Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bebee the Bee: An Adventure Story of the Bee

Hi, everyone... It's raining here and the rain is quite heavy too.
My today's posting is a review about a game which I got by redeeming the promotional code from a forum.
What is that?

Bebee the Bee

At the first time I see the genre; it shows if this app is for kids.. Hmm,, I'm not kid anymore, but I want to check it. I got a promotional code from developer who's sharing that at a forum. So, I try to download it by redeem the promotional code.
After that, here I tell you my review and I'll write it in different style, at least as kid's think.

First Look

The graphic is simple with natural color not too colorful, but it'll attracts kid's attention.
This uses simple 2D graphic using digital painting not hand drawing.
What's made me interest in the first time is the prologue, it's coming with the text and vocal from a little kid like in a interactive book. The pictures which arranged for the prologue really looks like interactive book for kid and I think there will be a prologue for each new world. Music and sound is very suitable for kids too.
For me, +1 for this app.

The Game

After see the prologue, let's move to play the game. What's inside this game?
Oh, as I see, you must help the bee to collects the pollen from happy flowers.
There are 2 types of "pollens", the yellow one is really the pollen and the blue one is used as your gun to shoot your enemies.
In the first level, you will showed how to control the bee, the tutorial quite clear.
No enemies in the first time, as your level increasing you will get more enemies, like big bees, spiders, fireflies, torn flowers, etc. If the bee hits the enemy, it will lost some pollen which has been collected. So, you need to destroy the enemies by shooting at them.


There are 2 kinds of controls here, gestures and buttons with joystick. Unfortunately, I don't think the controls are comfortable to use. Both has the plus and the min sides.
Let me tell you, first time I used gesture, it's easy to control from the first time by using only one finger to move the bee, tap the enemies to shoot, swipe and tap the flower for easier to get the pollen, nah I'm not sure it's use swipe or tap only, I just use the both gestures for this one. As you increasing your level, you will meet more enemies, I don't know it's a bug or something error, but I found its more difficult to control the bee. The bee can't move as quick as before, I must tap the bee again and again to keep its moving.. I don't know it's made me bit dissappointed, alright let's check if I used buttons control.
The joystick make me easy to control the bee to move right, move left, up and down. It's easy too for collecting the pollen from the nectar, a special button used for collecting the pollen pop up instantly from the flowers. However, it's become difficult when you want to shooting the enemies. You must swipe the shooting button in the right place, for example shoot in 30 degree for the enemy in 1 o'clock direction.. 120 degree for the enemy in 4 o'clock direction, etc.
You must make sure you swipe in right place to shoot the enemy. This one which I think it's hard for kids to use this control.

Game Mode
Just one mode in this game, adventure mode. There are 4 world, with 7 stages for each world. Unfortunately, the third and fourth world are coming soon. It's mean that the gameplay time of this game is so short, except if you want to repeat each level again and again.

Final result score
Graphics: 4.5 of 5 (Kids will love it esp the prologue)
Sound: 4 of 5 (lovely kids instrument)
Gameplay: 3.5 of 5 (just need improvement in the controls)
Replay value: 3 of 5 (cause by the unstable control and the available levels just too few
Overall: 3.75 of 5 (Okay, need more levels and inserting some story for make it more interactive)

I see there's a free version of this app calling BeBee.
For this one will cost you $0,99, click the download link below to buy the app

Download Bebee the Bee for iPad

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