Bee Movie Game
|a game by||Beenox Inc., and Vicarious Visions|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, PC, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||5.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 2 votes|
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|See also:||Movie-based Games, Action Adventure Games|
If you have never seen Bee Movie, then you are missing out on a true classic from DreamWorks. For those who missed the big release in 2007, it is likely that you also missed out on the popular video game tie-in that was supposed to go with it. The Bee Movie game, then, might be one that you sit down to try out for yourself and don’t really know what to expect. If that is the case, then let’s take a closer look at it together. Is this a game in its own right? Or is it another movie tie-in with limited potential like the Green Lantern: Rise Of The Manhunters games?
Flying high, buzzing around
The Bee Movie game was a big hit when it first came out, being released for many older consoles like the Sony PlayStation 2. It involved the plot taking you through the game as Barry B. Benson, where you are taking a trip through New York city. You get to experience the life of a bee through the eyes of Barry, taking in the hive and flying around the wider world. You take on many of the key moments of the movie itself, so if you have seen the movie then you will know how fun it can be to play.
However, you also get to fly around the city using various driven vehicles, or you can fly through the sky with Barry. You can use the pollinator to help you get through obstacles, and you can even stop time to give you a moment to adjust when things get tight and tough.
A standard movie-game adaption
However, the problem with this game is that it simply lacks the kind of depth that would make anyone but a young child truly enjoy the game. It has very few challenging moments, meaning that most of the game is an absolute breeze for all but the most fervent of video game beginners. The main issues and challenges the game throws at you are often technical.
For example, the controls can be janky (even for the time) and it can often mean that you need to keep changing your button presses depending on what part of the game you are playing through. While there is no doubt that it is fun through to play a similar plot to the awesome movie, and kids will surely get a lot out of playing a game like this, it’s not something that you should expect to be spectacular by any means.
It’s fun enough, but the game certainly lacks the kind of polish that one would expect. If you are used to playing video game adaptions of popular movies, though, you should be used to the rather up-and-down nature of the quality relative to what was on the big screen.
- Fun enough for most children and fans of the Bee Movie
- Easy enough to have fun with, though there is little challenge
- Lack of aforementioned challenge means the game can be too simple
- Control changes and difficult controls by default make playing an effort overall
- Lacks the polish and the identity that makes the movie so special