Wallace & Gromit in Fright of the Bumblebees
WindowsThanks to the care of Telltale Games, Fright of the Bumble Bees ends up feeling just like another great Wallace and Gromit short. The story and hijinks found within could’ve been the basis for yet another Oscar winning short for director Nick Park and his team at Aardman, but instead are the premise for one of the most genuinely wonderful and funny adventure games in years. It really is a grand day out.
WindowsOther than the awesome yet un-aussie-released Harvey Birdman game, I haven’t played adventure in years Jung, mainly because I never think I’m going to have a good time with them but when this genre is done right like it is here, you really get a sense of genuine joy and accomplishment at the end - you’ll come out of this with a smile, I’m giving it 9/10.
Xbox 360This is the first of four games coming out, with the others arriving later in the year and after playing this I can't wait. Fright of the Bumblebees is essentially a huge interactive Wallace and Gromit episode, which for fans is perfect. It keeps all of the great humour, locations and animation of the shows and most importantly, it's classic British humour. Those waiting for Monkey Island should check this title out.
WindowsIndeed, all I can do is sing the praises of Telltale Games’ first Wallace and Gromit game. It really is good, old fashioned adventure gaming fun. It is ideal for all the family to work on and I suspect most adults would enjoy it too. I sincerely hope that the future episodes currently planned: The Last Resort, Muzzled! and The Bogey Man, are all as well implemented and as enjoyable as this one. It really is a credit to the Wallace and Gromit name and I can heartily recommend it.
WindowsIf the game has a serious fault, it's brevity. It's not an issue with puzzle design; barring one or two exceptions, the puzzles manage to be clever without being condescending. There simply isn't enough of them, as the game can be finished in less than six hours. This is by design of course, but some gamers may get impatient waiting several months - through to July - to see the entire experience. It's a matter of preference, ultimately.
WindowsThose delightful claymation characters Wallace & Gromit have successfully leaped from TV show to cinema and now make their debut in an old-school point-and-click adventure video game. Telltale games are offering all four episodes for $34.95, this is a nice price point if the following three episodes offer this amount of game-play and charm.
WindowsIf you can live with the faux-Wallace, I suggest you buy Fright of the Bumble Bees at once. If Telltale can keep up this quality, we’re looking at some Aardman-rivalling stories coming up. Fans should love it, but straight Telltale fans might find the script much less laugh-out-loud funny than Sam & Max, Strong Bad or even Bone. It beats A Vampyre Story, however (non-Telltale but a close stable-mate).
WindowsThis isn't a hilariously zany chapter, and if you're used to the bizarre weirdness of TellTale's Sam & Max or Strongbad episodes, you won't find it here. That's not to say that Fright of the Bumblebees isn't weird; after all, gargantuan bees that hum "God Save the Queen" isn't normal, but it fits into the overall charm of Wallace & Gromit's world. And while there's some fun dialogue, it's more about watching Gromit's exasperated expressions as he's busy saving the day. This is a promising entry for the series, and hopefully TellTale can only go up from here.
WindowsWirklich unschön fand ich, dass sich eine der vier Episoden ab einem bestimmten Punkt nicht mehr weiterspielen ließ, so dass ich sie abbrechen musste. Ansonsten schaffen Telltale es mit Bravour, die trockene britische Komik der Comicreihe als Adventure umzusetzen. Die kleinen Storys sind sehr unterhaltsam erzählt und die Spielzeiten der Folgen in Summe völlig okay. Ich hätte mir vielleicht ein paar Locations mehr gewünscht, aber ansonsten vermittelt die Grafik authentisch den Charme der Serie, wobei mir besonders die niedlichen Charakteranimationen gefallen haben. Eine kombinierte Maus-/Tastatursteuerung ist vielleicht nicht ganz meine Tasse Tee, aber in dem Fall zufriedenstellend, da sie zumindest einfach umgesetzt ist. Die Rätsel sind einfallsreich, abgedreht und witzig wie das ganze Spiel. Kurzum: Mir haben die Abenteuer mit den beiden Plastilinhelden viel Spaß bereitet und somit ist Telltale ihr Vorhaben mal wieder nahezu rundum überzeugend gelungen.
Xbox 360Fright of the Bumblebees is the first of four planned Wallace & Gromit episodes for Xbox Live Arcade, but the experience hardly feels like a quarter of a game. In fact, it feels a lot like what the Wallace & Gromit short films do: compact movies that make up for in quality what they lack in run time. And being priced at 800 MS Points (about $10) seems like a deal considering how much you’ll enjoy yourself, if you’re a fan of the movies or just adventure games in general. Also cheese…it’s great if you like cheese.
