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REVIEW: Where the Bees Make Honey

Where the Bees Make Honey
Title The place the Bees Make Honey
Developer Wakefield Interactive
Writer Whitethorn Digital
Launch Date March 26th, 2019
Style(s) Indie, Journey, Puzzle
Platform(s) PC, Xbox One, PS4
Age Score E for Everybody
Official Web site

Those that have ever had the misfortune of turning into “caught” in an workplace job know that the work typically feels pointless, demoralizing, and exhausting. One of the crucial widespread analogies made for this sort of work is that of a employee bee contributing to its hive. The place the Bees Make Honey is a lately launched indie title which first originated as a venture on Kickstarter. Created by Brian Wilson, the only member of Wakefield Interactive, this title explores quite a lot of childhood moments from the attitude of an grownup who now works as a telemarketer. As she narrates her tales, gamers take management of her youthful self and discover the fantasy worlds of her childhood. Alongside the best way, this recreation attracts upon quite a lot of totally different artwork types, views, and gameplay mechanics. It’s presently out there on PC, PlayStation Four, and Xbox One, however I selected to try the Xbox model. I went into this one not likely understanding what to anticipate, so I’ll be specializing in the ultimate product moderately than its descriptions on Kickstarter.

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On the recreation’s onset, you’re taking management of a depressed telemarketer named Sunny. She is the one individual within the workplace that day and the constructing’s energy has simply gone out. As she descends the steps and resets the breaker, her actuality modifications utterly and she or he begins to reminisce on her childhood reminiscences, these the place she was a lot happier. It’s at this level that the meat of the gameplay picks up and in addition the place my reservations with it started.

My expertise with The place the Bees Make Honey was certainly a memorable one, however for causes that I’m positive the developer by no means meant. Instantly, the very first thing that may stand out to gamers is the artwork type. There are 4 to 5 very totally different types unfold all through and none of them appear to mesh with one another (not for me anyway). Within the opening sequence, the graphics as an entire can greatest be described as what one may anticipate from an early Supply engine recreation. I imply no disrespect in saying that, however I really feel that that is an apt comparability. For those who check out the screenshots under, I assure that you’ll discover this as nicely. In stark distinction with that, some ranges make the most of a stunning, FEZ-like pixel artwork fashion. Nonetheless others go for a extra lifelike type with unbelievable lighting particulars. There was even one degree in the direction of the start which went for a minimalistic, retro wanting fashion that made me consider an previous Atari recreation.  Every of those types appeared to be tied to a specific sort of gameplay, of which there are a number of.

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Earlier than I converse an excessive amount of about my expertise with particular person ranges, I’d like to spotlight a number of recurring forms of gameplay that you simply’ll encounter in The place the Bees Make Honey. The primary sort has you controlling baby Sunny as she traverses by way of a dreamlike world and interacts with various things inside that world to advance in the direction of the top of the extent. There actually isn’t a lot else to say about these segments as they tended to be fairly brief and linear. The second sort of gameplay has you controlling another creature or gadget (i.e. a rabbit and an RC truck) and duties you with platforming by means of a degree to make it to the top. These too felt pretty linear, although they weren’t fairly as brief. The third, ultimate recurring degree sort was one which I truly actually appreciated. This sort borrowed closely from ideas pioneered within the recreation Fez. All the things from the pleasing pixel artwork type, to the rotating sq. degree design, to the heavy emphasis positioned on puzzles requiring totally different views and rotations to unravel them appeared comparable. The credit on the finish give a shout-out and due to Phil Fish, so the supply of inspiration right here is fairly clear.

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As you’ll have realized from my feedback above, the gameplay as an entire is simply as combined of a bag because the artwork course. Whereas this isn’t inherently a nasty factor, I discover myself asserting as a lot right here. No two ranges are the identical and the gameplay in every tends to be radically totally different. The purpose of every degree is to comply with a special story from Sunny’s childhood and thus it is sensible that there can be variations. The difficulty with these variations is that none of them appear to correlate and the execution of every can differ from respectable to close unplayable. It brings me no pleasure to talk ailing of one other individual’s recreation, particularly when that recreation comes from an unbiased developer. Having stated that, there have been a number of ranges particularly that basically soured my expertise.

