Day 501: Avatar Battle Bees

Posted: 2012/03/25 in Indie Games

I was a big fan of the Sega Dreamcast, and there was a game slated to be released in 2001 called Propeller Arena. It’s North American release was canceled, so I never got to play it. “Avatar Battle Bees” plays a bit like how I imagined Propeller Arena would, a 3D arena-combat flight game that doesn’t take itself (or its physics) too seriously. And that’s a very good thing.

Perhaps it takes its physics a little more seriously than Propeller Arena, I’m no expert in what an accurate bee flight model would look like (let alone one based around bees being ridden by avatars). Either way, “Avatar Battle Bees” has impressive graphical presentation with smooth 3D and attractive 3D models. The game supports 1-4 players offline, and online multiplayer for up to 8 players. The game has guns and missiles to choose from, but don’t mistake this for the next Ace Combat (nor should you wish it to be). It’s an 80 Microsoft Point game that’s well worth purchasing if you’re looking for something that’s more “Crimson Skies” than it is “Air Force Delta”.

Here’s what the developer (Torturas) has to say about the game:

“Avatar Battle Bees is an arena battle game for up to 8 players online, featuring both deathmatch and objective based game modes. Customise your avatar’s own bee and battle it out against the AI in single player wave defense mode, or take on your friends with up to 4 player local and up to 8 player online combat!”

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Comments
  1. In other words, it’s like classic RC car racing game Re-Volt. In the air. Insta-purchase for me. :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    It looks great. I loved the music and opening visuals. The bee theme reminded me of Banjo Kazooie. I’m with you on the race thing. I think a Diddy Kong Racing style game would have been very interesting, or maybe some kind of arcade flier (collect pollen and fight wasps or something).

    There’s nothing wrong with mulitplayer deathmatch, except that the field is so crowded and already serviced (if not over-serviced) by the main stream games. When I get the deathmatch itch, I’ll usually go right to CoD or Battlefield.

    This is not just an indie thing. I found this is also true for games like GTA. GTA4 had multiplayer deathmatch which did nothing for me, but it then lacked any replay appeal in the main game. I still find myself going to GTA San Andreas to just mess around in the sandbox. Everyone loves a good multiplayer deathmatch, but I still like racers and arcade games too.

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