Xbox 360Wallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumble Bees is an excellent start to the planned four-part series. It manages to capture everything that makes the Wallace and Gromit animated shorts so endearing, expanding it to the adventure game genre. Seeing it's just a two- to four-hour long slice of a bigger, fully priced pie, we cannot wait to see what craziness is in store for the folks at West Wallaby Street in the future episodes. Good lad, Gromit!
WindowsWallace and Gromit's Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumble Bees is an excellent start to the planned four-part series. It manages to capture everything that makes the Wallace and Gromit animated shorts so endearing, expanding it to the adventure game genre. Seeing it's just a two- to four-hour long slice of a bigger, fully priced pie, we cannot wait to see what craziness is in store for the folks at West Wallaby Street in the future episodes. Good lad, Gromit!
WindowsMy unfamiliarity with Wallace & Gromit prior to this game may have hurt my overall enjoyment of Fright of the Bumblebees (such as not knowing the history behind Wallace and his neighbors), but nevertheless I found it compelling enough to play through in one continuous late-night gaming session. On the whole the stellar writing and laugh out loud moments prop up an otherwise predictable storyline, making Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumblebees a worthwhile purchase for adventure gamers.
WindowsIn the end though, Fright of the Bumblebees isn't really about solving puzzles. The gameplay may be a bit elementary but it serves its purpose. The real reason to get the game is to follow Wallace and Gromit through another madcap adventure across the English countryside. In this, the game delivers in spades by capturing the essential good natured humor of a strange little man, an even stranger dog, and the really strange situations they stumble into. If that sounds good to you, Fright of the Bumblebees is well worth picking up.
WindowsSome puzzles like the word game have real imagination behind them, and I loved the boss fight at the end. Depending on your deduction skills there’s about 4 hours here, and they’re good hours, I’m giving it 8.
Xbox 360Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures get off to a fun and funny start with Fright of the Bumblebees. The look, feel, and sound of the animated features have been recreated here almost perfectly, with the exception of an erratic framerate. Playing the game is like controlling a Wallace & Gromit cartoon, complete with witty British humor, Wallace's oddball inventions, and a peculiar fixation on cheese. Hopefully the framerate can be ironed out for Episode 2 because this is a welcome addition to Xbox Live Arcade.
Xbox 360At 800 Microsoft Points, I really recommend Wallace and Gromit in Fright of the Bumblebee. Despite its fairly short length, it’s a brilliantly developed title with a script full of the typical Wallace and Gromit humour. With another title confirmed to release soon, the episodic series has really started with a buzz.
Xbox 360At 800 Microsoft Points, I would whole heartily recommend Wallace and Gromit: Fright of the Bumblebees even despite its fairly short length. The episodic series has really started off with a bang. The story is engrossing and adults, as well as young children, will most likely love this XBLA game and its contents.
WindowsWallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees is an excellent leadoff to a new adventure series for Telltale Games. Gamers who have little experience with episodic gaming may find this game to be a bit short. However, keeping in mind that there will be 4 episodes in total, the game as a whole is still well worth every cent (or every pence) paid for the season.
Xbox 360Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures: Fright of the Bumblebees is a pleasant adventure game with a good sense of humour. Thanks to the good storyline this 6 hour long trip never bores. Some thinking is necessary to finish but thanks to an ingenious hint system a starting adventure gamer won't get into trouble while the experienced one will no doubt have a challenge as well. The only downpoint seems to be the framerate but if Telltale can solve this in the second episode then Marketplace has got a new very strong title in its ranks. For the price you shouldn't leave it as for a meagre 800 MS points this one is yours!
WindowsAs an ardent fan of adventure games, and with more than two decades of fond play experiences, I’ll admit there are painfully few new puzzle types available to entertain genre fans. Therefore, the pleasure in these titles often comes from the narrative and how deftly the developers combine brain teasers with character-based humor. Telltale Games has nailed their formula, and Wallace & Gromit have become welcome additions to their growing cast of characters. While the experience is over before you know it, the beauty of this format is that we know another episode is right around the corner. I’ve logged it as appointment gaming, and I’ll tune in next time for sure.
WindowsFor the Wallace & Gromit superfans, this should be a no-brainer, day one purchase. For everyone else, it’s another well-polished episodic adventure of the sort we’ve come to expect from Telltale, and even if you’re not familiar with the source material, it’s definitely worth your time.
