Bee Movie Game

Common Sense Media says

Relive the movie in unique but flawed game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Barry has a interspecies friendship and fights for the rights of bees. There's also a message about the importance of bees to the ecosystem.

Violence & scariness

As a bee, you use a pollinator gun to fight off other pesky insects that fall and fade away. Humans can try to do you harm by swatting at you. Raindrops can do you in -- so you have to use bee reflexes to slow them down and avoid them.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This is a movie tie-in game and the movie has been greatly hyped.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie tie-in game is best played by kids ages 8 through 12. Activision has taken the movie sequences and expanded them to create unique, exciting gameplay missions. A pollinator gun is used to extract pollen from healthy flowers and sprinkle it on unhealthy flowers, but also to fire pollen at pesky insects who fall down and fade away.

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Kids say

What's it about?

BEE MOVIE GAME, based on Bee Movie, is a linear game with Mini game side quests. You start in New Hive City, a hexagonal world that looks just like the movie set, and play as Barry, the new bee college graduate who can't commit to doing the same job in the hive for the rest of his life. As you walk or drive your car around the hive's many roadways, you will find jobs waiting for you to try to earn honey snacks: You can sort good honey from bad, unload tanks of honey from trucks, or take the good bee citizens around the city by providing a taxi service. The heart of the game is presented in 15 missions outside the hive, which track the plot of the movie and place you in hazardous situations such as engaging in aerial dogfights with wasps, avoiding collisions with cars, and flying through a rainstorm.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While this game features many unique levels of inventive gameplay, it falls short of a perfect rating because it can be confusing and repetitive. In the hive, you frequently hit invisible walls and spend a lot of time trying to find new areas. Some of the mission instructions are inadequate, and the save points are too far apart. Also, the frequent activity of pollinating flowers quickly becomes tedious.

In addition to the story mode that retells the movie, the game has a multiplayer mode that offers racing games and two-player bee-themed arcade games. The Wii version has some games that are unique to that version. Bee Movie Game is geared for kids, but the gameplay is so challenging that the youngest fans of the movie won't be able to play it. This game is best for kids ages 8 to 12.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the game compares to the movie. When watching the movie, were there scenes that looked like they would work well in a video game? What scenes would you have chosen for the video game? Did you like playing the missions or the Mini games? What made you want to play this game? Was it all the marketing hype of the movie? Families might also want to discuss the role of bees in the ecosystem.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2
Price:$20-50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:October 25, 2007
Genre:Role Playing
ESRB rating:E for Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old August 8, 2012
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6
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Bee Movie Game STUNK!

It was fun for the first 3 seconds. Don`t get it but if you do, most kids can play it because it's not violent or anything, but it's not fun at all!
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old April 12, 2012
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7
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bee movie

it is a good game to play but some part is bad
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Educational value
Kid, 12 years old May 7, 2011
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7
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Good game for kids!

The game is pretty cool. Especially for kids. Teens might (notice how I used might) hate it. There is nothing violent in the game. Kids will really enjoy it... maybe.

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