Bumbee: iPhone App Written and Video Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we aren’t exactly shy about the fact that we’re biased when it comes to game genres. For instance, we’re basically ape for anything involving puzzles. However, there’s another genre we’re quite fond of, a genre we tend to call the, “How Far Can You Bloody Get?” series. Bumbee, by developer Imperial Game Studio, fits squarely into the latter category, and with a force to be reckoned with. The game is a blast to play, takes only seconds to learn, and can potentially kill hundreds of hours in commuting time. If that sounds like a bargain, then pony up, Cowboy! We’ve got the full review below, ready to go.
Concept and Gameplay
The basic idea behind Bumbee takes, in our eyes, about five seconds to learn: In fact, if you’ve ever played Tiny Wings before in your life, then have you have a pretty good handle on how Bumbee works. The idea is that you, the player, direct a bumblebee as far across the level as you possibly can. To do this, you tap and hold to go up, or release to sink. Along the way, you’ll be charged with collecting coins, power-ups, etc. while avoiding obstacles that will slow your path. There’s also a timer involved that tracks your every move, adding to the pressure. If you happen to get hung up by a low-hanging object for too long, the bee falls asleep, and it’s game over.
All in all, Bumbee offers a very refreshingly engaging arcade-style feel for the iPhone. We loved the touch controls, as well as the copious amounts of power-ups that do everything from attract coins to shoot you across the screen. It’s an excellent mix, and if you’re looking for a fun, time-wasting diversion, you’ve found it in Bumbee.
Design and Graphics
Another notch in Bumbee’s favor is its unbelievable graphics. The game is cute, to be sure, but we also loved the extreme level of detail shown in the backgrounds and sprites. The game is a blast to play, and the fun colors and wild animations only add to the fun. We also liked the level design, which makes the game challenging without ever seeming too hard. Also, with the option to return again and again to best your high score, we have no doubt, you’ll be able to squeeze quite a few hours out of Bumbee’s gameplay.
In fact, we loved Bumbee so much that our only complaint is the price. We appreciate the level of work and construction that’s gone into making Bumbee, but we still feel the two dollar price tag is a dollar higher than it should be. Still, the game is a value for any casual gamer, and even if you’ve just been looking for an high quality Tiny Wings clone, you’ll get your money’s worth here.
Bumbee requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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