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With a level editor (though more in-depth instructions would benefit this) and an online community to play against or share maps with, plus the distinct possibility of new downloadable quests and content, "Band of Bugs" has a lot of staying power. Certainly I feel it calling me back - I want another crack at scoring platinum for mission 8! Visiting relatives over the Christmas period can be most distracting. With such strong gameplay, stylish looks and a liberal pinch of humour, this is likely to stay on my hard drive for a long time to come.
Band of Bugs hat mich wirklich positiv überrascht. Bezüglich Umfang und Komplexität kann es der kurzweilige Käferkrieg zwar nicht mit ausgewachsenen Genreschwergewichten aufnehmen, aber für den kleinen Rundentaktikhunger zwischendurch ist es allemal geeignet. Die spielerisch traditionell gehaltenen Scharmützel bieten sogar einige strategische Finessen wie Waffenwechsel, fiese Schubser oder landschaftsverändernde Zauber. Die durchaus abwechslungsreiche Solo-Kampagne besteht zwar nur aus zwanzig Kurzeinsätzen, aber Leveleditor und Mehrspielermodus gleichen dieses Manko gekonnt aus. Vor allem die Online-Spinnenjagden für bis zu acht Teilnehmer, bei denen man zwischen Teamwork und Eigennutz gekonnt abwägen muss, wissen zu gefallen. Allerdings laden auch offline diverse Spielmodi zu ausgelassenem Mit- oder Gegeneinander auf vorgegebenen oder selbst gebastelten Schlachtfeldern ein. Schade nur, dass die Karten ziemlich klein und die Truppenvielfalt sehr überschaubar ist.
Band of Bugs certainly isn't going to unseat Disgaea, Final Fantasy Tactics, or Front Mission 3 from their places at the top of the tactics genre, but it's got a lot going for it. It's fun, it's fast, it's entertaining, and defeating giant warrior bugs by pushing them off the edge of the world is always good for a laugh. Ninja Bee knows how to make a good casual game, and Band of Bugs is no exception. They've managed to marry the strategic thinking of the tactics game type with the quick shot of entertainment of the arcade game. If you enjoy tactics games and have an extra 800 MS points, then Band of Bugs won't disappoint.
Dieses Genre ist heutzutage nicht vollkommen unbegründet eher umstritten, denn nur wer die nötige Geduld und Zeit aufbringen kann und will wird Gefallen an diesem eigenwilligen, wirklich gut umgesetzten Titel zu finden. NinjaBee hat hier jedoch alles richtig gemacht und weiß Fans des Genres Tage- und Nächtelang in seinen Bann zu schlagen. Alle anderen sollten jedoch einen weiten Bogen um den Kampf der Kämpfer für deren Freiheit machen.
Band of Bugs reprend à son compte un gameplay simple et bien rodé dans un univers original. Aussi addictif que ses homologues, il n'a à rougir ni de sa dimension tactique ni du challenge proposé, qui prouvent qu'il ne se destine pas seulement aux nouveaux initiés. Une valeur sûre du Xbox Live Arcade, dont on espère qu'il rencontrera le même succès sur PC.
This is a turn-based strategy game through and through, so fans of the genre will likely have a great time with Band of Bugs. However, if you don’t like the pacing or style of gameplay found in this type of game, your best bet is to avoid the game. As someone who had dabbled in the genre in the past, I found it to be an enjoyable enough game to get through and play, but I’m not hooked enough to spend my days and nights playing online. It’s nice to see the genre making a strong appearance on the Xbox 360, but this just isn’t the game to get people sucked in.
Niggles aside, Band of Bugs is another solid addition to the increasingly well-stocked Live Arcade line-up, and although it's not the most astounding or original title, it's got the sort of charming pick-up-and-play feel that you want from a cheap, casual game. Definitely one to check out for fans of Advance Wars - and a great introduction for those who've so far avoided the turn-based scene.
