A Beeautiful looking but confusing sim about keeping a bee farm. In Apico you will get dropped off an island and start your adventure to make the best bee farm around. Here is our APICO Review.
APICO is developed by TNgineers and published by Whitethorn Games. The game was released on 20 May 2022, for PC on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.
The game has some amazing 8-bit style graphics that make the game feel really calm and relaxed. It makes you feel like you don’t really need to push but can just figure stuff out slowly and do whatever you want to enjoy it your way. The game really reminded me a lot of both Minecraft and Stardew Valley, where you can do your own thing building stuff but also can work towards a goal like getting more money.
This is where some of the troubles began for me personally, while there is a lot of hand-holding, it requires a lot of reading to actually start enjoying the game and figure it out. Some of the basic stuff is really simple like getting wood and building things, but when you want to get into the actual bee part of the game, you do need to read the handbook/Quest book the game gives you and have to toggle between it if you like the on the go experience with learning, there isn’t really a hand holding type thing where it slowly teaches you when you want to try and do something new, or gives you an arrow that you can just follow. For me personally, it stresses me out a lot and really makes me want to just do some random stuff like just cutting down trees for a while and building homes.
While I do think this game is great for people who like these types of genres, I couldn’t really get into it and it just made me stressed out, but I liked the world and what they build, the way it gets presented really gives me that push but in the end, essays you need to read to grasp the gameplay is a step I can’t personally get over quickly.
The gameplay is kinda fun though, it feels unique in some ways. When you want to work on the wood, you actually need to shave the wood from left to right, but for some reason when I removed it from the table, it disappeared and I couldn’t find it for a few minutes until I opened a chest where it magically teleported to. But the wood mechanic really makes the game feel special and i don’t think I’ve seen that before.