Xbox 360Fright of the Bumble Bees is an interesting start to the series and should be evident that the following three episodes will satisfy adventure gamers. This game is not strictly for fans of the series and may end up turning some people into one. Hardcore adventure gamers might not find this game to be much of a challenge, but people looking for a game that will entertain them or their family members for a few hours will certainly enjoy the puzzles and humor from start to finish.
Xbox 360Fans of Wallace & Gromit have no excuse not to pick up this wonderful adventure game from Telltale Games. Fright of the Bumblebees is full of memorable characters, challenging puzzles and enough good-natured jokes to keep you busy until episode two comes out. Even with its few flaws, this Wallace & Gromit adventure is still worth playing through!
Xbox 360The game lasts a few hours and feels ideally suited for play across a few short sessions. The light difficulty and silly sense of humor can make longer sessions tiresome, but taken in chunks, Fright of the Bumblebees feels just right. Wallace and Gromit are in good form here, and their world is represented quite well. Fans will enjoy seeing the pair through some new capers, as will anyone else with an interest in some charming, lighthearted action.
Xbox 360Fright of the Bumblebees is, simply put, just about the perfect Wallace & Gromit adventure game. It fits exceptionally well within the existing Wallace & Gromit world, but it’s also a funny, engaging, and well-crafted game in its own right. And you don’t need to be familiar with the characters before playing the game. It’s a fairly short game (~4 hours from beginning to end), but it’s just the first of four adventures (the second of which is already available for the PC), and it’s well worth $10 on Xbox Live Arcade. You can bet I’ll be picking up the other three games as soon as they’re released!
WindowsUnterm Strich (pardon!) erreicht Fright of the Bumble Bees die Durchschnittsqualität der Sam-&-Max-Episoden. Auf der Habenseite heißt das: viel Humor, wunderbare Dialoge, charmanter Comic-Stil. Dafür grummeln Adventure-Veteranen über die Simpelrätsel, die Spielzeit und - erstmals bei Telltale - die Steuerung. Als Fan habe ich das stilechte Wiedersehen mit Wallace und Gromit dennoch genossen, zumal es nur wenig Knete kostet (nochmals pardon!).
WindowsEnfin, avec Wallace & Gromit - Fright of the Bumblebees, on a droit à un bon jeu d'aventures qui devrait plaire tant aux amateurs du genre qu'aux amateurs de la série animée en pâte à modeler. Fidèle à la tradition de TellTale, le scénario contient de nombreux rebondissements en cours de route. Malgré quelques soucis de maniabilité au clavier/souris, et un volume sonore des voix parfois un peu léger, on passe du bon temps à diriger nos deux héros du 62, West Wallaby Street. Espérons que TellTale corrige ces quelques erreurs de jeunesse pour les épisodes suivants, cela nous rendra d'autant plus heureux.
WindowsΚαταληκτικά, έχω να δηλώσω ευθαρσώς πως αρχικά δεν ήμουν και ιδιαίτερα θετικά προσκείμενος απέναντι στο συγκεκριμένο παιχνίδι. Θέλετε κάτι ο κατακλυσμός της αγοράς από την Tell Tale με επεισόδια, θέλετε ότι δεν μου φαινόταν ενδιαφέρουσα η θεματολογία του αλλά γεγονός είναι πως ξεκίνησα το παιχνίδι χωρίς και τις καλύτερες των διαθέσεων. Τελικά όμως μου άρεσε αρκετά ενώ το μεγαλύτερο μειονέκτημα του είναι σίγουρα το μέγεθος του – ακόμα και για επεισόδιο το παιχνίδι είναι αρκετά μικρό. Προσωπικά το τελείωσα σε ένα απόγευμα, εντάξει ξεκίνησα να παίζω από το μεσημέρι και συνέχισα το απόγευμα μετά από ένα μικρό διάλλειμα αλλά καταλαβαίνετε τι θέλω να πω. Θα ήθελα να κρατήσει περισσότερο και όχι να τελειώνει τόσο γρήγορα αλλά και απότομα. Από την άλλη όμως ο όμορφος κόσμος και τα έξυπνα puzzles του με κράτησαν ως το τέλος και το ίδιο πιστεύω θα συμβεί και με εσάς. Δεν λέω ότι θα εντυπωσιαστείτε αλλά σίγουρα θα περάσετε ευχάριστα την ώρα σας.
Xbox 360Infelizmente este episódio das abelhas gigantes pode ser concluído em poucas horas. Não é um jogo difícil, mas também exige bastante atenção e ponderação para a resolução plena dos desafios. O sentido de humor e expressão conhecidas na série estão lá. Para os fãs da série televisiva fica a certeza que não é a aventura mais sofisticada, mas o mundo de Wallace & Gromit está bem reproduzido pelo que vão encontrar uma aventura adorável e apelativa.
