Want to know the recipe for a successful
app on the iPhone/iPod Touch? Take some bees, add in some honey, pollen,
and then some pretty flowers. You think I am joking don't you? Well, I'm
not. Bee Farm is a fun,fresh, and wonderful game. Players draw a line
from the bee to the flower. Once the bees have the pollen, draw a line
back to the hive. You might be thinking that sounds pretty boring.
Animal Crossing sounds boring on paper too. The Sims sounds so bad that
many of us never wanted to even try it. Yet in reality those games have
been played for millions of hours by millions of players.
The graphics have a real sweet look to them. The bees look good, the flowers look great, and the bad things animated nicely. Bad things? Huh? What? Yes there are things like plants that will chew on your bee for a few seconds. Or twisters that will spin your bee round and round. This is done in a cartoonish way, and does not ever enter the realm of violence in my opinion. Ya'll know I come down like a ton of bricks on violent games.
The music in Bee Farm has an addictive sound to it. I enjoyed listening to it while I was playing this iPod Touch game. The special effect sounds are great. Many of them put a smile on my face. I did not hear any offensive sounds or read any offensive words while playing Bee Farm. The audio department has a real quality feel to it.
There are thirty levels in Bee Farm. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code for this game. It currently sells for ninety-nine cents. I feel Bee Farm is a little light on the levels. There is a Survival mode which will warrant replay. It would have been great if there had been a few more levels. I would have expected fifty personally. Especially when the early levels are training.
Bee Farm has five different bees, and there is only so much time for each level. The sun rises on the left side of the screen, and slowly goes around to the right side. The graphics actually change with the time of day. The controls in Bee Farm are spot on. They are absolutely perfect. It is easy to change a bees flight mid-route, and flowers are always opening up. I had a blast playing Bee Farm.
On a rudimentary level Bee Farm teaches how bees create honey. They go out, get pollen, and bring it back. This is a neat little lesson for children. I also learned to avoid dangers by going around them. Another lesson is to make sure bees do not collide in the air. So in essence Bee Farm teaches some light air traffic controller lessons. Hopefully you can stay awake longer than some of the professionals. I am very grateful to Vivid Games for publishing Bee Farm.
Family Friendly Factor: 90%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Vivid Games
ESRB Rating: '4+' for 4+
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