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The ad campaign for the whole Bee Movie extravaganza may be off-putting, but the DS version of the game is alright by me. It isn’t tough, nor is it only a game for the intelligentsia. This is a game where players will have fun despite a few quirks here and there. For the most part, this is a solid entry for the holiday season and one that gamers will enjoy playing.
If Bee Movie game was a demo, it would be incredible. The level design is really cool, and the multi-tiered environment lends itself to some neat gameplay mechanics. The graphics are incredible for a license game, and the sound incorporates not only the Rupert Gregson-Williams score, but also Seinfield's voice. But when all is said in done it's beat in a few hours, and all we did was act as a bee delivery boy. It's worth looking at to see the potential, but purchasing it will sting.
Here we are at the end of another kids game, and probably with about the same expected results as stated earlier. This is a cute little game that offers up some enjoyment and some interesting gameplay ideas, but the overall story and lack of gameplay options or variation just make it drone (no pun intended) on without too much to look forward to. Again, get it for younger gamers but walk on by for your older ones.
Vicarious Visions has achieved a nice presentation with Bee Movie, but the watered-down gameplay is sure to wear on experienced gamers. The game is perfect for the younger set, but older gamers might want to look elsewhere.
Peu nombreuses sont les adaptations de films qui ont su tirer leur épingle du jeu sur DS. Bee Movie Le Jeu ne déroge pas à la règle : titre en manque d'ambition, à la saveur formatée d'un pot de miel industriel, il peinera à séduire même les plus jeunes.
You could argue that the reason the game is simple and short is because it's geared toward young kids. While there's some merit to that argument, it really doesn't explain why the overall design and presentation are so underwhelming. Besides the nice 3D visuals, there's nothing here to keep kids entertained once they get bored of buzzing back and forth and fetching junk for other insects.
At least the game looks pretty good. Everything is in 3D, albeit low-res 3D. Benny animates very well, especially during the mini-game cut-scenes. The colors, however, tend to be bland and boring, and the camera could’ve been pulled back a little more. There is an interesting depth illusion in the hive itself. Jerry Seinfeld even does some extremely limited voice work, providing the "oofs," "wahoos," and "ouch" effects for when Benny gets eaten by a sparrow or he completes a fetch-quest. But my favorite comedian can’t save this rushed DS tie-in. I’ve heard good things about the movie, but I can’t recommend the game.
Bee Movie Game, sadly, is just another example of a wasted license. What could've been a really cool, innovative 3-D adventure from Vicarious Visions ends up instead being another routine bag of "fetch quests" -- easily completed in three or so hours, no less. Do yourself a favor and let it buzz on by. If you still feel like you need your Seinfeld fix, hey, go see the movie. It's probably bound to be more fun than this.