Review Bee Quest
Cute puzzle Match-3
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 03 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, neat graphics, lots of levels, quality game play, simple controls
In-app purchases, features ads
Bee Quest for Android is probably the least inspiring match 3 game I’ve played so far. There are so many games out there built on this basic principle, that they’re doing anything they can to differentiate themselves; and this one is very static in comparison. On the other hand, it featured no in app purchases or advertising at all, as far as I could see. So if you just want a very simple, kid-safe, and straightforward matching game; with no frills or fireworks, this might just fill your needs.
The game features flowers, which come in different colors, but are otherwise identical. They blink a bit, but are otherwise unanimated. Each level can be either of two different modes: swapping or touch. Obviously, in swapping, you switch two flowers around to makle matches of 3 or more, and in touch mode you just tap where you see lots of flowers of the same color together. There’s a smattering of obstacles and special items, and getting 4 in a row, or a corner shape, will give you special powerups for getting rid of rows, columns or areas of flowers.
The music is horrid. Really, it’s one of the worst loops I have ever heard being used in game music. Take a moment to press pause and switch it off before it drives you nuts. The menu buttons are teeny tiny, but might be ok for small kids with nimble fingers. Bee Quest has a very muted presentation compared to all the explosions and fanfare that usually come in games like this. So, perhaps this would be a somewhat less addictive game as a result. Which could be a good thing if you want your children to go outside and see some real flowers at some point.
Match 3 game with limited turns
Author: Ollie Green
Date: 07 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Neat graphics, lots of levels, addictive game play, simple controls
Bee Quest for Android is a match 3 game that features a few sets of rules that make things unique and exciting for both new players and veterans of the match 3 genre.
Whilst in most match 3 games you are given a large amount of turns to complete a goal or amass a certain amount of points, in this game you are given a very limited number of turns. On each level you will need to get a certain amount of points before you can move on to the next level. If you are up for the challenge, you could go above and beyond the call of duty and get more points than needed to earn a two star or three star rating.
Because you need to earn a certain amount of points in as few moves as possible, you'll really need to be careful about how to start each level. Players will need to plan out a few moves ahead of time to ensure they can win the level. If players match up four or more flowers of the same color, they'll be given a powered flower that can be used to take out full lines or blocks of flowers. Players will need to rely on powered flowers a lot to reach the score goal.
There are plenty of levels with varying sizes to give players a variety of challenges. The flower theme is pretty sweet, just like the honey the bees will be able to make after harvesting all of the flowers from each level. The level select screen is a lot simpler than most match 3 games, but it still shows off player progression.
Bee Quest can be played for free, but players will be able to spend cash on in-app purchases.