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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Apico 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
You return to Port Apico after several years away to take up the family tradition of beekeeping. As you explore the islands' 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.
Cross-Play: Play between all systems.
You can play this game in the following styles:
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.
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Release Date: 20/05/2022, updated in 2022
Price: 45% off
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Players: 1 (4 online)
Accessibility: 27 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Pixels
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