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KING OF BEES IN FANTASY LAND

by Brendan Patrick Hennessy profile

VIDEO GAME
2013

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- Sammel, March 31, 2020

- FishOnHead, September 30, 2019

- wordlubber, October 20, 2017

- Christina Nordlander, September 30, 2017

- enkaye (usa), September 1, 2017

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
KING OF TROPES IN PASTICHE LAND, July 23, 2017
by verityvirtue (London)
Related reviews: sanguine
[Time to completion: 15-20 minutes]

You are a space knight. Earth has been laid to waste, and you are one of many setting out to discover new inhabitable planets. This planet on which your space pod has crashed seems ideal - if it weren't for the evil bees!!

This is a pastiche-y work by Hennessy similar to You Will Select a Decision by the same author, both featuring consciously imitated writing styles/speech patterns and a delight in subverting and lampshading tropes.

Conscious effort has been made with the styling. 8 bit fonts shout retro; typos and awkward sentence structures suggest a non-native English writer - a similar tactic used in You Will Select a Decision. (Spoiler - click to show)The plot twist is reflected in a major change in style - which is reflected even in details like the number of choices.

A bite-size game - ideal for a lunch break, maybe - in a cheerfully weird sci-fi setting.

- Wanderlust, June 21, 2017

- Ivanr, June 9, 2017

- RoboDragonn, January 31, 2017

- IFforL2 (Chiayi, Taiwan), January 17, 2017

- dream, April 15, 2016

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A metaphorical Twine game set as a retro video game. , February 3, 2016
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes
King of Bees is short, with a braided storyline (where choices temporarily affect the storyline before converging again.

This game reminds me a bit of Endless, Nameless in its visual design,with a combination of types.

You play a space knight, who is sent to kill the king of bees. The game has several layers of meaning, and it is hard to know what the ultimate message is ((Spoiler - click to show)for instance, is the heavy-handed environmental subtext meant as part of the ultimate message, or is it presented ironically?).

I recommend it.

- Danielle (The Wild West), January 6, 2016

- Sobol (Russia), October 28, 2015

- Sam Kabo Ashwell (Seattle), March 10, 2015

- CMG (NYC), February 14, 2015

- morlock, January 13, 2015

- amciek (Opole), September 17, 2014

- RobMagus (London, UK), August 22, 2014

- george (Seattle), April 28, 2014

- Jubell (Florida), April 3, 2014

- Emily Short, March 5, 2014

- namekuseijin (anywhere but home), February 7, 2014

- Sharpe (Playing Kerkerkruip, the IF Roguelike), November 29, 2013

- Laura Michet (Los Angeles), November 15, 2013


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