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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Apico is a simulation game where you play a beekeeper and conservationist. You explore environments, breed rare bees and release them into the wild, while growing your business. There are no enemies, time constraints or set objectives so you can focus on learning through play. Add to this the real bee species and facts, and that some profits go towards bee conservation, and you have an unusual game on many fronts.

You return to Port Apico after several years away to take up the family tradition of beekeeping. As you explore the islands' varied biomes, you collect different bee species and bring them to your beehives, where you can cross-breed them to make new species and sell honey and other produce to expand your business. There are over 30 species of bee to collect, some real, others more fantastical, each with a different rarity.

To progress, you chop down trees to make space for your operation and use the timber to create houses and buildings, but only if you want to; you could also choose to live out in the woods as a hermit. Either way, you steadily meet various diverse characters on the island with whom you interact and build relationships.

You craft tools which allow you to gather other resources like stone, then complete mini-games to turn them into usable materials. These are novel in that they mimic the real-life action. Maybe moving your mouse back and forward to saw wood into planks, or clicking to chip away at stone with a hammer.

The result is an open-ended game you can play at your own pace and style. Real-life bee species and information mixed with fantasy elements create a uniquely educational (and tranquil) experience that balances learning with fun, relaxation and, of course, lots of bee puns.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/05/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1 (4 online)

Genres: Collecting, Creative, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: T Ngineers (@TNgineers)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 50 hours to complete. The game has no defined ending, instead letting you play for as long or as little time as you want.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game. You can play the whole game either on your own or with up to three other players online.

Cross-Play: Play between all systems.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Because you can play it at your own pace it works for really young children. Even if they just tootle around the island interacting here and there, the game doesn't punish them. However, it really comes to life for older children who can come up with their own unique ways to play.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
 

CostsCosts

Apico usually costs £14.99 to £15.49.
 

Apico

Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch £14.99
App Store Mac £15.49
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Apico Accessibility Report documents 27 accessibility features:
The game has no time limits on any action, and you can take as long as you need with everything. You can also select in the accessibility menu to make mechanisms move automatically, which assists you with the controls in those areas of the game. You sometimes need to hold down buttons, such as to view detailed information about an item.

You can choose how regularly the game autosaves, with the minimum being every five minutes. In addition, you can save and quit at any time.

Focus mode means only one menu is able to be open at any one time, reducing the amount of information that needs to be taken in at once

You can view a map at any point, and although some items on it are fairly small, it offers detailed information about your location and the locations of other important places, people, and more.

The game has a tutorial section that lists lots of objectives that can be completed to better your understanding of the game. This continues to become the objectives list for the game, which, although it does not need to be followed, can give guidance on what to do.

You can enable an option that allows you to walk through trees.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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