Band of Bugs is an okay entry-level strategy game for casual players. Hardcore fans of the genre who have already fought their way through hundreds of hours of Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea will probably find the game a little too simplistic, while casual players might be turned off by frustrating level mechanics. It is probably best to grab the demo before spending points on the full version.
At the end of the day Band of Bugs is a solid experience that will likely only appeal to a certain number of gamers. Fans of casual pick up and play mechanics will likely find the learning curve a bit too steep for their liking, but if you invest the time to learn the ins and outs there is plenty of fun to be had here. Fans of past NinjaBee games will certainly appreciate the standard humor and solid gameplay they have come to expect from the team, but casual fans are still probably better off giving the trial game a whirl before purchasing.
All in all, Band of Bugs is quite entertaining. It’s not going to be enough to draw in new fans to this type of gameplay. Let’s face it – this is a love it or hate it genre. If you don’t like the pacing or strategic style of play here, you’re not going to have your mind changed by some cute bugs. On top of that, there are more bugs than you may want – the kind that make your system freeze. We’re always happy to see new and original downloadable games, but more than just an art style change will be needed to really draw in the masses to a game like this. While Band of Bugs is fun and especially so for fans of the genre, it’s a little unfortunate that it was released so shortly after the spectacular Settlers of Catan.
Fans of previous NinjaBee titles will probably be surprised at their new entry into this genre of gaming and, like me, disappointed. It’s great to see the turn-based style of play making another appearance on the 360, but this isn’t the game that’ll have players returning. If you love turn-based strategy-styled games, then by all means, download Band of Bugs. But, for the casual gamer, I recommend to stay away. There’s not enough enjoyment to warrant the time and/or Microsoft Points.
There was an obvious amount of effort given to Band of Bugs, which does have a certain amount of charisma, but the game feels lost in the abyss between mass appeal and cult favorite.
(Jun 22, 2007)
Band of Bugs is a success in just about every category, except the most important one. The feature set, most notably the level editor, visuals, sounds, and wit all work and work well. Unfortunately for fans of turn-based strategy games, the gameplay won't hold up to the standards we're all used to. Download it if you must, but know there are better alternatives out there.
For a $10 Xbox Live Arcade title, Band of Bugs shows a lot of potential. It looks quite nice, and a lot of the basic features work exceptionally well. Unfortunately, once you start getting into the gameplay, you can't help but feel that something is missing. If the game had a more developed campaign mode or a wider variety to its basic design, it could have been a smash hit. As it stands now, however, it feels empty and basic. For the price, Band of Bugs is not a bad buy, but don't expect to spend much time with it, either, as it lacks the replay value to keep you coming back for more.
Executing a well-planned strategy is at the heart of any good strategy game, and it’s certainly an enjoyable part of Band of Bugs. Since Band of Bugs is similar to the hordes of other turn-based tactical games on the market, what makes the difference is the features, and sadly the PC version of Band of Bugs is poorly executed. The fixed screen resolution. The archaic interface. The unwieldy controls. The lack of customizable forces. The arbitrarily restrictive multiplayer browser. No manual. All of these things add up to make an unenjoyable title, no matter how the actual gameplay is. The AI isn’t the sharpest tool in the tool box, either, and the only challenge will come from being up against a huge number of enemies (a cheap strategy employed by Band of Bugs). Band of Bugs is simply too annoying to play thanks to a number of technical issues, and there are more rounded strategy titles already available on the PC.
São diversas as "arestas aparadas", que deixam o componente estratégico em segundo plano e transformam "Band of Bugs" em uma típica disputa de tentativa e erro. A campanha e até mesmo nas primeiras partidas multiplayer têm algum entretenimento, mas isso passa logo quando se percebe que, no final das contas, são sempre as mesmas poucas unidades que jogam, ou contra um número bem maior de inimigos (no caso do single-player) ou então contra as exatas mesmas unidades de um adversário de carne e osso.