CGRundertow BEEING for iPhone Video Game Review

Uploaded by CGRundertow on 15.04.2012

Someday, your kids are going to ask you, “A honey bee? What’s that?” And if you’re
a good parent, you’ll take them on a drive to the orphanage for asking dumb questions.
“That’s not a threat, kid. It’s a promise! Read a book, and stop being stupid!”
Just released to the App Store and based on an insect with an existence that’s on life
support, Beeing is a side-scrolling flight game with a pun for a title. A pun that happens
to make no sense whatsoever, and frankly, those are the best kind of puns.
Incidentally, Beeing is also the best kind of portable game...well, almost. It’s simple,
which is good. It’s fun, which is even better. But it’s also cute with its control scheme,
which is neither. It’s a common symptom of iOS games to get creative with controls,
even when those controls are actually detrimental to the game.
Beeing isn’t the worst case of that, but it is one of them.
You control a chubby little bumblebee on a quest to collect pollen and rescue his brethren,
and you do that...with a slider. It’s on the right side of the screen, and to navigate
the levels, you slide it up and down. This is rather unfortunate.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The slider works...but you know what would work better? Anything
but a slider. Moving your finger the entire width of your phone just to move your bee
is not only inconvenient, but it’s also inherently slower than simply using a directional
pad...even a pseudo d-pad on a touch screen.
So it’s kind of hard to avoid objects...especially if you let your finger off the screen, because
you can’t immediately find the neutral position. But once you get used to it, the slider is
okay. I just wish the controls were a bit faster. Because otherwise, the graphics are
great, the levels are fun...the game is just busy beeing awesome.
Definitely recommended, if only for the pun.