Review: Bee Cells


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Jul 5, 2008
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Bee Cells is a straight forward kind of game. Colored balls appear. You can move one per turn. Try to get 6 in a row. Balls vanish, new balls appear.

That's it. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, if you have ever played Atomica (or a simialr game) you know it can get much more hectic.

Basically it is a race against time. Every turn you can move one ball to any location on the board, as long as it isn't blocked off. When you finish, three (or more, at higher levels) new balls appear. The only way to make them vanish it to line up six or more connecting balls. If you do, those will vanish, and you get another move before more balls starts to appear.

For a seemingly simple game like this, it is surprisingly addictive. And easy to play - my daughter (who is 5) likes to play it as well (although she doesn't do so well - she has yet to understand the strategy aspect).

What makes this game different from Atomica is that it is based on a hexagonal system. Instead of sqaures, each ball is in a unit of a honeycomb (bee cells, get it!). As such, it can be touching up to 6 over cells at the same time. This makes it rather fun to try and line up chains of balls.

But beyond that, there isn't much too it. It does have a high degree of replay-ability...IF you don't mind playing the same strategy game over and over to try and beat a high score. If you are looking for something different when you replay a game...well, Bee Cells doesn't have it. The one complain I have is that at time, it is easy to select the wrong ball or choose the wrong location to send the ball (especially if you have big fingers). But that happens rarely (at most, once a game).

The graphics aren't anything to write home about, but for this kind of game they don't have to be. It does what it does, and it does it well. For $.99, it is definitely worth a shot.

Pros: Simple, straight forward game. Easy to learn, fun to play.
Cons: Nothing major, unless you are looking for something complex.
All in all: A good game to try for $.99, and fun to sit down for 5 minutes or so and just try to beat your last high score. 5/5, for knowing what it is, and not trying to be too much.

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