• Publisher: NinjaBee
  • Release Date: Jun 20, 2007
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Overall, anyone who enjoys turn-based strategy games should definitely give BoB a go, as for 800 MS points, you really get a lot of gameplay for your money.
  2. Official Xbox Magazine
    These standalone levels may not compare to a proper game of chess, but they have the same sort of vibe, and that makes Band of Bugs challenging and addictive enough in its own right. [May 2007, p.80]
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Refreshingly unique. [July 2007, p.104]
  4. 80
    The game is perhaps the most complete experience to be had on the Arcade yet.
  5. This is a turn-based strategy game through and through, so fans of the genre will likely have a great time with Band of Bugs. However, if you don’t like the pacing or style of gameplay found in this type of game, your best bet is to avoid the game.
  6. Niggles aside, Band of Bugs is another solid addition to the increasingly well-stocked Live Arcade line-up, and although it's not the most astounding or original title, it's got the sort of charming pick-up-and-play feel that you want from a cheap, casual game. Definitely one to check out for fans of Advance Wars.
  7. 70
    Fans of casual pick up and play mechanics will likely find the learning curve a bit too steep for their liking, but if you invest the time to learn the ins and outs there is plenty of fun to be had here.
  8. Quite entertaining. It’s not going to be enough to draw in new fans to this type of gameplay. Let’s face it – this is a love it or hate it genre.
  9. Band of Bugs is not a bad game in and of itself, but its appeal is limited by its simplicity.
  10. If you love turn-based strategy-styled games, then by all means, download Band of Bugs. But, for the casual gamer, I recommend to stay away. There’s not enough enjoyment to warrant the time and/or Microsoft Points.
  11. The charming visuals may hook you in, but Band of Bugs is too simplistic to be addictive and too frustrating for players looking for a casual strategy fix.
  12. 62
    Band of Bugs is a success in just about every category, except the most important one. The feature set, most notably the level editor, visuals, sounds, and wit all work and work well. Unfortunately for fans of turn-based strategy games, the gameplay won't hold up to the standards we're all used to.
  13. It looks quite nice, and a lot of the basic features work exceptionally well. Unfortunately, once you start getting into the gameplay, you can't help but feel that something is missing. If the game had a more developed campaign mode or a wider variety to its basic design, it could have been a smash hit. As it stands now, however, it feels empty and basic.
  14. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Decent strategy game with a peculiar theme. Cartoon insectoids? The kids don't tend to play turn-based strategy, unfortunately. [Sept 2007, p.96]
  15. X-ONE Magazine UK
    As far as strategy goes, it's pretty simplistic stuff. [Issue#23, p.98]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. MikeN.
    Jun 21, 2007
    Some games make you mad because they are addictive, but this game is addictive for a VERY good reason - it's fun. Really fun. Quick Some games make you mad because they are addictive, but this game is addictive for a VERY good reason - it's fun. Really fun. Quick paced, strategic, witty, pretty, and inexpensive. What more could you ask for? Full Review »