The iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch has more than
its fair share of games based on insects. Some have been hits, and some
have been misses. I really enjoyed that Bee Farm game. Pollen Count also
uses bees but is drastically different than my favorite (recently
mentioned) bee based app. First off if you have two bees collide in
Pollen Count, then it is level over. If the spider gets one of your bees
then it is also level over. That makes Pollen Count a very difficult
The bees are a little small in Pollen Count but cute. I enjoyed seeing them fly from flower to hive. At times I had too many bees and was flying them all over the place trying to keep them out of the way. This proved difficult for me. There really is no violence in Pollen Count. If bees get too close to something dangerous then a warning image will surround them. Get too close and that color changes from yellow to red. I think most of us are familiar with yellow going to red.
The music in Pollen Count is pleasant and fits the theme of this insect game in a neat way. I enjoyed the buzzing sounds and getting the pollen into the hive. Nothing like making some honey I always say. I also appreciated the warning sounds when bees were getting too close to one another. I was not always fast enough to save the day, but it was nice to have an early warning system.
Families will find twenty-two tricky achievements to unlock in Pollen Count. There are enough levels to warrant the ninety-nine cent price. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code so I could do this review. I feel that Pollen Count is worth the price as long as you understand the level of the challenge.
Pollen Count is one of the most difficult apps I have ever played. It can be very difficult to keep the bees from bumping into one another. For me this is an issue. I prefer a game that is more forgiving. If you like a game that is insanely difficult then you will enjoy Pollen Count. If you are a more casual gamer then you may not be so big on Pollen Count.
I learned to plan the flight path of bees thanks to Pollen Count. I also learned to try and get them from the flowers to the hive as safely as possible. I love the idea of bees taking the pollen to the hive and making honey. This act can help people with allergies (as long as they consume the honey in a natural way). I wish Pollen Count was more forgiving in terms of making mistakes. I would like to see sequels to Pollen Count.
Family Friendly Factor: 76%
System: iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone
ESRB Rating: '4+' for 4+
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