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Paper Bees (iOS) Review

A Brutal Gamer review.

There are a range of defence style games around, all with different themes and complexities.  Paper Bees is a defence game created by Wiggles 3D, and is a simple, accessible game that requires good timing and combos to get the best scores.

The premise is simple.  You control a pair of bees and you have to protect your hive and flowers from a range of evil insects until the sun goes down.  You do this by swiping the screen in the direction you want send the bees, aiming to hit them before they reach you.  Each enemy insect explodes when hit as well, which can cause a chain reaction that destroys several insects at once, gaining you bonus points.  At the end of each level, you’re given a score and awarded a medal, so it has replay value if you’re the sort of person who wants to get the gold medals.

The chain reactions you get become crucial in the later levels as the action gets more frantic and there are more enemies on screen, but you get power ups to help you along the way, such as making the bees bigger or turning them into fire or ice.  Enemy insects have new abilities as well, such as a stink beetle which, when hit, leaves a cloud behind which slows you and your enemies down.  This is a universal app, so it’s designed to run on either an iPhone/iPod Touch or an iPad.  It seems as though this game might be better suited to the iPad, as playing it on an iPod Touch proved to be difficult sometimes.  There would be moments where the bees were slow to react to swiping, or didn’t react at all, particularly on levels where the two bees are right next to each other.

Stink beetles leave a cloud which slows you and your enemies down

The cartoony style graphics are very nice to look at, with everything looking like it’s been drawn and cut out of paper.  The borders of each level also make the game look like it’s taking place inside a cardboard box of some sort.  It’s all very colourful.  The music and sound effects are all very simple and minimalistic as well, although the bees do sound a little on the strange side.

The game only has 30 levels at the moment, but more will be added in future updates, which is good as you’ll get through those levels fairly quickly if you’re good.  There is Game Center support provided, with achievements and leaderboards so you can try and beat your friends scores.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Paper Bees is a fun, simple game and is a great introduction for anyone who wants to get into the tower defence genre.  It can be a bit unresponsive when things get hectic on the small screen, and there isn’t a lot of content to get through, but more is on the way.  If you’re looking for something quick and simple, then this is well worth a look.

About Mike Jones

Mike Jones
Mike is Brutal Gamer's Indie Editor. He has been playing video games since the early 90s and is fond of racing games, puzzlers and MMOs. Typing /played while in WoW makes him cry, but not enough to stop him playing some more.

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