This is an open world narrative driven adventure where you play as a bee. It carries a fair in length campaign, with an educational focus to it. I actually quite enjoyed the story, and feel this is particularly great for the younger audience. You get to see a more heroic take on what might be the life of this small insect.
It’s all about collecting pollen, and then filling more important roles as the story progresses. Along the way you’ll visit a number of large areas, as you eat human food for special nitro speed or gather resources from the flowers. There are hidden secrets, a number of side mini games and also extra missions to take on if you’d like to.
There’s quite a fair bit to do in this environment, and you get more value out of it if you take the time to look around. There’s also a sort of collectible element to things, and even costumes that can be purchased to decorate your bee, mine had a cowboy hat. If single player isn’t for you, there are some cooperative and pvp options multiplayer wise. That’s right, there’s four player splitscreen available on this.
It actually looks fairly great visually, and it appears authentic to the perspective of a bee. The world is of course fairly large in scale, and it’s filled with things that make it lively. There are people chatting, other critters and many areas that are set to emulate what a regular location might present. There are many types of flowers, and other things for you to interact with. This also features mini battles and dancing moments as well.
I did notice some pop-in being present visually, but generally that’s not at all a big deal for this one. The controls are decent, I did find them slightly awkward at times. They feel about right for what it might be like, to be a bee. There’s a really cool special vision you can use, and for the most part it all handles well mechanics wise. There’s even a fast travel which was definitely appreciated, and I found that very helpful.
Bee Simulator delivers a fairly lengthy, and generally well done game that aims to provide educational elements to your journey. I found it rather intriguing, and generally fun to play. It tries to give you context into whatever you’re doing whenever it can, and I feel it’s important that folks are taught about the importance of these little critters.
You understand the issues they have to deal, battle in minor little conflict areas which was surprising and just buzz around getting things done. There are side activities to take part in, and a decent in length core narrative. If you have friends, jump in for four player splitscreen action.
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