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The primary was a degree through which you management an RC automotive and drive by means of a forested countryside. This was actually neat and I loved the totally different perspective. There have been two jarring points right here although that tarnished the expertise. The physics of the automotive have been extremely unfastened and painful to get used to. Whereas I ended up studying to stay with these, the opposite huge problem was with the invisible boundaries. Each recreation has to set some boundaries for the participant to maintain them inside the map, however I’ve by no means encountered a recreation the place the boundaries are simply straight up invisible. I might attempt to drive in the direction of a barn that was a mere 300 ft away solely to seek out myself smashing into an invisible wall. I started to comprehend all through the extent that there was just one slender path to comply with. At one level, I went off of a ramp, solely to smash into certainly one of these partitions mid-air. This made your complete degree for me appear extra like a chore than a soothing exercise and I want I might say in any other case.

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The second degree that stands out is one by which you management a rabbit. That is principally a “leap to the subsequent platform to advance” sort of stage. At first, I used to be very happy with the big variety of colours and nice lighting results, however this expertise was muted by (as soon as once more) the poor physics. Rabbits are quick creatures and I think about shifting round as one can be a little bit of a problem. The problem in controlling your rabbit right here although is rather more aggravating. Every part feels slippery and I felt that there was some delay in my actions. Mixed with the looping sounds of a busy grocery retailer within the background, I used to be greater than a bit peeved by the top of this degree.

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The ultimate degree was maybe what actually delivered the ultimate nail within the coffin for me. You management Sunny as she makes an attempt to stroll down the road throughout Halloween. As she walks, there are a selection of zombies and sentient pumpkins that may assault her. That is the primary and solely time that you’re given a life bar and have the power to “die”. This is able to have been fascinating if Sunny had managed decently. Sadly, I discovered Sunny’s actions to be each sluggish and delayed. There was additionally a prevalent problem the place Sunny would die after taking simply two hits. The guts counter on the prime of the display signifies that it is best to be capable of take three hits. Whereas this was sometimes the case, most of the time Sunny would die earlier than all the hearts have been depleted. This degree nonetheless felt extra playable than the RC truck degree, however not by an entire lot.

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On a extra constructive notice, the music was pretty satisfying. I say pretty as a result of not all the ranges had background music. For instance, that aforementioned rabbit degree was full of the ambient sounds of a busy grocery retailer and looping checkout scanner sound. When it’s current although, the music is nice and every monitor matches in properly with its related degree. I can’t say that any of the tracks actually stood out to me as memorable, however there additionally weren’t any that left a nasty impression.

By and enormous, The place the Bees Make Honey is extra of a linear, semi-interactive collection of tales than an precise recreation. I didn’t discover any of them to be notably partaking or significant, although I once more take no pleasure in saying that. This can be a quite brief title clocking in at round Three-Four hours, nevertheless it tries to pack lots into that brief span of time. A number of critiques again, I used to be fairly preachy concerning the idea of video games being an artwork type. Whereas I don’t intend to get again up on my soapbox, I need to say that I feel this recreation was making an attempt only a bit too arduous to be inventive and totally different. The idea of enjoying by means of childhood reminiscences in fantasy worlds based mostly on them sounds nice, however I really feel that none of them correlated they usually have been approach too linear. In case your intention is to hearken again to the thrill of being a toddler, then the power to discover is essential. The gameplay was certainly different and took on many various varieties, however the execution of every (except for these Fez-like ranges) was very disappointing. Had the existence of fixed bugs and glitches not been current, I might have justified a barely greater rating. I recognize the good deal of effort that I’m positive went into making this title, however until some critical revisions are made, I can’t advocate choosing this one up, even at its present worth level of $9.99.

 

A evaluate copy was offered by the writer.

About Nick Benefield

A mainframe software program developer from the Midwest, Nick discovered oprainfall whereas looking for details about Xenoblade Chronicles. Nick collects video games throughout a myriad of various platforms (previous and new). He is additionally keen about old-school anime spanning from the early 80s by way of the late 90s.


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