Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 90
    It really is good, old fashioned adventure gaming fun.
  2. The story and hijinks found within could’ve been the basis for yet another Oscar winning short for director Nick Park and his team at Aardman, but instead are the premise for one of the most genuinely wonderful and funny adventure games in years. It really is a grand day out.
  3. For those of us who remember how good an adventure can be though, Fright should provide a solid if brief diversion.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    You can't judge the whole series by the first episode, but if you could, Grand Adventures would be top quality already. The game adaptation hasn't lost the spirit of the wax-animation series, on the contrary, the game feels like a natural companion to them. The plot's nice, voice-acting's good and the puzzles are enjoyable, although a little too easy. Few rough edges still remain, but the future's looking good. Cracking job, Telltale! [May 2009]
  5. 85
    With a bright and bubbly gameplay, it's hard not to enjoy the work Telltale put into it, with fun sounds to go right along with it. With about six hours of gameplay, you'll be hooked and wanting more, just in time for the release of the next episode.
  6. 85
    This is a promising entry for the series, and hopefully TellTale can only go up from here.
  7. While the British humor leanings of Fright of the Bumble Bees might not be everybody’s cup of tea (and crumpets), and doesn’t have the same hilarity level of both the Sam & Max and Strong Bad games, it is funny enough and continues the Telltale Games propensity for creating yet another very enjoyable point & click adventure with a smartly written story and tough-enough puzzles.
  8. An excellent start to the planned four-part series. It manages to capture everything that makes the Wallace and Gromit animated shorts so endearing, expanding it to the adventure game genre. Seeing it's just a two- to four-hour long slice of a bigger, fully priced pie, we cannot wait to see what craziness is in store for the folks at West Wallaby Street in the future episodes.
  9. The puzzling, while appropriately zany, is not terribly difficult, and the game at times nears "interactive story" levels. There are, however, just enough true brain ticklers to keep you, Wallace and Gromit on your toes.
  10. Fright of the Bumble Bees is an interesting start to the series and should be evident that the following three episodes will satisfy adventure gamers. This game is not strictly for fans of the series and may end up turning some people into one. Hardcore adventure gamers might not find this game to be much of a challenge, but people looking for a game that will entertain them or their family members for a few hours will certainly enjoy the puzzles and humor from start to finish.
  11. My only real complaint with Fright of the Bumblebees is how slight it all feels. There’s maybe three hours of playtime here at best, and even for a single episode, it doesn’t feel like enough.
  12. Bumblebees’ story is as full of broad, cheese-obsessed humour as the television specials, and while the majority of players will most likely complete the game within just a few hours, they’re certain to enjoy the journey while it lasts.
  13. 80
    The real reason to get the game is to follow Wallace and Gromit through another madcap adventure across the English countryside. In this, the game delivers in spades by capturing the essential good natured humor of a strange little man, an even stranger dog, and the really strange situations they stumble into.
  14. Play (Poland)
    Finally, the ingenious inventor and his heroic dog made their way into the games industry. The result is a very pleasant, if a bit archaic adventure with quite decent puzzles. It is a real shame that the game is also rather short and so extravagantly priced. But it's splendid anyway. [May 2009]
  15. games(TM)
    By the end of the episode, Telltale brings together its excellent characterisation and gameplay to create a very clever finale that perfectly captures the kinetic chaos of a Wallace & Gromit short without resorting to the reflex-based action so dreaded by genre fans. [May 2009, p.124]
  16. The game represents perfectly the TV series. It has a slow start, but after that it becomes a good adventure, very well crafted and with great respect to the source material.
  17. PC Zone UK
    A very solid start to the series. [June 2009, p.72]
  18. An excellent starting point for the episodic series. Wallace and Gromit are just as charming as ever, and their first episodic romp left us looking forward to seeing where Telltale will take the two in future episodes. Clocking in at several hours of solid playtime, episode one is a relatively short endeavor, but the content is brimming with quality.
  19. The puzzles will have you thinking ahead or scratching your head as you try to reason through what looks to be right in front of you. The look of the game is solid, though the 2D presentation of the three-dimensional game can be a touch irritating at times – especially when you want to swing around to look at something and can’t. Still the game is true to the license and is a solid puzzle-adventure outing.
  20. 75
    A brilliantly British and charming but cheesy title. There's room to improve, but there's still a grand old time to be had here.
  21. All together I found the first entry to be really enjoyable, and I look forward to checking out more of the episodes as they release on XBLA.
  22. But as a game it never delivers, and as a Wallace and Gromit tale it's sadly lacking.
  23. PC Gamer UK
    A bit too familiar, but fun while it lasts. [May 2009, p.72]
  24. We really enjoyed this first Wallace & Gromit's episode and we're sure that Telltale will be better with the next ones enhancing the controls, the savegame system and the audio mixing. It's a good start for a new episodic adventure game.
  25. On average, Fright of the Bumble Bees is as good as Telltale's Sam & Max adventures: a lot of humor, great dialogue and a charming style. But experienced adventure players may find the puzzles to easy and the game too short. It's still good value and we're looking forward to the other three parts.
  26. Confounding puzzles aside, “Fright of the Bumblebees” functions nicely as an adventure game for just about any audience or age group. The humor is varied, the gameplay is accessible, and the challenge is substantial without being frustrating.
  27. It's a brief, slow paced, quintessentially British experience that won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's compelling nonetheless, and Telltale has absolutely nailed the atmosphere and feeling of the TV shows on which it's based.
  28. It's kid friendly, but has enough witty gameplay to make any fan of the genre giddy.
  29. Fright of the Bumblebees is a somewhat cautious start for the Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures series. It's great to see the pair back for more madcap mayhem, but it'd certainly be welcome to see a bit more action with subsequent episodes.
  30. Telltale has created a decent adventure full of slapstick and melodrama.
  31. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    The stories of Wallace and Gromit are the right cup of tea for Telltale Games and their episodic games. The new game series started out successfully, let’s just hope it will keep its standards. [Apr 2009]
  32. Fright of the Bumblebees is an adventure game for everybody. There's room to improve, but has enough witty gameplay to adventurers.
  33. I can't help but feel that Gromit's disbelieving stare projects past Wallace and into the offices at Telltale, while the poor clay dog shakes his head in dismay.
  34. Overall, while it certainly captures a lot of its source material on spec, Wallace & Gromit's other strengths - Peter Sallis, Gromit shrugging or staring despondently into the camera, needless contraptions and simple directorial flourishes - are sorely missed in Fright of the Bumblebees.
  35. This new episodic graphic adventure is mild cheddar compared to the original TV shorts and movie.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 3, 2013
    5 for being playable and having the original voice actor for Wallace. The audio was recorded VERY poorly, I get better audio off an old VHS of5 for being playable and having the original voice actor for Wallace. The audio was recorded VERY poorly, I get better audio off an old VHS of the show. The character models are spot on, but the animation is far too robotic, which leads me to believe that not much time had been spent there at all. If Aardman could do the old shorts with claymation and have very lively, animated movements, why are the character animations so terrible here? There's also the issue that dialogue gets cut off at times for no reason. Frustrating.

    Bottom line? Watch the old show, it's on Netflix.
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