BeesMania: Get the Honey, Get the Gold

Price: $0.99

BeesMania: iPhone App Written Review

BeesMania for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we’ve got much more than just a casual thing for arcade games. In fact, we’re really rather fond of them. As such, we’d like to take the time today to introduce you to one of our newest and most favorite titles within the genre: BeesMania by developer Wayne’s Digital. The app offers a complex and creative combination of cuteness, creativity, and awesome gameplay. Add in a few upgrades, and you’ve got a truly engaging package. And for our full review, you need only to scroll down below the break!

Concept and Gameplay

The idea behind BeesMania is deceptively simple: You manage, sort of Flight Control-style, a group of bees, which must be directed from flower to flower, and then back again to a hive room where all of that delicious nectar is collected. You keep doing this until you’ve collected enough of the golden stuff to pass the level. For your efforts—as well as for the speed with which you knock everything out—you’ll be given a star rating, sort of like the system in Angry Birds.

All in all, it’s a brilliant idea, and we really liked the need to direct our bees about the level. Furthermore, the complex system of upgrades that comes with the game (hives, bees, pollen collection, etc.) adds a rich amount of gameplay to the whole. In other words, what looks to be just a cute game for kids is in fact a very endearingly rich gameplay world that both you and your children will enjoy. Best of all, it comes with solid points in the next category, too!

Design and Graphics

BeesMania for iPhone

BeesMania for iPhone

First of all, the game comes with some of the richest and best graphics we’ve seen in a long time: And that app icon is unbelievably stunning. And we’re graphic designers, too! This level of richness extends to almost every portion of the game’s design, right down from the menus to the smiling flowers form which you’ll be harvesting nectar. Furthermore, it’s abundantly clear that the developers have thought a lot about the way the game’s upgrades work, and the end result is an endless amount of complexity. We like this a lot, and overall, we find it mighty hard to complain about any part of BeesMania’s design.

Overall Value

Best of all, the game is an absolute steal at only a dollar in the App Store. That’s exactly the price we would charge for the game, which means its front-end purchase overhead gets our solid stamp of approval. If you’re looking for a new, rich and engaging arcade game to blast through, you could easily do a whole lot worse than BeesMania, which is a stunning work of art and gameplay. Solid work, lads!

BeesManiaBeesMania requires iOS 4.3 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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