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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.

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)

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