Field is really busy. Insects are flying in a race. But in fact they do not race with themselves, but with time. Winter is approaching and they still do not have enough honey. And so they have to tirelessly fly between the flowers. But how should they know with one glance, that there are some sweet treats on the cards? What if someone was already there, leaving nothing behind?
Collection of honey is main theme of Hanni Honigbiene (Hanna Honeybee), which was published as part of Meine ersten Spiele series (My very first games). Its idea and course were born in Tima Rogasch’s head, Frau Annika has done the illustrations and game was brought to shops in 2016 by HABA company.
Box is small but relatively high. This is because it will work also as a game board. The lid is stylishly yellow (which is typical for HABA and not specific to this game) and we can find a picture of meadow full of flowers. And it is between them, where the bees fly and have also one ladybird trampled there.
There is one board inside the box, that works as scoring table and should be placed near center of the table. From the bottom of the box, players have to pluck round tokens of flowers, that are turned with colored flowers facing up. Right next to it, they place a big wooden dice and a large figure of the bee mother. The bottom of the box is then finally filled with hard paper insert and puts it to the side. This will create a hive with two holes – one at the top and one at the bottom and a group of bees flying around.
Active player then rolls a dice and his first task is to identify the thrown color or to recognize picture of a flower on dice. In the first case, player must find a flower of the same color among those on the table, land the bee on that token and take it to the hive. Player then throws it through top hole. Token gets rotated inside and honey drops from below. He then puts himself into a honey glass, which is a separate board.
Then its another player’s turn. All the teammates try to make honey as quickly as possible. If a flower symbol is rolled, one of the remaining tokens must be placed in the box. It will no longer be available because the pollen from the flower is already gone. Players will win as soon as they can fill their whole glass. However, there may also be a situation, where there comes shortage of flowers on the meadow and it is not possible to fill the whole glass. In that case, players could not reach their goal to the successful end and lost.
This simpler game is made for children from two years of age and this is great. Its all about three-dimensional hive, that transforms pollen from flowers into honey. The kids have amazing fun with it as well as with rolling dice and finding the right flowers. Cooperative match works great because players do not have to think of each other, but they can talk and social element plays an important in the game.
However, luck can influence children’s efforts. This is not such a problem, as children take luck as part of the game and feel they can influence the dice by just looking at it. For many, it may be the first encounter with a dice and even with playing games. Cooperation here is also important because the parties can (and will) involve parents. These children will lead and experience pollination of the flowers.
But then there is second variant, which is not only about colors, but also about memory. Even in this case, players will need all the components, that are hidden in the box. They build a hive in the middle, which will once again take the lead in the whole game. And beside him, tokens of the flowers this time with the honey side up, so nobody known what color of the flowers are hiding underneath. Both bee and dice will be waiting nearby for their chance.
Player always rolls a dice and must name color that is on its top. He takes a wooden bee figurine into his hand and lands on a token that he thinks contains a flower of the same color as dice. If he is right, he can throw it through the top hole in the hive, and if everything goes well, token slides through the bottom cavity and it’s transformed into honey. This token is moved into the glass board.
Often, children will make mistakes and send a bee to a bad flower. They still get the chance to continue, but only if they can correctly name the wrong color. Reward for the right answer is the chance to turn another tile and this time, hopefully, the bee will find the right flower.
The last situation that may occur in this variant is rolling a flower symbol on the dice. This time, the plaque leaves the game again, which reduces the choice for the participants. If players can fill the whole glass with honey, they win. If no flower grows in the meadow and the glass is not full, the whole team has lost.
So you can see that this second variant is very similar. The only difference is the memory element. At the beginning of the game, children will have to guess, but with increasing time, they will get an overview of the distribution of flowers on their meadow.
Game is really fast and the kids will have to spend a maximum of ten minutes of their attention and sometimes even less. This is important, if you realize the lowest recommended age. For a two-year-old you can not expect to play longer game. Someone has really thought about the whole gameplay, because its beautifully designed and fulfills important learning functions. At the same time it looks beautiful and is made sturdy.
Hanni Honigbiene is a great game for the very youngest kids who can not play any other games yet. They are too small and games for their age are like saffron. But this is really fun one, with a good kids-tailored theme and an important learning effect. Hanni Honigbiene is really a child-friendly game.
+ great 3D hive
+ little kids really enjoy
+ quality, large components
+ trains a lot of skills
+ two variants
+ from two years of age (!)