Beehive is a mix of traffic control and puzzle game released by Recreational Software.
Consider yourself bee-traffic control at the busiest honeycomb landing strip this side of the hive. If you can manage to coerce the incoming bees into creating all of the necessary matches, you’ll move on to the next level.
The game opens to a title screen with one option play, once selected you will see the hive, which is split into three levels. There are currently 36 puzzles to play through, and these may take a while to complete as several of the puzzles are pretty hard.
Gameplay wise you need to navigate the bees around to match three of move coloured cells together. The bees come in three colours red, yellow and blue. The bees although able to fly over all the cells, can only put colours into the edge cells, therefore you need to work out how to push filled cells towards the centre of the puzzle. Once three or more cells are match, the cell gets a ring around it, and is considered completed. Once all the cells are completed the level is finished.
The game is controlled by tracing a line from the bee to the cell you wish the bee to enter.
The graphics and sound are interesting with nice stylished graphics. There is surprisingly no music on the main menu. The in game music is generally good.
On the upside:
- Nice mix of puzzle and traffic control.
- Tests your mind to solve the puzzles.
On the downside:
- Plays in portrait only.
- No instructions or help before you start the game.
- Would be nice to have a counter for the number of bees (rather than trying to count them during play)
Overall, this game is interesting and I enjoyed the puzzles. The game suffers from the lack of polish that surrounds the good game idea. With no instructions on how to “push” colours into cells put me off until I saw one of the uncontrolled bees do it. A few tweaks to add instructions, music to the menu and the counters for the coloured bees would really improve this game. The game could have been great and I feel it still can be,
Size: 12.3 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.99