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Hive Time, the sweet beehive building and management sim from Cheeseness hits the one year mark, celebrates with a new upgrade and a fresh little trailer. Disclosure: the developer has contributed to GOL in the past.

It might not be scientifically accurate but it sure is charming. We've seen all sorts of building and management sims from people to ants and bees too definitely need their time in the spotlight. One of the most important creatures to keep our environment alive, you gotta love the bees.

After being out for a whole year now, Cheeseness has upgraded the game with community features like chat integration for livestreams. Players watching can vote on various game features, and vote on gifts to help or hinder players. Some active chat participants may even get selected to be a special bee - how lovely. For everyone else there's also new content like events, new hats, a bunch of new effects, new game options to tweak how you play for your own fun, optimisations and a lot more.

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If you missed it, Cheese also did something of a deep dive into how the release went and their thoughts on releasing a pay what you want game. See a brief round-up of some points included in our previous article.

You can buy Hive Time as a Pay What You Want game from itch.io.

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mirv 12 Dec, 2020
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I guess it's Hap-bee Birthday to Hive Time.

Really fun game, in my opinion. Relaxing, some good humour, and gets people thinking of bees (a good thing).
The_Aquabat 12 Dec, 2020
I would buy this if it was on steam with regional pricing you can fine grain the price to make it accessible to everyone.
mirv 12 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: The_AquabatI would buy this if it was on steam with regional pricing you can fine grain the price to make it accessible to everyone.

It's pay what you want. You can tailor that accessibility to your individual needs.
The_Aquabat 12 Dec, 2020
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: The_AquabatI would buy this if it was on steam with regional pricing you can fine grain the price to make it accessible to everyone.

It's pay what you want. You can tailor that accessibility to your individual needs.

I don't use itch.io, I already have a dozens of games on gog that I barely played because I'm too lazy to log in to gog, I don't want to have to manage another game library.
mirv 13 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: The_Aquabat
Quoting: mirv
Quoting: The_AquabatI would buy this if it was on steam with regional pricing you can fine grain the price to make it accessible to everyone.

It's pay what you want. You can tailor that accessibility to your individual needs.

I don't use itch.io, I already have a dozens of games on gog that I barely played because I'm too lazy to log in to gog, I don't want to have to manage another game library.

I personally like games that don't rely on a store or 3rd party management system, particularly if they're single player. It's one aspect that drew me to Hive Time in the first place (other than looking like a a bit of fun). But I can understand people wanting all their games in the one place - totally fine. Room enough for everyone.
Cheeseness 13 Dec, 2020
Quoting: The_AquabatI don't use itch.io, I already have a dozens of games on gog that I barely played because I'm too lazy to log in to gog, I don't want to have to manage another game library.
If it's helpful to know, you can get very close to the same experience you'd have if the game was distributed via Steam by adding it as a "non-Steam" game.

You can buy and download games on Itch without having an account (no need to log in), I've also tested the game to make sure that it runs via the Steam client (Steam Overlay, etc. works).

The amount you need to "use Itch.io" in order to play games distributed via Itch is far smaller than GOG or Steam - when I ship my games on Itch, I'm not asking users to commit to using that platform, I'm guaranteeing that users can play my games with fewer strings attached.

Edit: Itch does have a downloader/updater client if anybody needs/wants that. It's entirely optional though :)


Last edited by Cheeseness on 13 December 2020 at 1:12 am UTC
The_Aquabat 13 Dec, 2020
ah ok sounds fine I'm not that familiar with itch.io. nice to know. I will give it a go in the future.


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Cheeseness 13 Dec, 2020
Quoting: The_Aquabatah ok sounds fine I'm not that familiar with itch.io. nice to know. I will give it a go in the future.
If you do, I hope you find the game interesting! If you still feel like it's not a good fit for you, that's totally OK <3
14 18 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: The_AquabatI don't use itch.io, I already have a dozens of games on gog that I barely played because I'm too lazy to log in to gog, I don't want to have to manage another game library.
Log in to GOG... are you using the Galaxy client on Windows? Once you install a GOG game, you don't log into anything. There is no launcher even. You could use minigalaxy to remember your credentials and have a launcher... or you could use Lutris to launch Steam and GOG games. *shrug*
Ilya 22 Dec, 2020
Congrats Cheeseness! I look forward to playing your game.
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