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Bee Simulator Xbox One Review

GOING AGAINST ALL KNOWN LAWS OF AVIATION:

The ultimate game you didn’t know you needed to have, Bee Simulator has flown onto the gaming scene with an impressive display. Developed by Varsav Game Studios and published by Bigben Interactive, Bee Simulator lets you live the life of a honey bee and all the intricacies that come with. Collect pollen, avoid wasps, investigate the humans and all and all, be a bee! As a bee, your main priority is to protect the hive and as you will find out, there are many dangers in your path… 

The first thing you’ll notice when you start up Bee Simulator, is the attention to detail everything seems to have. Even when you’re in the loading screen, the game goes as so far to give you facts about bees while you wait. 

I didn’t imagine Bee Simulator would be anything like how it is, in terms of the game’s tone. As with the trend of some games that have “Simulator” in their title, I was expecting a degree of absurd humor, like that of Goat Simulator. However, I was pleasantly surprised when this was not the case.

When you load in, you will be hit with awe as the sheer intensity of the level design presents itself. You’ll start off in the hive, which is oozing with honey and features different chambers you will be able to explore, after the tutorial. The tutorial isn’t long and the controls are fairly simple, it’s quite an easy game to pickup. 

When you leave your hive, you can begin to explore the wide open human world in which your home is nestled next to. You are in a park, surrounded by high rises. Your hive is situated in a public park, next to the zoo and there’s ample opportunity for you to explore the big wide world. The proportions seem accurate and it’s quite enjoyable to fly around the world from a bee’s perspective. Things that seem small to us, are huge for a bee and investigating the different props left by picnickers is fun to do. 

Pollinating flowers is something you’ll be doing a lot. Using your Bee Vision, you search for which flowers are more rare. The rarer the flower, the more pollen you’ll be able to extract from it. Bonuses are given, if you manage to collect pollen from different flowers in a short period of time, this will give a boost to your bee-nitrous. This speed booster can also be replenished by eating sugary human food, such as cupcakes or various pieces of candy.  

During your travels, you will encounter different threats. One such threat are the wasps. Throughout the game, there are moments where you are forced to fight. These fight sequences feel more like real time events, making you press the right buttons at the right time. They’re relatively easy and you have quite a lot of wiggle room, if you miss a few buttons. 

Bee Simulator is scattered with many different things to do. There’s the main quest and a bunch of different side activities to participate in. These range from races, dance quests, fighting quests and unsurprisingly, pollen collecting quests – there’s no shortage of things to be getting on with.

One issue I had with Bee Simulator was the god awful voice acting. I know that bees aren’t supposed to talk and I realize this, but when you hear some of the voice acting, it makes you wish that they’d stay silent. 

Overall, I had a pleasantly surprising experience with Bee Simulator. I enjoyed the tone of the game, the art style and the depth to the level design. I liked being able to explore a world from a different perspective, investigating all the different nooks and crannies this game has to offer. There’s a plethora of quests and side activities to do and despite the bad voice acting, it’s actually a really calming game to play. This is helped by the music and oh lord, the music is just absolutely, a treat to have on. It can get a bit loud at times, but It’s really easy on the ears and not a lot of games get that right. To be very honest, I’d recommend this game to everyone, I very much enjoyed playing it and I doubt there will be many who don’t.

Thank you for Dead Good Media for providing us with the game code.

Developed by: Varsav Game Studios Twitter: @VarsavGame

Published by: Bigben Interactive  Twitter: @bigbeninteract

Price – £34.99

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