Xbox 360Confounding puzzles aside, “Fright of the Bumblebees” functions nicely as an adventure game for just about any audience or age group. The humor is varied, the gameplay is accessible, and the challenge is substantial without being frustrating. The review build of the game had a few problems, such as its inclination to crash suddenly, but hopefully this will be patched up in time for the final PC and Xbox Live Arcade release. Buy it, enjoy it, and wait for the next few episodes to reveal themselves.
WindowsWhile a decent adventure, this Grand Adventure simply isn't grand enough, because they just missed the tone. The plot twists feel more suited to Sam & Max, and the adventure game absurdities are less forgivable because Wallace and Gromit demand an entirely different set of absurdities, that should be perfectly suited to the format. $35 for four episodes is likely to be a fine price once one can judge all the episodes. But speaking as an extreme fan of Wallace and Gromit, I think I enjoyed this episode less than people more casually acquainted with the pair might. The puzzles aren't particularly difficult (although some require timing and coordination), and everything else is polished, but core Wallace and Gromit followers are the most likely to find something amiss with Fright of the Bumblebees, and the most likely to be disappointed.
Xbox 360Perhaps not a grand day out, but a pleasant way to spend teatime.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
WindowsGeen kaakslag voor de fans, maar ook geen godsgeschenk. Enkel voor allesvretende adventure-fans.
WindowsΚαταληκτικά, έχω να δηλώσω ευθαρσώς πως αρχικά δεν ήμουν και ιδιαίτερα θετικά προσκείμενος απέναντι στο συγκεκριμένο παιχνίδι. Θέλετε κάτι ο κατακλυσμός της αγοράς από την Tell Tale με επεισόδια, θέλετε ότι δεν μου φαινόταν ενδιαφέρουσα η θεματολογία του, αλλά γεγονός είναι πως ξεκίνησα το παιχνίδι χωρίς και τις καλύτερες των διαθέσεων. Τελικά όμως μου άρεσε αρκετά, ενώ το μεγαλύτερο μειονέκτημα του είναι σίγουρα το μέγεθος του – ακόμα και για επεισόδιο είναι αρκετά μικρό. Προσωπικά το τελείωσα σε ένα απόγευμα. Εντάξει, ξεκίνησα να παίζω από το μεσημέρι και συνέχισα το απόγευμα μετά από ένα μικρό διάλλειμα αλλά καταλαβαίνετε τί θέλω να πω. Θα ήθελα να κρατήσει περισσότερο και όχι να τελειώνει τόσο γρήγορα αλλά και απότομα. Από την άλλη όμως, ο όμορφος κόσμος και τα έξυπνα puzzles του με κράτησαν ως το τέλος και το ίδιο πιστεύω θα συμβεί και με εσάς. Δεν λέω ότι θα εντυπωσιαστείτε αλλά σίγουρα θα περάσετε ευχάριστα την ώρα σας.
WindowsOverall, while it certainly captures a lot of its source material on spec, Wallace & Gromit's other strengths - Peter Sallis, Gromit shrugging or staring despondently into the camera, needless contraptions and simple directorial flourishes - are sorely missed in Fright of the Bumblebees. Fans of Telltale Games or fans of Wallace & Gromit will be far from horrified by the results, but it's hard to imagine anyone becoming enthralled, and even harder to argue that the marriage between Aardman and Telltale has lived up to its promise in this first release. We'll revisit it when the series is complete to make our minds up.
Xbox 360I fully endorse this episodic content and am excited that Telltale is bringing their highly successful episode Sam and Max adventures to Live this month and later this year will be revitalizing the Monkey Island franchise along with a modernized remake of the original Monkey Island adventure. If these other franchises bring a bit of the complexity from their early 90s incarnations along for the ride (mainly unique dialogue choices), I could see a whole new generation getting hooked on a great genre of gaming. At the very least download the demo of “Fright of the Bumblebees,” if you have any interest, the $10 price tag for this episode is a much better alternative to shelling out $40 for a complete package if this were released in the store. Recommended.
WindowsWer Bone, Sam & Max oder Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People gespielt hat, der weiß auch bei Wallace & Gromit was ihn erwartet: Guter Humor und klasse Dialoge, aber wenig Spielinhalt. Erfahrene Spieler gehen wie im Schlaf durch die Episode. Selbst für Unerfahrene ist nach spätestens drei Stunden der Spaß schon wieder vorbei und das einmonatige Warten auf die nächste Episode beginnt.