Where the Bees Make Honey (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

This game is just…weird.  One minute you’re in a 3-D first person view looking for office supplies in a maze of cubicles, next you’re a girl in a wintery forest searching for giant bicycle parts, and next you’re a bunny hopping around the wilderness while grocery store sounds play in the background.  The changes in play style are so abrupt, it almost feels like a fever dream.  And now that I’ve got you curious enough to read the rest of the review, Where the Bees Make Honey is available to download on all current consoles, but reviewed on PS4 here.

The game tells the story of a lady who works at a call center in a cubicle filled office.  Frustrated with her life, she recalls times when she was a kid and things seemed better.  And so you play games based on these memories.  You’ll start off in the office, moving around in a 3-D first person view.  But at one point you’ll open a door and the scenery changes to an outside area, and this is when things get weird.

Sometimes you’ll control a cartoony young girl in a 2-D platformer segment, while other times in an overhead perspective.  One reoccurring area involves finding honeycomb pieces in a 3-D isometric area you can rotate around, which reminded me of Captain Toad.  In another area, you are a low polygonal bunny in a 3-D area hopping around, while in the background, grocery store noises play as you hear a mother worrying about her lost daughter in the store.

The problem with the game is that it’s extremely buggy and has bad controls.  Moving the bunny around feels like you’re driving a tank, and near the beginning I fell through the office floor and had to start over.  And in another area, half the screen was blanked out, but luckily I figured out what to do by fumbling around.  And the game is very inconsistent about saving your game.  Actually correct that, it’s very consistent, as it consistently would NOT save my game.  I think it only saved it once near the beginning, and I wasn’t about to do that awful bunny section again.

I can appreciate someone telling a story through a video game, but I think with this one, they should’ve focused less on storytelling and more on making a good, playable game.  It just feels like a bunch of student game projects thrown together.  I just can’t recommend this one in its current state.

Kid Factor:

Nothing violent or objectionable here, although a couple of scenes may be a little unnerving to younger gamers.  Reading skill is helpful for some of the text, but not necessary just to play.  Younger gamers may get frustrated at the buggy gameplay and unclear goals.  Where the Bees Make Honey is rated E for Everyone.

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