The titular insect in Bee 52 isn’t as powerful as the infamous bomber, but he’s still spunkier than your average bumblebee.
The goal is to dive into flowers throughout the level and collect honey. You have a honey jar at the bottom right hand corner of the screen that you’re supposed to fill up, lest the queen devour you. You can only pollinate three flowers at a time before you have to go back to the hive and drop off the honey you’ve accumulated.
Unfortunately, Bee 52’s a one-hit wonder kind of guy, and everything in the world is out to kill him. Worms, spiders, grasshoppers, and other yard insects have decided he’s the only creature in the backyard/swamp/side of the house worth eating; all he has to protect himself is a gooey projectile and a stinger.
The enemies regenerate, so as you traverse back to your hive, you’re constantly on the lookout for bugs, sprinkler systems, and other evils found within manicured lawns. The controls are top-notch, though, so there’s really no excuse for death until the later levels.
Bee 52 is one of the most unusual arcade platformers on the NES, but well worth a buzz or two.
PUBLISHER: Camerica DEVELOPER: Codemasters GENRE: Platformer
RELEASE DATE: 1992 – (US)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON: C64