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Bee Simulator - A Comprehensive Beginner's Guide

Bee Simulator isn't great at communicating what you can do, so here's a guide to all the controls and things you can do.

Unlike the life of a real bee, the recently released Bee Simulator isn’t a complex game. Opting to be a family friendly adventure instead of an in-depth simulator, the game still has a few quirks that might need to be explained to beginners. Here is everything you need to know to make it as a bee.

See Like A Bee

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The user interface in Bee Simulator is self-explanatory, but there are a few aspects that are never properly explained. The first is the odd wing-shaped design at the top of the screen. This is actually a compass — keep an eye on it to discover points of interest when exploring the world.

During combat, however, the user interface changes completely. Your usual Beetro and Pollen indicators are replaced with a Health Bar and a Lightning Bolt icon. This Lightning Bolt icon is never detailed yet plays a crucial role in your success as a bee-combatant. As you successfully block your opponent’s attacks and land your own, this bar will slowly fill up. Once it’s full, the next quick time event that pops up on screen will be entirely offensive. Essentially, once the bar is full, you’ll get a change to land a powered-up attack without the need to play defense — time your attacks right for a huge hit on your opponent.

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Escaping from a spiderweb is another UI-heavy feature that is never explained but is pretty easy to intuit. When you get caught, a bar will show up on the screen that changes between red, yellow, and green. Simply stop the bar when it is green and you’ll evade the clutches of those nasty spiders.

A Bee Can Fly How Fast?

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Bees can fly fast, a feature that is great for their survival in the real world, but terrible for controls in a video game. If you’re playing on the Switch, you might consider going into the options menu and lowering the sensitivity. The game never requires much precision to complete objectives and the over-sensitive controls can quickly become frustrating.

Nitro — excuse me, Beetro — is a way to quickly fly around the map and is earned by landing on sugary human-food or through the collection of pollen. Beetro is useful to boost around the map, but if you want to travel somewhere far away, just use the Fast Travel option and save your Beetro for later. It’s never really detailed in-game, but you can easily access Fast Travel from the Pause menu.

Wait, I Can Walk?

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Turns out, bees can walk! Not only that, but they can walk upside down! Some places are just easier to explore on foot than through the air. To close your wings and get your land legs, simply use ZL to land onto the desired surface. This even works for ceilings and walls — you just have to fly upside down and position it beneath you. It’s a neat trick that is never fully explained but is fun to use when exploring indoor areas or to easily get into your hive.

A Wanna Be A CowBee, Baby

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Thankfully, since Bee Simulator isn’t a true simulator, players have a tons of great customization options at the tip of their fingers. Better yet, you can access these directly from the Pause menu.

First, you’ll have to unlock the items using Knowledge Points. These are easily gained as you play the game and collect pollen. Once you have enough Knowledge Points, simply pause the game and navigate to the Extras menu. From there, click on Wardrobe. The game lets you change the type of bee you play as, the hat you wear, and the type of trail you leave behind as you buzz about.

What The Heck Do I Do?

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The Main Story is incredibly short in Bee Simulator and can be finished within a day. Once that’s knocked out of the way the world is yours to explore. But, what exactly can you do?

If you need help determining how best to spend your time, take a look at the Feat section of the Pause menu. Navigate to the Extras menu, then from there go to the Archives. This is where the Feats menu is hidden. Think of Feats as side quests. There are dozens of different Feats to perform and for the most part they are more engaging than the Main Story. One Feat has you finding a Guardian for a squirrel, while another has you helping ants cross some water.

If Feats aren’t your thing, you can always fly around the world and look for one of the 65 Challenges.

Bee Simulator has a lot of content to explore — it’s just not communicated to the players. Between all the challenges, feats, and an entire park to explore, the game will keep you busy for quite some time. These beginner tips should make it easier to figure out what do to and how to get around the world. Life as a bee doesn’t have to be so difficult.

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