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Developer: Honey Tribe Studios
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Anyone who’s seen the film, The Happening, knows that honey bees are dying out across the world due to the phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder. It’s a bit of a mystery as to why this is the case with numerous viruses or environmental issues possibly being at fault. Regardless of the reasons why, Honey Tribe: Colony Collapse focuses on helping the poor bees regroup while also educating the player in bee related issues.

Players take the role of Corbee, a young and weedy bee, who starts out convinced that he’s never going to be able to help the worker bees collect all the nectar. After all, he’s only a drone. Thanks to the characterization and hand drawn charm of the game, Corbee is instantly endearing. In his efforts to succeed, he must dodge the dangers of insects, birds, rains and even evil humans. It’s a perilous task but one that’s fortunately made easier with simple to learn controls.

All the player needs to do to fly is tap on the screen to increase height. In the early stages, this is a fairly relaxed matter with players simply needing to tap regularly to duck down to collect flower petals while also flying back up to avoid the threat of rival insects. As things progress however, the action speeds up. Spiders linger on petals, slowing Corbee down if he hits them. Slow down and the bird chasing the tiny bee eats him up. Fortunately it doesn’t take long at all to master the control system and while quick reactions are essential, Honey Tribe: Colony Collapse is consistently enjoyable. Besides the story mode which offers a gentle but entertaining tale of bee life, there’s also an endless mode for endurance fans.

Honey Tribe: Colony Collapse is an enjoyable little experience. It’s perhaps a little simplistic with limited replayability once completed, but the path to completion ensures that it’s worth the asking price nonetheless. The endearing hand drawn nature of the graphics is a particular shining light to the whole thing making it a touch above the rest in the endless running genre.

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