, and bees ferrying nectar.
Luck in The Hive
A game of chance, The Hive’s RTP rate is 96.13% and house edge is 3.87%.