ReviOUYA Review #47 – Beekyr: Eco Shoot em Up

Beekyr is a Shoot ’em up with a difference.  By Kaleido Games, you star as Beekyr, the worker bee, now soldier, after coming back to your hive and seeing it destroyed with the queen rather beat up.  Destroy those pesky wasps and their helpers that have ruined your home, get revenge for your queen.

Graphics: 9/10

The insects are quite well designed, each are highly distinct from one another, there are some as small as flies, and then bigger ones such as the praying mantis, grasshoppers, etc.  The levels themselves are different from most typical shoot ’em ups, as instead of it taking place in space, or the sky, it takes place in hives, forests, and caves.  Slowdown doesn’t happen in this game, everything runs fluidly from stage to stage, no matter how many objects on screen there are. Obstacles are fairly clear as to what to avoid (ie: don’t hit the branch!)  so it makes going through Beekyr’s world simple, yet still rather difficult with all the enemies and bullets on screen.

Sounds: 9/10

The Soundtrack is by far, the happiest Shoot ’em up soundtrack I have ever heard.   The music fills the whole environment with a light-heartedness  that makes the game not feel so frustrating, despite the game being quite tough.  Certain levels can be quite atmospheric as well, like the wasp hives.  The sound effects are well done as well, as you can hear the deaths of all animals, the bullets fired, etc.  What makes it even better is how well it blends with the music.  The music and effects were very well composed and do help engage the player into playing more.

Gameplay: 7/10

The game is tough.  Even on easy it is tough.  The developers rectified that by making an optional payment for 4 extra lives at the beginning of every level, but it is merely an option, and those that are hard core players won’t need something like that.  There are quite a variety of difficulties and worlds which is nice to see as well.   Another issue is that the in game menu and options menu both require the touch pad to function.  This isn’t an issue for me but can be for some.  They do mention this, however, whenever you enter said menus.  Aside from that, the game is fun, challenging and diverse.

Overall:

Beekyr is certainly a shoot ’em up with a twist.  The Eco-setting it is placed is a nice breath of fresh air compared to the endless amounts of space and shooters.  It also still maintains to be tough and bullet-hellish for those that like that sort of subgenre.  This game will really be well-enjoyed by the bullet-hell crowed, but may not be as well received by others due to its difficulty.  Nonetheless, it is a very well-polished console-style shooter.

Graphics: 9/10
Sounds: 9/10
Gameplay: 7/10
Overall: 8/10

Push Beekyr on to your OUYA now!  Free to Try, Price $4.99

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