N Amer - 10/30/2007
E3 2007 Preview
Jerry Seinfeld is entering the video-game business … well, in a way. There is a pending animation film from Dreamworks called The Bee Movie. It is the product of Seinfeld’s fertile imagination and comedic wit. It follows the story of Barry Bee Benson, a bee that aspires to become one of the elite – one of the honey collectors.
The world presents a new view of life inside the hive, complete with the drool humor that marked Seinfeld’s popular television show.
And like any good animated film, there has to be a game in it somewhere. Activision is bringing that game to life with The Bee Movie Game, but the game promises to be a little more than what is presented in the movie.
As Mike Ward, executive producer on the title, stated: “ Race, chase and fly through an adventure that goes beyond the movie.”
But the game borrows a lot from the movies as well. For example, the color palettes used match the film. And other aspects will carry over as well. Bees have a hard time flying in the rain, so during Barry’s bee’s-eye view of New York City, he will be tasked with dodging the drops falling from the occasional rainburst. There are also other flying threats to engage in a bit of aerial combat. But never fear, developer Beenox (coincidence? Likely not) has a few tricks it is ready to share, including allowing players to pull back branches as they fly past to use as a weapon against pursuers. Yes, life outside the hive is fraught with peril, but it can also be quite entertaining as well.
While the hive sequences use more of a pastel shading, the images outside of the hive are bright and vibrant, presenting a visual contrast that will likely appeal to gamers. The game has its share of unlockables, collectibles and minigames and also – on some levels – allow a second player to plug in a controller for head-to-head competition.
The Bee Movie Game is releasing on all major consoles and the PC and should hit store shelves in the fall.
From the mind of Jerry Seinfeld comes The Bee Movie … and Game
Reviewer: Michael Lafferty
Review Date: 07/11/2007