Hanto Strategy Game Review & Giveaway

22 Mar


From Wikipedia:

Hive is a bug-themed tabletop game, designed by John Yianni and published in 2001 by Gen Four Two. The object of Hive is to capture the opponent’s queen bee by completely surrounding it.”

Hanto is similar to Hive, except that now the  Butterfly is equivalent to Queen Bee, Crab is equivalent to Beetle, Crane is equivalent to Ant,
Horse is equivalent to Spider and Dove is equivalent to Grass Hopper.


This game is easy to learn but hard to master. You can learn the basic moves very easily but winning will take time. There are different moves to each animal. Luckily, there is a quick reference for me within the game, which I can pull out anything I am stuck how to move the pieces.


The game itself has great-looking japanese art as the game’s setting. You can play either as the blue piece or the red piece. The game has 5 levels of increasingly challenging AI levels, with over 30 minutes of original japanese music.



You can play 2 players on same idevice and when it’s 2nd players turn their pieces are oriented towards them so you don’t have to flip around idevice and add pieces from their side.

I feel that to play the game, you need to familarise yourself with the peculiar moves of the animals and predict your opponent’s next move, similar to a chess game.

If you played hive strategy board game before, you know you have to get this game! It is currently sold as $0.99 in iTunes.

The game is quite nicely designed and the animal pieces move like real pieces on a typical board game. It is quite a bargain for such a game to be sold at $0.99 if you ask me.

Now I really have to get back to my Hanto iphone game.

Graphics: 4/5
Sound/Music: 5/5
Fun: 4/5
Addictiveness: 4/5
Value for money: 5/5
Overall 4.5 /5

Check out the game in iTunes now.

Note: I got some promo codes for this game. Tell me why you deserve this game and what comments you have about this game to qualify for the promo code.


11 Responses to “Hanto Strategy Game Review & Giveaway”

  1. Bloake March 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    Hi! I would like to try out your strategy game because I am an avid chess player and I wanna try this new adaptation to the classic game! 🙂 I will review!

  2. iphonetech78 March 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

    Not actually my game though..

    But it is a great game…the Japanese game’s settings is cool.

  3. Candy March 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    This is like a very thoughtful game! I am a writer and would like the opportunity, to write an honest review of this game.

    It is a thinking person’s game it seems and very unique.

  4. Jomskylark March 23, 2009 at 8:40 pm #


    This game looks awesome. I enjoy playing games from other cultures and seeing what aspects are different from my culture. I also love to play with friends, so it would be a ton of fun to play this game.

    My MacRumors forum username is Jomskylark.


  5. Wmc March 24, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    I deserve this game cuz I love strategy games!!! It has a nice interface and I love 2 play games!

  6. hirschy75 March 24, 2009 at 1:44 am #

    I love chess so any spin off of it is always welcome. It looks like it will be a long time for me to figure out how become as great at this as I am chess but I am up to the challenge 🙂

    And of course I love to review all my apps on iTunes and YouTube

    Good Luck!!

  7. daryl March 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    like to play chess type games alot as it does not rot my brain

  8. Zeon March 25, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    If you are a chess lover, you can’t wait for this to release, it rock~ =)

  9. Zeon March 26, 2009 at 1:19 am #

    i would like to try out this game as i like to crack my brain and it look like a great game.
    From the posted review, it look not bad ~ =)

  10. iphonetech78 March 28, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    The winners are Bloake, Zeon, daryl, Jomskylark and Candy.

    Please review the game in iTunes. Thanks and have a nice weekend!

  11. iphonetech78 March 28, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    The codes have been emailed to the winners.

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