[Beyond PlayStation] Where the Bees Make Honey Review
Where the Bees Make Honey from Wakefield Interactive and Whitehorn Digital is a game unlike anything you’ve played before on Nintendo’s console. Find out why in our Where the Bees Make Honey review!
After a trippy cut-scene stating the developer’s name (Brian Wilson), and showing us a cup of coffee that is flying through the air, then donuts, then bananas, then donuts, and so on, the game will begin. You’ll take on the role of Sunny, who works for Vocall Telemarketer Solutions. She’s someone who, during her adult life, has started to reflect on simpler times when she was younger, on times when she was happier, not going crazy from working for so many hours while pretty much everyone hangs up on her as she tries to call people due to an issue with their account with the company.
You’re at her workplace, playing the game from a first-person perspective when the phone starts to ring. Once you pick it up, you’ll hear from Debb, who asks that you please collect a notepad, a stapler, and a calculator for her. Sure, she could have sent you an email, but she’s not very good with computers. Once you’ve walked around the office and collected these items – not before turning down the right analog stick’s sensitivity in the options menu – the power will go out, so off you go to try and turn on the generator.
After taking the oh-so-creepy looking stairs down to the basement and flipping the switch, you suddenly start to hear birds singing. When you make your way back to the fourth floor where Vocall Telemarketer Solutions is located, she opens the door to find an outdoors area waiting for her to explore it. And once you enter a cave at the end of the path, you’ll be transported into a colorful 2.5D section where you’ll control a young Sunny as she dons an explorer’s outfit and sets out on an adventure. Things will only get weirder after this particular moment…
There are puzzle sections in which you’ll need to collect honeycombs by pressing the L and R buttons to rotate the screen so that as you rotate the small diorama-like area, small things change here and there – a platform might move into place, or a spot might go up or down. Since you’re working with perspective, sometimes rotating the area left or right might make it seem like you can walk over a spot in the corner that you couldn’t before… and you’d actually be correct!
These fun puzzle sections are followed up by more 2.5 sections, some 3D sections played from a first-person perspective, some top-down areas, and a weird 3D stage in which you’re driving around an RC truck with wonky physics that likes to slide all over the place, not responding properly to your controller inputs, going up in the air only to fall backwards since the game doesn’t seem to understand how momentum should be a thing.
This can be seen in an area in which there are three honeycombs, which I thought I had to collect since you have to collect the three honeycombs in the twisting puzzle levels to move forward, but after 5 minutes of not being able to collect two of them, since the “ramps” that were supposed to help me launch my RC truck in the air were too low, I moved up ahead to see if maybe these were optional… and it turns out they were! After driving for a minute towards a boardwalk, I launched the RC truck into the void and was rewarded by the game taking me to the next stage.
I’m all for experimental or bizarre video games that try to do things differently, as long as they’re weird but fun. I don’t think that can be said about Where the Bees Make honey. The rotating puzzle stages are the highlight of the game, but they’re too far between and too short. They reminded me of the excellent Captain Toad, which is definitely a plus, and I would have liked to see more of them. In the end, Where the Bees Make Honey is certainly a unique experience on Nintendo Switch, offering a quirky mix of different playable elements, wrapped in a budget $9.99 game for Nintendo’s hybrid console, but it’s hard to recommend this one. It tries to do too many things and is only going to take you an hour and change to complete.
This Where the Bees Make Honey is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Whitehorn Digital.