One of the more interesting games I saw earlier this year at PAX South, Bee Simulator, is now available on PC (Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One, for $39.99.
Bee Simulator is billed as an “educational family game,” where players embody the life of a bee living in Central Park in the middle of New York City. The life of a bee is fraught with peril and responsibility. You’ll need to collect pollen, repel wasps and other predators, interact with your fellow bees, and stop the pesky humans from chopping down the tree that serves as your home.
Bee Simulator supports local multiplayer co-op and PvP for up to four players via split-screen.
Polish game studio VARSAV developed Bee Simulator by collaborating directly with beekeepers to gain insight into the complex insect world, and to portray a realistic environment as seen from a bee’s perspective. The studio has also partnered with Yann Arthus Bertrand’s GoodPlanet Foundation, which raises awareness about the critical importance bees playing in our ecosystem. Every €1 (about $1) from every game sold will be donated to the foundation.
Bee Simulator is available now on PC and consoles. It’s rated E for Everyone with Mild Fantasy Violence.