It’s not a game I can necessarily recommend to a lot of players in any age group, as it’s definitely not as good as it could or should have been in nearly any category. And yet, I have to give it credit for daring to be different in a market of sameness, asking me to play a bee trying to save her world from destruction by heading out into the wilderness, collecting and delivering materials while a story filled with unusual characters unfolds.
Bee Simulator is a surprisingly thoughtful game with bags of charm to spare, a wonderful soundtrack and a reasonably detailed world to explore. However, the experience is seriously soured by the sensitive controls, along with the punishing – and very frustrating – racing segments. A few visual and technical problems crop up as well, which – when added to the game's brevity and distinct lack of content (especially for this asking price) – all conspire to make Bee Simulator a much less successful undertaking that it could have been.
Bee Simulator is more of a kids action game than it is a simulator. While it has an undeniable charm, it's short, repetitive to a fault and feels like it's been hastily cobbled together.
The premise for Bee Simulator is good, and I like the idea of doing education through video games in such a uniquely refreshing way, but the execution here has problems.
It wants so badly to be an educational game while being an actual game at the same time, and it never manages to make both elements work.
Bee Simulator's flying mechanics will frustrate younger gamers, and its grade-school level presentation will turn away adults. If you're able to find some happy ground between the two of them, however, it's a thoughtful, educational, and fun way to live out the life of a bee.
You'll even get trapped in spider webs and have to play a mini game in order to escape lest you be wrapped up as a meal for another day.
As a game though, Bee Simulator needs a little more meat on its bones. It's not a full on simulator like other simulators; it's an open-world arcade-like experience. It would be nice if we could actually land on a flower to collect pollen, for instance, rather than flying through a gamified light ring.
Bee Simulator is a somewhat enjoyable game but suffers greatly from horrible flight controls and overly sensitive inputs. Younger children may find it to be an enjoyable game and be able to ignore the overacting of the voice actors. However, it is a game that is educational in teaching players about the world of the honeybee and their importance to nature.
Good educational product but short and trivial game with low content and poor gameplay. At least there is split-screen multiplayer with four bees.
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