Friday, June 18, 2010

Bee Attitudes: A Review

4:25 PM by Mike ·
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Published by: Covenant Communications
Illustrated by: Rocky Davies

I've been able to play Bee Attitudes several times with my family. I think we've been able to do this because of how simple the game is. It doesn't take long to play and even my 3 year old gets it. This isn't to say that the game can't be fun. For the most part I enjoy playing it with my kids. But I get ahead of myself. Let's get to what's in the box first.

Bee Attitudes is a card game, so, in the box you'll find a deck of cards. There are 8 different kinds of "Bees" in the deck.

Seven of these are desirable and 1 is not. Can you tell which one that is?

Well, if you guessed the Stinger Bee (it's looks pretty bad, doesn't it?) then you were right!!

The object of the game is to collect as many of the "good" bees as you can. The way that works is that you shuffle the deck, choose a player to go first. That player starts flipping over cards from the deck until 1 of 2 things happens: 1) the player flips over a Stinger Bee or 2) the player decides to stop flipping.

Let's take a look at each scenario. If the player flips over a Stinger Bee all the cards flipped over thus far on that turn are lost!!! If the player decides to stop flipping cards before a Stinger Bee comes up, then all the cards are, what we like to call "banked." Those cards are yours no matter what happens on future turns. Once the deck is gone, everyone counts up their cards and the player with the most cards wins the game!

So, if you like "press your luck" types of games, that's exactly what you've got here. The cards aren't of the highest quality, especially since this is aimed, in my opinion, at younger children. It's pretty easy to bend them. But the artwork is cute and I think does a good job of drawing kids in.

Overall, I give Bee Attitudes a 3 out of 5.

I think it's a game that is simple enough for younger children to understand and play, thus adding to the options a family with younger children would have. I also like that it's easy to get out and set up and start playing. Really quick! But the low quality of cards really lowers my rating here. I mean, the cards won't last too long if this game gets played a lot.

I wanted to add here a variant that we like to play in my house. We change the object to be the first player to collect all 7 "good" bees. So you can bank your cards when you like, as is the normal rule, but you are really looking to collect at least 1 of each of the 7 types. So, we just discard any extra bees that we collect and reshuffle the deck when the need arises.

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mark said...
June 20, 2010 at 7:47 AM

That's probably a really good variant, as that would require you to actually pay attention to the bees. In the original, they only bee you're looking for is the bad one...

Уляна Добровольская said...
March 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I thought the game was extremely boring, but I liked the new variation of the rules.

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