My main concern with the bridge is how incredibly easy it is to win if you are somewhat decent. For example, I play on Nintendo Switch, and commonly beat PC players and also Hive Staff and even Youtubers, just because I know how to abuse the kit selections in my favor. Obviously there is no getting around playing poorly, but even when I do I still find myself winning well over half my games. I feel that this is literally due to the fact that it’s such a short, simple game, and that can be great, since sometimes when I’m short on time to play, I just play a few games of the bridge and then I get off. But there really is no need for a game to be that short. I think Hive should add more points needed to score, as well as some more nerfs/buffs to kits, as well as some new ones I’ll talk about in a sec.
Speaking of kits, I think I wouldn’t be justified to talk about this at all if it weren’t for the snowball and leap kits. I often play duos with friends, and with one of us using leap and the other using snowballs, we’re basically unstoppable. I think 8 snowballs is WAY too many, especially when you take into account the kb of snowballs as well as just the free combos. As well as snowballs, I think the leap kit should be nerfed or removed entirely, as it is the number one reason why you win or lose most games. Anybody who mains the leap kit is impossible to stop unless you use the leap kit yourself and/or learn to leap cancel, which is where you hit the opponent in some way right as they use their leap, effectively cancelling all forward momentum.
Despite these two kits being broken, there is one that is quite the opposite. I’m talking about the golden apple kit. This kit is only useful in bridge 1v1s, where PvP is more important than goals. Despite the small use of this kit, I do believe it has some merit, allowing you to tank 2 extra hits than your opponent, which could be a make or break moment in the match, especially if your opponent uses snowballs as well. Sadly, outside of this, there is no reason to pick the gapple kit outside of trolling someone. I would recommend keeping the kit, but doing one of two things:
A: Add extra effects to the gapples (speed, strength, etc.)
B: Add more gapples as well as something else inside the kit as well (idk what item it’d be but something from CTF could be cool)
I hope my ideas are helpful and I can continue to add more ideas to the community in the future.