Price: Free     Score: 8/10     Category: Games

Funky Bee, developed by the appropriately named Funky Bee Games A/S, is a puzzle-based iPhone adventure game starring a cast of fun characters.

Here’s a synopsis, provided by the developers:

Five hundred years ago, a terrible dragon destroyed the magical Funky Bee castle in a blaze of fire.

Rallying around Her Royal Beeness, Queen Groovisma, the few survivors rebuilt the castle and peace was once again restored to the valley. And so it has been for centuries.

But recently, a series of mysterious magic outages have plagued the castle and its inhabitants.Now it is up to you to discover the truth behind this growing threat and save Funky Bee before it is to late!

The graphics are cute, though the screen did seem a bit cluttered. However, the great character designs and cute story in Funky Bee for iPhone are sure to please kids and adults alike.

One thing that I found a little annoying were the ads. You can pay to remove them of course, but I almost felt like the developers were forcing me to upgrade: several times, instruction windows in the game were partially blocked by the ads.

Still, I feel like I should be able to play the iPhone game ad-free without having to cope with ads placed in a deliberately problematic position. This issue is a problem on the iPhone, but not an issue if you want to play the game on an iPad’s larger screen.

Those instruction/action windows have another problem: one of the early puzzles requires you to arrange a King Tut-inspired puzzle, but the edges of the window were ill-defined, and I kept accidentally closing the puzzle midway through as I tried to drag the pieces into place.

Despite some minor annoyances throughout, Funky Bee does have plenty to recommend itself. With 35 levels, 40 unique characters to interact with, magic, bears, and talking bugs, this whimsical iPhone game is charming and expansive.

Funky Bee is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this iPhone game review.

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