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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Apico (2022) is a simulation game where you play a beekeeper and conservationist. You explore environments, breed rare bees and release them into the wild while growing your business. There are no enemies, time constraints or set objectives so you can focus on learning through play. Add to this real bee species and facts, and the bonus that some profits go towards bee conservation, and you have an unusual game on many fronts.

You return to Port Apico after several years away to take up the family tradition of beekeeping. As you explore the island's varied biomes, you collect different bee species and bring them to your beehives, where you can cross-breed them to make new species and sell honey and other produce to expand your business. There are over 30 species of bee to collect, some real, others more fantastical, each with a different rarity.

To progress, you chop down trees to make space for your operation and use the timber to create houses and buildings, but only if you want to; you could also choose to live out in the woods as a hermit. Either way, you steadily meet various diverse characters on the island with whom you interact and build relationships.

You craft tools which allow you to gather other resources like stone, then complete mini-games to turn them into usable materials. These are novel in that they mimic real-life action. Maybe moving your mouse back and forward to saw wood into planks, or clicking to chip away at stone with a hammer.

The result is an open-ended game you can play at your own pace and style. Real-life bee species and information mixed with fantasy elements create a unique educational (and tranquil) experience that balances learning with fun, relaxation and, of course, lots of bee puns.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Apico 22 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Strategy game with Collecting, Creative, Role-Play and World Building elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. You can play the whole game either on your own or with up to three other players online.

Cross-Play: Play between all systems.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 50 hours to complete. The game has no defined ending, instead letting you play for as long or as little time as you want.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Because you can play it at your own pace it works for really young children. Even if they just tootle around the island interacting here and there, the game doesn't punish them. However, it really comes to life for older children who can come up with their own unique ways to play.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Apico usually costs £13.99 to £16.74. 

Apico

Switch StoreSALE Switch £14.99 £8.99 until 23/06/2024
Steam Store PC £15.49
Steam Store Mac £15.49
PlayStation Store PS5 £13.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £13.99
XBox Store Xbox X|S -

Apico

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/05/2022, updated in 2022

Price: 40% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Simulation, Strategy (Collecting, Creative, Role-Play and World Building)

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Pixels

Developer: T Ngineers (@TNgineers)


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