Unfortunately, I got a late invite on this one. Well, I wasn’t invited and gatecrashed the release party for Bug Academy on the Nintendo Switch. I meant to post this a couple of days ago, but you know how it is. You do, really, you do.
Bug Academy is a classic indie title that I honestly would have overlooked if I saw it on the eShop, but when the info hit my inbox along with the trailer, it piqued my interest and I will say I’ll be looking at acquiring a copy when time permits.
From Ultimate Games (the Facebook page as it’s in English), Bug Academy was a Kickstarter piece that has since been completed and delivered on the Nintendo eShop. Emphasis on delivered. In the game, you take the role of a swarm of flies that cancel out the future of drone deliveries and use their might to carry anything from fire extinguishers to cows. It’s everything Death Stranding aspired to be.
The promo music instantly got under my skin, but not in a good way. Bug Academy looks like one of those irritating ‘one more go’ type titles. This time in a good way. Aesthetically it looks like it has been influenced by Little Big Planet, Rayman and a sprinkle of LocoRoco, which is the highest praise for this type of game. I can see my kids enjoying this, but I won’t shy away in saying that I’m keen to get my hands on it and perhaps relate to flies a little more than I already do. That’s a weird sentiment.
But… for all those fly haters, there are also bees and fireflies. Everyone loves bees, right? According to M Night Shyamalan, they should be world leaders. Well, that wasn’t the exact message but I think people are aware more about why bees are important and are people too.
Anyhoo, I’ll save the rest for a future review, but in the meantime, Bug Academy is available from the Nintendo eShop now, and also Steam, if that’s your thing. Hum along to the trailer below: