The "simulator" genre often yields a few great surprises in an ocean of mediocrity, or titles that aim to parody certain tropes in gaming. Bee Simulator finds itself in a very odd spot, neither being a satirical take nor a compelling dissection of the very genre it dons. Instead, misguided title aside, it plays out like an educational documentary on the dangers of pollution, and the effects deforestation has on nature - spliced with gameplay that sees you take control of a worker bee on a mission to save their home tree from being torn down. The result is a bit of a confusing mess, though not without its undeniable charm.
Bee Simulator primarily takes place in the open world setting of a park. Taking control of a worker bee, your job is to collect pollen, fend off wasps, construction workers, and generally do bee things - like annoying the locals. At its core, the game has a lot of good intentions. The story is mainly told through comic book-styled cinematics that provides plenty of great educational information on bees, nature, and the disastrous affect of industrialization, particularly how it endangers more than just the bees. I thought this might come off as preachy, but instead, I learned a lot through these basic dumps of information. They could've easily strayed into being forced or ham-fisted, but thankfully, it's subdued for the most part.
At its core, the game has a lot of good intentions.
Taking flight is incredibly fun the first time, as you zoom around with a great sense of speed and scale of the enormous world around you.
Kids, most of all, might find plenty of enjoyment as the game does a fairly good job of delivering great (and important) educational info...
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PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
22 November 2019
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