|System: PC, X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Beenox||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 30, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In later missions, you eventually become lost in the outside world, and it is up to you traverse through the large human filled world. It's quite an epic adventure. As if crossing the street in New York isn't bad enough, try doing it as Barry the bee. When outside you must be aware of everything around you as the entire world poses a threat. One of your most challenging enemies will be the rain itself. When it rains, you must seek shelter immediately or it is game over for Barry. This can be easily avoided by taking shelter under pretty much anything you can get under which is a really neat gimmick. Taking shelter allows you to be pretty clever also. For example, you can hide underneath a human walking with an umbrella or in a trash can, under benches, and so on.
If the aforementioned levels are not fast enough, things really pick up when you're in a chase sequence. These scenes require you to dart on a linear path through hordes of immediate danger as a directional icon lights up letting you know which direction to lean towards in order to swiftly avoid dangers. I really enjoyed these sections of the game, and dying won't cause you much grief because checkpoints are plentiful.
Bee Movie is a good weekend rental for the younglings, but not something veteran gamers are going to be too thrilled about. There is a multi-player feature where you can race a friend, but there is really no depth or incentive for it. You are better off chasing bees outside in real life. As a movie based game, I tip my hat to developer Beenox for a job well done considering the subject matter of the game. In some ways it even breaks the movie to game curse but over all doesn't transcend past a weekend rental. So walk, don't run, because you may hurt yourself, to your local rental store and pick up your copy today. You won't feel bad about it in the end.
CCC Freelance Writer