Beeing is easily the most charming insect-related video game I’ve played since Bee Movie The Game back in 2007. While not nearly as complicated as that massive 3D action-adventure, Beeing is just as much fun and possibly a bit more addictive thanks to its short mission design and pick-up-and-play mobile appeal.
Spiders have bug-napped your friends so it’s up to you to fly through five diverse worlds dodging obstacles and collecting your friends and any bits of sweet nectar that happen to be in your path. The controls are as simple as it gets. You basically slide your finger up and down along the right edge of the screen to move your bee up and down as he flies from left to right at a fairly manageable speed – after all, bees aren’t the best fliers. You’ll need to dodge spider webs, bug zappers, and other obstacles whenever possible, but you’ll likely take damage from time to time so just keep eating nectar to keep that energy level up. There are also other power-ups that will render you temporarily immune to enemies or dangerous parts of the environment or passive power-ups that will turn you invisible or magnetically attrack the globs of nectar.
Beeing features a story mode that will take you through five unique worlds consisting of several challenging levels or you can tackle the survival mode that will see just how far you can fly and how long you can survive on a single energy bar. Story mode can be finished off in 3-4 hours, but there is the promise of new chapters and the survival mode has extended gameplay potential
The presentation is what really sells the Beeing experience with visuals that are dangerously close to Pixar feature CG quality, both in the stunning and colorful backgrounds and the lively animated creatures, both our hero and all his enemies. The game is in constant motion and the framerate is flawlessly smooth with virtually no eye strain. The music sounds like it too came from a Pixar short film; this cheerful instrumental theme that never gets old. There are plenty of original sound effects and some hilarious high-pitched “chipmunk-style” one-liners from our hero before and during the levels.
Beeing is only $1 and its universal so it can be played on your iPhone as well as the iPad and thanks simple controls and a simple yet exaggerated art style, the game plays just as well on the smaller screen. I can’t recommend this family-friendly game highly enough for kids, parents, and grandparents. It’s simple elegance is undeniably addicting and Beeing’s greatest appeal.