Bee tycoon sim Hive Time gets chat integration, other new additions

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If Bee Simulator was more of an action game for kids (opens in new tab) than you were hoping and you'd rather play something closer to SimCity with a colony of bees instead, Hive Time (opens in new tab) may be the insect sim for you. Released a year ago last month, it just celebrated its "hiveversary" with an update that adds a bunch of new stuff, including chat integration as seen in the extremely Australian trailer above. (Hive Time is the work of Australian indie developers Josh "Cheeseness" Bush and Miriam "Mimness" Roser.)

The Hiveversary Update also adds more events, including ones based on the date you're playing—so if your clock is set to December 12, for instance (the 12th of Beecember in Hive Time) you'll receive a little gift. There are more hats for bees, with each role in the hive getting an extra item of headgear, plus effects that can be set off either by events or gift voting if chat integration is enabled, and some optimization improvements that should make for better performance if your hive is on the big side.

You can read a fuller changelog of the Hiveversary Update at the developer blog (opens in new tab) if you're interested in the details of bugfixes like the one that has apparently "Fixed 'Bear attack' event using negative music when defenders sacrifice themselves to drive away Old Bitey". 

Hive Time is available on itch.io (opens in new tab), on a pay-what-you-want pricing model.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.