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Bee Simulator is the one of the latest in the long line of simulator games and while not as serious as something like a farming simulator and nowhere near as silly as Goat Simulator, it happily nestles itself somewhere in the middle. Managing to be informative on many things nature related as well as having unrealistic gameplay elements, it provides an ideal experience for kids that they’re sure to love.
There’s a story mode to go along with Bee Simulator that shows the bees’ motivations for what they do, comparisons could be drawn with movies like A Bug’s Life in that the bees all have voices and personalities, for example; the bee you control tires of collecting pollen fairly quickly and doesn’t see the importance of it while wishing she was destined for something much greater and there will be other bees you meet in the game that find rare flowers and are overcome with excitement and don’t know how to handle it or others who just want to race and have fun.
Bee Simulator controls well enough, if you have a reasonable command over thew analogue sticks then you shouldn’t have any issues piloting your bee, with the left stick dictating its direction and the right stick to change its view, flying around becomes fairly easy once you get the hang of it. You can use the L2 and R2 buttons to raise and lower your bee as needed but once you become accustomed to controlling it you’ll find you rarely have to use it.
The bulk of the game has you going back and forth from the hive collecting pollen from the various flowers strewn about the place and each flower has a rarity value that indicates how much pollen you get from it. While flying around normally, an orange bubble will appear over the flowers you can collect from but to see their rarity value you have to go into bee vision mode, this takes you into a first person view and gives the screen a blue look and highlights the flowers with a coloured outline depending on the rarity. As you gather up pollen you’ll see it gather around your bees’ legs as well as fill an indicator in the corner and when full it’s time to return to the hive and deposit it in exchange for some knowledge points. It can become very tedious going back to the hive since it’ll take barely any time to reach your maximum pollen capacity and it can become even more of a pain as you get further and further away as you explore and do other activities, thankfully though if you happen to start a collection challenge for example, it will reduce the maximum amount of pollen you’re carrying to enable you to get the flowers for the challenge without having to return and deposit what you have first. You will also have access to something the game calls “Beetro” which is like a turbo boost so you can fly faster for a short time, it’s very useful but it runs out quickly and you’ll usually have to consume food that’s laying around at picnics or in bins to fill it back up again.
Alongside collecting pollen there are a few other activities you can take part in, such as flying around and finding lost bees or logging all the animals you see into a glossary so you can can unlock them in a 3D model viewer. While these activities are more free form in that they’re something you can do as you fly about, there are activities that are marked by beams of light and these can be fights against other creatures or chances to collect specific pollen as well as some other types of activity. Bee Simulator also has a few side quests that you can do that will often involve you doing things for other animals such as helping to feed squirrel babies or helping other bees with a mole problem. The side quests are fairly short and they can often be solved with a few well placed stings, but there are some whose stories are told through a sequence of side quests rather than just the one.
Two of the things you’ll be doing most often in Bee Simulator are dancing and fighting, dancing is a Simon Says type scenario where you have to watch what the other bee does and copy their movement building up to a small chain of actions, it’s easy enough to follow since the bees will always repeat their actions before they add in the next move so you don’t have to worry about remembering much. When it comes to fighting, you’ll be in a one on one match up against another creature and you have a bar at the bottom of the screen and have to press the right button in time to attack or defend, occasionally building up to a power attack that does a lot of damage. Normally you’ll only be facing off against one opponent but there are times when you’ll have to fight more than one in a row but once you have the hang of pressing the button at the right moment you won’t have any problem defending yourself.
Bee Simulator is an okay game, overall I would say it’s probably more suited to children, thanks largely in part to its educational value and it has very simple and repetitive gameplay, while playing I likened it to doing some of the side activities in LEGO games. To be perfectly honest though, while I can see the game’s merits, I personally found it to be very boring and to add to that the game doesn’t take very long to finish, even sticking around to finish all of the optional content won’t take very long with the most time consuming part of it being finding what you’re looking for and unlocking all of the animals in the glossary or collecting the amount of pollen required for the trophy. It’s definitely not the most fun simulator game I’ve ever played but I would definitely recommend it for children.
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