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Bee Movie Game review

A lack of cohesion stings in this average adaptation

Pros

  • Replicates film atmosphere
  • Occasionally funny quips
  • Watching Seinfeld DVDs instead

Cons

  • Forced minigames
  • Sloppy presentation
  • Repetitive voice clips

Nov 5, 2007

The "ordinary" can often be unusual in a gaming industry full of complicated concepts, which is why the idea of playing as a bee seems so appealing. Imagine freely exploring the Manhattan setting created for Spider-Man 3, but as a miniscule insect facing exponentially larger structures, vehicles and challenges. Sounds potentially awesome, but that's not what Bee Movie Game is all about.

In fact, Spider-Man 3 may actually be Bee Movie Game's closest modern contemporary, but for all the wrong reasons. Its single-player campaign, which closely follows the plot of the titular Jerry Seinfeld CG flick, is bogged down by seemingly endless timed-button-press "cineractives," along with several other disparate play elements that never quite congeal into a cohesive experience. And without a massive, vertical environment to entertain and distract players between missions, Bee Movie Game nearly flatlines under the weight of bland gameplay and an artificially lengthened campaign.

Above: All screens in this review are from the shinierXbox 360version

More Info

GenreAction
DescriptionIn real life bees will sting you, and nobody would buy a game about that. But in the upcoming animation from DreamWorks they'll do a bunch of other stuff that will make a fun game.
PlatformPC, Xbox 360, PS2, Wii
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date30 October 2007 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Freelance writer for GamesRadar and several other gaming and tech publications, including Official Xbox Magazine, Nintendo Power, Mac|Life, @Gamer, and PlayStation: The Official Magazine. Visit my work blog at http://andrewhayward.org.
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