BeeSports: Written and Video iPhone App Review
First of all, we’d simply like to apologize for the terrible pun in the title above. We could’t help ourselves, honestly. However, the point remains the same: BeeSports by developer Beemates Media offers a fun and unique way to test your Olympic mettle through being a yellow-black-and-white striped insect. It’s a lot of fun, and though we have a few complaints with it, it’s easily worth your time and the dollar price tag that it costs. So without further ado, let’s jump on down below the break to get cracking at this full review!
Concept and Gameplay
The basic idea behind BeeSports is really rather simple: You play as a bee who has been entered into what appear to be the creepy-crawly Olympics. You’ll compete against other arthropods in a variety of events, including hurtles, sprints, swims, javelin tossing, weight lifting, etc. There’s really quite a staggering number of events to play through here, which certainly adds a lot of value to what BeeSports is packing.
However, each event is more or less based on the same concept. You’ll very quickly tap and alternate two pedals located on either side of the iPhone’s screen. Doing this, and doing it quickly enough, will propel you to the top of each event. In this way, you’ll be swimming by tapping, lifting by tapping, running by tapping, etc. It’s not that the concept is bad. It’s rather more that we simply got a bit tired of doing the same thing plus-or-minus a button for each and every event. Then again, others may not be quite as bothered by this as we were.
Concept and Design
Overall, we have to say too that the design is just about rock-solid. The app has obviously been inspired by children’s literature and the field of animation for kids, but this is hardly a bad thing: BeeSports arrives with lots of soft colors, rounded corners, and pastel tones. We liked this quite a bit, and we also liked the big, thick buttons on either side of the screen that make it easy to control the action. All in all, the game is well-designed for the audience it’s intended for.
Speaking of audience, BeeSports is a bit confusing: We’re assuming that it’s intended for children as a way into the rest of Beemates Media’s works. As such, we think it’s a brilliant distraction and entertainment piece. However, for most adult gamers it may yet be slightly too repetitive, and slightly too dull to hold much interest. Then again, if you’d like to give it a whirl, you’ll only be out a dollar: Either way, the game is a tremendous value, a fact that we honestly can’t harp on enough.
BeeSports requires iOS 4.0 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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